Week of June 3 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Acts 1:6-8

 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Reflect: According to Jesus in verse 8, what purpose does the power of the Holy Spirit serve? Why was the Spirit important for their mission? Why is He important for ours?

Consider: This order of apostolic preaching and success supplies the proper key to the plan of the Acts, which relates first the progress of the Gospel “in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria” (the first through ninth chapters), and then “unto the uttermost part of the earth” (the tenth through twenty-eighth chapters).[1]

Respond:  As a disciple, what is the impact on you of Jesus’ mandate in Acts 1:8? What does it mean to be Jesus’ witness? What are we witnesses to?

 

[1] Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 174.