The Book of Acts

Acts outlines the history of the Apostolic age. The Early church fathers wrote that Luke was a physician in Antioch and an adherent of the Apostle Paul. It is said to be that the author of the Gospel of Luke is the same as the author of the Acts of the Apostles. Tradition holds that the text was written by Luke the companion of Paul, and this traditional view of Luke's authorship is widely held as the view which most satisfactorily explains all the data. The title "Acts of the Apostles" was not part of the original text. It was first used by Irenaeus late in the second century. Some have suggested that the title "Acts" be interpreted as "The Acts of the Holy Spirit," or even "The Acts of Jesus," since (Acts 1:1) gives the impression that these acts were set forth as an account of what Jesus continued to do and teach, Jesus himself being the principal actor.

Acts 1

 1The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach. Luke explaining to Theophilus that he wrote in his first book everything Jesus began to do and teach. 

 2Until 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. After Jesus being taken up to Heaven, through the Holy Spirit, He gave His chosen apostles further instructions.

 3To 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. During the 40 days (40 meaning probation), after His crucifixion, Christ appeared to the apostles from time to time to prove to them He was alive. He talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

 4And, 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. While eating with the apostles, Jesus told them not to leave Jerusalem until they received the gift of the Holy Spirit that He had promised them from His Father. (Luke 24:49). "Jesus wanted them to be well prepared."

 5For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. John baptized with water, but soon you will be baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit.

 6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? The apostles kept asking Jesus if it was time for Him to free Israel and restore their Kingdom.

 7And 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. Only the Heavenly Father can set those dates and times, but it is not for you to know. This was for the later generation. (The generation of the fig tree).

 8But 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. You will all receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you and you will teach my Word throughout the world. This is for us today as Christians; we need the Holy Spirit to help us bring the truth to those who need it.

 9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. After saying this, Christ was taken up in a cloud to Heaven and they could no longer see Him.

 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel. Two angels of God were standing beside the apostles as a witness to the Son of God.

 11Which 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. Why do you stare into the sky you men of Galilee the two angels said. Jesus was taken from you, but He will return someday in the same way that you seen Him go. He will return to the mount of Olives as it is written. (Zechariah 14:4).

 12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. About a half mile distance of travel from Olivet to Jerusalem.

 13And 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. This is where they would meet in fellowship and prayer.

 14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. They met together united in prayer along with Mary the mother of Jesus as well as other women, and the brothers of Jesus. (You could say it was the first church meeting, or bible study gathering of Christians).

 15And 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). About 120 Christians that established the first church and Peter stood to address them.

 16Men 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. It is necessary for the scripture to come true concerning Judas, who betrayed Christ by delivering Him to the mob to be killed. Spoken by the "Holy Spirit" through King David. (Psalm 41:9).

 17For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Judas was chosen to be an Apostle, just as we were. (Judas was in charge of the money).

 18Now 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. Judas bought a field with the money he received for the betrayal. Judas did not hang himself like many believe; he was killed by the kenites to cover up the betrayal. (Zechariah 11:9-17). Read our study topic titled "Sons of Cain" if you are not familiar with the kenites.

 19And 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. The news spread quickly about his death throughout Jerusalem and they named this place, the field of blood.

 20For 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. King David said it long before in the book of Psalms. Let his home become desolate, and let his work be given to someone else. (Psalm 69:25, 109:8).

 21Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us. We need to pick a new eye witness to join us about the resurrection of Jesus.

 22Beginning 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. Lets pick someone who has been with us from the beginning when Jesus was baptized, till He was taken from us into Heaven.

 23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. Matthias, or Matthew (Gift of God).

 24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen. Show us Lord who you have chosen as an Apostle to replace Judas, for you know every heart. (God knows your heart).

 25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. Judas will get what God decides on judgment day.

 26And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. They drew straws and Matthias would become the Apostle to replace Judas. (Now we have all twelve apostles).

Acts 2

 1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Seven weeks had passed since the death and resurrection of Jesus. Pentecost is 50 days after the annual celebration of Passover. (Leviticus 23:16). Christ became our "Passover" as the sacrificial lamb slain. (1 Corinthians 5:7, Isaiah 53:7, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:19. Revelation 5:6). 

 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. As the believers met together that day, there was a sound like a roaring wind that filled the house where they were meeting. "The Holy Spirit."

 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Then what looked like flames of fire from many directions appeared and settled on their heads.

 4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And everyone present was filled with the "Holy Spirit" and began to speak in languages they did not know. (Literally, in languages they did not know). The "Holy Spirit" gave them the ability to understand in every language spoken.

 5And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. This word "nations" is "ethnos." Jews and gentiles alike were present.

 6Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. When they heard the roaring in the sky above, crowds came running to see what was going on. They were all stunned to "hear their own languages being spoken" by the disciples. Spoken to understand in their very own dialect where they were born. (Not an unknown tongue). "This was the miracle of the Holy Spirit." (When the Holy Spirit speaks, everyone can understand what is being said).

 7And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? How can this be they said. These men are Galilaeans. (The Galileans were the most religious Jews in the world during Jesus' time. They revered and knew the Scriptures well. They were passionately committed to living out their faith and passing their faith, knowledge, and lifestyle to their children).

 8And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Yet we hear them speak all the native languages where we were born.

 9Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia.

 10Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes. This word "proselytes" is Jewish converts.

 11Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. They heard all the tribes speaking in their own languages (in cloven tongue so everyone understood) about the mighty miracles of God. Again, the miracle was the "wonderful works of God," through the "Holy Spirit."

 12And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? What can this mean they asked each other? They never witnessed anything like this before.

 13Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. Many said these men were drunk. (The problem with saying they were all drunk is that this was early in morning and it was illegal to drink in the morning).

 14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words. Peter yells out... Listen carefully to what I say.

 15For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. You say these men are drunk, but it is way to early for that. People didn't get drunk by 9:00 a.m. in these times. (Maybe now days, but not back then).

 16But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel. What you see is what Joel the prophet predicted centuries ago.

 17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. The "Holy Spirit" will speak through men and women in the last days. (Joel 2:28-32). Christ would speak of this same thing Himself. He tells us what will happen to those who are delivered up before the antichrist in the end times. (Mark 13:9-11, Luke 12:10-12). It will be just as the Pentecostal tongue.

 18And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. The "Holy Spirit" will come upon my servants and they will prophesy.

 19And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. I will cause strange events in the heavens and on earth; blood, fire, and clouds of smoke. (Judgment is coming)!

 20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come. The second advent of Christ. (There are many heresies being taught today about the end of the world).

 21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Call on the name of the Lord; for only Christ has the power to do the saving.

 22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know. God endorsed "Jesus of Nazareth" through the tremendous miracles performed by Christ. 

 23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. By the plan of God, He let you use the Roman government to nail Him to the cross and crucify Him. (Written 1,000 years ago in Psalms 22).

 24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. God has raised Him up and brought Him back to life again defeating death.

 25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved. King David knew that the Heavenly Father would always be with the coming Messiah to help and support him. (Psalms 16:8).

 26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope. King David knew all would be well with Christ in death, and his heart was filled with joy and praises for the Lord. (Psalms 16:9). We can have that same hope as King David, even in these sinful flesh bodies.

 27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. God would not leave His soul in hell, or let the body of Christ decay, because Christ defeated death and the grave. (Psalms 16:10).

 28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. David knew that God would give the coming Messiah back His life after the crucifixion. (Psalms 16:11).

 29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Peter speaking with greatness saying that David wasn't referring to himself when he spoke these words. David died and was buried, and his tomb is still among us.

 30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne. David was a prophet, and he knew that God would raise up one of David's own descendants, (the Messiah) to sit on David's throne. (2 Samuel 7:12-13). "The promise was made, and God always keeps His promises."

 31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. David was predicting far into the future about the Messiah's resurrection, that the Messiah's soul would not be left in hell, and His body would not decay. "Christ was transfigured." (Psalm 16:10).

 32This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Peter explained that King David was speaking of Jesus, and we all are witnesses that Jesus rose from the dead.

 33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. Christ sitting on the throne at the right hand of God. Just as promised, the Father gave Him the authority to send the "Holy Spirit" in which we are seeing, hearing, and feeling today.

