Summary of Acts 1:4-8:
Jesus tells his disciples one day after his resurrection and during the 40 day period of his teaching (before he ascends to heaven) to not leave Jerusalem to preach the Good News but to wait to be baptized by the Holy Spirit. The disciples ask Jesus if he is going to restore the kingdom of Israel, and Jesus basically says it’s not for you to know the time, but it is for you to be his witnesses to the world.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 3: Acts 1:4-8
6) “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promied, which you hae heard me speak about.” The Spirit will empower them to be his witnesses in Jerusalem and the entire world.
7a) All the difference. You can do nothing without Christ.
b) Personal Question. My answer: God has guided my every step and gotten me to this place in my life right now where I can live the life He has for me.
Conclusions to BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 3: Acts 1:4-8
Great emphasis on the fact that we can do nothing without God, and that God does not leave us to our own devices to do His will. He empowers us through the Holy Spirit with every step we take every day no matter our circumstances.
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 1, Day 3: Acts 1:4-8
Fun Fact: This is the last time the disciples see Jesus in His physical body, until they went to heaven to be with Him forever.
The disciples had asked when Jesus would restore Israel many times before, but it had a special relevance now. They knew that Jesus had instituted the New Covenant (Luke 22:20). They also knew that the restoration of the kingdom to Israel was part of the New Covenant (as seen in Jeremiah 23:1-8, Ezekiel 36:16-30, Ezekiel 37:21-28). Jesus tells them it is not for them to know.
Why not reveal God’s plan to the disciples?
- It was wise for Jesus not to outline His plan over the next 2,000 years. It was good for the disciples to not know that the full restoration of the kingdom to Israel that they hoped would happen soon would not come for some 2,000 years. It might overly discourage them in the work they had to do right then and might make them think less of the aspect of the kingdom of God that was present with them.
The progress of the spread of the gospel message from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and then to the end of the earth becomes the outline of Acts.
- Acts 1-7 describes the gospel in Jerusalem.
- Acts 8-12 speak of the gospel in Judea and Samaria.
- Acts 13-28 tells of the gospel going to the end of the earth.
Jerusalem was where Jesus was executed at the word of an angry mob.
Judea rejected His ministry.
Samaria was regarded as a wasteland of impure half-breeds.
In the uttermost parts of the earth, the Gentiles were seen by some Jews of that day as nothing better than fuel for the fires of Hell.
Yet God empowers all through the Holy Spirit.