WEDNESDAY, JULY 1
“…they delivered them unto us,
which from the beginning were eyewitnesses,
and ministers of the word…”
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
This book of the Acts of the Apostles is an inspired historical account of the beginnings of the local church. The Greek title literally means “Acts of Apostles.” This book is the historical bridge between the Gospels and the Epistles in the New Testament. It provides the historical framework without which much of the New Testament would not be understandable. It exhibits the divine warrant of the church and the mission to the Gentile nations.
The key verse of the book of Acts is Acts 1:8: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The fearful Apostles of Christ, who denied and fled at the crucifixion, were transformed in this account into courageous witnesses of Christ. They were judged as unlearned and ignorant men but they reshaped the world by their boldness in witnessing for their God and Saviour. They stood firm before the fierce opposition of their brethren, the Jews, who persecuted them for their faith in Christ.
The book of Acts is also known as the Acts of the Holy Spirit, the main character of this book. The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is mentioned sixty-six times. The book begins with the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles. This not only led to their high moral standards but they were also made great preachers and evangelists as they fulfilled the Great Commission. The visible Christlikeness in the life of the Apostles and their willingness to die for the cause of Christ were outward signs of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Are you indwelt by the same Spirit of God? Have you received the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus? Are you assured of eternal life? Do you witness to others the life, death and resurrection of Jesus? Dear Reader, if you are not sure of your salvation, you need to repent of your sins and believe in the risen Christ as your Lord and Saviour (Rom 10:9).
THOUGHT: Am I truly saved?
PRAYER: (Either thank God for your salvation or ask God to help you to believe in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.)