Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 1 Day 4
8. Jesus completed the work that God gave Him to do.
“I have glorified You on the earth by faithfully doing everything you’ve told me to do.” (John 17:4 TPT)
Jesus completed His mission on earth when He commissioned His followers. He laid the foundation and trained them to go and spread the Word.
In His human body, Jesus only appeared one place at a time (as far as we know) although He defied the laws of physics before and after the resurrection.
The Spirit would come and baptize every one of them with the ability to move in the same miracle-working power and authority spreading the good news throughout the earth.
9. Jesus said, “I’m coming back.” (John 14:18-20 MSG)
Jesus will come back the same way they saw Him ascend.
He did not start from a cloud and ascend to outer space. He started from their visible presence, and disappeared from view in a cloud, ascending by that means into heaven. And when he returns it will be a reverse order. We will see him appearing from out of a cloud and descending back into our visible presence where we can see him and be with him. (footnote on Acts 1:9 TPT)
Our heavenly Father is also Jesus’ Father. They are working together to prepare a place for us, and Jesus is coming back for us.
10. Promises and encouragement
Jesus said, don’t worry or give into fear. Trust in God.
They won’t be left as orphans.
The Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth and tell us what he hears. He has full access to Jesus and to those who receive the Spirit.
It wasn’t just Jesus who promised the Holy Spirit would come but it was “the promise of the Father.”
The Father has a predetermined date and time to fulfill His prophecies to re-establish the kingdom of Israel. He tells us what we need to know.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would empower them to be His witnesses.
Two men in white reassured them that Jesus will come back the same way they saw him go into heaven.
Just a thought about the two men
The commentaries and Bible footnotes I referenced while preparing this lesson all quoted the Bible text using the words two men but in the next sentence, called them two angels.
I looked up the Greek word translated as two men. It means male human being. It’s sometimes translated as husband. Commentators handled the encounter with two men outside the tomb in a similar way.
One reference noted that some Bible scholars wonder if the two men were Moses and Elijah who were seen talking to Jesus when He transfigured but wrote it off as improbable.
Since Hebrews 12:1 mentions the great could of witnesses who encircle us, is it so improbable that these were actually men as the Greek text specifically says? Just a thought.
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My Answers to BSF Bible Study questions Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 1 Day 4