Introduction to Acts chapters 2-4

Some have suggested that the book of Acts (short for the ‘Acts of the Apostles’) should have been named ‘the Acts of the Holy Spirit’.  The reason becomes apparent as you read through chapters 2-4.  Time and again it is the Holy Spirit who acts and takes the initiative and its the Apostles who follow his lead.  Look for this pattern as you read:

  • The Holy Spirit acts.
  • The crowds witness the action.
  • The Apostles explain the action to the crowds, always pointing back to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

This shouldn’t surprise us for it was Jesus who said:

John 15:26-27 When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me [Jesus].  And you [the disciples] also must testify.

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