Notes From an old Preacher’s Bible



Acts is a TRANSITION book as to METHOD but not MESSAGE

Should be called the “ACTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”

Vance Havner said it is the “Outflow and the Overflow of the Inflow of the Holy Spirit”.

I would call it the Show and Tell book.

“In one accord” appears 11 times in Acts.

There are references and allusions form 25 Old Testament books in Acts.


1:1 = “Jesus began to do (Show) and teach (Tell) .

1:3 = “being seen (Show) of them forty days, and speaking (Tell). . .”

1:2 = “commandments” – the only commandments that Jesus gave was the great commission.

1:3 = After the resurrection, the only thing “pertaining to the kingdom of God” was the extent of the kingdom (all the world)  and the manner to achieve that (preach and teach).


Literal – Matthew 3:2, 4:17

Jewish – Matthew 10:6

Earthly – Matthew 6:10

Visible – Luke 17:20


          Spiritual – Romans 14:17

Invisible – Luke 17:20

Recognizing the difference between these two kingdoms is perhaps the one most important factor in understanding the dispensational teachings of the Gospels!

for the transition between these two kingdoms

                              see Matthew 21:43

1:6 = They missed the point.  They were not asking questions about the great commission but about the kingdom.  And it was the WRONG kingdom they were asking about!

1:7 = “times or the seasons”  refers to the Kingdom of Israel, the Kingdom of Heaven which will be the Millennial Kingdom.  see also I Thessalonians 5:1.

 “power” in vs 7 is (exousia) emphasizing ‘authority’

 “power”  in verse 8 it is (dunamis) emphasizing power; from which we get our word dynamite.

Authority without the power to perform is useless.

Acts 1:8 is not just a command or a commission.  It is a verse of


A key word in verse 8 is  both.

1:11 =  This is not only the first promise of the return of the Lord from Heaven after the ascension.  It is also a warning.  When our Lord returns, we had better not be simply gazing up into heaven.  We had better be busy!

1:16 = “this Scripture” – There were no boards organized, no committee appointed, no plan adopted nor goals set.  They were just studying the Word.


The filling of the Holy Spirit was fulfillment of Jesus’ promise and Moses prayer in Numbers 11:28

2:3 = “like, as of fire” What is like fire but does not burn?  Light rays.

coming of the Holy Spirit was phosphorescence:  “emission of light without sensible heat”  (Vine)

2:4 = “other”  as in the second of a pair.  Another of the same kind.

2:4-11 = two words translated “tongues” and used interchangeably:  (glossa)  and (dialektos)

2:16 = “this is that (power or spirit) which was spoken by the prophet Joel…”

2:46 = The social fellowship of the Lord’s Table was centered in the HOME, not in a church building.

NOTE: what was happening “daily”:

2:46 – breaking bread;   2:47 – added to the church;         5:42 – teaching and preaching;    

6:1 – distribution of food;         17:11 – searched the Scripture;

3:2 = I wonder if this man had been laying at the Temple gate on the days when Jesus passed by?

3:13 = God of Abraham – Isaac – Jacob

Abraham speaks of revelation

Isaac speaks of redemption

Jacob speaks of regeneration

See also: see note at Gen 50:24.  Also note: Ex 3:6, 6:3, Matt 8:11, 22:32, Lu 20:37, Acts 3:13, 7:32

4:13 =  (agrammatos) literally means “illiterate”.

   (idiotes) literally means “Idiot or ignoramus”.

4:31 = They spoke with “boldness”, not with tongues!

4:32 = This communal living was LOCAL,  VOLUNTARY and  TEMPORARY.

4:36 = “Barnabas” means encouragement.

5:2 = This is hypocrisy.  Ananias  and Sapphira pretended to give all to God.

4:11 = This is the first time that Luke uses the term “church”.  Never used it in his Gospel.

6:2 =  It was not good for apostles to leave the ministry of the Word to serve tables — then or now.

6:3 = NOTE that they did not lay this ministry on the wives of the Apostles, either.

8:1 = Gamaliel did not consent to the death of Stephen but his disciples did.  We must be careful what we teach.   Disciples will usually go further than we will.

8:17 =“Then  laid they their  (Jewish) hands on them (Samaritans), and they received the Holy Ghost.

8:4-25 = “BOOTLEGGERS” = not the “professionals” but the laymen who had not been to the colleges and seminaries.  Not even “ordained” clergy.

8:26 = “go toward the south”– God never told anyone to go NORTH!

8:26-39 = hitchhikers = Philip riding with the Ethiopian Eunuch.

9:1-18 = Is Paul’s conversion the answer to the prayer of dying Stephen?  see Acts 7:60.

9:2 = Jerusalem to Damascus was a 175 mile round-trip.  And Saul did not even know “if” there were any Christians there.

9:4 = “why persecutest thou me?”   Saul was persecuting Christians, not Christ.  But Jesus took it personally!

9:5 – 6 = Last word from the mouth of Saul  = Lord

              First word from the mouth of Paul   = Lord

9:4 & 7 = Saul fell to the earth but the men stood speechless.

Saul heard Jesus but the men heard Saul.

9:9 = Saul was “without sight” but he was not in the dark!

9:6-8 & 11-13 =  When God told Saul, the brand new convert, to “Arise and go” he got up and went.  When God told Ananias, this veteran Christian, to “Arise and go”,  he talked back!

9:20 = Saul is preaching in enemy territory!

10:9 = Peter was praying but he was still out of tune to God’s will for saving the lost.  But in prayer is a good place to get a heavenly vision.

How do you receive the Holy Spirit ?

  Acts 2:38 = Repent and be baptized;

  Acts 8:17 = Laying on of hands;

  Acts 10:44 = By hearing and believing;

  Acts 19:6 = Laying on of hands and baptism

The only one of these repeated in the Epistles is the only one on which to build our church doctrine.    It is:  by believing in faith!  see Galatians 3:2,14; Ephesians 1:13, Colossians 2:6.

10:46 = this is never repeated in the Epistles.  This was given as a sign to the Jewish believers.

11:15 = “at the beginning”  of the church age.  But it did not happen every time.

13:2 = Called to the work not to the place.

13:10 = This is the answer that Charles H. Spurgeon telegraphed back to P. T. Barnum when he tried to hire him as the ringmaster for his circus.

14:24 = Paul and Barnabas’ furlough.

15:14-  C. I. Scofield says:   Dispensationally, this is the most important passage in the New Testament.  It gives God’s plan for this age and the next!

15:26 = “hazarded” is the Greek word (paradidomi).  It means, “to surrender, i.e. yield up, entrust, transmit”.  It is not a risk nor a gamble but an act of faith!

16:18 = Demons are not allowed to preach the Gospel even if they could!  That’s my job.

16:25 = NOTE who to talk to in time of trouble.

16:27 = here’s the purpose of the earthquake.

17:31-32 = Paul did not give an invitation!

17:32-34 = Only three possible responses to the hearing of the Gospel:

          Rejection               Delay           Believe

19:15 = Known in Hell.   see Luke 16:26 and Acts 16:18.  Am I ?

19:19 = piece of silver was a day’s wage in Ephesus.

26:16-18 = Faith in this promise kept Paul faithful in his trials and hardships.

26:19 = Paul never quit!

Paul may have been in jail, but . . . the GOSPEL was UNHINDERED!

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