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Acts 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:1 - In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:2 - until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:3 - After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:4 - On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:5 - For John baptized with[fn] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[fn] the Holy Spirit.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:6 - Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:7 - He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:8 - But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
(Mar 16:19, 20; Luk 24:50–53 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:9 - After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:10 - They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:11 - “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:12 - Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[fn] from the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:13 - When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:14 - They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
(cf. Psa 109:8 )
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:15 - In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty)
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:16 - and said, “Brothers and sisters,[fn] the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:17 - He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:18 - (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:19 - Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:20 - “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms: “ ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’[fn] and, “ ‘May another take his place of leadership.’[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:21 - Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us,
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:22 - beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:23 - So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias.
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:24 - Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:25 - to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAct 1:26 - Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
NIV Footnotes
Or in
Or in
That is, about 5/8 mile or about 1 kilometer
The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 6:3; 11:29; 12:17; 16:40; 18:18, 27; 21:7, 17; 28:14, 15.
Psalm 69:25
Psalm 109:8

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