Baptism of the Holy Spirit is Promised
1:1The former treatise I made, O Theophilus, concerning all that Jesus began both to do and to teach, 1 1:2until the day in which he was received up, after that he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 2 1:3To whom he also showed himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing unto them by the space of forty days, and speaking the things concerning the kingdom of God: 1:4and, being assembled together with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, said he, ye heard from me: 1:5For John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days hence. 3
- Did Jesus finish the work of expressing the Christ Spirit? Jesus finished the training of His disciples in the fundamental principles of expressing the Christ, but His work of expressing those principles was only begun. Luke tells of "all that Jesus began both to do and to teach."
- What is a prerequisite to expression of the Christ? Holy Spirit baptism is an absolute prerequisite. No one can express the Holy Spirit unless he is first filled with that Spirit.
- Why are two baptisms mentioned? Are both necessary? Metaphysically they are. John's baptism is a symbol of self-denial or a washing away of wrong habits of thinking and living. The Holy Spirit baptism is a symbol of the burning up of all such dross in the fire of a living zeal for Truth, and an opening of the mind to the light of new and living ideas. The second baptism pours a flood of life-giving thoughts into the mind, so that the entire life undergoes a transformation and a reconstruction.
1:6They therefore, when they were come together, asked him, saying, Lord, dost thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? 1:7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority. 1:8But ye shall receive power1, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.2 1:9And when he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 1:10And while they were looking stedfastly into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11who also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking into heaven? this Jesus, who was received up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into heaven.
- ye shall receive power. Metaphysical Christians proclaim the faith of Jesus rather than the faith about Jesus. If Christianity were about the worship of the person of Jesus there would be no need for empowerment of his disciples.
- How can we develop harmony in the world? First by claiming it as already here, realizing that it is one of the eternal realities, and next by working faithfully to bring it into manifestation.
Discovery of the Book of the Law
1:12Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is nigh unto Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey off. 1:13And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were abiding; both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. 11:14These all with one accord continued stedfastly in prayer, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
1:15And in these days Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren, and said (and there was a multitude of persons gathered together, about a hundred and twenty), 1:16Brethren, it was needful that the Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spake before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jesus. 1:17For he was numbered among us, and received his portion in this ministry. 1:18(Now this man obtained a field with the reward of his iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 1:19And it became known to all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch that in their language that field was called Akeldama, that is, The field of blood.)
1:20For it is written in the book of Psalms,
Let his habitation be made desolate,
And let no man dwell therein:
His office let another take.
- Where does man do his first missionary work? He begins in himself, and as he patiently and persistently carries the message of Truth into every department of his being, including his mind, body, and affairs, he experiences conversion in the fullest sense.
Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
1:21Of the men therefore that have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, 1:22beginning from the baptism of John, unto the day that he was received up from us, of these must one become a witness with us of his resurrection. 1:23And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 1:24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show of these two the one whom thou hast chosen, 1:25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place. 1:26And they gave lots for them; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.