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The second half of Luke's history of the church, which was commissioned by Theophilus. It covers the actions of the Apostles from Christ's ascension to heaven to Paul's imprisonment in Rome.

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Please identify the grammatical subject(s) of Acts 20:11

Acts 20:7-11 reads (NKJV, emphasis added): Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his ...
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In Acts 9:28, what is the meaning of "coming in and going out" (NKJV)?

In Acts 9:26-28, we read (NKJV, emphasis mine): And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But ...
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Will everyone who calls on the Lord be saved or Not?

English Standard Version MT 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. AC 2:21, RO 10:13 And it ...
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Why did Peter dedicate his first book to those who are 'strangers'? (1Peter1.1) Was Peter different to the other apostles, and aware of it?

Does the linguistic trope 'strangers' hold implications regarding inner nature of certain biblical characters? If Jesus blessed Peter could he have opened Peter's eyes to his (base) nature in need of ...
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What's the purpose of fasting and prayer in Acts 14:23?

Acts 14:21-23 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the ...
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When Paul said "for all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Romans 8:14), did he have something like Acts 16:6-10 in mind?

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the ...
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What is the difference between having the spiritual gift of prophecy and being a prophet?

In 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14 the Apostle Paul talks about the spiritual gift of prophecy and also about prophets, and he seems to use both terms interchangeably: 10 to another the working of ...
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Is there a contradiction between Hebrews 1:1-3 and Acts 21:8-11?

Note: this question is inspired by this answer. Some cite Hebrews 1:1-3 to argue that Jesus Christ was the ultimate special revelation from God, and that the office of prophet was thus rendered ...
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Did Paul preach in Titius Justus' house? (Acts 18:7-8)

Did Paul preach in Titius Justus' house? Acts 18:5-8 (ESV) 5 When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. 6 And ...
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What does “put at the apostles’ feet” mean in Acts 4:32-5:2?

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify ...
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is there a contradiction between Matthew 28:18-20 & Acts 2:38?

Matthew 28:18-20 - implies baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. ...
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Why does the KJV translate Acts 5:24 the way it does?

KJV Acts 5 : 24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Acts 5:24 ESV: Now when the captain ...
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The Whole Church?

Acts 5:11 (ESV): And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. Acts 15:22 (ESV): Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to ...
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How do we reconcile Romans 3:11 with Acts 17

We compare: ‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:11‬: There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; Acts 17:27: that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not ...
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Is there a contradiction between 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Acts 16:6-10?

I've heard cessationist arguments quoting Paul's teaching in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, to the effect that we have everything we need in the Bible, and that nothing beyond the Bible is required, given that ...
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Does the election of Matthias as an apostle via casting of lots (Acts 1:21-26) contradict 1 Corinthians 12?

21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of ...
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Do Acts 1:8 and Romans 1:16 refer to different types of power?

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.” (Acts 1:8 ESV) 16 For I am ...
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Is Acts 4:29-31 an example of earnestly desiring spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:31, 14:1)?

Acts 4:29-31 (ESV) 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and ...
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Why did the ex-magicans in Acts 19:19 burn an enormously expensive amount of books?

Acts 19:19 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it ...
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Acts 16:34 - He did what with his family?

In Acts 16:34, what verb does the adverb "πανοικεί" ("with the entire household/family") modify and how are we to make such a determination? Some translation, such as the ESV, ...
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Exactly when did Paul repent... before or after he was saved?

There is absolutely no question that Paul did repent (i.e., had a change of direction in his heart), as is clearly attested to in scripture. Therefore, the question being raised isn't really an issue ...
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Acts 1:6 -8: Were disciples wrong to ask the question in v. 6, and is Jesus' answer a general reprehension of the question?

Is Jesus' answer (v. 7-8) irrelevant to the question of the disciples? Text: Acts 1: 6 - 8 (ESV) "So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the ...
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When did Paul's repentance (i.e., change of heart) and salvation occur? On the road to Damascus, or only after being baptized in Damascus?

The traditional way in which any Israelite was to be saved, was to first repent (and be baptized) as evidenced in both the preaching of John the Baptist (Mark 1:4,15) and that of Peter (Acts 2:38; 3:...
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How did Paul became a Roman citizen?

In Acts 16:37 we read that Paul was Roman (emphasis mine) But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out ...
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Acts 3:2, 10 What is the Beautiful Gate?

