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The Acts of the Apostles

“..of all that Jesus began both to do and to teach” Acts 1:1


“And these signs shall follow them that

believe”Mark 16: 17-18

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

Hebrews 2: 3-4

  • “Cast out devils” Acts. 16:18; 19:12

“Speak with new tongues” Acts 2: 7-8

“Take up serpents” Acts 28: 3-6

“Lay hands on the sick” Acts. 5: 15


“And these signs shall follow them that

believe”Mark 16: 17-18

  • “Cast out devils” Correct mental abberations

“Speak with new tongues” Speak plainly

“Take up serpents” Shake off the power of sin

“Lay hands on the sick” Provide personal



..of all that Jesus began both to do and teach”

Historical Period

AD 29-62 = 33 Years!

History of the Apostle Paul

Called AD 36

Executed AD 69 = 33 Years!


Conversion of “All nation’s

Mark 16:16 cp. Acts 1: 8

Jerusalem and Judea Chapter 2 to 7

Samaria Chapter 8

Uttermost parts of the earth Chapters 13 to 28

3 important conversions………………………

Paul Shem

Ethiopian Eunuch Ham




Tiberius AD 14-37 ` Otho AD 69

Caligula AD 37-41 Vitellius AD 69

Claudius AD 41-54 Vespasian AD 69-79

Nero AD 54-68 Titus AD 79-81

Galba AD 68-69 Domitian AD 81-96



BC 4- AD 39 Herod Antipas tetrarch of Galilee

BC 4- AD 34 Herod Philip Tetrarch of Iturea

AD 26-36 Pontius Pilate Roman Procurator

AD 41-44 Herod Agrippa 1. King of Judea

AD 50-93 Herod Agrippa 11. Tetrarch of North Te.

AD 52-60 Felix Roman Procurator

AD 60-62 Festus Roman Procurator


The Acts of the Apostles


Chps. 1 & 2 Ascention to day of Pentecost

Chps. 3 – 5 The witness of Peter & John

Chps. 6 – 9 Death of Stephen to conversion of Saul

Chps. 10 –11 The call of Cornelius

Chp. 12 Persecution by Herod Agrippa 1

Chps. 13 -14 Paul’s first journey


Acts of the Apostles

Divisions (Cont.)

Chp. 15:1-35 Jerusalem conference

Chp. 15:36 – 18:22 Paul’s second Journey

Chp. 18:23 – 21:17 Paul’s third journey

Chp. 21:18 – 26:32 Trials in Jerusalem and Caesarea

Chp.27:1 - 28:16 Voyage to Rome

Chp.28: 17-31 Final message to the the Jews


The seven progress reports

  • Victory over unbelief 2: 47
  • Victory over deceit 5:14
  • Victory over Ecclesial strife 6: 7
  • Victory over persecution 9: 31
  • Victory over pride 12: 24
  • Victory over doctrinal error 16: 5
  • Victory over superstition 19: 20




Influences throughout the Roman Emire that affected the spread of the Gospel

The Roman Empire AD 14


Influences that affected the spread of the Gospel

Roman discipline and Justice

Control of the Roman Army

Roman road systems that linked the whole Empire to Rome

Greek culture and learning

Greek language the universal language of the day

The production of the Septuagint version 200 BC. (Approx.)

The Judean Jews who opposed the Gospel

The Jews of the Diaspora, their Greek connections and Synagogues provide the channel for spread to Gentiles


The ascension

of the Lord

Acts of the Apostles 1: 1-14


Resurrection -- National & Personal


For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Romans 5:10


For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving ofthembe, but life from the dead? Romans 11: 15


“In like manner as ye have seen him go”

Acts 1: 11

And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. Ezek.9:3

Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; Ezek. 10:4


“In like manner as ye have seen him go”

Acts 1: 11

Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.

