The book called the Acts of the Apostles follows the Gospels. It was written by Saint Luke as the second part of his writings (the first part being the Gospel of Saint Luke). Both were addressed to the general reader known as Theophilus (friend of God). Luke was one of the people in Paul’s company. He was a physician who accompanied Paul on several journeys and chronicled the events for our benefit. This work showcases the first efforts of Jesus‘ Great Commissioning… “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Setting the scene for the next scriptural entry regarding the Name of the LORD.  As promised by our LORD, the Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles when they were gathered together about fifty days after Jesus’ crucifixion.  Little flames of fire in the shape of  an oval, called a ‘tongue of fire’ appeared over each of their heads.  A loud sound like a tornado was heard and after it all when everyone was talking excitedly about the events, each person understood all the others, even though they were speaking in their native language.  I would compare it to something like a sports competition of the world’s greatest athletes and after the descent of the Holy Spirit, when each athlete marveled at the working of the spirit in their own language, all the other athletes from other countries could understand exactly what each one was saying.

Acts of the Apostles 2: 20-21 (Peter speaking after the Descent of the Holy Spirit) “The sun shall be turned to darkness and moon to blood, before the coming of the great and splendid day of the LORD, and it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the Name of the LORD.”

Acts of the Apostles 2: 38 Peter [said] to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 

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