Transforming God's People from Within
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Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and
the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the
Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing
proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty
days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command:
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which
you have heard me speak about.
John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with
the Holy Spirit.”
when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time
going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father
has set by his own authority.
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will
be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
ends of the earth.”
he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid
him from their sight.
were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two
men dressed in white stood beside them.
of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky?
This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back
in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a
Sabbath day’s walk from the city.
they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying.
Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas,
Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and
Judas son of James.
all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary
the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a
hundred and twenty)
said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit
spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served
as guide for those who arrested Jesus—
was one of our number and shared in this ministry.”
the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he
fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.
you love me, you will obey what I command.
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with
Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees
him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be
will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I
live, you also will live.
that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and
I am in you.
has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves
me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself
Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show
yourself to us and not to the world?”
replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will
love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are
not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
this I have spoken while still with you.
the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said
I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you
loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the
Father is greater than I.
have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you
will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is
coming. He has no hold on me,
the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what
my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.
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