 34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand. David was speaking of one of his offspring calling Him Lord. (Psalms 110:1-7). "Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." (Christ was Melchizedek). (Melchi = King, Zedek = the just), together we have "King of the just."

 35Until I make thy foes thy footstool. He will bring the enemy into complete subjection. (We have nothing to fear in the end times with Christ on our side).

 36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Let me assure you that this same Jesus that you have crucified, God has made Him to be the Lord and the Messiah.

 37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? These words of Peter hit them deep in their hearts. What have we done? (Just as so many today will say). What should we do they asked Peter and the other apostles? (They were all a bunch of hypocrites).

 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Peter said to them; "each one of you must turn from sin," repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and you will receive the "Holy Spirit." This is a promise from God to whom ever will. (Baptism is to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).

 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. Christ promised the "Holy Spirit" to everyone who has been "called" by the Lord, to your children, and to those in distant lands.

 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Peter with a long sermon warns his listeners to save themselves from the evils of their generation. The same is meant for the evils of today's generation. Don't be deceived and remain in bondage to this world. "Follow Christ and be free."

 41Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Those who believed Peter were baptized, and in the same day about 3,000 were added to the 120. (The group that established the first Christian church).

 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. They continued to fellowship with the apostles in communion, prayer meetings, and learning their doctrine. Keep in mind that it was not the apostles doctrine, or traditions of men that they were teaching. It was Christ's doctrine... "The Word!"

 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. A deep sense of awe came upon them and the apostles performed many miracles. (The true presence of the Holy Spirit).

 44And all that believed were together, and had all things common. The believers met regularly and shared everything with each other.

 45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. The more wealthy sold their possessions and divided it among those in need. (Don't see to much of that today, even if they are Christians).

 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. They worshipped regularly at the temple, met in small groups in homes for communion, and shared their meals with joy and thankfulness. (Another act we do not see to much of today).

 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Praising God... All having the same beliefs of truth in common, and "God" added to them daily all who would be saved. God brings them in; God does the saving.

Acts 3

 1Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. The 3:00 daily prayer meeting.

 2And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple. He laid daily at the east gate which is also known as the beautiful gate.

 3Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. As Peter and John passed him, he asked them for money.

 4And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. Look here Peter replied.

 5And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. The lame man looked at them expecting a gift.

 6Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. We don't have any money for you Peter said; but I'll give you something else. And in the name of Jesus, Peter demanded the lame man to walk. (Do it the way God commanded; in "Jesus name" was the way the apostles did it). Christ is the one who gives the healing.

 7And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. Peter took the man by the hand pulling him up and the man was healed.

 8And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. Then the man went into the temple with them walking, leaping, and praising God.

 9And all the people saw him walking and praising God. They saw that the hand of God touched this man as he was praising God.

 10And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. When they realized he was the lame beggar who was often at the gate, they were surprised and amazed.

 11And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. All who were present rushed out to the porch (Solomon's Hall), where he was holding onto Peter and John. They were all amazed at the wonderful thing that happened. (They stopped at the porch, because that is all the further a Gentile could go).

 12And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? Men of Israel Peter said to the crowd. Why are you so surprised at what just happened? You don't think it was us through our own power that made this man walk? (They just witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit).

 13The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. It is the God of all our ancestors who has brought the glory to Jesus by doing this. It was Jesus whom you rejected before Pilate when he wanted to release Him.

 14But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you. You had the choice of Jesus or Barnabas to be released, and you chose Barnabas, a murderer over the Holy righteous one. (Peter putting the blame partly on them).

 15And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. You killed the prince of life; but God raised Him from the dead. John and I witnessed it first hand.

 16And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. In Jesus name the Holy Sprit has healed this man. It was His faith in Jesus as well as ours that did the healing.

 17And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. I realize that what you did to Jesus was done in ignorance; and the same can be said for your leaders. (The Kenites were their leaders). Through ignorance: God had put the spirit of slumber upon them. (Romans 11:8). Eyes that do not see, and ears that do not hear the truth.

 18But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. God was fulfilling the prophecies that the Messiah must suffer all these things. Speaking of Psalms 22, which Jesus was quoting as He hung on the cross to be crucified. (God did not forsake Christ). It was this Psalm that Christ would quote, written 1,000 years before the crucifixion.

 19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. Repent, and change your attitude towards God, turning to Him to cleanse your sins. Then wonderful times and blessings will come from the Lord.

 20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. Speaking of the second advent when He returns.

 21Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Christ must remain in heaven until the restoration of all things from sin, since the beginning of time. (Romans 8:28-30).

 22For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. Moses said it long ago that the Lord shall raise up a prophet. (Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Isaiah 7:14).

 23And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Anyone that does not listen to Him shall be destroyed. "All the unbelievers; Unless they repent."

 24Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Samuel and the other prophets have all spoken about this. (2 Samuel 7).

 25Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with Abraham. God shall bless the entire world as He promised Abraham. (Genesis 12:2-3, Galatians 3:8).

 26Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. God sent His Son to you first; men of Israel, to turn you away from sin.

Acts 4

 1And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them. The head priest, captain of the temple police, and some of the Sadducees came over to them as they were talking to the people. (The Sadducees did not believe in life after death). Might be a little conflict of interest here.

 2Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. They were disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people about the resurrection of the dead through Christ. This was contrary to their teachings.

 3And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. They arrested them and put them in jail for teaching God's Word. (A lot of this takes place today around the world). Thank God in this country that we have the freedom to believe and teach what we want. 

 4Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. But, many of the people believed their message, and the number of believers grew to around 5,000 people. (When you teach the truth, the lost will follow).

 5And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes. The next day the council of all their Jewish officials was in session.

 6And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. It was like a family affair of the high priests.

 7And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Here we have the high priest asking; by what power and authority have you done this?

 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel. Peter stood right up and addressed them with the power of the Holy Spirit. (Sometimes you need to take a stand when the so called higher ups try to dress you down).

 9If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole. If you mean the good deed done to the cripple man and how he was healed. 

 10Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. Let me set you straight on this matter. This healing was done in the name and power of Jesus Christ, the man you crucified. "God raised Him back to life." It is by His authority (not ours), that this man stands here healed.

 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Jesus the messiah is the one referred to in scriptures as a stone discarded by the builders, which became the head cornerstone. (Psalms 118:22).

 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. There is no salvation through anyone else accept through Jesus Christ.

 13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. They seen the boldness and confidence in these men as they taught the Word. Knowing that these men were uneducated and not professionals, but they were amazed at what Jesus had done for them. (The majority of Jesus disciples were just common folk).

 14And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. They could not discredit them, because the man they had just healed stood beside them.

 15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves. They commanded them to leave the council chamber so they could confer among themselves. 

 16Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. They did not know what to do with these men because they could not deny what had just happened. Everybody in Jerusalem knew about it.

 17But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. They wanted to stop them from spreading any more propaganda so they were going to threaten them.

 18And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. They called Peter and John in and told them that they did not want them to teach about Jesus anymore. Yea right!

 19But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Peter and John replied; you decide whether God wants us to obey you instead of Him.

 20For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. "We can't stop telling about the wonderful things we saw Jesus do and heard Him say."

 21So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. They threatened them more, but finally let them go because they could not punish them with all the people present without starting a riot. (A public hearing can be to your advantage when your telling the truth).

 22For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed. Here we had a lame person for over 40 years and he was healed.

 23And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. As soon as they were freed, Peter and John went to the other disciples and reported to them what the council had said.

 24And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is. After they heard this, all the disciples united together in prayer.

 25Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? Why do the heathen rage against the Lord, and the people plan their little plots against the Lord? This word people here is "nations." Why do the nations rage against the Lord? (Psalms 2). Look at what is going on with the nations around the world because every day they come more against God, this nation included.

 26The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. The kings of the earth gather together to fight against the anointed one. It is going down today in the end times.

 27For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together. That's what 's happening here in the city. The king, the governor, the Romans, and the people of Israel are united against Jesus, the anointed one.

 28For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. They won't stop at what you let them do.

 29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word. Hear their threats against you and grant to your servants "boldness" in their preaching.

