In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he showed himself to these men 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 Gospel that Luke wrote told of what Jesus did and taught. To the Apostles He “gave instructions” through the Holy Spirit. During those days between His resurrection and ascension Jesus appeared to those men, convincing them that He was alive and speaking to them or teaching them about the Kingdom of God. This instruction the apostles take and through the power of the Holy Spirit, teach others. And so begins the book of Acts. This is what Acts is all about.
I am not an apostle, but Jesus still gives instructions through His Holy Spirit to people like me. I am a servant in His Kingdom and need to be taught about the Kingdom of God. I am an apostle – little “a.” I too am “one sent.” Although I do not have the same responsibilities as the Apostles, I too need to teach others the instructions I’ve received from the Lord. I need to listen to the Lord’s Apostles and their teaching as recorded in the New Testament. Through these words the Holy Spirit is able to give instructions to me. This is the most important education in the world.
Holy Spirit – I am enrolled! I want to hear the instructions that You have for me. Thank You for the power You have over my life. I relinquish all control to You and want to listen and obey what You say. Thank You for Your grace in my life. I love You, Lord.