Special Witnesses of the Resurrected Christ Acts Chapter 1
Acts 1:1-11“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had givencommandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen ofthem forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart fromJerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many dayshence.When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this timerestore again the kingdom to Israel?And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hathput in his own power.But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnessesunto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of theearth.And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud receivedhim out of their sight.And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them inwhite apparel;Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, whichis taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go intoheaven.” (New Testament | Acts 1:1–11)
Additional Account Number One: Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11)“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day ofthe week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,out of whom he had cast seven devils.And she went and told them that had been withhim, as they mourned and wept.And they, when they had heard that he was alive,and had been seen of her, believed not.”
Additional Account Number Two: Stephen (Acts 7:55-56)“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up[steadfastly] into heaven, and saw the glory ofGod, and Jesus standing on the right hand ofGod, And said, Behold, I see the heavensopened, and the Son of man standing on the righthand of God.”
Additional Account Number Three: Those Who Were in the Americas (3 Nephi 11:8-11)“And it came to pass, as they understood they cast their eyes up againtowards heaven; and behold, they saw a Man descending out of heaven;and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in themidst of them; and the eyes of the whole multitude were turned uponhim, and they durst not open their mouths, even one to another, andwist not what it meant, for they thought it was an angel that hadappeared unto them.And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto thepeople, saying:Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come intothe world.And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunkout of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and haveglorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in thewhich I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from thebeginning.”
Acts 1:1 Compared to Luke 1:1-3The author of the Acts of the Apostles is Luke.You can determine this because both Luke 1:1-3and Acts 1:1 both address Theophilus and theauthor of the Acts of the Apostles speaks of a“former treatise” that they made to himconcerning the life of Jesus, which treatise wasthe Gospel of Luke.
Why is the doctrine of the Resurrection so central to the preaching of these witnesses of Christ? (1 Corinthians 15:13-14)The doctrine of the Resurrection is central to thepreaching of the witnesses of Christ because ifChrist wasn’t resurrected then how can the deadbe resurrected? Also if there was no resurrectionthan our faith is in vain and also the those whotestify of the resurrection are liars. Our faith inChrist is based on the doctrine of theResurrection because we testify that he lives.
3 Nephi 27:13-14“Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this isthe gospel which I have given unto you—that Icame into the world to do the will of my Father,because my Father sent me.And my Father sent me that I might be lifted upupon the cross; and after that I had been lifted upupon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me,that as I have been lifted up by men even so shouldmen be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me,to be judged of their works, whether they be goodor whether they be evil—”
The Relationship Between Christ’s Atonement, His Death and Resurrection, and His GospelThe gospel of Jesus Christ is that Christ cameunto the world to do the will of the Father. Thewill of the Father is that Christ should performthe atonement and be resurrected so that wemay be resurrected and judged according to ourworks. The atonement of Christ and His deathand resurrection are the core of His gospel. Without those actions His gospel cannot exist.
The Savior’s Promise Before His Ascension into HeavenActs 1:4-8 says that after his ascension they willreceive the Holy Ghost which will give thempower so that they can be witnesses of Himunto all the world.
What ways can we be a modern-day witnesses of Christ• We can be modern-day witnesses of Christ by our example and following after His ways. We can also be a witness of Christ by teaching others about Him and inviting them to come and learn of Him.
Apostleship (Acts 1:21-26)After the apostles chose two they prayed to seewho the Lord wants to be the new apostle. Afterpraying they voted on who they thought shouldbe the new apostle. They were chosen by whatthe desires of their hearts were and were calledto serve a special witnesses of Christ.
Bible Dictionary “Apostle” (pg. 612)The Bible dictionary says that an apostle is thepersonal and select representative of the Father.