Acts Of The Apostles
the fifth book in the New testament and the second treatise by the author of the third Gospel, traditionally known as Luke.
The book commences with an inscription to one Theophilus, who was probably a man of birth and station. The readers were evidently
intended to be the members of the Christian Church, whether Jews or Gentiles; for its contents are such as are of the utmost
consequence to the whole Church. They are the fulfillment of the promise of the Father by the descent of the Holy Spirit,
and the results of that outpouring by the dispersion of the gospel among the Jews and Gentiles. Under these leading heads
all the personal and subordinate details may be arranged. First St. Peter becomes the prime actor under God int he founding
of the Church. He is the centre of the first group of sayings and doings. The opening of the door to Jews, ch. 2, and Gentiles,
ch. 10, is his office, and by him, in good time, is accomplished. Then the preparation of Saul of Tarsus for the work to be
done, the progress, in his hand, of that work, his journeyings, preachings and perils, his stripes and imprisonments, his
testifying in Jerusalem and being brought to testify in Rome,—these are the subjects of the latter half of the book, of which
the great central figure is the apostle Paul. The history given in the Acts occupies about 33 years, and the reigns of the
Roman emperors Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. It seems most probable that the place of writing was Roma, and the time
about two years from the date of St. Paul’s arrival there, as related in (Acts 28:30) This would give us fro the publication about 63 A.D.