Analytical Bible Expositor



John G. Butler

Acts 1

The book of Acts begins where the Gospels ended with a bit of an overlap regarding the ascension which is recorded in several other Gospels. Acts 1 may be divided into three major parts as follows:

  1. The Announcements About the Writing (Acts 1:1-3)
  2. The Ascension of Jesus (Acts 2:4-12)
  3. The Assembly of Believers (Acts 1:13-26)

A. The Announcements About the Writing

Acts 1:1-3

The first three verses of this chapter serve as an introduction to the book of Acts. In them, Luke makes some pertinent announcements regarding his writing.

1. The Review in the Announcements (Acts 1:1,2)

In this introduction, Luke first begins by reviewing his former "treatise" (Acts 1:1)—the Gospel of Luke—which he had written to "Theophilus" (Luke 1:3).

The mention of the previous writing. "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus" (Acts 1:1). The reference to the former treatise (Luke) shows that this new treatise (Acts) is a sequel to the book of Luke.

The message of the previous writing. "Of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Spirit had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen" (Acts 1:1,2). Luke gives a capsule summary of the book of Luke in this