 30By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. Send your healing power, and may miracles and wonders be done in the "Name of Jesus."

 31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. After the prayer, the building shook and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and boldly preached God's message.

 32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. All the believers were of one heart and mind and everyone was sharing. (In Christianity, it is important that a family, or a congregation be of one heart and mind when it comes to teaching and receiving God's Word). Today it is hard to get your family to all believe the same way. (Satan loves to tear families apart).

 33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. The apostles preached powerful sermons about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. "Grace was upon them all."

 34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold. There was no poverty among them because all who owned land, or houses, sold them and shared with others. (Not to many Christians doing that today).

 35And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. They brought the money to the apostles to give to others in need.

 36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus. For example, there was Joseph, one of the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (Barney the preacher they called him), from the tribe of Levi.

 37Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet. One of the one's who sold a field that he owned and brought the money to the apostles to share among those in need.

Acts 5

 1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. Ananias and his wife sold some property.

 2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. They only brought part of the money from the sale to the apostles, saying this was all of it. (Didn't want to give up the money).

 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Peter said to Ananias, why did you let Satan fill your heart so that you lie to the Holy Spirit? You kept part of the money for the land you sold. (Never lie to God).

 4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. The property was yours to sell and the money was yours to give. You did not lie to us, but to God.

 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. As soon as Ananias heard these words he fell to the floor dead! Another lesson learned like in the book of (Luke 12:10). Don't deny the Holy Spirit.

 6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. The younger men covered him up and took him out to be buried.

 7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. About three hours later his wife came in to see what happened.

 8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Did you sell your land for a certain price Peter asked? Yes she answered. (Lying about the price they sold it for).

 9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. How could you and your husband do such a thing like this? Conspiring against the Holy Spirit. Your husband was just carried out dead, and they will carry you out also.

 10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. Instantly she fell to the floor and was dead! The young men came and carried her out also and buried her next to her husband. (A good lesson learned here, not to lie to the Holy Spirit).

 11And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. Terror came upon the entire church and all who heard what had happened.

 12And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. This should read by the "hand of God" through the apostles, many remarkable miracles were performed among the people.

 13And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. The other believers did not join them, but all had the highest regard for them.

 14And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. And more believers were added to the Lord, crowds of both men and women.

 15Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. The sick were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that the shadow of Peter passing by would fall across some of them. (A shadow of healing by the Holy Spirit, not Peters shadow). Never forget that it is God that does the healing.

 16There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. Crowds came in from the suburbs with their sick, and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed. (Again, all healed by the Holy Spirit).

 17Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation. Then the high priest of the Sadducees with his relatives and friends stood up and reacted with violent jealously. (Just as many churches do today when someone teaches truth against them). No truth in them because they just play church. "A bunch of hypocrites." (Remember that the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection or life after death). This was totally against their beliefs and teachings.

 18And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. The high priest and Sadducees arrested the apostles and put them in jail.

 19But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said. The angel of the Lord opened the prison doors. You see... The apostles could not do it on their own. (It was by the hand of God).

 20Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. Go right to the temple and teach about the words of this life. "Teach the truth of the resurrection." (Christianity is about the life of Christ).

 21And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. They went to the temple early in the morning and began teaching the truth. But, later that morning the high priest and all that were with him came to the temple and called the Jewish council together. They sent for the apostles that were in prison to have them brought to trial.

 22But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told. They were not there. (Probably one of the first prison breaks).

 23Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. We locked them up and had guards on the door, but when we opened the door they were not there. (God delivers His own when in trouble anytime He wants).

 24Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Where will this all end the chief priest and the police captain wondered?

 25Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Someone came forward and told them that those you put in prison are in the temple teaching.

 26Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. The police captain and his officers arrested them without violence, because they feared the people would kill them if they hurt the apostles.

 27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them. Delivered up before the council. Just as many will be delivered up before the antichrist in the end times. (Luke 12:11).

 28Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. The high priest speaking; Didn't we tell you not to teach about Jesus? But you filled the streets of Jerusalem with your teaching, and are trying to blame us for the death of this man Jesus. (Which they did have their part in it).

 29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. They replied, we need to obey God rather than man. (Always obey God, over man).

 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. The God of our ancestors brought Jesus back to life after you crucified Him on a cross.

 31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. God exalted Jesus Christ to be a Prince and a Savior so that the people Israel would have an opportunity for repentance and forgiveness of sin. (Open to whom so-ever will).

 32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. The Holy Spirit given to all who obey Him. (We can all have the Holy Spirit if we believe in Jesus Christ). Don't believe or obey; "no Holy Spirit."

 33When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. When the council heard this they grew even more furious, and wanted to kill them all.

 34Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space. This Pharisee wanted to take then off to the side and discuss this matter in private. (Remember that the Pharisees believed in life after death). "Gamaliel was quite the scholar, and probably knew more about the scriptures than all the Sadducees."

 35And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. He addressed the council and told them, be careful what you are planning to do to these men.

 36For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. Long ago there was a man named Theudas, who thought he was so great. He was a Jewish rebel who really boasted about himself. He led around 400 followers in a short lived revolt and he was killed. The others were scattered about.

 37After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. Then there was Judas who drew some people as disciples, but he died also and his followers scattered.

 38And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought. My advice is to leave these men alone; if what they teach and do is on their own it will also fail. (If it is not of God and only men, it will always fail in time).

 39But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. If what they teach and do is of God, you cannot stop them, or you will be fighting against God. (This Pharisee Gamaliel was a wise man and knew God was with them).

 40And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. The council accepted his advice, called in the apostles, had them beaten, and set them free. (Not before telling them not to teach of Jesus anymore). Will they listen? What about you? They are taking God out of everything today. Are you going to listen to them? (Never let them take God out of your life).

 41And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. They left the council (the Sanhedrin), rejoicing that they were worthy to suffer a little for Jesus name. God set them free! (Will you suffer a little for Christ)? If you do, there is no need to worry. "God takes care of His own."

 42And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Every day in the temple and in their home bible studies they continued to teach that Jesus is the Messiah. "The truth goes marching on!"

Acts 6

 1And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. The Grecians complained that their widows were discriminated against and not given as much food in the daily distribution as the widows that spoke Hebrew. (We are not talking of just food here, but also meat of the Word). You had those who only spoke Greek (Hellenic), and they studied from the Septuagint. (The Greek manuscript). The others spoke Hebrew and studied from the Tanakh. (Hebrew manuscripts). The problem was that they needed translators and more teachers).

 2Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. They needed some helpers so they could spend their time teaching, not serving out food.

 3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. Pick those who are well thought of by the people and are full of the Holy Spirit to handle these matters. (Deacons perhaps).

 4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. We can spend more of our time teaching.

 5And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch. The whole assembly agreed and they elected their disciples. (Those with the Holy Spirit).

 6Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. These seven deacons were brought before the apostles and prayed for.

 7And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. God's Word spread and was preached as the disciples increased in Jerusalem. Many of the Jewish priest (even scholars), were also converted. Why? Because they did it according to God's will. When God is behind the calling, anyone can be saved.

 8And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Stephen was an awesome believer, full of faith and power, who did spectacular miracles among the people. (Stephen knew about God's plan as a true believer). He will give us a summary of God's word and teachings in the following verses and chapter.

 9Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. One day some of the men from the synagogue of "The Freedmen" started an argument with Stephen.

 10And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. They could not stand against him because of the "Holy Spirit" by which he spoke to them. You cannot stand, or argue against the Holy Spirit. (God will always come out on top).

 11Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. They brought men in to lie about him and what he was teaching. They said he spoke against Moses and against God; but Stephen was talking about a Savior coming instead of Moses law.

 12And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council. These false accusations stirred up the crowds against Stephen and they brought him to the head leaders.

 13And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law. The lying witnesses testified against Stephen saying he spoke against the temple and the law of Moses.

 14For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us. Remember Stephen's main message was teaching life after death, and the Sadducees did not believe in this.

 15And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Everyone in the council seen Stephen's face become as radiant as an angel's. (It was the presence of the Holy Spirit).

Acts 7

 1Then said the high priest, Are these things so? The high priest asked Stephen if these accusations were true.

