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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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Reconciling in Greek the following verses on repentance: Romans 2:4, Luke 13:1-5, 2 Timothy 2:25, Acts 17:30, Revelation 9:21?

How can we understand the greater clarity of the Greek text in exegeting the following verses? My aim is to understand repentance in one combined exegetical understanding based on scripture. 1.) Can ...
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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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Acts 8:15-19; what is the Holy Spirit? [closed]

In Acts 8:15-17, what is the Holy Spirit concretely? According to the Bible, God is spirit. In Acts 8, many people want to receive the Holy Spirit. I want to know what is the Holy Spirit and I want to ...
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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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Why does James state that "the body without the SPIRIT is dead" (Jas. 2:26a)?

The partial verse in question is this: James 2:26a: "For just as the body without the spirit is dead" (emphasis added). It seems very noteworthy that both Christ and Stephen used the word &...
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Does the human spirit rise up after a person die?

New International Version Ecclesiastes 12: 7 before the dust returns to the ground from which it came and the spirit returns to God who gave it. This is confirmed in Act 7: 54 When the members of ...
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Be filled (G4130 vs G4137) with the Spirit

Young's Literal Translation Acts 2: 4 and they were all filled [G4130] with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, according as the Spirit was giving them to declare. Disciples were ...
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Why did John the Baptist's Ephesian disciples (Acts 19:1-3), not listed as his disciples (Mat 3:5), say John never mentioned Holy Spirit (Mat 3:11)?

We are told in [Matthew 3:5] - "Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him" (3:5 τότε ἐξεπορεύετο πρὸς αὐτὸν Ἱεροσόλυμα καὶ πᾶσα ἡ Ἰουδαία καὶ πᾶσα ἡ ...
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If Saul Σαῦλος did hear Stephen’s Speech to Sanhedrin, why was Stephen’s Speech not a Gospel message to Paul Παῦλος based on Galatians 1:11-12?

Saul appears unable to hear Stephen’s Gospel message in Acts 7, based on Galatians 1:11-12. We Learn in [Acts 7:58] - Saul (who also is called Paul, Acts 13:9) was present while the Sanhedrin stoned ...
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Is there a non-empty intersection between the believers at Acts 2:1-4 and the believers at Acts 4:31?

Acts 2:1-4 (ESV): When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house ...
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Was the early Church waiting for divine intervention in Acts 4:23-31?

My question is motivated by some controversy caused by a related question I asked on Christianity Stack Exchange. On that question I make the assumption that the early Church was expecting and waiting ...
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If the thief on the cross would join Christ in paradise, would Stephen experience the same in Acts 7:59?

In the Book of Acts, Stephen, the first Christian martyr, speaks directly to Christ in heaven: Acts 7:58-59: "When [the Jewish Council] had driven him out of the city, they began stoning [...
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Why is the word "sleep" used to describe Stephen's death by stoning (Acts 7:60)?

In the Book of Acts, the Jews became enraged against Stephen (filled with the Spirit): Acts 7:60: "Then falling on his knees, [Stephen] cried out with a loud voice, 'Lord, do not hold this sin ...
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What is the meaning behind Acts 2:44-45?

In Acts 2:44-45 (KJV) one reads 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. Does ...
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Acts: Why did some Jews want to kill Paul?

In Damascus, after many days: Acts 9:23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him In just 15 days in Jerusalem: Acts 9:29 He talked and debated with the ...
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Did the Jerusalem council allow believers to eat e.g., rabbit meat?

Leviticus 11: 6 The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. Paul was present when they issued the order in Acts 15: 29 You are to abstain from food ...
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When did Jesus declare all foods clean? [duplicate]

Leviticus 11: 4 “’There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially ...
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Reason for words missing from several bibles. Acts 18:21

but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus. NKJV Youngs Two Questions; What ...
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Since John 1:12 says "To them gave He power that believe" we receive after Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:5,8) does that mean HS baptism or not saved?

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,...
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Acts 18:24 Ἀπολλῶς Rev 9:11 Ἀπολλύων

And a certain Jew named Apollos (Ἀπολλῶς G625), born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. (Acts 18:24 - KJV) And they had a king over them, which is the ...
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What is the word of the Lord in Acts 12:24?

Acts 12:24 But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied. Is it talking about the people or the written word of the Lord?
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Did God the Father raise Christ from death (Acts 2:24), or did He have the power and ability to do that Himself (Jn. 10:18)?

With regard to His death and resurrection, Jesus stated (the Gospel of John): John 10:18, NASB: "No one has taken [My life] away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority ...
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Did Paul act contrary to the Spirit in Acts 21:13?

Paul and Luke visited Tyre in Acts 21: 4 We sought out the disciples there and stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. The Spirit inspired the ...
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Is there a reason why Apollos' attributes are described (Acts 18:24-28) unlike those of other apostles/disciples?

In the Book of Acts, we first read: Acts 18:24-28: "Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. 25This man had been ...
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Acts 4:34: Did Christians sell property 'from time to time'?

Acts 4:34 in the NIV says: that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales While NRSV, ESV, KJV, LEB say ...
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What is the difference between Acts 10:44 - "the Holy Spirit," and v 45 - "the Holy Spirit?"

The interlinear Grk. feature to my Bible software helps with interpretation, digging deeper for original meaning. The syntax is helpful though I have no formal training here! In verse 44, the ...
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What kind of magic did Simon practice? Acts 8:9-24

Acts 8:9-24 (ESV) 9 But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. 10 They all paid ...
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Did the disciples first called themselves Christians at Antioch?

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. Did the disciples first called ...
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Is there historical evidence for the persecution in Acts 8:1 where "...a great persecution broke out.. all except the apostles were scattered"

Acts 8:1-3 in the NIV says And Saul approved of their killing him. The Church Persecuted and Scattered On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the ...
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Are we ever told why Saul was blinded in Acts 9:8-9?

From the Book of Acts we read: Acts 9:8-9: "Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. 9And he ...
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Did Paul allow believers to eat meat of strangled animals in Colossians 2:16?

At the Jerusalem Council, James spoke in Acts 15:29 New International Version You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual ...
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Why would the apostle Paul "delay" being baptized (Acts 22:16)?

From the Book of Acts we read the words of Ananias to the apostle Paul: Acts 22:15-16: "For you will be a witness for [Christ] to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16Now why do you delay? ...
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How exactly did the Holy Spirit guide Paul and his companions in Acts 16:6-10?

Acts 16:6-10 (NIV): 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they ...
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James converted before or after Jesus' resurection appearance?

In John 7:3-5 (NASB) 3 So His brothers said to Him, “Move on from here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples also may see Your works which You are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret when ...

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