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Helping them understand the Scriptures. See Note 1.



[24:44] And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me.

[45] Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures;


The gospel ("good news") - a summary of what the O.T. Scriptures say.



[46] and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; [47a] and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name...


Jesus' Authority - the basis for what they were to do.

[28:18b] and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. [19a] Go ye therefore, ...




As witnesses of this good news, they were to tell others about it (worldwide).

[19b] and make disciples of all the nations,

[16:15] And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

[47b] ... unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. [48] Ye are witnesses of these things.

[8b] and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

About those who would accept the good news.

[19c] baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: [20a] teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you:

[16a] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;



About those who would not accept the good news.


[16b] but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.



Signs accompanying those who would accept their message. See Note 2.


[17] And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; [18] they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.



The promise of the Holy Spirit's power (so that they could accomplish their task).



[49] And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on high.

[1:4b] he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, said he, ye heard from me: [5] For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days hence. ... [8a] But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you:

The disciple's question about Israel & the kingdom




[6] They therefore, when they were come together, asked him, saying, Lord, dost thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?

[7] And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.

Jesus' continued presence (even though he would be physically ascended to heaven).

[20b] and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.





1) This theme was also present when Jesus talked to the two who were walking to Emmaus.

2) The signs mentioned here may have been applicable only to the initial generation of believers - those who heard the apostles.

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Translation: The Holy Bible, 1901 American Standard Version, public domain.

Outline: Dennis Hinks © 1999