The Holy Spirit

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The earliest title for the book of Acts seems to have been simply "The Acts". Some have suggested, however, that it does not mean the acts of the apostles, but the acts of the Holy Spirit instead. Such a conclusion may seem odd, but a recognition of the importance of the Holy Spirit in Acts is completely justified. The full title of the book of Acts may be "The Acts of the Apostles", but that title could equally well read "The Acts of the Holy Spirit." (Drumwright, "Holy Spirit In The Book Of Acts."). In the American Standard Version of Acts there are fifty-six references to the Holy Spirit. Comparing that to other portions of the New Testament, the significance of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts is clearly seen. The combined sixty-eight chapters of the Synoptic Gospels only have thirty-four references to the Holy Spirit. The combined thirty-two chapters of Romans and 1 Corinthians, which are Paul 's longest letters, contain only forty-five references to the Holy Spirit. With fifty-six references to the Holy Spirit in its twenty-eight chapters, it 's justified to call Acts the book of the Spirit (Drumwright, "Holy Spirit In The Book Of Acts."). The Holy Spirit was promised by Jesus to the apostles as their power in Luke chapter 24, verse 49. Jesus can give the Spirit to his followers because he has received the Spirit from the Father (chapter 3 verse 16). In the book of Acts, when the Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, he came as the Spirit of Christ, not just in the…

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