ACT CHAPTERS 1, 2

THE BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH

ACT 1:1-26

  1. The former words have I performed O friend of God, of all that Jesus began both to perform and teach,
  2. Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he because of the Holy Ghost had given charge unto the messengers whom he had chosen:
  3. To whom also he presented himself alive after his sufferings by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things as touching the reign of God:
  4. And, assembled together with them, charged them that they should not separate from Jerusalem but to stay around for the announcement of the Father, which, saith he, you have reported of me.
  5. For John indeed fully overwhelmed with water: but you shall be fully overwhelmed with  the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
  6. When they certainly were assembled, they desired of him, saying, God, will thou by this time restore again the royalty, the reign to Israel?
  7. And he answered them, meaneth not for you to understand, the times or  the opportunity that the Father hath appointed in his own authority.
  8. Indeed you shall take hold of miraculous power after that the Holy Ghost is in you and you will be records unto me whether in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the latter end of the earth.
  9. And when he had brought word of these things, while they looked on, he was taken up; and a cloud received him away from their sight.
  10. And while they looked held their eyes toward the sky as he indeed traveled up, behold, two men stood by them in  white clothes;
  11. Who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand you here looking up in the sky? This man Jesus, that is taken up from you into the sky shall in that way come that way as you have seen him go into the sky. (Ref: Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21)
  12. The returned they to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a week journey.
  13. And when they had entered in, they went up into an upper room, where resided both Peter (the rock) and James, and John and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James, the son of Alphaeus, a Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
  14. These all continued with one mind in worship and prayer, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
  15. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the pupils, and said, (the number of names together were about  an hundred and twenty,)
  16. Men and brethren, this Holy writing should be fully preached that the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, was the leader to them that conceived Jesus.
  17. For he was reckoned with us, and had obtained inheritance of this ministry.
  18. Now this man purchased land with the wages of unrighteousness and falling leaning forward he cracked open in the midst of us and all his intestines gushed out.
  19. And it was known unto all the residents at Jerusalem; insomuch as that land is named in their own language, Aceldama, that is to say, The land of blood.
  20. For it is described in the scroll of Psalms, Let his dwelling become a wilderness and let no man reside therein: and his office of a bishop let another receive.
  21. But these men which have come together with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
  22. Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was received up from us, should one be required to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
  23. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
  24. And they prayed, and said, Thou, God, which knows the hearts of all men, appoint which of these two thou hast chosen,
  25. That he may receive inheritance of this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might travel to his own place.
  26. And they delivered their inheritance; and the inheritance fell upon Matthias and he was named with the eleven apostles.

 

THE HOLY GHOST & BREAKING OF BREAD

ACT 2:1-47

  1. And when the day of Pentecost was passed, everyone was unanimously with one mind, in one place
  2. And suddenly there came a loud noise from heaven as of a moving violent breath and it fully preached throughout the temple where they were sitting.
  3. And there appeared unto them divided tongues not naturally acquired like as of lightening and it set down upon each of them.
  4. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak in strange tongues, as the Breath have power to speak forth.
  5. And there were residing at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every Gentile nation under heaven.
  6. Now when this was voiced abroad, the multitude came together, and they were in an uproar because that every man understood them speak  in his own language.
  7. And they all were beside themselves and admired, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak/preach Galilaeans?
  8. And how understand we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
  9. Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
  10. Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and  proselytes,
  11. Cretes and Arabians, we do understand them speak in our language the wonderful works of God.
  12. And they were all beside themselves and were perplexed, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
  13. Others mocking said, These men are full of fermented wine.
  14. But Peter,  standing up with the eleven, raised up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this  known unto you, and listen to my words:
  15. Indeed these are not intoxicated, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
  16. But this means that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
  17. And it shall come to pass in the final days, saith God, I will pour from my Spirit over all human beings and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream to dreams:
  18. And on my servants and on my female servants I will pour out in those days from my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
  19. And I will set an extraordinary event with its supernatural effects in heaven above, and miracles in the earth beneath; blood, and lightening and vapour of smoke:
  20. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that mighty and noticeable day  of the Lord appear:
  21. And it shall be, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be preserved.
  22. Ye men of Israel, understand these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man set forth of God among you by miraculous powers and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the before you, as you yourselves also know:
  23. Him, being delivered by the ordained will and forethought of God, you have taken hold of and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
  24. Whom God hath raised up, having destroyed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be held by it.
  25. For David spoke concerning him; I previously saw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
  26. Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in faith:
  27. Because thou wilt not leave my life in the grave, neither wilt thou suffer  thine Holy One to see corruption.
  28. Thou hast made known to me the journey of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy presence.
  29. Men and brethren, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his grave is with us unto this day.
  30. Therefore being a prophet, and understanding that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his procreative powers according to the carnal mind he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
  31. He seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his life was not left in hell neither did his flesh see corruption.
  32. This Jesus have God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
  33. Therefore being by the right side of God, exalted, and having received of the Father the message of the Holy Ghost, that he has poured out this, which you now see and hear.
  34. For David did not rise up into the heavens: but he said himself, God said to my Lord, sit thou on my right side.
  35. While I make thy enemy thy footstool.
  36. Therefore let all the house of Israel know for sure that God has made that same Jesus, whom you have crucified both Lord and Christ.
  37. Now when they heard this, they were violently agitated in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
  38. Then Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  39. For the message is to you and to your children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
  40. And with many other words did he testify  and exhort saying, Save yourselves from this crooked/warped generation.
  41. Then they that gladly received his word, were baptized: and the same day there was added to them about three thousand souls.
  42. And they continued diligently in what the apostles’ have been taught and partnership, and in the act of breaking raised bread, and in prayer.
  43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and miracles were done by the ambassadors of the Gospel.
  44. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
  45. And sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all men, as everyman had need.
  46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking raised bread from house to house, did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart.
  47. Praising God, and having acceptance with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be whole.

 

THE MINISTRY OF PETER AND JOHN

ACT 3:1-26

  1. Now Peter and John went up together into the central sanctuary at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
  2. And a man lived crippled from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they would place daily at the entrance of the temple which is called Beautiful to begging for compassion of them that entered into central sanctuary;
  3. Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the central sanctuary begged for compassion.
  4. And Peter, gazed intently at him with John, said, Look at us.
  5. And he gave heed to them, expected to receive something of them.
  6. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but what I have give I to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
  7. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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