Category Archives: 03 – The Kingdom Offered

Detailed study of the first eight chapters of Acts, where God continues to deal directly with Israel, seeking national repentance for having crucified their Messiah, in anticipation of ushering in the Millennial Kingdom

Repent — but of what?

Finally we come to Peter’s answer to the question, “Brethren, what should we DO?”  But before we dive in, dear reader, a reminder — if we are to observe the Word for what it says, we must cast of preconceived … Continue reading

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A loose end…

Before we launch into Peter’s response to his listeners’ pressing question, “Brethren, what shall we DO?”, we need to clarify a detail that we passed over in the heat of the events… Return to Peter’s quotation of Joel and look especially … Continue reading

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This is That

This is that which was spoken of through the prophet Joel:  “And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘that I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, … Continue reading

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Joel

Peter is about to address the people who had witnessed the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Some of those gathered there tried to explain the miraculous translation of languages as drunkenness on the part of the 120.  But God is … Continue reading

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Great Perplexity

Acts 2:5-16 — “What does this mean?” (v12) Please read the entire passage now to refresh your memory of the details.  Remember, try to observe what the passage says, and refrain from jumping to interpretations you may have been taught … Continue reading

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Wild Wind

(Updated on 9/19/2010 since first publication!) Please have your study Bible open to the second chapter of Acts.  Read each verse or block of verses before reading my explanation.  That is the Berean way — to read God’s word first, … Continue reading

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Pentecost Society

“Pentecost” means something entirely different to us than it did to those waiting in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to come.  We, of course, will always associate it with that momentous occasion.  But before then Pentecost was still a high … Continue reading

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Pentecost Background

In order to understand what Luke is about to describe, we need a refresher course in Jewish history. We have said much already about the long-awaited restored Davidic kingdom, which was very much on the collective Jewish mind at the … Continue reading

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Judas’ Replacement

Was Paul an apostle?  He says so in I Corinthians 4:9 and 15:9, II Corinthians 11:5 and 12:11, and Galatians 1:17.  (Time to be Berean… get out your Bible and see if it is so!)  If he was, why wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Ascension

Before launching into a verse-by-verse study of Acts it is good to remember a couple of principles.  First, we must see what God’s Word says before we can understand what it means.  Preachers, authors and teachers have a tendency to … Continue reading

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