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An Exposition of Acts

An Exposition of Acts

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Professor of Practical Theology

Princeton Theological Seminary

Professor of Practical Theology

Princeton Theological Seminary

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Published by: glennpease on Jul 27, 2013
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A EXPOSITIO OF ACTSBY CHARLES R. ERDMAProfessor of Practical TheologyPrinceton Theological SeminaryCopyright, 1919by F. M. BraselmanThe Bible text printed In boldface ia taken from the AmericanStandard Edition of theRevised Hible, copyright, 1901, by Thomas elson & Sons, aud is usedby permission.TOTHE STUDETS OFPRICETO THEOLOGICAL SEMIARYMY FRIEDS AD FELLOW WORKERSI FURTHERACE OF THE GOSPELFOREWORDIn peace or war, in the past or present, no project hasbeen so bold, no adventure so thriUing, as the enterpriseof carrying the gospel to the whole world. The Acts tellshow this work was begun, and how the good news wasbrought across the imperial provinces from Jerusalem toRome, not by a single messenger or by individual effort,but by the rapid extension of the Christian Church. Thebook is a record of heroic achievement and inspired elo-
quence, a treasury of truths vital to believers, a manual of methods for evangelists and missionaries, and a witness tothe unceasing activity of the living Christ and to the pres-ent power of his divine Spirit. Those to whom the storyis quite familiar will be the most eager to read it anew,for they know best its value and its charm.ITRODUCTIOIt was a high honor to compose the most significantchapters in the history of the Christian Church; yet theauthor of The Acts, who alone relates the origin of the mostsignificant society and of the mightiestThe Author movement in the world, makes no men-tion of his own name. There is littledoubt, however, that this author was "Luke, the belovedphysician," the faithful friend and companion of Paul.This belief is supported (1) by a constant tradition extend-ing back to the earliest centuries; (2) by the fact that thesame writer composed the Third Gospel, which fact ap-pears in the dedication of both books to Theophilus, in thesimilarity of style and spirit, in the identity of language,more than forty words being found in both books whichappear nowhere else in the ew Testament, in the commonuse of technical medical terms, in the opening reference of The Acts to a "former treatise " which was a life of Christ;therefore, as the Gospel always has been assigned to Luke,it is evident that he also must have written The Acts; (3)by the fact that in certain sections of the book the authorwrites in the first person, using the pronouns "we" and"us," thus modestly intimating that at the time of theevents described he was associated with Paul; and whenthe circumstances recorded are compared with referencesmade to Luke, by name, in the Epistles, it becomesevident that of all the associates of Paul only Luke couldhave written these passages. That these passages camefrom the same pen as the rest of the book is evident from
the unity of plan and style and vocabulary.It appears, then, that the author was a Greek by birth,possibly a native of Antioch, a man of culture and refine-ment, an extensive traveler, modest, intelligent, sympa-thetic, loyal. He accompanied Paul from Troas to Philippion that memorable journey when the great apostle broughtthe gospel tidings from Asia to Europe; on a subsequent78 ITRODUCTIO journey he returned with Paul from Philippi to Jerusalem;he was with him during his imprisonment at Caesarea, he journeyed with him to Rome, and there in the drearydays of confinement, he showed the unique fidelity whichPaul records in that memorable phrase: "Only Luke iswith me."Surely this writer was well equipped for his immortaltask. For his earlier narratives he had opportunity tosecure materials from Mark at Rome, from Philip atCsesarea, from Paul and his companions on their long journeys and during the repeated periods in prison; butthe most brilliant passages are those which he writes asan eyewitness, when he again lives through the stirringscenes which by his genius have become unfading, inspir-ing pictures for the Christian world.Luke shows himself a historian, not of the third orsecond but of the very first rank, by his absolute accuracy,by the definiteness of his aim, and by the consequent care-ful selection and consistent use of his literaryThe Aim material. He had in mind one clear purpose;to that every narrative is related, by that allneedless details are excluded, with that before him he gaveto his work unity, clearness, force; as a result, we have

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