(From: ACTS #1 - 1:1-14)
ACTS SUMMARY: THE LORD BY HIS SPIRIT CONTINUES TO BUILD HIS CHURCH
I. 1:1-14 CHRIST PREPARES FOR CHURCH EXPANSION
1. 1:1-5 JESUS WITH HIS DISCIPLES AFTER THE RESURRECTION
Ton men PROton LOgon e-poi-eSAmen , peRI PANton, OTheOphi-le,
The first treatise I made, O Theophilus,
hon ERxa-to IeSOUS poiEIN te kai diDAskein ,
concerning all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Achri hes heMEras, en-teiLAme-nos tois a-poSTOlois 
2until theday in which he was received up,
diA PNEUma-tos HaGIou hous e-xeLExa-to , a-neLEMthe:
after commanding through the Holy Spirit the apostles whom he had chosen:
hois kai paREste-sen he-auTON ZONta  meTA to paTHEIN auTON en polLOIS tek-meRIois,
3to whom he also presented himself alive after his :suffering by many proofs,
di' he-meRON tes-seRAkon-ta op-taNOme-nos auTOIS,
appearing to them for forty days,
kai LEgon ta peRI tes ba-siLEIas tou TheOU:
and speaking the thingsconcerning the kingdom of :God:
kai, su-na-liZOme-nos [4871, paREGgei-len auTOIS aPO Ie-ro-soLUmon me choRIzes-thai ,
4and, being assembled with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem,
alLA pe-riMEnein  ten e-pag-geLIan tou paTROS, hen eKOUsaTE mou:
but to wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me:
HOti IoAnes men eBAPti-sen HUda-ti ;
5because John indeed baptized with water;
huMEIS de en PNEUma-ti bap-tisTHEses-the HaGIo ou meTA polLAS TAUtas heMEras.
but you shall be baptized in theHoly Spirit not many days hence.
2. 1:6-12 COMMISSION: WITNESS IN POWER OF SPIRIT TILL THE END
a. 1:6 QUESTION: TIME OF MANIFESTATION OF THE KINGDOM?
Hoi men oun, su-nelTHONtes , eROton auTON, LEgon-tes,
They therefore, having come together, asked him, saying,
KUri-e, ei en toCHROno TOUtoa-po-ka-thiSTAneis ten ba-siLEIan toIs-raEL?
Lord, do you at this :time restore the kingdom to :Israel?
b. 1:7 REPLY OF JESUS
EIpen de pros auTOUS, Ouch huMON es-tin GNOnai CHROnous e kaiROUS ,
He said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons,
hous ho paTER Ethe-to en te iDIa e-xouSIa .
which the Father has set within his own :authority.
c. 1:8 GOD'S PURPOSE: SPIRIT AND WITNESS
alLA LEMpses-the DUna-min , e-pelTHONtos tou HaGIou PNEUma-tos eph' huMAS:
But you shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you:
kai EsesTHE mou MARtu-res  en te Ie-rou-saLEM,
and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem,
kai en PAsete IouDAIa kai Sa-maRIa, kai HEos esCHAtou tes ges.
and in all :Judea and Samaria, and unto theuttermost of the earth.
d. 1:9 THE ASCENSION OF JESUS
kai TAUta eiPON, blePONton auTON, ePERthe;
And on saying these things, he was taken up, they looking on;
kai nePHElehuPEla-ben auTON aPO ton oph-thalMON auTON.
and a cloud received him out of their :sight.
e. 1:10-11 PROMISE OF HIS RETURN
kai hos a-teNIzon-tes Esan eis ton ou-raNON po-reu-oMEnou auTOU,
And while they were looking steadfastly into the heaven as he went,
[kai] iDOU, ANdres DUo pa-riSTEkei-san auTOIS en esTHEse-si leuKAIS ;
[and] lo, two men stood by them in white apparel;
hoi kai EIpan, ANdres Ga-liLAIoi, ti heSTEka-te BLEpon-tes eis ton ou-raNON?
11who also said, Galilee men, why do you stand looking into the heaven?
HOUtos ho IeSOUS, ho a-na-lemphTHEIS ap' huMON eis ton ou-raNON,
this :Jesus, who was received up from you into the heaven,
HOUtos eLEUse-tai hon TROpon e-theAsas-the auTON po-reuOme-non eis ton ou-raNON.
shall so come in like manner as you beheld him going into the heaven.
f. 1:12 THE RETURN FROM THE ASCENSION-SITE
TOte huPEstre-psan eis Ie-rou-saLEM aPO HOrous tou ka-louMEnou E-laiOnos ,
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet,
HO es-tin egGUS Ie-rou-saLEM, sabBAtou Echon hoDON.
which is nigh to Jerusalem, a sabbath's journey off.
3. 1:13-14 OBEDIENCE TO JESUS' REQUEST
a. 1:13 THE UPPER ROOM
Kai HOte eiSELthon, eis to hu-peROon aNEbe-san , hou Esan ka-taMEnon-tes :
And when they were come in, they went up into the upper chamber, where they were abiding:
ho te PEtros kai IoAnes kai IAko-bos kai AnDREas, PHIlip-pos kai ThoMAS,
both Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas,
Bar-tho-loMAIos kai MathTHAIos, IAko-bos AlPHAIou,
Bartholomew and Matthew, James sonof Alphaeus,
kai SImon ho Ze-loTES, kai IOUdas IaKObou.
and Simon the Zealot, and Judas sonof James.
b. 1:14 PRAYER WITH ONE ACCORD
HOUtoi PANtes Esan pro-skar-teROUNtes ho-mo-thu-maDON te pro-seuCHE,
These all with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer,
sun gu-naiXIN , kai Ma-riAM te meTRI tou IeSOU, kai sun tois a-delPHOIS auTOU.
with the women, and Mariam the mother of :Jesus, and with his :brethren.
NOTE: - 1:1-5 - “The promise of the Father” is for me - the key to this passage. In Romans 9:4-5, 8 blessings are spelled out for Israel, which are transferred to Gentiles also in the “One New Man” of Ephesians. The sixth of these blessings is “the promises.” I believe Acts 1:4, “the promise of the Father” - is perhaps the key promise of all from the Father to Israel and to us. In the Gospel of John 13-17, Jesus prepares the disciples for His departure, and His replacement with “the promise of the Father,” which is far better- and expresses whyit isexpedient for Jesus to depart!
- 1:6-12 - The disciples here missed seeing a 2000 year valley between the two mountain peaks of “Jesus' Ascension” - and “His Return”. Both John the Baptist and Jesus commenced their ministries by saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” But - this Kingdom promise was for the inward ruleof God's Kingdom first, which, after His return, would take on full outward manifestation.
Many of us are like Jesus' 11 disciples following His Resurrection, and miss these two aspects of the Kingdom of God. The disciples wanted an immediatemanifestation of the Kingdom. “No”, said Jesus, “thattiming is in the Father's hands, and we are to leaveit there.” For these 2000 years of inward Kingdom working - the Holy Spirit empowers us for effective witness with signs following (Mark 16:9-20).
- 1:13-14 - Just as the disciples as part of the 120 in the Upper Room continued steadfastly in prayer for 10 days until the Day of Pentecost - so should we ensure ourselves that weare truly empowered and possessed by the Holy Spirit. - J.A.W.