Commentaries > Acts 16:18 Acts 16:18 And this did she many days. And like us, they would have liked to have seen the Kingdom established right away. However, they didn’t say, “Is it at this time that you’re going to establish David’s earthly throne in Jerusalem and give Israel her political freedom and make her dominant over all the Gentile nations, for a 1,000 year period?” They simply said, “Is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” What did that mean to them? Discussion questions for these texts are here. (Isaiah 32:15, NASB95). We find in Acts 2 not only a wonderful sermon (Acts 2:14-40), but the account of amazing works – not just signs and wonders, but sacrificial sharing with those in need (Acts 2:42-46). 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is … This restoration is associated with the promised outpouring of the Spirit from on high. In fact, if anything, I think this passage affirms the position I’ve been arguing for in this series of posts. We find the same in chapters 3-5. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (8) But ye shall receive power. They did not understand that they needed to be prepared for the Kingdom of God.They were not ready yet—they did not even have the Holy Spirit yet! They are to be the Lord’s witnesses, and they are to carry their witness to God’s salvation to the ends of the earth. Acts 16:2 "Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium." In the latter part of His ministry, He clearly told them that He would have to suffer and die and be raised again on the third day, and they didn’t really get that picture either. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Note: Acts 1:8 is actually an outline of the book: Acts 1:1 through 6:7 describes the believers’ witness in Jerusalem. 1) [Dear] Theophilus, in my former letter [i.e., the Gospel of Luke] I wrote to you concerning what all Jesus did and taught since the beginning [of His ministry], Furthermore, Robert L. Thomas in Perspectives on Israel and The […]. The emphasis is on the secondary rules of State responsibility: that is to say, the general conditions under … 32:15 is even clearer. Words in boxes are from the Bible. The kingdom of God is a reality, now, but it will come in a more complete and manifest way in the future. The dispensationalist argument goes something like this: “If Jesus meant to teach that there was not going to be such a future, earthly kingdom restoration, surely He would have stated that clearly here. There is a fair amount of agreement that this is, or at least could be, a later scribal addition to the text. David Guzik commentary on Acts 1 describes the ascension of Jesus into heaven and the appointing of Matthias as a replacement for Judas. 32:15 comes in the context of the promise of future blessing for God’s people, Israel. Acts - The Only Unfinished Book Acts 1:1-11; The Significance of Pentecost Acts 1:12-26,2:1-47; FRANK ALLEN THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES (1931) The Holy Spirit comes, in power, at Pentecost, and, as mentioned already, Peter confirms that this very phenomenon is what was promised by Israel’s prophets. CLOSER READING In v16, we are dealing with the eleven, whom Matthew calls disciples, who have assembled on a mountain in Galilee. Acts 1:6-8. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the Zondervan KJV Commentary. In that way, God’s kingdom will grow, true Israel will expand its borders (as predicted in the Old Testament) and people of all nations will be joined to the true people of God. The only passage, in fact, in the entire Bible that mentions a 1,000 year reign (Rev. 20:1-10) doesn’t speak a word about Israel, a temple or Palestine. Acts Chapter 1: An Understandable Version of ACTS Translation by William E. Paul: Concise PRESENTATION NOTES by Charles Dailey (Black underlined words match words in the Bible text.) What I am suggesting, then, is that Jesus’ response to His disciples is not just a revelation of a “new program” that was not fundamentally connected to their questions about the kingdom restoration. 49:6 appear again in the book of Acts, as part of Paul’s address at Pisidian Antioch, in Acts 13:47. In Acts 1:8, however, as well as in Luke 24:48, the role of “witnesses” now belongs to Jesus’ disciples. