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The book of Acts is a letter from a man named Luke to a man named Theophilus.
Acts 1:1 (ESV)
1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,
Theophilus - We don't know a great deal about. Although in Luke's Gospel (1:3) Luke refers to him as, ''Most excellent Theophilus'' which was a title that indicates that he was most likely a Roman official or nobleman.
Luke - was a disciple and traveling companion of the Apostle Paul. In the letter to the Colossians Paul refers to him as a Doctor, which assumes he was highly educated. He was a member of the Church at Antioch which was the first great missionary outpost.
Why Luke went to the trouble to write a detailed two volume account of the life of Christ and the Early Church to Theophilus is unknown, but it could be that Luke and Acts was written as an attempt to persuade this Roman Theophilus to come to faith in Christ.
The book begins with a flash back to the first volume, the book of Luke where the resurrected Jesus is giving instructions to the Apostles.
Acts 1:4 (ESV)
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ''you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.''
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the God-head, or Trinity. The Bible present God as existing eternally in a singularity of essence and a plurality of persons. So there is ONE God who eternally exist in THREE persons.
You see hints of the in Genesis - God said, ''Let US make man in OUR image''. NOT - let me make man in my image. Throughout the Old Testament you see Yahweh being worshipped as the one true God. You also see appearances of an un-named individual all throughout the Old Testament.
He appeared to Abraham at Mamre
He was wrestling with Jacob in the ...
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