 2And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran. Stephen's reply was; The Glory of God appeared to Abraham (in Iraq), before he moved to Syria. (Abraham, father of many nations).

 3And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. God told Abraham to leave his native land, and he obeyed God.

 4Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell. Abraham left the land of the Chaldeans and moved to Haran (in Syria), until his father died. Then God brought him to the land of Israel.

 5And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child. God did not give Abraham any property of his own, but promised him that eventually the whole country would belong to him and his descendants. (Even though he had no children). Keep in mind Abraham was around 100 years old and his wife Sarah was around 90 years old at the time.

 6And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. God also told Abraham that these descendants of his would leave the land and become slaves in Egypt for 400 years serving Pharaoh.

 7And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. But God told Abraham that he will punish the nation that enslaves them, and that his people would return to the land of Israel and worship Him. (Exodus 3:12).

 8And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. God gave Abraham the ceremony of circumcision as evidence of the covenant between God and the people of Abraham. Isaac the son of Abraham, and Jacob the son of Isaac. Jacob was the father of the twelve patriarchs of the Jewish nation. (The twelve tribes that make up the tribe of Israel).

 9And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him. These men were jealous of Joseph and sold him to be a slave in Egypt. (But Joseph was chosen by God and was with him).

 10And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. God seen to it that Joseph was liked by Pharaoh, and was made governor over Egypt, and put him in charge of all his affairs. (God is in control)!

 11Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. There came a famine over the land of Egypt and Canaan, and the food of our ancestors was gone.

 12But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. Jacob heard that there was still some grain in Egypt so he sent his sons.

 13And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. The second trip when they went to Egypt, Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, and introduced them to Pharaoh.

 14Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. Joseph sent for his father Jacob and all his brothers families to come to Egypt. (Around 75 people in all).

 15So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers. Jacob came to Egypt and died.

 16And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem. Buried in a tomb purchased by Abraham.

 17But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt. The time drew near when God would fulfill His promise to Abraham to free his descendants from slavery. (The Jewish people greatly multiplied in Egypt at this time).

 18Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph. But, another king was crowned who had no respect for Joseph and knew nothing about him.

 19The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live. This same king plotted against the Jewish race, forcing parents to abandon their children in the fields. (Exodus 1).

 20In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months. At this time Moses was born and his parents hid him at home for three months.

 21And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. When they could no longer keep him hidden, they had to abandon him, and Pharaoh's daughter found him and adopted him. (Exodus 2).

 22And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. Taught him all the wisdom of the Egyptians and he became a mighty prince. (Moses meaning drawn from the water).

 23And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. One day when he was around 40 years old decided to visit his brothers, the people of Israel. (Moses knew who he really was).

 24And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian. When Moses seen one of his people being mistreated by an Egyptian, he killed the Egyptian. (He would be the savior of those people).

 25For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. Moses thought his brothers would realize that God had sent him to help them, but they didn't. (Moses knew he would save his people).

 26And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? Moses came upon two men of Israel fighting and tried to be a peacemaker between the two.

 27But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? They pretty much told Moses to mind his own business.

 28Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? Will you kill me like the Egyptian you killed yesterday? (The word really spreads fast).

 29Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons. Moses fled the country to the land of Midian where he had two sons. This is where Abraham married his wife Keturah. (Genesis 25).

 30And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. Forty years later, an angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in the flaming bush. The very presence of the Holy Spirit. (Exodus 3).

 31When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the LORD came unto him. Moses wondered what it was and ran towards it.

 32Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold. The Lord spoke to Moses and Moses shook with terror and would not look. (What would you do if a bush started talking to you)?

 33Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground. Holy ground because of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

 34I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt. God has seen the affliction of His children. It is God that has come down to free His people, not Moses. But, he will use Moses to deliver his people.

 35This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. Moses was sent to be their ruler and savior by the hand of the angel of the Lord. (The Holy Spirit).

 36He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. By the means of many miracles He led them out of Egypt and through the red sea, and in the wilderness for 40 years. (A probation period of 40 years).

 37This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. Moses told the people of Israel, "God will raise up a Prophet from among your brothers." (Deuteronomy 18:15, Isaiah 7:14).

 38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us. Moses was the mediator between the people of Israel and the Angel of the Lord who gave them the law of God, "the living Word," on mount Sinai. (The Ten Commands written in stone by the finger of God).

 39To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt. They rejected Moses and wanted to return to Egypt, even after all the miracles they had witnessed.

 40Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. They told Aaron they wanted to make godly idols to lead them back because Moses was gone four days and they did not think he was coming back. (The people gave up on Moses pretty quick). Not what God had in mind. (God like people with patients who will stand for what is right).

 41And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Made a calf-idol and sacrificed to it, rejoicing in what they had made. (Never make anything an idol before God, or you will be in trouble).

 42Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? God turned away from them and let them serve their false idols. They chose a golden calf to worship instead of God. What a bunch of ignorant idiots. (Take a good look today and see what people worship instead of God).

 43Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon. Their real interest was in heathen gods and gods of the stars. They worshipped things God had made instead of God Himself. "Because of this, God would send them into captivity far away beyond Babylon."

 44Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. The ancestors carried with them a portable Tabernacle through the wilderness. In it was the Ten Commandments written in stone. (The Arc of the Covenant).

 45Which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers, unto the days of David. It was Joshua that led the battles against the gentile nations. This tabernacle was taken with them into their new territory. (It was used till the time of King David).

 46Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. God loved David and blessed him. David asked God for the privilege to build a permanent temple for the God of Jacob.

 47But Solomon built him an house. But, it was Solomon who would actually built it.

 48Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet. However, God does not live in temples made by human hands. (It is not a fancy building that impresses our Heavenly Father, it is what is being taught).

 49Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Heaven is God's house! The earth is just His footstool. What kind of house can you build God? (Isaiah 66:1-4).

 50Hath not my hand made all these things? After all; God made the Heaven and the earth didn't He?

 51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Stephen lays it right on the line and calls them a bunch of stiff-necked heathens. Always resisting the Holy Spirit just as your fathers did.

 52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers. Guilty of persecuting and killing the prophets who predicted the coming of Messiah, and you also betrayed and killed Him. Speaking of the kenites; the generation of vipers, offspring of the serpent. (Matthew 23:29-39).

 53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. You received the law by the hand of God's angels and you even destroyed that. (Would not listen to the Word of God just as so many today).

 54When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. When the leaders (Jewish leaders), heard these accusations by Stephen, they were outraged. (Stephen told it like it was).

 55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Stephen, full of the "Holy Spirit," looked up into heaven and saw the Glory of God and Jesus standing at God's right hand. (Just God letting Stephen know that He was with him).

 56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Behold. I see Christ standing at the right hand of God! (This really got them angry).

 57Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord. They drowned him out shouting (with hands over their ears), and mobbed Stephen.

 58And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. They drug Stephen out of the city and stoned him. The executioners took of their coats and gave them to Saul to hold. This man Saul would later become Paul the apostle. (How he must of felt later knowing he had a part in the stoning of Stephen).

 59And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. As they stoned Stephen, he prayed to the Lord Jesus to receive his spirit.

 60And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Stephen fell to his knees shouting, "Lord don't charge them with this sin." Then he died! (What an awesome summary of the Word by Stephen). He gave his life and stood till the end for the truth in the word.

Acts 8

 1And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. Saul (Paul), was in agreement when they stoned Stephen. Great persecution of the believers started that day all through Jerusalem. Everyone but the apostles fled to Judea and Samaria.

 2And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. But, many who loved Stephen came and buried him.

 3As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Saul (Paul), went nuts on the church, dragging men and women right out of their homes to arrest them. Remember that Saul was a Roman soldier and he thought what he was doing was right. (God would deal with him later). "Lets not judge Paul." (Paul would go on to write most of the new testament). 

 4Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. The believers that fled to Jerusalem and Samaria went out and spread the Good News about Jesus.

 5Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. Philip went to Samaria and taught about Jesus Christ.

 6And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. The people listened to Philip teaching the Word because of the miracles he performed with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 7For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. Philip cast out many evil spirits and healed the paralyzed and lame. But again, he knew that it was the Holy Spirit that did the healing.