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. About this book The writer. Commentary on Acts 1:12-14 (Read Acts 1:12-14) God can find hiding-places for his people. The disciples’ conception was probably way to narrow. acts 1:6-8. After the disciples see and worship Jesus, Jesus comes and says a significant speech to them. Then, secondly, the kingdom will not be restricted to ethnic Israelites. Jesus has basically said, “The restoration of the kingdom to Israel will come at an unknown, future time. Secondly, as a result of the Spirit’s empowering, Jesus’ disciples will be “My witnesses.” This wording is reminiscent of Isa. We see Isa. In the second part, He also corrects some of their misconceptions about how the kingdom is to come and who will be part of it. Finally, just to clarify, this analysis of the kingdom in relation to Israel does not deny that there is any future aspect to the kingdom. This city was first built by Dardanus, who was its king, and from whom it was called Dardania; from Tros, his grandson, it was called Troja, or Troy; and from his son, Ilus, it was called Ilium. David Guzik commentary on Acts 8 describes the persecution of the church through Saul, but people like the Ethiopian official, get saved everywhere. Commentary on Acts 1:1-5 (Read Acts 1:1-5) Our Lord told the disciples the work they were to do. In Acts 1:1 Luke refer-ences his “former book” and picks up where he left off. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Neither does Rom. This particular passage speaks of Messiah, Jesus, as the “Servant of the Lord” who will be a light to the nations and bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth. You are cordially invited to read along with Matters of Interpretation and a few others. Acts 1:6-8 NKJV. Rom. "The assurance of His return and the measure of His presence and power in these intervening days is to be found, to … Came down to Troas - The Troad, or part of Phrygia Minor in which the celebrated city of Troy was formerly situated. 36:27; 39:29; Joel 2:28; Zech. This is probably also in view in Acts 1:8. Believers are new creations in Christ, now, spiritually, but they have to wait till the end of time for their resurrection bodies. [Treating a “scribal addition” as scripture bothers some people. The ability, the efficiency, the might to accomplish a task, to get a job done. The speech itself is the subject of some text-critical controversy, in particular because of the Trinitarian baptismal formula in v19. In Acts, he told how the good news about Jesus *Christ spread. And he came out the same hour. But, finally, Jesus also informs the disciples that this witness role is to be carried out in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. The Ascension. There is both powerful preaching (Acts 3:11-26), but also powerful deeds (Acts 4:32-37). Acts 1:11 "Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? I certainly agree that their understanding was inadequate or confused. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Acts 6:1-7 EXEGESIS: THE BROADER CONTEXT: At this time, the church was quite young, but growing rapidly. Many of these were Jews from other countries—Jews of the If they were mistaken about such a crucial point in His kingdom teaching, His failure to correct them is mystifying and deceptive. We don’t have a name for this particular mountain, although the disciples had directions from Jesus (Matthew 26:32, maybe?). This dialogue comes just before Jesus ascends to the Father. Answer: Acts and Luke are both addressed to _____. Acts 6 Commentary Acts 6 commentary Bible study. The disciples wanted to know about the time when Jesus was going to restore the kingdom to Israel, and He told them that the times and epochs are not for them to know. Acts is the story of the two greatest evangelizing Apostles – Peter and Paul. 6. Acts 6 Peter and John Before the Council 4 And as they were speaking to the people , the priests and l the captain of the temple and m the Sadducees came upon them , 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming n in Jesus the resurrection from the dead . First, it won’t come just as a sudden and cataclysmic change. 44:3; Ezek. Contemporary Commentary, Studies, and Exegesis: Commentary, Acts 1:6-14 (Easter 7A),Sarah Hinlicky Brown, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2017. The word used here for “doubt” occurs just one other time in the Bible, in Matthew 14:31. The argument could go either way. Historically, Acts has been read by the church in worship during the Season of Easter. In Luke-Acts, Jerusalem is important, in the way mountains are important in Matthew. HENRY ALFORD. In Luke, the resurrection appearances happen near or in Jerusalem (Luke 24:13-49), Jesus explicitly tells the apostles to stay in Jerusalem, and there’s a brief synopsis of the ascension (Luke 24:50-51) that takes place in Bethany (near Jerusalem). The New Testament gives little encouragement to a sentimental view of life. Acts 1:6-8 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. The Spirit will empower the witness of God’s true people. COMMENTARY Acts 1:1-11 ... INTRODUCTION: The Acts of the Apostles is the name chosen for the book of Acts by the translators of the King James Version of the Bible. Certainly, Rom. The Matthew text is what we often think of as “the Great Commission.” The Acts text is a portion of Luke’s account of the ascension that corresponds to Jesus’ statement