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 all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The beginning of the New Testament church was NOT in the four gospels. It is clearly manifest in the book of Acts, especially in chapter 2. It was on the day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus from the dead that the New Testament church was truly birthed. From that point forward in the New Testament, there are only two books that are not concluded with the word, “Amen.” They are the books of Acts and James. I make that statement because of the meaning of the word, “amen.” It does not mean “that’s all for now.” It means, “let it be established,” or “so be it.” I am personally convinced, specifically regarding the book of Acts, that the conclusion of chapter 28, the final chapter included in the New Testament, that the final chapter(s) of Acts has (have) NOT been written. I don’t know how many chapters may exist after chapter 28, so, to keep it simple, when I refer to “Acts 29,” I am referring to the works of Holy Spirit through the people of God following the conclusion of the writing of what we know as the New Testament.
I am likewise convinced that the theme for the book of Acts, from the beginning of the church age until the conclusion of the writing of chapter 28 is clearly stated in 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 all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Jerusalem, Judaea, and Samaria were already well-known to the writers and readers of the New Testament writings. But at the moment in time when Jesus said those words, the “uttermost part of the earth” was NOT known at all by the writers and readers of New Testament writings.
As you think on that, consider all the nations of the world today, many of which did not exist prior to the 20th Century, and the vast majority of which did not exist in the lifetime of the writer of Acts, Luke. For those who might think that the days of signs and wonders ended with the close of the writing of Scriptures, the concept I share here clearly reveals such thinking as erroneous. And when we add the almost 20 centuries in which confirmed testimonies of the supernatural power of God manifesting through the church, we must conclude that the book of Acts, at least in its eternal form, is still being written. And I want to be a part of Acts 29. How about you?
Manna for Today – Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 1:37; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; Acts 1:1-11