 8And there was great joy in that city. The joy from the very presence of Christ.

 9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one. Simon, formerly a sorcerer, thought he was a great healer. (Using potions and familiar spirits for his healings).

 10To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. He had the people thinking he was a great healer, but he was a fraud.

 11And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. He had been tricking the people for a long time with his sorceries. And as usual, many believed and followed him. (Some people fall for deception real easy).

 12But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. But it was Philips message of the messiah, and the Kingdom of God they believed now, and they were all baptized.

 13Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Then Simon himself believed Philips message and was baptized. He followed Phillip and was amazed at the miracles he did. (Simon wanted this himself, but could not get it his way).

 14Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that the message of God was received, they sent Peter and John to help.

 15Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost. When Peter and John arrived, they prayed for the new Christians that they might receive the Holy Spirit. (That same Holy Spirit that was present on Pentecost day).

 16For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit came upon none of them, but they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (In the name of Jesus which is necessary when being baptized). Why didn't they receive the Holy Spirit? Maybe they did not totally believe, or their hearts were not right with God.

 17Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. When Peter and John laid their hands upon them, they received the Holy Spirit. (It was not by the power of Peter and John, but by the power of the Holy Spirit when they prayed for them and touched them).

 18And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money. Simon offered them money for this power to receive the Holy Spirit. (Simony is a term used for one who tries to buy their way to heaven). You can't buy the Holy Spirit, or your way to heaven.

 19Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. Simon wanted this power to lay hands on the people so they would receive the Holy Spirit. But, this is something you cannot buy. You must receive it on your own. (This is between you and the Lord Jesus Christ). Don't think that some man today is going to lay hands on you and you will receive the Holy Spirit. (There not one of the Apostles)! It would be the same as if Simon laid hands on you, and Simon was a fraud. (Be careful of someone wanting to lay hands on you for a healing, or something similar).

 20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. It is a bad thing to try and buy the gifts of God.

 21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Simons heart was not right with God, so he could have no part in this. The same goes for anyone today. "If you are not right with God, you will never have the Holy Spirit to help you."

 22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Turn from your wickedness and repent and maybe God will forgive you. (Trying to buy something from God is a terrible sin). You can't buy you way to heaven.

 23For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. There is still jealously and sin in your heart Peter told him.

 24Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. Simon asked Peter to pray to God for him. Couldn't even pray to God for himself.

 25And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. When Peter and John finished testifying in Samaria, they moved on to many villages on their way back to Jerusalem, preaching the Good News on the way.

 26And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. But, the angel of the Lord told Philip to go over to the road that runs from Jerusalem through the Gaza desert.

 27And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship. Philip obeyed the angel of the Lord and went. Coming down the road was a man from Ethiopia, a eunuch (gentile), of great authority under Candace the queen. He was going to worship in the temple.

 28Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. When the man from Ethiopia was returning in his chariot, he was reading aloud from the book of Isaiah the prophet.

 29Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. "The Holy Spirit told Phillip to go and walk along beside the chariot."

 30And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? Philip asked the man; do you understand what you are reading?

 31And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. Of course not the man replied. How can I understand if I have no one to guide me? Then he asked Philip to come and join him.

 32The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth. The scripture he was reading was from the book of Isaiah. (Isaiah 53:7). 

 33In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. (Isaiah 53:8).

 34And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? The eunuch asked Philip. Was Isaiah speaking of himself, or someone else?

 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. Philip continued the scripture where the eunuch left off. (Isaiah 53:9-12). He preached to him about Jesus Christ. (The Messiah).

 36And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? They came to a small body of water and the eunuch asked Philip; why can't I be baptized?

 37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. You can Philip replied. "If you believe with all your heart." The eunuch replied. "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." (That is what is necessary for baptism).

 38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. Philip and the eunuch went down to the water and Philip baptized him. (An example that anyone can be baptized who believes).

 39And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. When they came out of the water, Philip was taken by the Holy Spirit, and the eunuch never saw him again, but went on his way rejoicing. (Was Philip taken by the Spirit like Elijah, or did they just depart ways)?

 40But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea. Philip found himself in Azotus (Ashdod today), and he preached the Good News all up and down the Gaza strip as he traveled to Caesarea.

Acts 9

 1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest. Saul (Paul), with every breath threatened the church to destroy every Christian, went to the High Priest in Jerusalem.

 2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. Saul requested a letter from the High Priest addressed to the synagogues in Damascus. He wanted their cooperation in the persecution of any believers so he could bring them to Jerusalem in chains. (Paul wanted to hunt them down).

 3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven. On his way to Damascus, a brilliant light from heaven shined upon him. (Time for God's intervention).

 4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And Saul fell to the ground when he heard the voice of the Lord. "Why are you persecuting me?"

 5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Who is speaking to me Saul asked? I am the Lord Jesus, the one you are persecuting. "You are only hurting yourself when you persecute the church." (Saul didn't realize that he would be a part of the bigger plan).

 6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Get up and go to the city and you will receive further instructions. (When God has a plan for you, you better listen).

 7And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. Those with Saul heard the voice, but did not see anyone and did not understand.

 8And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. When Saul (Paul), got up from the ground, he found that he was blind and could not see. He had to be led to Damascus by the others. (Sometimes the truth will blind you temporally).

 9And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. There in Damascus for three days blind, and with no food or water. (Blinded by the very light and voice of God speaking to him).

 10And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. The Lord speaking to Ananias in a vision.

 11And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth. Go over to Straight street and find the house of a man named Judas and ask for Saul of Tarsus.

 12And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. I have shown him a vision of you, Ananias, going to him and laying hands on him that he may see again. (Not only to see by sight, but to also see the light of spiritual truth).

 13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem. This man persecutes the believers, why would you want me to heal him?

 14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. He has permission from the High Priest to arrest all the believers in Damascus.

 15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. "Do what I say the Lord replied to Ananias." Saul is my chosen vessel (instrument), to take my message to the nations, kings, and people of Israel. (This was God's will for Saul, even though Saul's will was to persecute Christians). God does work in mysterious ways.

 16For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. I will show him how much he must suffer for me. 

 17And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. So Ananias went to Paul and laid hands on him so that he would receive his sight back, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 18And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. Paul's sight was back and he was baptized in the name of Jesus.

 19And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. Then he ate and was strengthened and stayed with the disciples for a few days. Don't overlook the phrase "received meat," for Paul was also strengthened in the Word. (Remember, he now has the gift of the Holy Spirit).

 20And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. Paul then went forward to the synagogues to tell everyone the Good News about Jesus Christ. (Paul was familiar with Isaiah 7:14, that a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and they shall call Him Immanuel). Now he knew it for sure.

 21But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? Those who heard Saul (Paul), were amazed. Isn't this the man who persecuted the believers in Jerusalem? And didn't he come here to arrest them and bring them in chains to the chief priest?

 22But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. The Damascus Jews couldn't withstand Paul's proof that Jesus was the messiah, the very Christ! These Damascus Jews are "Iodus" those who are residents of Judea only. (Not born Jewish).

 23And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him. After a while the Jewish leaders wanted to kill him. (The Kenites were there)! They were part of the "Iodus." (Jeremiah 35:11).

 24But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him. Paul was wise to their plan to kill him through experience. Remember, Paul  persecuted Christians also, so he knew what they were up to.

 25Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket. Some of Paul's converts help him escape the city.

 26And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. Most of the disciples were afraid of Paul and thought he was trying to trick them so he could kill them.

 27But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Barnabas brought Paul to the apostles and stood up for him because he had seen that the Lord had spoke to him, converting him, and the proof was in his preaching in the name of Jesus Christ.

 28And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. They accepted him and after that he was constantly with the believers. Remember that Saul (Paul), was a great scholar of the old testament. (There was no new testament at this time). However, Paul would write most of the new testament when it came about.

 29And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him. Paul preached boldly in the name of Jesus. (He didn't hold anything back). He spoke against the Grecians and they plotted to kill him.

 30Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus. When the other brethren became aware of this murder plot against Paul, they sent him to Tarsus. (His home town). 

 31Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied. The church had peace throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria. It grew in strength and numbers and the believers revered the Lord and walked in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

 32And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. Peter in his travels came to Lydda to visit the believers.

