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May 1, 2021

Christ's Coming, Going, and Still Ministering (1)

Acts 1:1 The former account I have made, O Theophilus, concerning all the things that Jesus began both to do and to teach, (2) Until the day on which He was taken up, after He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He chose.

[Part 1 of 2] As we come to the book of Acts, we need to realize that both this book and the Gospel of Luke were written by the same person. The first two verses of Acts indicate that this book is the continuation of Luke's Gospel. In this Gospel we have the Man-Savior, and we see that our Redeemer, the Savior, is the God-man. Luke gives us a clear record not only of the Man- Savior's birth but also of His conception. Luke describes the Lord's conception, birth, youth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension. We may say that the Man-Savior's conception was His coming down not only from the heavens but also from God the Father. Likewise, His ascension was His going back not only to the heavens but also to the Father. By this coming and going the Lord Jesus became a wonderful Being. Through His conception and birth He became a Person who is both divine and human, both God the Creator and man, a creature. As such a wonderful Person, the Lord Jesus lived on earth as a man with all the human virtues expressing the divine attributes. This was the way He lived and ministered. The Man- Savior suffered death, walking into, through, and out of death. After making a tour of death and Hades, He came forth in resurrection. Therefore, He entered into resurrection, and in resurrection He ascended to the heavens. Now this One, the glorified Man-Savior, is in the heavens. This is a brief extract of the crucial contents of the Gospel of Luke. [continued tomorrow]

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Thessalonians, pp. 1-2. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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