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Letters to Theophilus, part 9…

You didn’t think I had remembered, did you?  Or, do you remember that I was doing this series?  I cannot remember what I do or do not remember!  Well, I liked Theophilus and studying what Luke wrote to him – and me!  Today, I have picked up the theme of the resurrection again.  On July 6, I gave you most, if not all, the references to the resurrection in Acts.  Seems to me that it was the subject of every sermon in this book.  Let’s talk about chapter 1 a little bit.

Until the Lord ascended into the heaven (singular, definite article), He gave orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.  He presented Himself alive by many convincing proofs over a period of 40 days.  His message?  “The kingdom of the God.”

 Also, they were to remain in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit, which was from the Father.  (V. 4 says “the Father had promised”)  This spirit is the spirit of the truth!  This “the spirit of the truth” could be a more important phrase than you have realized in the past.  The spirit of the truth will be comforting those receiving it with truths concerning the kingdom of The God.  In v. 6 of this first chapter to those chosen ones, we can see that they understood what was meant by “the kingdom of the God.”  They ask, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the Kingdom to Israel?”  Israel had refused God as their King – but – there is coming a day when they shall see Him in all His Glory as their King.

They were promised that when the spirit of the truth came upon them they would be witnesses (of things concerning the kingdom).  We will take a look at some verses in John 14 and 15 about this – the spirit of the truth:

(John 14:16) and I will ask the Father, and another Comforter He will give to you, that he may remain with you–to the age;

(John 14:17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it doth not behold him, nor know him, and ye know him, because he doth remain with you, and shall be in you.

(John 14:26) and the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and remind you of all things that I said to you.

(John 15:26) `And when the Comforter may come, whom I will send to you from the Father–the Spirit of truth, who from the Father doth come forth, he will testify of me;

–        and one from Acts:

(Acts 2:33) at the right hand then of God having been exalted–also the promise of the Holy Spirit having received from the Father–he was shedding forth this, which now ye see and hear; (Young’s Literal Translation)

What was the spirit of the truth going to bring to their remembrance?  Jn. 14:26b – “…all things that I said to you.”

In case you need reminding, let me paste some of May 13th’s lesson of just what Jesus taught:

Mt 4:17 from that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mt 4:23 ¶ And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

Mr 1:1 ¶ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mr 1:14 ¶ And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,

Mr 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

  How Important to Jesus?  Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

If you are understanding the message Jesus taught, you can be sure that you are being taught by “the spirit of the truth.”

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August 9, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus, Precepts you must understand

1 Comment »

  1. Very well explained. This is very important to understand because of its importance to our Lord.

    I love yoy, Mayre.

    Bobber

    Comment by Bob Patterson | August 9, 2010 | Reply


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