The Acts of the Apostles

 (Arthur T. Pierson, D.D.)

The Acts of the Apostles gives the history of the Church during the first generation after Christ’s ascension. It is the book of the Holy Spirit. It opens with Pentecost and records a similar descent of the Spirit on the Samaritans, the Romans at Caesarea, and the Greeks at Ephesus. The two prominent characters are Peter, to whom it was given to open the door of faith to Jews and Gentiles, and Paul, who was the great apostle of the Gentiles. The actual work of Foreign Missions starts from Antioch and reaches to Rome before this book closes, following the exact order given in Chapter 1, verse 8:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”