Acts part 7, A study of Acts 1:15, Acts 1:16, and Acts 1:17 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Acts 1:15

"In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) NIV translation

It may seem, at first glance, that there is not much in this verse. For me, it is very encouraging. Christianity started with one man (Jesus) and now it is up to 120. The number 120 was important in the Jewish customs as that was the number of people required to legally establish a new community with its own council. You may say well that was Jesus and he was God. Well, as we have already learned, we Christians have that same power at work in us today. And, as we will see, the growth of the early church was truly amazing. What would happen if we would simply trust in the Holy Spirit and do what Jesus told the apostles to do just a few verses earlier?

Acts 1:16

"and said, "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus-"" NIV translation

Remember, that this is Peter speaking to the early church. He is telling them, here, that God was not surprised when Judas betrayed Jesus. That fact can comfort us today, if we allow it to. You see if you trust in God and know that he is in control of everything, it really eliminates the need to worry. 

That is freedom and it only comes from being secure in who God is and knowing that you have a right relationship with him. Remember, in the end, we, as Christians, win because we get to spend eternity in heaven.

Acts 1:17

"he was one of our number and shared in this ministry."" NIV translation

Peter is still talking about Judas here and his betrayal of Jesus. Remember from yesterday that this betrayal did not surprise God. God didn't have to come up with a backup plan because of the actions of Judas.

You might ask yourself, how could Judas have been with Jesus all that time and then turn on him? If we are honest with ourselves, there are probably several times each day that we do the same things. Do you pass up God given opportunities to share the gospel? Do you try to do things your own way instead of listening to the Spirit?

My friends, let us stop being a Judas and vow to do better. That can only happen through the Holy Spirit.

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