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Copyright, 1911, by
Mrs. E. G. WHITE

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PREFACE

The fifth book of the New Testament has been known from ancient times as The Acts of the Apostles; but this title cannot be found in the book itself. One of the earliest manuscripts, the Codex Sinaiticus, gives as the title the simple word Acts, with no mention of the apostles. There is a reason for this. Acts was intended to be more than a brief history of the service rendered by the twelve disciples, much more than the principal events in the lifework of its four leading characters, Peter, James, John, and Paul.

The book of the Acts was written by “the beloved physician,” Luke, a Gentile convert, for the whole church, Jews and Gentiles alike. While it covers a period of a little more than three decades, it is filled with important lessons for the church in every age. In the book of the Acts God clearly indicates that the Christian today shall experience the presence of the same Spirit who came with power at Pentecost and fanned the gospel message into a flame. The acts of the Holy Spirit through Peter and Paul, John and James, and others, can be repeated in the modern disciple.

The abruptness with which the book of Acts closes is not accidental; it deliberately suggests that the thrilling narrative is unfinished, and that the acts of God through the Spirit are to have their sequel throughout the Christian dispensation-each successive generation adding a chapter full of beauty and power to the one that preceded it. The acts recorded in this remarkable book are in the truest sense the acts of the Spirit, for in apostolic times it was the Holy Ghost who appeared as the counselor and helper of the Christian leaders. At Pentecost the praying disciples were filled with the Spirit and preached the gospel with power. The seven men chosen as deacons were "full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom.” Acts 6:3. It was the Holy Spirit who led in the ordination of Saul (9:17); in the acceptance of Gentiles into church fellowship (10:44-47); in the separation of Barnabas and Saul for missionary work (13:2-4); in the Council of Jerusalem (15:28); and in Paul's missionary journeys (16:6, 7). Another time when the church suffered intensely at the hands of Roman and Jewish persecutors, it was the Spirit who sustained the believers and kept them from error.

The Acts of the Apostles was one of the last books written by Ellen G. White. It was published a few years before her death. It is one of the most illuminating volumes that came from her prolific pen. The average reader will find in it light for Christian witnessing. The message of the book is up to date, and its relevancy is reflected in the effort of the author to show that the twentieth century will witness a bestowal of spiritual power exceeding that of Pentecost. The work of the gospel is not to close with a lesser display of the Holy Spirit's power than marked its beginning.

That the reader might participate in this re-enactment of the glorious scenes of the early church and at the same time be preserved from the subtle counterfeits of the enemy of souls is the prayer and earnest wish of

THE PUBLISHERS.

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1. God's Purpose for His Church 2. The Training of the Twelve . 3. The Great Commission 4. Pentecost. 5. The Gift of the Spirit 6. At the Temple Gate 7. A Warning Against Hypocrisy 8. Before the Sanhedrin 9. The Seven Deacons . 10. The First Christian Martyr 11. The Gospel in Samaria 12. From Persecutor to Disciple 13. Days of Preparation. 14. A Seeker for Truth 15. Delivered From Prison . 16. The Gospel Message in Antioch 17. Heralds of the Gospel. 18. Preaching Among the Heathen 19. Jew and Gentile. 20. Exalting the Cross 21. In the Regions Beyond . 22. Thessalonica . 23. Berea and Athens 24. Corinth 25. The Thessalonian Letters 26. Apollos at Corinth 27. Ephesus 28. Days of Toil and Trial 29. A Message of Warning and Entreaty 30. Called to Reach a Higher Standard .

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31. The Message Heeded
32. A Liberal Church
33. Laboring Under Difficulties
34. A Consecrated Ministry
35. Salvation to the Jews
36. Apostasy in Galatia .
37. Paul's Last Journey to Jerusalem
38. Paul a Prisoner
39. The Trial at Cæsarea
40. Paul Appeals to Cæsar
41. "Almost Thou Persuadest Me"
42. The Voyage and Shipwreck
43. In Rome.
44. Cæsar's Household
45. Written From Rome
46. At Liberty
47. The Final Arrest
48. Paul Before Nero
49. Paul's Last Letter
50. Condemned to Die.
51. A Faithful Under-Shepherd
52. Steadfast Unto the End
53. John the Beloved
54. A Faithful Witness.
55. Transformed by Grace .
56. Patmos
57. The Revelation
58. The Church Triumphant

Scripture Index
General Index

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