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Acts 1:2-4 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Just before he ascended into heaven, he left instructions[a] for the apostles he had chosen by the Holy Spirit.[b] After the sufferings of his cross, Jesus appeared alive many times[c] to these same apostles over a forty-day period.[d] Jesus proved to them with many convincing signs that he had been resurrected.[e]

During these encounters, he taught them the truths of God’s kingdom realm and shared meals with them.[f]

Jesus instructed them, “Don’t leave Jerusalem, but wait here until you receive the gift I told you about, the gift the Father has promised.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 1:2 Or “commands.”
  2. Acts 1:2 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek implies that the “instructions” (commands) he gave them were “by the Holy Spirit.”
  3. Acts 1:3 Jesus appeared to his followers at least eleven times and taught them the mysteries of God’s kingdom realm. See also Matt. 13:11.
  4. Acts 1:3 The number forty is significant, for it speaks of transformation and completeness through testing. Jesus was tempted for forty days, the deluge during Noah’s day lasted forty days and nights, Moses met with God for forty days on Sinai, Israel wandered for forty years, and Elijah fasted for forty days. Jesus spent forty days appearing to his disciples to teach them that a day of completeness and transformation had arrived. It took them forty days to comprehend that Christ’s kingdom was spiritual, not political.
  5. Acts 1:3 The world is still waiting to see “many convincing signs” from our lives signifying that we too have been raised from the dead. Spiritual fruit and spiritual power provide these signs.
  6. Acts 1:4 As translated from the Aramaic.
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