With a beginning like Jesus had, can you imagine the finish and the journey to it?
What a Beginning!
Acts 1:1 – The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach…
The “former treatise” to which the writer refers is the Gospel According to Luke. The book of Acts was written by the physician, Luke. He was not of the twelve apostles, but he did have the distinct honor of writing two of the most prolific books of what we call the New Testament.
Now look further in our Text for Today. The book of Acts was written to “Theophilus.” The name “Theophilus” arises from two Greek words we would recognize as “theos” and “philus,” meaning “lover of God,” or more literally, “God-lover.” Based on that insight, the books of Luke and Acts should be quickly embraced by anyone who identifies him/herself as a Christian, as a believer, as a “lover of God.”
And finally, for this first insight into the book of Acts, consider the subject of Luke’s writing. He was writing about “all that Jesus began both to do and to teach.” What a remarkable statement! He is clearly saying to us that his first writing, the book of Luke, was about what Jesus “BEGAN” to do and to teach. My dear reader, friend, if that was the topic of the book of Luke, obviously from Luke’s perspective, then the other Gospels did the same thing from the perspectives of Matthew, Mark, and John. When you consider all Jesus did, the signs, wonders, healings, and miracles, and understand that this was just the beginning, how great must what is yet to be done be? If all that Jesus taught us of the Word of God, the Gospel of Christ was just the beginning, how great must be all that remains to be taught, more clearly defined, better understood, and of eternal importance. I fully understand that one is not to add to or take away from the Word of God. The penalties for that are clearly stated. But I am saying that the depth of revelation and the effectiveness of that revelation will reach higher, farther, and wider than that which has been done in previous times and ages. Surely, the best is yet to come, and there could be not better time to set your faith for “the best” than today. The book of Acts is the leading demonstration of the works of Holy Spirit in the Church. God NEVER decreases. Of the increase of His kingdom there shall be no end. What the Church will do in the last days will be the conclusion of the teaching and works of Jesus for this age, and it will be greatly increased from its beginning. And as a believer, you have a role in this work. Get busy! Start today!
Manna for Today – Acts 1:1-11; 1 John 5:3; John 14:15-17