 33And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. Peter met a man who had been paralyzed for eight years.

 34And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. Peter told the man that Jesus Christ has healed him, and told the man to get up and make his bed. "He was instantly healed." (Remember it was Christ that gave the healing, not Peter).

 35And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. When the people had seen Aeneas walking around and heard of the healing, they all turned to the Lord.

 36Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. In Joppa there was a woman named Tabitha, interpreted is Dorcas (Gazelle), who was always doing good things for others, especially the poor. (She was a true believer).

 37And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. She became sick and died, and her friends prepared her for burial and laid her in an upstairs room. (She was a very important woman to them).

 38And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. They heard Peter was nearby at Lydda and they sent for him to come to Joppa.

 39Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. When Peter arrived, they took him upstairs where they had laid out Dorcas. All the woman were weeping and boasting of the beautiful clothing Dorcas had made for them. (She was a very talented woman).

 40But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. Peter asked them all to leave the room. Then he knelt and prayed; turning to the body and said, "Get up" Dorcas, and she opened her eyes and sat up. (Again, it was God who gave her life through the Holy Spirit, not Peter). "Remember, God is the head and the power of the church." Not any man!

 41And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. Peter took her hand and presented her to the believers and the widows.

 42And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. The news swept across town and many believed in the Lord. (What a beautiful witness when she came back to life by the power of God).

 43And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner. Peter stayed in Joppa for a long time with Simon the tanner. (Just a taste of the wonderful works our Heavenly Father had done and will do). Are you a believe?

Acts 10

 1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band. Cornelius (a horn, symbolizing power), was a Roman captain of an Italian regiment.

 2A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He was a Godly man (honest and a convert), as well as the rest of his family.

 3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. Around 3:00 pm in the afternoon, he saw in a vision an angel of God coming toward him.

 4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. Being a little shook-up, he asked the angel what he wanted. God is aware of your prayers and charities the angel tells him.

 5And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter. Send some men to Joppa for a man called Simon Peter.

 6He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. He is staying with one called Simon the tanner; he will tell you how to be pleasing to God.

 7And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually. Cornelius called on two of his house servants and his personal bodyguard.

 8And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. He told them what had happened and sent them to Joppa.

 9On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour. The next day when they were nearing the city, Peter went on the rooftop to pray around 12:00 pm. (Lunch time).

 10And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance. As lunch was being prepared, Peter fell into a trance. (Devine intervention by God).

 11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth. Peter saw Heaven open and a great canvas sheet suspended from the sky settled to the ground.

 12Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. In the sheet there were all sorts of unclean animals, snakes and birds, that were forbidden as food for the Jews.

 13And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. Then a voice said to him, "Go kill and eat any of them you wish." Now many will tell you that God is saying here that you can eat anything you want and it won't hurt you. But, was He speaking of something else?

 14But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. Never Lord, Peter replied. I have never eaten such creatures that are "common or unclean," and forbidden by Jewish law. (Leviticus 11:4). Keep in mind that Peter is having a vision here. (It's not really about food).

 15And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. The voice told Peter; Anything that God has cleansed, you do not call common. (We are talking about gentiles here; that we should never call them common or unfit). No one, or no one race is above another in God's eyes.

 16This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Three times Peter seen the vision.

 17Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate. Peter did not understand the vision, and did not know what he was supposed to do. Then the men that Cornelius sent were standing at the gate. In Peters mind, these men at the gate were (gentiles), common people.

 18And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. Is this where Peter lives they asked?

 19While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. As Peter was puzzled over the vision; the Holy Spirit told him that the three men were there to see him.

 20Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Go with these gentiles, God has sent them to you.

 21Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? Peter went to meet the men and asked them what they were here for.

 22And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. The men told Peter that Cornelius the Roman officer, who was a good and just man had sent them when the angel of the Lord told him to do so. This word "nation" used here is "Ethnos" and should be translated; among all the nations (Ethnos), of Judea.

 23Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. Peter put the men up for the night and the next day he went with them, and some of the believers (Christian followers), from Joppa followed them.

 24And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends. When Peter arrived in Caesarea the next day, Cornelius was waiting for him with all his relatives.

 25And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. Cornelius worshipped Peter as a God, but Peter would not let him. (Never worship a man)! "Only God is to be worshipped by man." It is a sad situation today the way that so many people will worship a rock star, a priest, a pope, the saints, or the all mighty dollar before God.

 26But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. Get up! I am only a man Peter said to Cornelius.

 27And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. Peter and Cornelius talked for a while and then went in with the others. (Time for a little bible study).

 28And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Peter explained to them that it was against Jewish law for him to enter the house of a gentile, but that God has shown him in a vision that he should never think of anyone as inferior. "Again, no one, or no one race is above another in God's eyes." (Nation used here is of different kindred).

 29Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? I came as soon as I was sent for Peter said; so what is it that you want from me.

 30And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing. An angel of God spoke to me in a vision.

 31And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. The angel told me that God has remembered your good deeds.

 32Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. The angel told me to send for Simon (Peter), and he will come and speak to you.

 33Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. You came as soon as I sent for you, and we are anxious to hear what you have to say, because you were sent by God.

 34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Peter told them that he sees very clearly that God has no favorites when it come to the races of people. We are all children of God and He loves us all. He may not love the things you are into, but he loves you. He is your Heavenly Father. (When someone is a believer, never call them common).

 35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. In every nation, "Ethnos" (Ethnic people); God has people who worship Him and do His works.

 36The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) I am sure you have heard the "Good News" for the people of Israel, that there is peace through Jesus Christ. "WHO IS LORD OF ALL CREATIONS." All believers, including gentiles.

 37That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached. This "Good News" has spread all through Judea, beginning with John the Baptist in Galilee.

 38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Jesus of Nazareth, anointed by the "Holy Spirit" and with power. The Heavenly Father with Him all the time, just as He can be with you. When the Heavenly Father is with you, you have power over the the devil and all fears. 

 39And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree. The apostles witnessed all Jesus had done throughout the land of Judea, as well as His crucifixion.

 40Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly. The Heavenly Father bringing Him back to life again and showed Him to certain people. (They witnessed this).

 41Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. Showed Him to certain witnesses God had chosen before. "Pre-ordained if you will." A chosen vessel to bear His name. (Acts 9:15).

 42And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. Commanded the apostles to preach the "Good News" to the people and to be a witness that the one who was ordained by God would be the judge of all-living and dead. He went back to all the prisoners from the past. (1 Peter 3:18-20).

 43To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. All the prophets have written about Him, that all who believe in Him will have their sins forgiven through His name. (Isaiah 53:11-12). This goes for everyone who believes.

 44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening. "Where their is true believers, the Holy Spirit will be there."

 45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Jews that were with Peter were amazed because  the gift of the Holy Spirit fell upon the gentiles also. (The whole house of Israel, not just the Jews). "Yes, that includes you and I."

 46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter. Heard them speak in tongues. (Languages of all that were present praising God). The same Holy Spirit as on Pentecost day. The Pentecostal tongue; not an unknown tongue. (Acts 2:6-8).

 47Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? Can anyone forbid these who received the Holy Spirit just as we did to be baptized?

 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. So Peter baptized them in the name of Jesus. They wanted Peter to stay with them and pray for several days, wanting more of this truth. Once you receive the Holy Spirit, the Word of God becomes even more clear. (You now have eyes to see and ears to hear the truth). "God's gift of the Holy Spirit is the most awesome and amazing thing you can receive." (Cherish this precious gift with all heart and soul).

Acts 11

 1And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. It wasn't long before the apostles and brethren in Judea heard that the gentiles were being converted.

 2And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him. The Jewish leaders argued with Peter because they were only familiar with the old law.

 3Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. You fellowshipped and ate with gentiles.

 4But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying. Peter told them the whole story.

 5I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me. Peter told them about the vision he had about the sheet let down by it's four corners from the sky.

 6Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. Inside the sheet were images of unclean animals according to God's health laws.

 7And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. He heard the voice say kill and eat whatever you wish. (We not talking of food here, but rather about those who love the Lord).

