In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
The person writing these introductory words is Luke, the author of the Gospel by the same name. Luke-Acts is actually not two books but two volumes of the same book. This structure emphasizes a greater point, it’s the same Jesus that we saw in the gospel who is still alive and working in and through his followers. By the Holy Spirit, Jesus is still advancing His kingdom. The rest of the Book of Acts is a telling of this story; judging by the way the “Acts of the Apostles” ends (chapter 28) it appears as if the story is still being told! (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- In what way do you feel God is asking you to join Him in advancing the kingdom?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray and praise God for one aspect of his character that is meaningful to you, confess your sin, give thanks for the good things in your life, ask for what you need.