Thank our Promise-Keeping God
As Luke continues the narrative of Acts, he very precisely relays the journey of Paul from Caesarea to Rome. Acts 27 is an incredible account of God’s provision, his protection, and his faithfulness to his promises. God is at work to bring Paul safely to Rome, despite incredible obstacles and hardships. As Paul confidently believed, God is faithful to his promises. For us as his people, we must always remember that God keeps his promises, and we can trust him and must give him thanks. Our God is worthy of our praise and thanks because of his constant faithfulness to us.
Acts is a unique book in our New Testament, because it is the only book of history that we are given. As Luke writes, a second edition to his gospel, he continues with two vital themes – first, that Jesus offers salvation to men and second, that this work – the mission is accomplished – in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had already instructed his disciples about the Holy Spirit and his ongoing ministry to them and all who would come to believe in Jesus. Despite the obvious focus on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in Acts, this book is about Jesus. Throughout Acts, Jesus is described as Lord (the most common title for Jesus in Acts), Jesus (67x), Christ (25x), Servant, Holy One, Just One, a Prophet like Moses, Savior, Son of God, Son of Man, Author of Life, Judge, Man and God. There is absolutely no question that Acts is the continuing account of all that Jesus began to do and to teach as presented in the gospel of Luke. The outline of Acts is very straightforward: Witnesses in Jerusalem (1-7), Witnesses in Judaea & Samaria (8-12), and Witnesses to the ends of the earth (13-28). Luke focuses throughout on this truth: You will receive power from the Holy Spirit and be my witnesses to the ends of the earth. May God strengthen us to be effective witnesses for Jesus.
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