“In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.” Acts 1:1-2
Luke begins his second book by explaining that the first, the gospel of Luke, was written to record Jesus’s earthly ministry; this second book, Acts, would be about all He did after He was taken up to heaven after His resurrection. In other words, Acts would tell of Christ’s invisible acts by the Holy Spirit through His people, the Church.
When people claim the Bible is dated, or even obsolete, they know not the Living Word. “Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Jesus is alive and His word is living and active. (Matthew 22:29; Hebrews 7:25; 4:12) While God’s inspired Word is itself complete, His inspiration and the work and teaching of Jesus continues.
Luke, after describing Jesus’s promise of the Holy Spirit and His glorious ascension, gives an immediate account of this ongoing ministry of the unseen Jesus. The betrayer, Judas, needed to be replaced among the 11 apostles by one who’d accompanied them with Jesus, and two were put forward. “And they prayed and said, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosento take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” Jesus’s promise to answer our asking, seeking and knocking, and of His Helper and Counselor the Holy Spirit, had come true. His word could be trusted, His work would go on. (Acts 1:24-26; Matthew 7:7-8; John 14:26)
Lord Jesus, every work You begin You will bring to completion–in me, in loved ones, in this nation and world. Keep writing Your story. Thank You for the privilege of being both a spectator and participant in Your glorious “all.” (Philippians 1:6)