And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord's house Ezek.10: 18-19

Then did the Cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of thecity. Ezek.11:22-23


“So come in like manner” Acts 1: 11

Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Zech. 14: 3-4

Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:

And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from theway of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

Ezekiel 43: 1-2


These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Acts 1: 14

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 2: 1

And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

Acts 2: 46

And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Acts 4: 24

(and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.

Acts 5: 12


Replacing one of the Twelve

Acts of the Apostles 1: 15-26


Therewas nothing in the ark save the two tables which Moses put therein at Horeb, when the LORD made acovenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.11 Chron. 5:10


The Manna

Three distinct types of Manna……..

Manna that corrupted after one day Exod.16:20

Human nature Styled “This corruptible” 1.Cor.15:53

Jesus came in our nature Heb.2:14

Process of corruption suspended for Sabbath Exod.16:23

God did not allow Jesus to see corruption Acts 2:31

Manna preserved in Most Holy Place Exod.16:23-24

Jesus now immortal- “The hidden manna” Rev. 2:17


And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.

And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. Numbers 17:7-9


“Blind leaders of the blind”

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Matthew 15: 24

Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

Matthew 23: 16

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Matthew 23: 24

And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

Romans 2: 19


“When the day of Pentecost was fully come”

14th. Day of the first month ---Passover

1 to 7 days later “Morrow after the Sabbath” waving of the first fruits of the barley harvest.

5o days after the waving of the sheaf – The day of Pentecost (Greek “Fiftieth”)


“Two wave loaves baken with leaven”

Leviticus 23: 17

The offerings for the day of Pentecost

Burnt Offering

Peace Offering

Sin Offering

1. Kid of goats

7 Lambs

1 Bullock

2 Rams

2 Lambs


“When the day of Pentecost was fully come”

And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men Exodus 32: 28

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousandsouls.Acts 2 : 41


And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Acts 2:8



















The outpouring of

the spirit

Acts 2: 14-21


Peter’s speech at Pentecost – Expression of the Spirit

John 16: 8-11 compare Acts. 2: 23, 24, 40

“And when he is come he will, he will reprove the world………

“Of sin, because they believe not on me”

“ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain”

“Of righteousness because I go to my Father”

“Whom God hath raised up..”

“Of judgement because the Prince of this world is judged”

“Save yourselves from this untoward generation”


“A teacher” - as pointing the lesson

“Early rain”– as pointing to the season

“An archer”- as pointing the arrow



“The former & the Latter rain

1st. Advent -- “Former rain”

“as a root out of a dry ground” Isa.53: 2

Prepares the ground for sowing

2nd. Advent -- “Latter rain”

“as rain upon the mown grass” Psa. 72: 6

Fills out for the gathering of the harvest


Bro. Thomas on Joel 2: 23.. (Cont)

“Faith in the last days” Pages 222-223


“The last days”

God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these lastdaysspoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Hebrews 1: 1-2

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

1. Peter 1: 20

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time1.John 2: 18


“ It shall come to pass in the last days”

Acts 2: 17-18

“I will pour out of my spirit……………

“upon all flesh” -- Without distinction of race

“your sons and daughters” Without regard of gender

“young men & old men” Without regard for age

“Servants & handmaidens” Without distinction of class


Special offering on day of Pentecost

Lev. 23:19 - Peace offerings commanded only on this day

Offer of fellowship with God

Lev. 7:13 - Two loaves baken with leaven

Sins need to be forgiven

Lev. 23:22:23- Blemish permitted in one type of peace offering

Fellowship offered despite imperfection


“Hear these words”

V. 22 Jesus attested by miracles

V. 23 Delivered to death by God’s counsel

V. 24 Raised from the dead by God’s power


“The son of man goeth as it was determined”

Luke 22:22

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. Psalm 22:16-18

For they persecute himwhom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. Psalm 69:26

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10


“Not possible that he should be holden of it”

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing

John 6:63

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 1. Pet. 3:18

For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God 11. Cor.13:4

No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father John 10:18


Peter’s insistence on David’s understand

Act 2:25

For David speaketh concerning him

Act 2:30

Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Act 2:31

He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ


Peter’s use of two major Psalms

Psalm 16: 4Words of a Priest, through the experience of weakness

“Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.”