 8But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth. Peter would not eat anything forbidden by the Jewish laws to keep the body healthy. (Leviticus 1, 2).

 9But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Don't call a gentile common; if God excepts him as a believer, he is a Christian.

 10And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven. This happened three times before the sheet went into heaven. (Opening salvation up to the gentiles).

 11And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me. Three men sent by God.

 12And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house. The Holy Spirit told me to go with them and not to worry about them being gentiles.

 13And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter. The angel of the Lord sent messengers to Joppa to find Simon Peter.

 14Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. The angel of the Lord told them how Peter would tell them how they can be saved.

 15And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. The same "Holy Spirit" that fell upon them on Pentecost day. (Acts 2:6). The true Pentecostal tongue, the "cloven tongue" (out in every direction), giving them the ability to understand all languages spoken.

 16Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Baptized with the "Holy Spirit." In the name of Jesus!

 17Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? It was God who gave the gentiles the same gift of the Holy Spirit as they believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. So, who could argue? (You never want to argue against God).

 18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. All their questions were answered when they heard this and they held their peace. God gives all who believe upon Him eternal life.

 19Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. Preaching the Word unto "Israel" (Ioudaios), all residents of Judah, not Jews only.

 20And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the LORD Jesus. Preached the message of Jesus to the Greeks. (Also know as Hellenes; those who speak in the Greek tongue).

 21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. The Lord was with them and their was a large number of Gentiles who became believers.

 22Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. When the church at Jerusalem heard what was happening, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to help the new converts. Why Barnabas? (Barnabas was from Cyprus and spoke the Greek language). He knew that tongue (as an interpreter), so the people would understand.

 23Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. Barnabas had seen the wonderful things God was doing with the believers and he encouraged them to stay close to the Lord. "They now had purpose to serve the Lord."

 24For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. Barnabas was a kind person and full of the Holy Spirit and faith. Because of his preaching "guided by the Holy Spirit," many more became believers and were added to the Lord.

 25Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul. He went to search for Saul. (This was Paul's name before his conversion).

 26And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Both Paul and Barnabas went back to Antioch where they stayed for a full year teaching new converts. (It was in Antioch that the believers were first called Christians). Keep in mind that Paul spoke many languages and was a great communicator. (Christianity was now being established).

 27And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch. Even the prophets came down from Jerusalem during this time.

 28And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. One of these prophets named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that a great famine was coming to the land of Israel. (This came to pass during the reign of Claudius around A.D. 51).

 29Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea. They sent relief to the Christians in Judea.

 30Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. Giving their gifts to Barnabas and Paul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem.

Acts 12

 1Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. King Herod made a move against some of the believers of the Christian church.

 2And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. He killed the apostle James, John's brother.

 3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) Herod seen how much this pleased the Jewish leaders when he killed James, so he arrested Peter during the Jewish Passover.

 4And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. Herod had Peter put in prison under guard of sixteen soldiers to keep him. Herod's intensions was to deliver Peter to the Jewish leaders for execution after the "Passover" celebration. "Easter here is a miss-translation." (It is "Pascha" in the Greek, Strong's 3957). Passover is the high day of Christianity. Christ became our Passover. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). He was our Passover Lamb that was slain for our sins.

 5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. All the time Peter was in prison, the other believers of the church were praying to God for him. (Prayer is talking to God, read our newsletter topic on how to pray).

 6And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. The night before Peter was to be executed, he was double bound with chains between two guards with others at the gate. (They didn't want Peter going anywhere).

 7And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. The angel of the Lord appeared and slapped Peter on the side to wake him. The angel told Peter to rise and the chains fell off. (Devine intervention by God).

 8And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. The angel of the Lord told Peter to get dressed, put on his shoes, and follow him.

 9And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. Peter left the cell and followed the angel of the Lord thinking it was all a dream.

 10When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. They passed the first and second cell blocks and came to the main gate to the street, and it opened. They both walked out of the prison and down the street and then the angel left Peter.

 11And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the LORD hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. Peter then realized that it was not a dream and that the Lord sent an angel to free him from the hand of Herod and people of Judea. (Herod Antipas, "anti-father," or type of antichrist). Jesus referred to him as a "fox" in the book of Luke. (Luke 13:31-33).

 12And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. After a little thought, Peter went to the house of Mary, mother of John Mark, where many gathered for prayer. (Mark being the author of the book of Mark).

 13And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. As Peter knocked at the door, a girl named Rhoda heard the knock.

 14And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. She heard the voice of Peter and rather than open the door, she was so glad that he was here that she ran in the other room to tell the others.

 15And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. They didn't believe her and thought she was crazy. They prayed for Peter to be released, but didn't believe he was free. They thought he was killed and it was his angel.

 16But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. Peter continued to knock at the door, and when they finally answered, they couldn't believe it and were astonished. Is there a little deeper meaning here? And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Luke 11:9-10). When God's work is involved, doors will always open for you.

 17But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. Peter told them to quiet down and told them what had happened. He told them to tell James and the others what had happened, and left town to a safer place.

 18Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. The jailers were a little nervous now that they found Peter missing from the jail. What happened to Peter? How do we explain this?

 19And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode. When Herod sent for Peter and found out that he was missing, he had all sixteen guards arrested, court-martialed, and sentenced to death. Herod then left Judea and went to Caesarea for a while.

 20And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country. When Herod was in Caesarea, a delegation from Tyre and Sidon came to see him. (Tyre being the land of the Kenites). Herod didn't really care for the people of those cities, but the delegates made friends with Blastus the king's royal secretary. The people of Tyre and Sidon wanted peace because they were economically dependent on trade with Herod's country. (This was a world trading place).

 21And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. Herod put on the royal robes (looking so holy), sat on his throne and made a speech to them. A type of anti-Christ claiming to be God! (2 Thessalonians 2:4). We have some around today thinking they have the authority of God.

 22And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. They gave him a standing ovation, shouting, "it is the voice of God." (Watch out now)!

 23And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. Instantly, Herod was truck dead with a sickness and eaten by the maggots from within. (Just as the false Christ goes into the pit and is turned into ashes from within). Why did this happen to Herod? Because he accepted the peoples worship instead of giving the glory to God.

 24But the word of God grew and multiplied. God's Good News spread and there were many new believers. (God blessed all the people).

 25And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark. Barnabas and Paul returned to Antioch and took that young boy John Mark with them.

Acts 13

 1Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. The prophets and teachers of the church of Antioch were Barnabas, Symeon, Lucius, Paul, and Manaen. (Manaen was the foster-brother of King Herod who was converted to Christianity). God uses whom ever He wills. 

 2As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. The Holy Spirit sent Barnabas and Paul on a special mission. (A divine assignment).

 3And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. The others prayed for them and sent them on their way.

 4So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. Guided by the Holy Spirit they went to Seleucia and then Cyprus. (This is where the Hellenist, or Greek speaking people were).

 5And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister. They went to the Jewish synagogues and taught the Word of God, and Mark John was with them as their assistant.

 6And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus. Paphos, sometimes referred to as Pafos, is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus and the capital of Paphos District. (It was a hot spot - full of fire). Here they met a sorcerer (false prophet), a Jew named Barjesus. This word sorcerer used here is ("Magos" Greek Strong's G-3097 Magian, that is, Oriental scientist; a magician).

 7Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. He got close with the governor Sergius Paulus who wanted to hear the Word of God from Paul and Barnabas.

 8But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. But, the sorcerer Elymas (his name in the Greek), told the governor Sergius Paulus not to listen to what Paul and Barnabas had to say about trusting in the Lord.

 9Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him. But Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, angrily stared him down.

 10And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? You son of the devil Paul said; you use every sort of trickery and villainy and are the enemy of all that is good. Will you never stop opposing the Lord?

 11And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. God has laid His hand upon you and you will be blinded awhile for your punishment. In an instant, he was blinded and felt around for someone to lead him by the hand. (Don't mess around with the Word of God)! False teachings will result in serious consequences.

 12Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. When the governor saw what had happen to him, he believed in the power of God's message.

 13Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. Paul and those with him left Paphos by ship for Turkey, landing at the port of Perga. John left them and headed back to Jerusalem.

