I wrote the first narrative, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach
until the day He was taken up, after He had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen.
After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promise. "This," [He said, "is what] you heard from Me;
for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
So when they had come together, they asked Him, "Lord, at this time are You restoring the kingdom to Israel?"
He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
After He had said this, He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
While He was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them.
They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven."
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olive Grove, which is near Jerusalem-- a Sabbath day's journey away.
When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.
All these were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.
During these days Peter stood up among the brothers-- the number of people who were together was about 120-- and said:
"Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David spoke in advance about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
For he was one of our number and was allotted a share in this ministry."
Now this man acquired a field with his unrighteous wages; and falling headfirst, he burst open in the middle, and all his insides spilled out.
This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that in their own language that field is called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.
"For it is written in the Book of Psalms: Let his dwelling become desolate; let no one live in it; and Let someone else take his position.
"Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us--
beginning from the baptism of John until the day He was taken up from us-- from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness with us of His resurrection."
So they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed, "You, Lord, know the hearts of all; show which of these two You have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic service that Judas left to go to his own place."
Then they cast lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias. So he was numbered with the 11 apostles.
When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying.
And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.
There were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.
When this sound occurred, the multitude came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
And they were astounded and amazed, saying, "Look, aren't all these who are speaking Galileans?
How is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
Cretans and Arabs-- we hear them speaking in our own languages the magnificent acts of God."
And they were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, "What could this be?"
But some sneered and said, "They're full of new wine!"
But Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: "Jewish men and all you residents of Jerusalem, let this be known to you and pay attention to my words.
For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it's only nine in the morning.
On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
I will even pour out My Spirit on My male and female slaves in those days, and they will prophesy.
I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and remarkable day of the Lord comes;
then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
"Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know.
Though He was delivered up according to God's determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him.
God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.
For David says of Him: I saw the Lord ever before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover my flesh will rest in hope,
because You will not leave my soul in Hades, or allow Your Holy One to see decay.
You have revealed the paths of life to me; You will fill me with gladness in Your presence.
"Brothers, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn an oath to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne.
Seeing this in advance, he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah: He was not left in Hades, and His flesh did not experience decay.
"God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this.
Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, He has poured out what you both see and hear.
For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says: The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand
until I make Your enemies Your footstool.'
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!"
When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: "Brothers, what must we do?"
"Repent," Peter said to them, "and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call."
And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, "Be saved from this corrupt generation!"
So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.
Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles.
Now all the believers were together and had everything in common.
So they sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.
And every day they devoted themselves [to meeting] together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.
Now Peter and John were going up together to the temple complex at the hour of prayer at three in the afternoon.
And a man who was lame from his mother's womb was carried there and placed every day at the temple gate called Beautiful, so he could beg from those entering the temple complex.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple complex, he asked for help.
Peter, along with John, looked at him intently and said, "Look at us."
So he turned to them, expecting to get something from them.
But Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold, but what I have, I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!"
Then, taking him by the right hand he raised him up, and at once his feet and ankles became strong.
So he jumped up, stood, and started to walk, and he entered the temple complex with them-- walking, leaping, and praising God.
All the people saw him walking and praising God,
and they recognized that he was the one who used to sit and beg at the Beautiful Gate of the temple complex. So they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him.
While he was holding on to Peter and John, all the people, greatly amazed, ran toward them in what is called Solomon's Colonnade.
When Peter saw this, he addressed the people: "Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this? Or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made him walk?
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked to have a murderer given to you.
And you killed the source of life, whom God raised from the dead; we are witnesses of this.
By faith in His name, His name has made this man strong, whom you see and know. So the faith that comes through Him has given him this perfect health in front of all of you.
"And now, brothers, I know that you did it in ignorance, just as your leaders also did.
But what God predicted through the mouth of all the prophets-- that His Messiah would suffer-- He has fulfilled in this way.
Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
and He may send Jesus, who has been appointed Messiah for you.
Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning.
Moses said: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. You must listen to Him in everything He will say to you.
And it will be that everyone who will not listen to that Prophet will be completely cut off from the people.
"In addition, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, have also announced these days.
You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your forefathers, saying to Abraham, And in your seed all the families of the earth will be blessed.
God raised up His Servant and sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways."