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Acts 1

Introduction

1The first [a]account I made, Theophilus, was [a continuous report] about all the things that Jesus began to do and to [b]teach until the day when He ascended to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given instruction to the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen. To these [men] He also showed Himself alive after His suffering [in Gethsemane and on the cross], by [a series of] many infallible proofs and unquestionable demonstrations, appearing to them over a period of forty days and talking to them about the things concerning the kingdom of God. While being together and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Of which,” He said, “you have heard Me speak. For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized and empowered and united with the Holy Spirit, not long from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked Him repeatedly, “Lord, are You at this time reestablishing the kingdom and restoring it to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

The Ascension

And after He said these things, He was caught up as they looked on, and a cloud took Him up out of their sight. 10 While they were looking intently into the sky as He was going, two men in white clothing suddenly stood beside them, 11 who said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This [same] Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will return in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

The Upper Room

12 Then the disciples returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet (Olive Grove), which is near Jerusalem, [only] a Sabbath day’s journey (less than one mile) away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went upstairs to the upper room where they were staying [indefinitely]; that is, Peter, and John and [his brother] James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew (Nathanael) and Matthew, [c]James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas (Thaddaeus) the son of James. 14 All these with one mind and one purpose were continually devoting themselves to prayer, [waiting together] along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

15 Now on one of these days Peter stood up among the brothers and sisters (a gathering of about a hundred and twenty believers was there) and he said, 16 “Brothers and sisters, it was necessary that the Scripture be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the lips of David [king of Israel] about Judas [Iscariot], who acted as guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he (Judas) was counted among us and received his share [by divine allotment] in this ministry.” 18 (Now Judas Iscariot [d]acquired a piece of land [indirectly] with the [money paid him as a] reward for his treachery, and falling headlong, his body burst open in the middle and all his intestines poured out. 19 All the people in Jerusalem learned about this, so in their own dialect—Aramaic—they called the piece of land Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For in the book of Psalms it is written,

Let his place of residence become desolate,
And let there be no one to live in it’;

and [again],

Let another take his position as overseer.’

21 So of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus spent with us, 22 beginning with the baptism by John [at the outset of Jesus’ ministry] until the day when He was taken up from us—one of these men must become a witness with us [to testify] of His resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two men, Joseph, the one called Barsabbas (who was surnamed Justus), and Matthias. 24 They prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know all hearts [their thoughts, motives, desires], show us which one of these two You have chosen 25 to occupy this ministry and apostleship which Judas left to go to his own place [of evil].” 26 And they [e]cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Notas al pie

  1. Acts 1:1 Luke is referring to his gospel.
  2. Acts 1:1 As the gospel tells us what Jesus began to do and teach, so Acts tells what He continued to do and teach by His Holy Spirit (F. F. Bruce).
  3. Acts 1:13 Also known as James the Less or James the Younger. His mother, Mary (Gr Maria), may have been either a sister or sister-in-law of Mary (Gr Mariam), the mother of Jesus.
  4. Acts 1:18 Peter means that the chief priests purchased the field in Judas’ name. He had returned to them with the money, and when they refused to accept it, he threw it into the temple sanctuary (Matt 27:3 ff). Afterwards they decided to buy the field for use as a burial ground for strangers. Peter goes on to say that Judas was disemboweled in a fall, while Matthew reports that Judas hanged himself (Matt 27:5). One explanation for the apparent discrepancy is that the rope or line that Judas was using broke, and the body fell in such a way as to be disemboweled (Matt 27:3 ff).
  5. Acts 1:26 The custom of the Jews was to write the names on stones, place them in a container and shake it until one stone fell out.

