Acts 1:8 – Verse of the Day 6/6/13

This verse is often referred to as Luke’s “Great Commission” (Luke was the author of both the Gospel bearing his name as well as the Book of Acts). In just a few words, this verse is simultaneously a description of the history of Christian missionary expansion and also serves as the framework for the Book of Acts as a whole. The first two chapters of Acts speak of the coming of the Holy Spirit, chapters 3-7 speak of the Gospel in Jerusalem, chapters 8-12 speak of the Gospel’s extension to Judea and Samaria, and chapters 13-28 recount the spreading of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

It is truly amazing to consider the Bible’s narrative of the history of redemption. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this story is the consistency of God’s plan. For example, as you begin to pray, consider the parallels between God’s promises in Genesis 12:1-4 and the way in which Acts 1:8 points to the fulfillment of these promises. What an amazing God we serve; He is truly worthy of our thanks and praise!

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