Acts Chapter 1

Acts Chapter 1 begins with a summary of proofs of the life of Jesus Christ. These proofs include His resurrection, His conference with the disciples, and the instructions that He left for them before He ascended into Heaven.

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The Holy Spirit, through which Jesus continued His works after leaving the earth, is mentioned in this chapter. It also says that Jesus taught and accomplished good works while He was on the earth, which He continued until He left.

Evidence of Christ’s Resurrection

The chapter speaks further of the evidence that Christ rose again after His death. The author tells of how Jesus appeared to people for 40 days following His resurrection. During that time, Christ appeared to them periodically when they were not expecting Him. He continued teaching His disciples about the kingdom during those times and He comforted their hearts with encouraging words, too.

Promise of the Holy Spirit

During the 40 days that Christ remained on earth after His death, Acts Chapter 1 states that He did not constantly stay with them. He would appear to them periodically and would continue His work while teaching the disciples about faith.

During this time, He comforted their hearts by promising the coming upon of the Holy Spirit on them. He addressed his apostles to let them know that He will soon leave and ascend to Heaven.

Jesus Ascends into Heaven

The pivotal moment of Acts Chapter 1 is when Jesus ascends to heaven. The apostles watch Him as they stand around looking up into the sky, two men dressed in white ask them why they are standing around. They tell the apostles that Jesus will one day return the same way that He left.

Replacing an Apostle

After Christ ascended, the apostles went back into Jerusalem where agree to replace Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus and killed himself. The choice was between Barsabbas and Matthias. The latter was chosen after the apostles cast lots.

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Acts 1 (King James Version)

1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, 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 disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)

16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

21 Wherefore of these men which have companied 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 taken up from us, must one be ordained 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, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,

25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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