in Matthew. All God's people are praying people. One way to think about this might be to see these texts as two different angles on Jesus’ final instructions to “the eleven.” [Discussion questions for these texts are here.] ( Log Out /  They will experience restoration to the land and peaceful existence forever. But you shall … In verse 8, the Lord tells His disciples that the Holy Spirit will come upon them and, as a result, they will be witnesses to the ends of the earth. Acts 6 - In-depth verse-by-verse commentary and Bible study of Acts chapter 6 in plain English. [3] The material, here, on the Old Testament background is taken, almost entirely, from Greg Beale, A New Testament Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Press, 2011). I believe those who think that Acts 1:6-8 supports, or maybe even “proves”, this view do not give enough attention to the Old Testament background for Jesus’ statements or to how these verses fit into the overall context of the book of Acts or to the larger context of the teaching of the whole New Testament. Paraphrased, Jesus said, "God is working it out. The Matthew text is what we often think of as “the Great Commission.” The Acts text is a portion of Luke’s account of the ascension that corresponds to Jesus’ statement in Matthew. by John King, [1847-50], at sacred-texts.com. In other words, it would be another matter, entirely, if Jesus had positively affirmed that their thinking about the kingdom was right on target. In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty … This same promise of the coming Holy Spirit is found in other Old Testament passages, in connection with the blessing and restoration of God’s people (Isa. Not only did Jesus not clearly deny a future restoration, He also didn’t affirm it. Acts 16:8. Acts 1:8 Commentary; Acts 20:17-27 Commentary; Acts 20:28-38 Commentary; JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Acts Commentary (1857, 1866) (Over 1000 pages!) We assume the women got through to Jesus’ brothers, since they’ve gone to Galilee, in line with the message the women were given, and this action takes place in Galilee. 67:7; 72; Isa. Acts is the story of how the views of an obscure Jewish Messianic group spread throughout the Mediterranean and beyond in under two generations. Read verse in New International Version Particularly, in the context of Acts 1:8, Isa. 49:6 says: He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6, NASB95). Acts 1:6-8. So, an argument from silence, granted, is not a very strong argument. The first has to do with the timing of the kingdom. Then something special happened on the Damascus road. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and … On the day of Pentecost, three thousand souls were added to the small band of Jesus' disciples. They were inquiring about the timing of this restoration. So, in other words, when Jesus tells His disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon them, He is pointing to an aspect of the kingdom promises from the Old Testament which is about to be fulfilled. 15:25-28). Therefore, the kingdom promises are not being fulfilled in the church and are still awaiting a future fulfillment in national Israel.” To quote from John MacArthur: That Jesus does not deny their expectation of a literal, earthly kingdom involving Israel is highly significant. Now, before I go on to discuss what Jesus did say in response to the disciples’ question, I want to bring up two related points. Therefore it’s easily considered irrelevant. Jesus had many disciples (followers with varying degrees of dedication) but he chose a … The outpouring of the Spirit results in a powerful witness and the salvation of a great number of Jews. ( Log Out /  You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. It will be, first and foremost, a spiritual kingdom and will come to encompass all the nations, not just ethnic Israel. “The Acts themselves form the best commentary on these words, and the words themselves might be given as the best summary of the Acts” (Page). This entry was posted on July 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm and is filed under Eschatology, Reformed Theology. Browse Sermons on Acts 1:6-8. ), and there is evidence in the text (Acts 1:12) that the action in Acts 1:6-8 is taking place on the Mt. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. A Commentary on Acts of the Apostles by J. W. McGarvey. [We might be able to go along with that.]. The kingdom will not be a political revolution, catapulting the nation of Israel to prominence over all the nations. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Acts 6:1-7 EXEGESIS: THE BROADER CONTEXT: At this time, the church was quite young, but growing rapidly. 49:6) is applied to His immediate followers in the New Testament (Acts 1:8). 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