More Appreciation for the Unique Value of the Book of Acts

September 2, 2011

I believe that there is a great need today for more appreciation for the unique value of the book of Acts. The following list presents some of the key information that we as believers would have lacked had God had not given us this marvelous book.

—No knowledge of the dual way that Jesus infallibly proved that He was alive after His passion (1:3)

—No record of the birth of the Church (2:1-42)

—No knowledge of what God demands that all the house of Israel must know (2:36)

—No definitive knowledge that Psalm 2:1-2 was fulfilled in the crucifixion of Christ (4:25-28)

—No statement in Scripture that explicitly links the title Savior for Jesus with the forgiveness of sins (5:31)

—No knowledge of Stephen’s vision of Jesus in heaven (7:55-56)

—No inspired record of the final words of any Christian martyr (7:56; 59-60)

—No record of an apostle’s raising someone from the dead (9:40)

—No specific knowledge of one aspect of the mission that Jesus gave to His apostles (10:42)

—No knowledge of the exceeding importance of the Cornelius’ account for understanding vital truths about Gentile salvation (15:1-18)

—No inspired statement about God’s first visiting the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name (15:14)

—No direct statement about what God has proved to all men by raising Jesus from the dead (17:31)

—No knowledge of Jesus’ saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (20:35)

—No knowledge about the only man in Scripture called an evangelist (21:8)

—No knowledge of the immense emphasis that Paul everywhere placed on his proclamation of repentance (26:19-20)

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