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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.

Footnotes

  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.

O Livro

Atos 1

Jesus ascende ao céu

11/2 Teófilo:

No meu primeiro escrito falei­te na vida e nos ensinamentos de Jesus e contei como ele voltou para o céu depois de ter dado aos apóstolos que escolheu instruções pelo Espírito Santo. Durante os quarenta dias que se seguiram à sua crucificação, apareceu diversas vezes, vivo, sem sombra de dúvida, aos apóstolos, a quem provou de muitas maneiras ser realmente ele aquele que viam. E nessas ocasiões falou­lhes no reino de Deus.

4/5 Num desses encontros, enquanto tomava uma refeição com eles, Jesus disse­lhes que não saíssem de Jerusalém enquanto o Espírito Santo não descesse sobre eles em cumprimento da promessa do Pai, assunto de que já tinha falado. “João baptizou­vos com água”, lembrou­lhes, “mas vocês serão baptizados com o Espírito Santo dentro de poucos dias.”

Noutra ocasião em que lhes apareceu, perguntaram­lhe: “Senhor, é agora que vais restaurar o reino de Israel?”

7/8 “É o Pai quem determina os tempos”, respondeu, “e não vos compete conhecê­los. Mas quando o Espírito Santo tiver descido sobre vocês, receberão poder para falar de mim ao povo de Jerusalém, e em toda a Judeia e Samaria, até aos extremos da Terra.”

9/11 Pouco depois Jesus subiu ao céu e desapareceu numa nuvem, enquanto o seguiam com os olhos. De súbito apareceram no meio deles dois homens vestidos de branco, que disseram: “Homens da Galileia, porque estão aí de olhos postos no firmamento? Jesus foi para o céu e um dia voltará tal como o viram partir!”

Matias é escolhido para substituir Judas

12/13 Isto aconteceu quando se encontravam no Monte das Oliveiras. Regressando a Jerusalém, que ficava quase a um quilómetro de distância, foram para uma sala no andar superior da casa onde estavam a ficar. Estavam ali: Pedro, João, Tiago, André, Filipe, Tomé, Bartolomeu, Mateus, Tiago (filho de Alfeu), Simão (a quem também chamavam o Zelota), Judas (filho de Tiago). 14 Todos se reuniam constantemente em oração, juntamente com Maria, a mãe de Jesus, várias outras mulheres, e os irmãos de Jesus.

15 Por esta altura, numa ocasião em que estavam presentes cerca de cento e vinte pessoas, Pedro levantou­se e disse­lhes o seguinte: 16 “Irmãos, era necessário que se cumprissem as Escrituras acerca de Judas, que servia de guia para aqueles que prenderam Jesus, pois isso já tinha sido anunciado há muito pelo Espírito Santo falando através do rei David. 17 Judas tinha sido um dos nossos, e, como nós, escolhido para ser apóstolo.

18/19 (Com o dinheiro que recebeu em paga da traição, ele comprou um campo, onde se suicidou, rompendo­se­lhe as entranhas. A notícia da sua morte depressa se espalhou em Jerusalém, tanto que o povo até deu ao local o nome de Campo de Sangue.)

20 A predição do rei David acerca deste acontecimento vem no livro dos Salmos, onde diz: ‘Que a sua casa fique abandonada, sem ninguém que nela habite,’ e ainda: ‘Que o seu trabalho seja confiado a outra pessoa.’

21/22 Agora temos de escolher alguém, em lugar de Judas, que se junte a nós para ser testemunha da ressurreição de Jesus. Escolhamos um homem que tenha estado connosco todo o tempo em que o Senhor andou entre nós, desde o seu baptismo por João até ao dia em que foi levado para o céu.”

23/25 A assembleia apontou dois homens: José Justo (também chamado Barsabás) e Matias. Feito isto, oraram: “Senhor, tu conheces os corações; indica­nos qual destes homens escolheste como apóstolo para substituir Judas, que foi para o lugar que merecia.” 26 Tiraram então sortes, sendo escolhido Matias, que passou a ser apóstolo com os outros onze.