Summary of the Book of Acts of Apostle.
The early Christian sermons that Luke summarized and recorded form to a very great extent the basis for a reconstruction of the kerygma, and from this point of view, the gospel records were made. Luke's account of how Christianity made its way among Gentiles without discarding the more vital points of Judaism did much toward establishing unity. The account of Paul's arrest in the city of Jerusalem and the trials that followed clearly vindicate Paul in the eyes of any impartial reader. The end of the book is somewhat disappointing because one would expect to read about Paul's trial in Caesar's court, but the account ends rather abruptly. Some people think that Luke intended to write a third volume of his history but was unable to do so. Of this we cannot be certain. However, we are indebted to Luke in no small measure for the two accounts of Christianity that he did write.
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Chapter one talks about the important and remember that Pentecost in type was not new, for it took its place in the Feasts of Jehovah given in Leviticus 23. These feasts are rich in prophetic truth pointing to the fundamental basis and the millennial teaching of the Messianic kingdom which dominates the Old Testament.
Chapter two is talking about pentecost, in its scriptural setting, anticipates the Millennium. Its gifts are called `the powers (miracles, dunameis) of the coming age, and the summary judgment of Ananias and Sapphira for telling a lie is typical of the Day of The Lord.
There will be direct judgment for sin each day in the Millennium so that God's kingdom standards can be maintained. In this age of grace such judgment is suspended. If this were not so, the undertakers would have a real problem. The death judgment of Ananias and Sapphira is not the only judgment in the Acts. Later on is recorded the judgment of blindness that fell upon Elymas. tells us that `many ... miraculous signs were done by the apostles', so Luke is recording only a few of them. They were God's practical testimony to the truth of the great earthly kingdom happenings that were being experienced at this time. Joel's words had declared that there would be `signs on the earth', so all this was in harmony with the prophecy.
Luke commences this chapter by giving us the result of the important speech Peter had just made. This, together with the healing of the lame man, had caused a crowd to assemble and the Temple authorities evidently thought that they had better intervene. The `captain of the Temple' was the chief of the Temple police, and he was responsible for keeping order in the Temple courts. He was ranked next to the high priest and was in charge of a picked body of Levites. With them was a number of Sadducees.