Acts 1

Acts chapter 1

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Acts 1

Acts Chapter 1

Acts 1:1-3 Theophilus
Acts 1:4-11 Promise of the Father
Acts 1:12-15 Sabbath Day's Journey
Acts 1:16-26 How Did Judas Die?
ACTS 1:1  1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

What is the "former account" (Acts 1:1)?
See Theophilus and Luke.

Who is "I" (Acts 1:1)?
It is Luke, whom the Apostle Paul mentions is a "physician" and one of his "fellow workers for the kingdom of God" at the end of this passage: "Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me. Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you." (Colossians 4:10-14) And since his name is listed after Paul identified his Jewish ("of the circumcision") collaborators, Luke was a gentile.

Where did Paul and Luke meet?
Please pay close attention to the pronouns as you read the following passage from Acts 16:1-10. The first "he" refers to the Apostle Paul. "1 Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. 6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them." Paul and Timothy are referred to as "they" until their arrival in Troas in Acts 16:8, but the pronoun changes to "we" in Acts 16:10, indicating that Luke joined Paul and Timothy in Troas.

Where is Troas?
Troas is a port city near the northwestern corner of Turkey. Its ancient name is Troy.

How far did Luke accompany Paul?
All the way to Rome, where Paul wrote following words to Timothy: "Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica - Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry." (2 Timothy 4:9-11)

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