In Acts 3 we can read about some place in the temple being refereed to as; The gate of the temple which is called Beautiful Acts 3:2 and; the Beautiful Gate of the temple Acts 3:10 And a man who had ...
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Acts 6:3 -Does a person full of "the Spirit" still need wisdom?

What does the men "full of (the)Spirit mean,"full of the Holy Spirit? Can the men full of "the Spirit" (=the Holy Spirit) as rendered in all Eng. Translations,lack anything? (In ...
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How could they have been baptized and not have received the Spirit?

In Acts 8:12–17 one reads (emphasis mine) 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 ...
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Was Stephen put to death by legal execution or a lynch mob?

Previous discussion on the site This is a follow up to the question: In the time of Jesus, were the Jewish authorities allowed to execute? - the selected & most upvoted answer concludes: The only ...
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What are the theological implications of Paul's continuing identifying himself as a Pharisee in Acts 23:6-10 despite being an Apostle of Christ?

Acts 23:6-10 (ESV): 6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to ...
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Did the Apostle Paul, as a Pharisee, believe in disembodied spirits? Acts 23:6-10

Acts 23:6-10 (ESV): 6 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to ...
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How do we reconcile 2 Timothy 2:25 with Acts 17:30?

Q: How do we reconcile 2 Timothy 2:25 with Acts 17:30 in terms of God granting repentance & God commanding repentance? “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will ...
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What does Acts 1:8 mean by "being a witness"?

Acts 1:8 (ESV): 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.” What does it ...
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How does Stephen say God gave no inheritance to Abraham in Acts 7:5?

Acts 7:5 ESV: Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot's length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child But Abraham did ...
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Was it the same group of circumcision in Acts 15:1 and 5?

After preaching the gospel at Antioch it is said there arose a group from Judaea disputing with Paul and Barnabus about circumcision KJV Acts 15 : 1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught ...
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How to understand John Gill's comment on Acts 15:1?

KJV Acts 15 : 1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. John Gill when commenting on the ...
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Contradiction between Ex 4:10 & Acts 7:22? [duplicate]

Is there a contradiction between Ex 4:10 & Acts 7:22? Ex 4:10 - “Please, Lord,” Moses replied, “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since You have spoken to Your servant, for I am ...
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Does Stephen asking Jesus to receive his spirit indicate that he believes Jesus is God?

Acts 7:59-60 "They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, ...
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And the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul?

Act 7:58 Why is this mention in the bible? Is it because of the following Luke wanted to introduce Saul here, in some filmy-like plot (not just plainly - he was to be a special figure in the Bible, in ...
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Is Jesus gone or present?

According to John 16:7 and Acts 1:9-11, He is gone: 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go,...
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Does it follow from Acts 1:21-26 that one of the requirements to be an apostle is to have witnessed the resurrection of Jesus?

Acts 1:21-26 (ESV): 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was ...
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The use of “all” in Acts 19:10 - literal or general?

Acts 19:10 NASB This took place for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. Does the use of “all” here mean “every person”? Or does it mean that ...
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Who called Paul: Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for ...
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What does Acts 4:22 mean by referring to the age of the man that was healed?

In Acts 4:22 (NIV) one reads For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old. What was the purpose of mentioning the age in this context? I understand that it may be a way to note ...
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Does Acts 5:3-4 equate the Holy Spirit with God

In Acts 5:3-4, Peter says: "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? ...
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What was the purpose of Peter's shadow?

Acts 5:15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. (ESV) According to Cambridge ...
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Was Paul in Galatians 2, retelling the events in Acts 15?

Gal 2:1 WEB Then after a period of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me. First question: is this the same time as recorded in the book of Acts 15:2 Or ...
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What is the scope of Peter’s statement in Acts 10:35?

In Acts 10:35 Peter says that “in every nation the man who fears [God] and does what is right is welcome to Him.” What is the scope of his statement here, specifically as it pertains to the word, “...
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At Acts 4:12, does Peter indicate that God has put Himself "on the hook" to save in Jesus'name?

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. - Acts 4:12 There are some few translation that render this as "can ...
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Is Philip an apostle?

Acts 21: 7And when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day. 8On the next day we [b]who were Paul’s companions departed and came ...
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Were disciples the same as Christians according to Acts 11:26? [duplicate]

Acts 11: 26b So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Were disciples the same as ...
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