 14But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. Paul and Barnabas went on to Antioch, a city in the province of Pisidia. Here they attended a service in the synagogue on the Sabbath day.

 15And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. After the usual reading from the books of Moses and the prophets, they asked Paul and Barnabas if they had anything to add for the people to hear.

 16Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. Paul stood up and gave a greeting and said. Men of Israel, and all who reverence God; let me start with a little history.

 17The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it. The God of the nation Israel chose our ancestors and honored them in Egypt by leading them out of slavery. (The same message as Stephen's in Acts chapter 7).

 18And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness. He took care of them during 40 years in the wilderness.

 19And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. Gave Israel their land as an inheritance.

 20And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. Judges ruled for about 450 years, and were followed by Samuel the prophet.

 21And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. They wanted a king, so God gave them Saul (son of Kish), from the tribe of Benjamin, and he reigned for 40 years.

 22And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. God removed him and gave them David (son of Jesse), to be their king. (A man after God's own heart).

 23Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. A descendant of King David, God raised up Jesus, the savior of Israel!

 24When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. Before Christ, there was John the Baptist, who preached "repent and turn away from sin."

 25And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose. John was not the Messiah like they thought, but told them of the coming Messiah (Jesus), whose shoes on His feet, he was not worthy to wear.

 26Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. This salvation is for the son's of Abraham as well as the gentiles. "Whosoever will."

 27For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. Jerusalem and their leaders crucified Him because they did not know Him, or realize that He was the one that the prophets had written about. (Written by the prophets 1,000 years before His crucifixion in Psalms 22). They didn't study enough!

 28And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain. They found no just reason to kill Him, but asked Pilate to have Him killed anyway. (The voice of the Kenites cried out; Crucify Him)! If you are not familiar with the kenites, read our study topic titled: "Sons of Cain."

 29And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. When it was fulfilled by the prophecies concerning Hid death, He was taken from the cross and placed in a tomb.

 30But God raised him from the dead. God brought Him back to life again. (Psalm 23, the resurrection).

 31And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. Seen many times by the ones who accompanied Him to Jerusalem. (Christ was with them 40 days after His resurrection). 10 days later (on Pentecost), He sent them the Holy Spirit.

 32And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers. The promise to the ancestors has come true. (God always keeps His word).

 33God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. God brought Jesus back to life again just as promised, and was written in Psalm 2.

 34And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Brought Him back to life never to die again. Giving us the same promise as He gave to King David. (Isaiah 55:3).

 35Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. God said in another Psalm, He would not let His holy ones see corruption. (Psalms 16:10, 49:9). Christ would not go into the grave. (He was transfigured).

 36For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption. David died, was buried, and his body decayed.

 37But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. God brought those back to life and their bodies were not touched by the ravages of death. (They saw no corruption)! Like on the mount of transfiguration with "Elijah the prophet, Mosses the law, and Christ the Savior." (They will be back in the end times to set things straight).

 38Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. In this man Jesus, there is forgiveness for your sins. Christ was sent to fulfill the law; And upon repentance, your sins are forgiven.

 39And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Everyone who trusts in Him is free from all guilt and declared righteous. The old Jewish law could never do this. Why? Because man cannot obey the law.

 40Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets. Don't let the prophets words apply to you.

 41Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. Look and perish, you despisers of the truth. I am going to do something in your day that you won't believe when you hear it. (Habakkuk 1:5-10). It's coming to this world today, so get ready.

 42And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. As the people left the synagogue that day, they asked Paul to return the following week and speak again. "They wanted more truth of the Word."

 43Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. The Jews and gentiles alike followed Paul and Barnabas down the street as they urged them to accept the mercies God was offering.

 44And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. The whole city came to hear the Word of God. (Not a bunch of babble from some man or woman).

 45But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. The Jews saw the crowds that Paul's teachings drew (with the help of the Holy Spirit), and they were angry and jealous. (Denominations and organizations get angry when you step on their doctrines of men and teach truth).

 46Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. Paul and Barnabas told the Jews straight up. If you don't want the Good News from God and reject it; you show yourselves not worthy of eternal life. We will offer the Good News to the gentiles! (The Word of God is offered to all who will believe).

 47For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. This is as the Lord commanded. I have made you a light to the gentiles, to lead them from the farthest corners of the earth to my salvation. Paul quoting from the old testament. (Isaiah 49:5-8).

 48And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. The gentiles rejoiced and glorified Paul's message as they believed in the Word of the Lord.

 49And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. The Word of the Lord spread all through the region. (The truth opened up to all who would believe).

 50But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. Then the leaders stirred up the women and residents of Judea and ran Paul and Barnabas out of town. (Stir up the women and they will turn against you).

 51But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. They shook of the dust and went on their way. (When they do not listen and do not want the truth, don't waste your time on them spiritually).

 52And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. All the converts were filled with the Holy Spirit. (Those who accept the truth will be led by the Holy Spirit).

Acts 14

 1And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. When Paul and Barnabas were in Iconium, they went to the synagogue and preached with power, and many of the Jews and Gentiles were converted. (With power of the Holy Spirit).

 2But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. Who are the unbelieving Jews stirring up all the trouble?

 3Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. Paul and Barnabas stayed for a long time preaching boldly in the area anyway. Proving their message was from God by performing great miracles. (Power of the Holy Spirit at work).

 4But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. Half of the people agreed with the Jewish leaders and the others backed the apostles. "A divided people." That could never happen in this country, could it? 

 5And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them. Paul and Barnabas discovered a plot among both the Jews and Gentiles to stone them. (Now Paul was on the chopping block). The same thing that happened to Peter, as Paul (named Saul then), stood by and watched him being stoned to death.

 6They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about. After they discovered the plot to kill them, they fled for their lives and went to Lycaonia, Lystra, Derbe, and surrounding areas. (Keep in mind that Lycaonia is known as the wolf land).

 7And there they preached the gospel. They still continued to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 8And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked. A man that was paralyzed from birth.

 9The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed. The man listened to Paul speak and Paul could tell that this man had the faith to be healed. (A true believer).

 10Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. Paul looked at the man and said; Stand up! The man leaped to his feet and started walking. (Healed by the Holy Spirit).

 11And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. The people seen what just took place and thought that Paul and Barnabas were god's. (They actually thought it was Paul who did the healing and left out the Holy Spirit). "Don't believe that any man can heal you." (Its not the man, but God who does the healing through the Holy Spirit).

 12And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. They thought that Paul was the god of Mercury and Barnabas the god of Jupiter. (Big mistake)!

 13Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. They were going to sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas as if they were god's. (A bigger mistake)!

 14Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out. When Paul and Barnabas saw what was happening, they ripped off their clothes and ran out among the people. (No... they were not streakers; they just wanted the people to see that they were human).

 15And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein. What are you doing Paul replied. We are just men like you, not gods! We have come to bring you the Good News and invite you to turn from these foolish things. Pray to the living God who made the heavens, earth and sea, and all things in it.

 16Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. In the past, He permitted the nations (ethnos), to go their own ways.

 17Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. God never left Himself without a witness to these kind things that He did, such as sending rain, good crops, and filling your hearts with gladness. (God always takes care of His children).

 18And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. But, they still could not keep the people from worshipping them, when they should be worshipping the living God.

 19And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Just a few days later some certain Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and stirred up the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the town leaving him for dead.

 20Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. As the believers stood around Paul, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he left town with Barnabas for Derbe. (When your on a mission from God, He will take care of you).

 21And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch. After preaching The God News to that city, making many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch.

 22Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. They helped the believers to grow in their love for God and each other. Encouraging them to continue in the faith, even during persecution. This is how you enter the Kingdom of God.

 23And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in every church and prayed for them.

 24And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. Traveled back through Pisidia (north of Lycia), to Pamphylia, (modern day Turkey).

 25And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia. Preached The Good News in Perga, then went to Attalia. (City on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey).

 26And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. Then they returned by ship to Antioch where they began from, "on their mission from God."

 27And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. When they arrived, they called all the believers together and reported to them how God had opened the door of faith to the gentiles too. (They gave God all the credit).

 28And there they abode long time with the disciples. Stayed with the believers in Antioch for quite a long time. (Building the faith of the believers with the Good News).

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