The book of Acts is the hinge on which all the New Testament swings. It bridges the gap between what the Gospels promise and what actually comes to pass concerning Christianity. In the Gospels you read of what will be and in the Acts of the Apostles you read of that coming into existence. The church that is promised in Matthew becomes a reality in Acts. The sending of the Holy Spirit promised in the Gospels comes to pass in a display of power in Acts. The long sought redemption hinted at in the Old Testament and previewed in the Gospels is finally experienced in the book of Acts.
The disciples of the early church were not merely men of words and ideas; they were men of action. There is the bold and dramatic movement from Jerusalem and its upper room to Rome and its prison. In the book of Acts, we see a growing group of men and women filled with the dynamic power of a new life. The book of Acts becomes the story of Holy Spirit empowered men who took the gospel far and wide into every nook and hamlet of the then known world.
Author: C. W. Lincoln