Japanese Living Bible

使徒の働き 1

11-2 親愛なる、神を愛する友へ。

この前の書(ルカの福音書)では、イエスの生涯とその教えについて書き、イエスが、ご自分のお選びになった使徒たちに聖霊によって指示を与え、天に帰られたところまでお伝えしました。

十字架刑のあと、四十日にわたって、イエスは何度も使徒たちに姿を現されました。自分がまぎれもなく、生きているイエスそのものであることを、さまざまな方法で示されたのです。またそのつど、神の国のこともお話しになりました。

イエスの昇天

そんなある時のことです。イエスは使徒たちに、こうお命じになりました。「エルサレムから離れてはいけません。前にも言ったように、父が約束を果たしてくださるまで、待っていなさい。 バプテスマのヨハネは水でバプテスマ(洗礼)を授けましたが、もうすぐ、あなたがたは聖霊によるバプテスマを受けるからです。」

そこで、またイエスが姿を現された時、使徒たちは心躍らせながら、「主よ。今こそイスラエルを解放し、独立国として再興なさるのですか」と尋ねました。

「それがいつかは、父がお決めになります。あなたがたが、あれこれ言うことはできません。 しかし、聖霊があなたがたに下る時、あなたがたは大きな力を受け、エルサレムからユダヤ全土、そしてサマリヤから地の果てまで、わたしの死と復活を伝える証人となります。」

こうお答えになると、イエスは、見守る使徒たちの目の前で天に上げられ、たちまち雲の中に姿を消されました。 10 彼らがなおも目をこらして見上げていると、突然、白い衣を着た人が二人、そばに立って言いました。

11 「ガリラヤの人たちよ。なぜ空ばかり見上げているのですか。イエスは天にのぼりましたが、いつかまた、今と同じようにして地上へ帰って来られるのです。」

12 このことが起こったのはオリーブ山でした。そこから一キロほど歩いてエルサレムに戻るとすぐ、 13-14 使徒たちは、泊まっていた家の二階で祈り会を始めました。そこにいたのは次の人たちです。ペテロ、ヨハネ、ヤコブ、アンデレ、ピリポ、トマス、バルトロマイ、マタイ、ヤコブ〔アルパヨの息子〕、シモン〔「熱心党」という反体制グループのメンバー〕、ユダ〔ヤコブの息子〕、イエスの母、イエスの兄弟たち、何人かの婦人たち。

15 この祈り会は数日間続きました。ある日、百二十人ほどが集まっていた時、ペテロが立ち上がり、次のように提案しました。 16 「皆さん。イエスを捕らえた暴徒どもの手引きをしたユダには、聖書のことばどおりのことが起こりました。そうならなければならなかったのです。ずっと昔、聖霊によって、ダビデ王が預言したことだからです。 17 ユダは、使徒にも選ばれた、私たちの仲間でした。 18 ところが彼は、裏切りで得た金で畑を手に入れたものの、まっさかさまに落ちて体が裂け、はらわたがみな飛び出すという無残な死に方をしたのです。 19 この出来事は、あっという間にエルサレム中に広まり、人々はその場所を『血の畑』と呼ぶようになりました。 20 実は、ダビデ王が聖書の詩篇の中で、『彼の家は荒れ果て、だれも住まなくなれ』『彼の仕事を、ほかの人に与えよ』と預言しているのです。

21-22 だから今、ユダの代わりにほかの人を、イエスの復活の証人に選ばなければなりません。選ばれる者の資格ですが、何と言っても、初めから私たちと行動を共にしてきた人でなければいけません。そう、イエス様がヨハネからバプテスマを受けて以来、別れを告げて天にのぼられるまでの間、ずっと私たちといっしょにいた人です。」

23 一同は二名の候補者を立てました。ユストというヨセフ〔別名バルサバ〕と、マッテヤです。

24-25 それから、ふさわしい人が選ばれるように、みな一心に祈りました。「ああ、主よ。あなたはすべての人の心をご存じです。どうぞ、ユダの代わりに、二人のうちどちらを使徒にお選びになるかお示しください。ユダは当然行くべき所に行ってしまいましたから。」

26 くじを引き、当たったのはマッテヤでした。こうして、ほかの十一人に、彼が使徒として加わることになりました。