Psalm 110:4 King-Priest because of perfect obedience

“The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”


“He seeing this before”Acts 2:31

1 Chronicles 17:17 —( Youngs Lit. trans.)

“ And this was a small thing in thine eyes O God, and thou speakest concerning the house of thy servant afar off and hast seen me as the type of the man raised up on high, O Yahweh God”


“Thou hast made known to me the ways of life” Acts. 2: 28

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:6

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

I lead in the wayof righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: Proverbs 8:20

He isin the wayof life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth Proverbs 10:17


“I am the root and the offspring of David”

Rev. 22:16

And there shall come forth a rod ( “A twig”) out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isa. 11:1


The explanation !

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called tobe an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

(Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures,)

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

And declared tobethe Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Romans 1: 1-4


The reason !

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root ofDavid, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof

Revelation 5: 2-5


Peter’s method of exposition

Act 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance

Psa 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand thereare pleasures forevermore.

Act 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted,


“He hath shed forth this which ye now see and hear”

Acts 2: 33

Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.Psalm 68:18

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Ephesians 4:8


“Received”and “Gave”gifts unto men

For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me.Numbers 8:16

And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation

Numbers 8:19


“Received”and“Gave”gifts unto men

“And behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the people of Israel, they are gift to you, given toYahweh, to do the service of the tent of the meeting” Numbers 18:6 RSV

“I therefore, Lo! I have taken your brethren the Levites, out of the midst of the sons of Israel, unto you as a gift are they givenas a gift unto Yahweh, to do the laborious work of the tent of meeting” Numbers 18:6 Roth.


The gift of teachers

“And he gave some…

Apostles (“One that is sent”)

and some

Prophets ( “Foretell”)

And some

Evangelists ( “Announce good news”)

And some

Pastors ( “A shepherd”)

And some

Teachers ( “An instructor”)


“The name of Jesus Christ”

V22.“ Jesus of Nazareth a man approved of God”

V36.“God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye

have crucified, both Lord and Christ”

V38. “ Be baptised every one you intoThe name of Jesus Christ”


Peter’s method of exposition

Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Act 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.


“Save yourselves from this untoward generation”

Acts 2:40

Deu 32:5They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation. (Mg. “Or that they are not his children, this is their blot”)

Phi 2:14-15Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;


“Upon this rock I will build my Ecclesia”

Matthew 16:18 Compare Deuteronomy 32

v4Heis the Rock, his work is perfect:

V13 and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

V18 Of the Rockthat begot thee thou art unmindful

V30 except their Rock had sold them,

V31 For their rock is not as our Rock

V37 Where are their gods, theirrock in whom they trusted,


“They continued steadfast

in the Apostle's doctrine”


Aspects of “Koinonia” “Sharing”

1. Cor. 10: 16 “Communion of the blood of Christ”

Phil. 3: 10 “Fellowship of his sufferings”

Rom. 15: 26 “Contribution for poor saints”

Heb. 2: 14 “Partakers of flesh and blood”


Baptism, association with the sacrifice of Christ

Walking in newness of life at the present

Immortality in the Kingdom

The three stages of redemption


The furniture in the “Holy place”

“And they continued steadfastly in………….

...the Apostle’s doctrine

..and in the breaking of bread

....and in prayers”


The Apostles doctrine

Acts 2: 42 Heb. 6:1-3 Eph. 4: 3-6

  • Fellowship
  • Breaking of bread
  • Prayers
  • One body ( One true religion)
  • One spirit ( same attitude 1.Cor. 1:10)
  • One hope ( “Saved by the hope” Rom. 8: 24)
  • One Lord ( Christ as the head of the Ecclesia)
  • One Faith ( “Substance of things hoped for” Heb.11: 1)
  • One baptism ( Validated by proper understanding Acts. 19)

