Romans

New Testament (Acts-Revelation)

Lesson 221: The Ascension Of Christ
Acts 1:1-11
Golden Text: Acts 1:11

I. The Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 10.

1. The Person Who gave it. He had the right by virtue of His Person and His work.

2. The power for it—“Himself;” v. 18. Note the “power” as seen in (1) His birth; Luke 1:35. (2) Ministry; Luke 4:32. (3) Miracles; Luke 4:36. (4) Forgiveness; Matthew 9:6. (5) Death; John 10:18. (6) Resurrection. Romans 1:4; Colossians 2:13-15. (7) Ascension; Ephesians 1:20. (8) Coming; Matthew 24:30.

3. The plan of it. (1) The command “go ye.” (2) The scope, “world.” (3) The theme, “the Gospel.” (4) The persons, “every creature.”

4. The persons to whom given—His disciples. (1) Chosen. Mark 3:14; John 15:16. (2) Saved; Matthew 16:16. (3) Taught. (4) Commissioned. (5) Equipped.

5. The privilege of it. Ambassadors, co-workers, witnesses, trustees, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

6. The price of it. “Go” means leave. Cp. Luke 14:26.

7. The promise with it. “I am with you.” Cp Hebrews 13:5.

II. The Promise. Acts 1:4, 5.

1. Promised in O. T. Isaiah 32:15; Jeremiah 31:33; Ezek 11:19; Joel 228.

2. Promised in N. T. John 15:26—16:14.

III. The Questioning Disciples. Vs. 6-8.

1. The question; v. 6. (1) An earthly kingdom expected; Isaiah 2:2-4. (2) The King being rejected, the kingdom is in obeyance. Luke 19:14; Acts 3:14. (3) He will yet be King over the Earth; Psalm 2.

Romans

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Lesson 14—Romans 4

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Lesson 16—Romans 4:9-12

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Lesson 15—Romans 4:6-8

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Lesson 17—Romans 4:13-25

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Lesson 18—Romans 4:13-25

Faith Illustrated

Before we bid Abraham farewell, we will linger awhile and learn about justifying faith. He is the pattern man of faith, and his record has been written for our sakes.

Abraham’s Faith Overcame All Obstacles, vs……….

There were dark clouds that might have obscured Abraham’s faith, but he looked beyond them. Faith’s horizon is beyond all seeming difficulties. Against hope he believed in hope, for he had the word of God and that was quite enough.

Abraham’s Faith Was Strang in God, vs………

How strong Abraham’s faith was. Weak faith would have taken into consideration a “dead body” and a “barren womb.” Abraham believed God was greater than all circumstances. What mattered it that the fulfillment of God’s promise seemed impossible—with faith there are no impossibilities.

Abraham’s Faith Needed No Props to Lean On, vs…………..

Unlike the unstable doubter, James tells us of in his epistle, Abraham “staggered not” at the promise of God thru unbelief. His mind was stayed upon Jehovah and he was kept in perfect peace. When Dr. Paton was translating the New Testament into an island language, he found great difficulty in finding native words for “believe” and “faith.” While at work in his study one day, one of the native teachers came in, hot and tired from a long walk. He threw himself down on a cane chair, and putting his feet on another, used a word which meant “I am resting my whole weight here.” Instantly Dr. Paton had his word. To the natives of that island faith means the whole weight of the mind and heart resting on the Word of God.

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