The Book of Acts: Chapter 1 (pt 5 of 45)

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So this was written by someone named, Luke. We don’t know too much about him, except that he was a physician who traveled with Paul on his journeys, but not much more. We don’t even know how he became a Christian. All we do know is that he was Paul’s companion through danger, hardship, trial, and endless difficulty, up and down the length and breadth of the Roman Empire. He wrote two books of the New Testament, The Gospel According to Luke, and the Book of Acts. He evidently wrote this to a young man named Theophilos. We don’t know anything more about him, either. His name indicates that he was probably a young Greek, maybe a new convert to Christianity who Luke met somewhere and he explains in these two books what Christianity is all about.

I heard a story about someone who had a friend whose middle initial was “T” and once at a party someone announced that he had discovered that the “T” stood for “Theophilos.” He said, because when the doctor first saw this baby, he said, “That’s the-awfulest baby I ever saw!” (I know, I know . . . it was a bad joke, but it’s my study and I can throw those out sometimes . . .) The name actually means, “Loved of God.” So could this have been his actual name or a nickname that he picked up? I like the idea, anyway. I wish I had a neat middle-name like that. But whoever Theophilos was, we are truly indebted to him for sharing his letters with us because if he hadn’t, we wouldn’t have the two wonderful books from Luke.

Now, the key word here at the beginning of the book is: began. In Luke’s Gospel he wrote about all that Jesus began to do and teach.” You see, the Gospel of Luke is the record of the incarnation of the Son of God. In John’s word, he was “the Word made flesh, who came and dwelt among us.” Jesus, the man, came to begin something, “to do and to teach,” and the record of that beginning is in the Gospels. But this second book is an account of what Jesus continues to do and to teach. In the Gospels he did it in his physical body of flesh. In the book of Acts he’s doing it through the bodies of men and women who are filled with his life. So, whether in the Gospels or in Acts, incarnation—the embodiment of God and Man—is the secret strategy that God is using to change the world.

You never thought of yourself as in Incarnation, did you? Well, that’s exactly what you are. An Incarnation is the union of God and man—and when you surrender to Jesus as your Lord and Savior, God, our Jesus’ own Father, comes and resides inside your spirit—we become united into one body!

If interested, you can download the entire study of the Book of Acts

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