The Apostles doctrine

Acts 2: 42 Heb. 6:1-3 Eph. 4: 3-6

  • One God ( Singularity of God Deut. 6: 4)
  • Repentance from dead works
          • ( Change of lifestyle)
  • Faith toward God ( The ultimate trust)
  • Laying on of hands ( Grk. “Admit” “Right hand of
  • fellowship” Gal. 2: 90 )
  • Resurrection ( Only hope beyond the grave)
  • Judgement ( of just and unjust Acts. 24: 15)

“The poor saints in Jerusalem”

Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judea: Acts 11: 29

Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. Acts 24: 17

For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. Romans 15: 26

For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 11. Cor. 9: 12


Healing the lame manActs 3:1 to 4:37


3: 1-11 The lame healed

3: 12-26 Peter’s testimony to power behind the miracle

4: 1-12 Peter & John interrogated by the Sadducees

4: 13-17 Closed meeting of the Sadducees

4: 18-22 Peter & John warned & released by Sadducees

4: 21-31 Rejoicing among the Ecclesia


Peter and John

Luke 5: 10 Partners in fishing business

John 1: 41-42 Together in John’s baptism

Luke 22: 8 Sent together to prepare last supper

John 18: 6 Together in Palace of High-Priest

John 20: 6 Ran together to empty Tomb

Acts. 3: 1 Together in healing of the lame man

Acts 8: 14 Sent to Samaria together


Opening Miracles

The Lame at the Temple

Acts 3: 1

The lame man at Lystra

Acts 14: 8

  • Never walked from their mother’s womb.
  • Both looked steadfastly on the Apostles
  • Both leap and walk

Tower of Antonia

Most Holy

Court of Priests

Court of Israel

Court of Women



Court of Gentiles

Royal Porch

Beautiful gate

The Beautiful gate of the Temple


“The name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth”

Acts 3:6“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”

Acts 3: 16“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong”

Acts 4:7“By what power, or by what name, have ye

done this?”

Acts 4: 10“that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,”


“The name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth”

Acts 4: 17 “let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.”

Acts 4: 18“not to speak at all nor teach in thename of Jesus.”

Acts 4: 18“that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.”

Acts 4: 12“for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”


“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord andChrist.” Acts 2: 36


Acts to Revelation









Combination “Jesus Christ”




Psa 17:7Show thy marvelous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

Psa 20:6Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

“The saving strength of his

right hand”

Psa 80:17Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

Psa 108:6That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.

Psa 138:7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.


Peter and John

before the Council

Acts 4: 1-12


“We have no king but Caesar”

John 19:15

“The chief priests”There is a singular force in the exact definition of the speakers here. They are not simply described as “ the Jews” ( John 18: 31; 19: 7), nor yet as “The chief priests and the officers” (John 19:6). The official organs of the theocracy themselves proclaim that they have abandoned the faith by which the nation had lived. The sentence “We have no king but Caesar” (The foreign emperor) is the legitimate end of their policy, the formal abdication of the Messianic hope. The Kingdom of God, in the confession of its rulers, has become the kingdom of the world. In the place of the Christ, they have found the emperor. They first rejected Jesus as the Christ, and then, driven by the irony of circumstances, they have rejected Christ altogether.

B. F.Westcott


Intensity of resistance to the Gospel

  • Apostles mocked 2:13
  • Detained overnight 4: 3
  • Ordered not to preach 4: 18
  • Imprisoned 5: 18
  • Beaten 5: 40
  • Stoned 7: 59
  • Scattered abroad 8: 1

Before the Sanhedrin (Grk.“Joint-session”)

  • Rulers……………“Chief ones”
  • Elders……………“Seniors”
  • Scribes…………...“writer”
  • Annas…………….The High priest
  • Caiaphas…………His son-in-law
  • John
  • Alexander
  • Relatives

“There is no other Name……..”

