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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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Foundations For The Church

Acts 1.1-15

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[The book of Acts is the introductory history book of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It reveals the establishment, growth, and early work of the Church of our Lord.] 

[The beginning of the book of Acts reveals some undeniable foundations for the Church and Christians.  These foundations include,] 

  • [The Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ]
  • [The Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ]
  • [The Mission of the Church]
  • [The indwelling Holy Spirit and His Power]
  • [The Anticipation of the Church]
  • [The continuing work of the Church.]

A.     The Resurrection of our Lord (vs 1-3) [– The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: - The physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the chief foundation for everything that is the Christian Church.  Take away the physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Christian Church ceases to be the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is undeniably substantiated throughout the New Testament.] 

[The Emerging Church – There is a heretical movement sweeping through main stream denominations that teaches that a person does not have to believe all of the major doctrines that traditionally are taught in theology in order to be a Christian.  They say,] 

        [If you have trouble believing in the virgin birth, then just throw that away. ]

        [If you have trouble believing that Jesus was God in human form then just throw that away.]

        [If you have trouble believing in the physical resurrection then just throw that away.]

[The emerging Church teaches that you can just believe what you want to believe and still, somehow be a Christian.  This is not really new, the Jehovah’s Witness has believed for many years that Jesus Resurrection was a spiritual resurrection and not a physical resurrection.  Yet the Bible clearly declares, 

        [Concerning our Lord’s Physical Resurrection]

[Romans 10:9 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. ]

        [Concerning our Lord’s Virgin Birth and deityship] 

[2 John 1:7 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. ]

[According to Dr. Luke, the physician who accompanied Paul and penned the Gospel of Luke, there were many infallible, undeniable, amazing proofs that substantiate the physical resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The proofs surrounding our Lord’s resurrection include,] 

1.      His Physical Touch (vs 3; Luke 24.36-40; John 20.24-29; Rom 10.9) [- To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, . . . -  We recall that when our Lord first appeared to His apostles they initially thought he was a ghost.  But our Lord made absolutely certain that all of their doubts were answered.  The passage reads,] 

[Luke 24:36-40 36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. ]

[We are reminded of Thomas’ doubt when the other disciples told him they had seen the Lord, and how our Lord revealed Himself specifically and physically to Thomas.  John wrote,] 

[John 20:24-29 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.]

[The Bible goes to great lengths to prove that our Lord not only rose from the grave, but that He rose physically from the grave.  Why?  Because belief in the physical resurrection of our Lord is absolutely necessary for salvation.]

[Romans 10:9 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. ]

[A failure to believe in the physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ will rob one of the new birth and their eternal salvation.  You cannot be saved without a firm belief in the physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.] 

2.      His Provincial Witnesses (vs 3; 1 Cor 15.1-8) [– To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, . . . - There were a multitude of eyewitnesses who were in the local area, close enough that one who doubted could go and talk to those who had walked with the Lord Jesus Christ, in His physical presence, after his glorious resurrection.  Paul wrote,] 

[1 Corinthians 15:1-8 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ]

[There was so much evidence of the Physical Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that at least five extra biblical historical works record our Lord’s life, death, burial, and resurrection in undeniable terms.  These include Josephous, Tacitus, Suetonious, Pliny, and the Jewish Rabinnical writings.  Now some might think is odd that I mention the Rabbinical writings but the fact is that all the Jewish priests would have had to do to end Christianity in the first century would have been to lay the body of Jesus out and say, “There he is, he is dead.”  But they could not, because He was up alive and walking about.  He had resurrected.] 

3.      His Personal Instruction (vs 3) - To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: - What was Jesus doing after His resurrection.  Our Lord spent forty days teaching and instructing His people.  He taught them personally and He taught them purposefully.  He taught them the things that pertained to the kingdom of God.  What things did He teach them? Those things written in the New Testament. 

