Acts 13-18: The Acts of the Apostles

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 28:19-20, KJV

 

As we read the Book of Acts, it is good to keep in mind just what it's purpose was. The book begins with the apostles on the day of Pentecost teaching the people of the new way of living that was instituted by God when Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was resurrected. After Jesus arose, He gave the command to His apostles that we read above in Matthew 28: To make disciples and teach them to observe all of Christ's commands.

 

This is in a nutshell what the Book of Acts is all about. It is a fulfillment by the apostles of Jesus' great commission. So as we read through Acts, we are learning how to become a Christian and how to live as a Christian. The book is essentially a history of how the church (the body of Christ made up, not of buildings or denominations, but of Christians) was to function. It is a history of the apostle's work of setting up the church that Jesus had paid for with His own blood.

 

Because of the apostle's duty to fulfill Christ's commission to teach us everything, we see over and over in Acts the plan of salvation, how the church was formed, how it was to function, and how the individual Christians that made up the church were to live their lives once they became Christians.

 

The reading for the next several days is Acts 13-18. It tells us much about how God wants us to come to Him, and how we are to live once we have become Christians, It is well worth our time and effort to read and understand!