Summary: The Ascension of Jesus
A. SUNDAY, MAY 14 – THE ASCENSION OF JESUS
1. Forty-days. “. . . after His suffering . . .” (Acts 1:3).
2. Doctrine of tarrying. This is historical, not doctrinal. “Tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
3. Anticipated physical kingdom. “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).
4. Great Commission given again. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
5. Ascension - active. He went up.
Assumption - passive. He was taken up.
No salvation until representative in heaven.
No priesthood until priest ascends.
No mediator until Christ in Father’s presence.
No Second Advent without His presence in heaven.
No operative church until its head is in place.
6. Return in like manner. “This same Jesus . . . will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
7. Tarrying in prayer. There were approximately 120 praying in the Upper Room for fourteen days (Acts 1:12-14).
B. SUNDAY, MAY 21 (ACTS 1:15-26)
1. The Spirit did not come, nor did Jesus appear to them.
2. Qualifications for apostles.
a. Traveled with Jesus from baptism of John (Acts 1:21-22).
b. Witness of resurrection.
3. Appointed Matthias. Why?
a. The number eleven was incomplete.
b. Guilty over Judas.
c. Prayed (Acts 1:24-25).
d. Scripture (Psalms 69:25,109:8).
e. He fit the qualifications.
4. Waited for Paul.
a. Twelve thrones for Apostle.
b. Paul had revelations of grace and the church.
c. Paul advanced church and missions.
d. Matthias never mentioned again.
e. Casting lots is not the New Testament manner to find will of God.
C. SUNDAY, MAY 28, PENTECOST (ACTS 2:1-47)
THE DAY OF PENTECOST
1. The Pentecostal gift, 2:1-13.
a. The disciples’ confinement was in a place of one accord, v. 1.
(1) Predestined day.
(2) Prepared disciples.
b. The Holy Spirit’s impartment were gifts to the disciples, vv. 2-4.
(1) Reception of the mighty rushing wind (symbol of regeneration), v. 2.
(2) Revelation of the cloven tongues (fire, the symbol of purification), v. 3.
(3) Manifestation of speaking in tongues, or languages (symbol of evangelization), v. 4.
1. WIND = Holy Spirit Life of man
Breath of God
2. FIRE = Warmth Purification
3. TONGUES = John 1:1 Word
If you have never really accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, would you do it right now? Do not delay or put it off. If you would like to receive Christ by faith, pray this simple prayer in your heart:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, God heard you and saved you. I personally want to welcome you to the family of God and rejoice with you.
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