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name (Grk.“The name”) which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil. 2: 9-11

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and thereis none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isaiah 45: 22-25


Psalm 2 not fulfilled as yet

v5 God will vex them in his sore displeasure

V9 Smashing his enemies like a potter’s vessel

V6 He will set his king on Mount Zion

V8 Christ will be given the uttermost parts of the earth

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. Rev. 2:26-27


The power of his resurrection

God’s endorsement of his moral perfection Rom.1:4

Positive identification as the promised seed

Acts. 13:34

The assurance that he is coming, and is equipped to Judge the world in righteousness Acts. 17:31

The guarantee of salvation for all those positively identified with him. 1.Thess. 4: 14


Acts 4:36 to 5:11

The first Ecclesial problem














“The flock of Joseph”

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Josephlike a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

Before Ephraim and Benjaminand Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

Psalm 80:1-2




“The love of money is the root of all evil”

Case histories in Acts of the Apostles………..

Simon the sorcerer Acts. 8: 18-20

The Philppian masters of demented girl Acts. 16:16-19

The Ephesian silversmiths Acts. 19:24-25

The injustice of Felix. Acts 25:26


The serious crime of Ananias & Sapphira

V3.“To lie to the Holy Spirit”

( Thinking that they could deceive spirit guided Apostles)

V4.“Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God”

(Imagining that God could not see what they were doing)

V9.“Ye have agreed together to tempt the spirit of the Lord”

(Testing the ability of the spirit to detect hypocrisy)

“Against thee, thee only have I sinned” Psa. 51:4


The punishment fits the crime !!

Judgement on Moses for striking the Rock. Num.20:10

The death of Uzzah before the Ark. 11.Sam.6:6-10

The death of the unnamed prophet 1.Kings 13:1-24

The leprosy of Gehazi 11. Kings 5:20-27


The Apostolic testimony spreads

Acts. 5: 16

  • Apostles defy order to desist from preaching
  • Crowds gather in the very precincts of the Temple
  • Essential solidarity of Ecclesia undisturbed by events
  • Populace honours the Apostles
  • Peter grows in stature with the people
  • News reaches outer districts, people flock to Jerusalem
  • Main roads clogged with the sick brought to be healed
  • Every one is healed

The Sadducees

  • Founded as a sect in B.C. 260 by one named “Zadok” hence “Zadokians” ( “Sadducees”) “Righteous ones”
  • Small but powerful sect, mainly of the rich class, favoured by the Maccabees (B.C. 135-75). Through political intrigue they gained the priesthood Acts. 5:17
  • Rational and sceptical, they did no believe in the supernatural, Acts 23:8, and so opposed national fanaticism, and religious zeal. This made them unpopular with the masses, so that they were often constrained because of popular opinion against them.
          • Math.21: 26; 26: 3-5 Acts 4:21;5:26

The Sadducees

  • They opposed the Pharisees, totally rejecting the oral traditions. They considered all Scripture as sacred, but only the Pentateuch as authoritative
  • They scorned the idea of immortality and future rewards, teaching that the best in this present life was the reward of virtue
  • Note their opposition to the Pharisees on their stated policy of political expediency. John 11: 47-50

The Sadducees

  • The early opposition to our Lord came mainly from the Pharisees, but the Priests took a more prominent part in procuring the Lord’s death John 19:15
  • Their opposition intensifies throughout the book of The Acts as their foundation doctrine of no resurrection was powerfully assailed. Acts. 4: 33

Act 4:33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.


Jesus exalted by God to be a...........

......“Prince” ( Grk. “Chief leader”)

  • Rendered….
    • “Prince of Life” Acts.3:15
    • The leader into eternal life.
    • “Captain of our salvation” Heb. 2:10
    • Leads us to salvation
    • “Author …of faith” Heb.12: 2
    • Leader in the race of faith.

