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Religion and Theology
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The book of Acts covers 30 years - from the Ascension of Jesus in AD 33 to the second year of Paul's imprisonment around AD 63 or 64 - of early church history. McGhee calls it a "bridge between the Gospels and the Epistles." It was written by Luke, the only Gentile NT writer…
(Acts 18:2 - AD 49).
Romans and Galatians are two of Paul's most profound epistles. Since Paul's conversion to Christ in A.D. 35, (Calvin pg. 13) he is widely heralded as the greatest apostle. J. Vernon McGee calls him "the Moses of the New Testament." Paul's life turned 180 degrees from his conversion. He was passionate in his persecution of Christians as Saul and his passion changed that all may know Christ as he knew Him. Thirty years later he is addressing the Jewish remnant in Rome. Acts and these two Epistles provide fundamental truths for day to day Christian Living.
The Day of Pentecost is the 50th day after the Passover. It is one of the three annual feasts. Jesus was crucified during the Passover which is another one of the annual feasts. Pentecost portrays Christ's character and marks the beginning of His kingdom. (McGarvey pg. 28)
The 11 remaining Apostles gathered to choose someone to take Judas's place in the ministry. They felt that Judas Iscariot's apostasy left a void in their ministry. (Acts 1:17) Their requirements was for a man that has been with them since the beginning of Christ's ministry and also witnessed his resurrection. Many theologians including J. Vernon McGee believe that Peter and the rest were operating in the flesh and without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (Acts, pg. 6)
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