B.     The Ascension of our Lord (vs 2,6-11) [– Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: ]

[Acts 1:6-11 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. ] 

[The assumption is that at least the 120 person who are found in the upper room in verse 15 are the number of persons who viewed the ascension of our Lord.  I personally feel it was likely more than this number.  Obviously a special assembly had been called for this ascension.  Secondly, when they left the Mount of Olives and returned to Jerusalem it seems obvious to me that there were likely more who did not return to the upper room for whatever reason.] 

[Of our Lord’s ascension we note,] 

1.      Nature of the Ascension (vs 9-10; Rev 1.5; Rom 8.29) [– . . . while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, . . .  - It was Physical, as was our Lord’s Resurrection.  Our Lord’s body is no longer here on this earth, but He was taken up to heaven in glory just as we will be taken up with him in the resurrection to come.  Our lord is referred to as,] 

[Revelation 1:5 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, . . . ]

[No one prior to our Lord Jesus Christ has resurrected as our Lord resurrected.  He is the first begotten from the dead.  Our Lord has received an immortal resurrection and one day our resurrection will be like unto His resurrection.  We will be,] 

[Romans 8:29 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. ]

[Our Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension is the precursor to our coming transformation, resurrection, and ascension to join Him where He is.  In the Ascension of our Lord we come to realize that our ascension at the rapture of the Church will be physical and glorious just as our Lord’s was.] 

2.      Stature of the Ascension (Heb 12.2; Col 3.1; 1 Pet 3.22; Philip 2.10-11) [– In the stature of our Lord in His ascendency we understand the authority and power of our Lord.  Where is he now?  Where did He ascend to?] 

[Hebrews 12:2 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ]

 [Colossians 3:1 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. ]

[1 Peter 3:22 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. ]

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The clear and undeniable testimony of the word of God is that our Lord Jesus Christ is seated physically at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, a place of supreme power and authority.  He is there watching over His kingdom which is composed of all who are His through the new birth.  Awaiting the day when the time of the gentiles will be fulfilled and this dispensation will end with the rapture and glorious removal of the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the Church.]

[While there are many who vainly refuse to bow in reverence to the ascended Lord of all Glory, make no mistake about it.  There is coming a day when,]

[Philippians 2:10-11 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.]

3.      Tenure of the Ascension [– In the ascension ministries of our Lord Jesus Christ we discover that he is the,] 

a.      Mediator of the New Testament (1 Tim 2.5; Heb 8.6, 9.15) [– The Bible declares,] 

[1 Timothy 2:5 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ]

[Hebrews 8:6 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. ]

[Hebrews 9:15 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. ]

[In the mediation of our Lord we now understand that no man, woman, or child can come to God the Father except he come through our Lord Jesus Christ.  For our Lord is the mediator of the New Testament or covenant.]

b.      Intercessor for the Saints (Rom 8.34; Heb 7.25, 4.14-16) [- Our Lord stands and pleads on behalf of all those who are His.  My friend are you in trials, are you in distress, are you in the midst of one of life’s howling storms, then you need the hope and light of the intercessory work of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.  The Bible states,] 

[Romans 8:34 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. ]

[Hebrews 7:25 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him [mediation], seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.]

[Hebrews 4:14-16 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ]

[How incredibly great it is to know that our LIVING Lord is not only seated at the right hand of our Heavenly Father but He is pleading for us.  We have an example of this intercessory work in the New Testament.  Consider,]

[Acts 7:54-60 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. ]

[My Christian brother and sister, when this wicked world is at its worst you can rest assured that our Lord in heaven is at His best and he is interceding for you!]

[In this study today we have examined two of the essential foundations of the Christian Church; these being the physical Resurrection of our Lord, and the physical Ascension of our Lord.  Think about these two for a few minutes.  They both have the power to transform your life completely.  These two foundations took a bunch of apostles, disciples and other followers of our Lord and transformed their fears into sacrificial action.  As a result of these two foundation and those that will follow as we study through these opening chapters of the book of Acts we discover was has supported the Christian Church for the last two thousand years.  Let us never loose sight of these two essential foundations.] 

 

 

 

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