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people Isa. 54:3-4

“Witness” Heb. “To Testify”

“Leader” Heb. “To go in front”

“Commander” Heb. “To issue commands”


Yahweh the saviour of Israel

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me thereis no saviour. Isa 43:11

Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for thereis no saviour beside me. Hosea 13:4


Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;Titus 2:10.13

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared

Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christour Saviour;Titus 3: 4, 6

But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christour Saviour. Titus 1:3-4


Gamaliel( “Reward of Ail”)

  • The grandson of Hillel
  • Revered teacher of the Law, one of only seven with title of “Rabban” ( “Our teacher”) Compare “Rabbi” (“My teacher”)
  • Also called “The beauty of the Law”
  • Paul’s teacher Acts 22:3
  • Last of the great teachers, who taught being seated
  • He died about 18 years before siege of Jerusalem A.D. 70
  • At his death it was said “The glory of the law ceased”

“Seven men of honest report”

  • Stephen - “A Laurel Crown”
  • Philip - “A lover of horses”
  • Prochorus “Before the dance”
  • Nicanor “Victorious”
  • Timon “Valuable”
  • Parmenas“Consistent”
  • Nicholas “Victorious over the people”

“The number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly”Acts. 6:7

  • The day of Pentecost 3000 Acts 2:41
  • Increased to 5000 Acts 4:4
  • “Multitudes added Acts 5:14
  • Disciples increased greatly Acts 6:7
  • Posssibly near 10,000!





The synagogue of the Hellenists



The Alexandrians

  • City on great learning institutions
  • Next to Jerusalem & Rome, largest Jewish population
  • Given their own quarter by Ptolemy Philadelphus
  • Allowed to have their own Governor
  • Philo the great teacher lived here at this time
  • Apollos educated here Acts. 18:24-25
  • Translation of the Septuagint (LXX) done here

Stephen’s Characteristics

  • An honest person v3
  • A gracious person v6
  • A man of knowledge & wisdom v10
  • Had an excellent disposition v10
  • His whole demeanor reflected in his face. v15

Stephen’s defenceActs 7……………


1-8 Abraham -- inheritance by promise not by law

9-16 Joseph – Type of Christ—help from Egypt

17-36 Moses – Raised & educated in Egypt – Rejected by his brethren – Revelation of God in desert

37-43 Israel’s consistent failure

44-50 The Temple not the final phase in worship

51-53 Stephen’s condemns his hypocritical accusers

54-60 In rage Stephen is stoned



“Between the 2 rivers”


Abraham elevated to firstborn Genesis 11:26-32

  • Terah 70 yrs old begins family v26
  • He dies at Haran aged 205 yrs. V32
  • After his death Abraham moves to Canaan Acts 7:4
  • Abraham then 75 yrs. Old 12:4
  • Terah would then have been 130 yrs. old
  • Though youngest Abraham would have been mentioned
  • first, as was Shem cp. Genesis 6:10 with 10:21

Abraham’s seed afflicted for 400 years!


  • Israel in Egypt approximately 215 years
  • Exod.12:40 has 430years.
  • LXX translation“In the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan”
  • Gal.3:16-17 gives 430 yrs. From the promise to the law
  • Gen.15:13 refers to affliction “of thy seed” and dates from the birth of Isaac some 30 years after Abraham’s entry into the land, hence 400 years.

Jewish emphasis on circumcision

Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Phi 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.


Throughout the earth, our Father, we revere thee. Led by thy Son, together we stand trueOne faith, one love, Thy Spirit binds us firmly as sons and daughters blessed in Thy view.From many lands we raise our eyes toward Thee, Our voices joined as one great family.


Our many lives are woven, fitly blended as tapestry created by Thy hand.Within each thread, Thy glory is extended, with every colour quality and strand.Upon thy loom our differences become one: a pleasing tribute to thee and thy Son


From many nations of the earth do we hail. With many tongues we form our praise to Thee. Across the seas from mountain, isle, and deep vale, Thy sons and daughters in one love agree.And as we strengthen one another in Thee, Thy spirit binds in perfect harmony.


Throughout the earth, our Father we revere thee. Led by thy Son together we stand true One faith, one love, Thy Spirit binds us firmly as sons and daughters blessed in Thy view.From many lands we raise our eyes toward Thee, Our voices joined as one great family.


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