More Observations on Acts 1:8

This assignment is to perform an additional 25 observations on Acts 1:8

Acts 1:8 (NASB)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

  1. Jesus is the one speaking.
  2. The Holy Spirit has not yet come upon them.
  3. Jerusalem is mentioned first.
  4. “My witnesses” indicates that they belong to Jesus.
  5. “You” is used three times to indicate a personalness or familiarity.
  6. The goal of the verse is to empower the audience to go be witnesses all over the earth.
  7. “Earth” is used to indicate that Jesus wants His witnesses outside the surrounding region.
  8. Judea and Samaria are regions that are close to each other.
  9. “Even” is used in a shocking or surprising way to the audience to go beyond the boundaries of Judea and Samaria.
  10. “When the Holy Spirit has come upon you” refers to an event that will happen.
  11. “Come upon” indicates when the Holy Spirit meets the audience.
  12. They didn’t have the power yet to be witnesses since the Holy Spirit has not come to them.
  13. The independent clause starting with “but” offers the audience hope for the power to keep going.
  14. The dependent clause starting with “and” is a declarative statement that results in a command to be witnesses.
  15. “Holy” indicates that the Spirit is divine.
  16. “Spirit” indicates that it does not have a body.
  17. The ‘H’ and ‘S’ in “Holy Spirit” are capitalized indicating that it is the proper title or name.
  18. The ‘M’ in “My” is capitalized referring to Jesus and His authority, divinity, and holiness.
  19. “To” is a preposition that indicates the direction suggestive of movement toward the “remote parts of the earth.”
  20. “You” is a pronoun that indicates the group that is being addressed.
  21. “Upon” is a preposition that indicates a direct action of the Holy Spirit coming very close or arriving on the listeners.
  22. The Holy Spirit has the authority or the ability to give power.
  23. “Will receive” is a transitive verb clause that indicates the listeners will acquire or come into possession of power.
  24. “Power” in this verse indicates the strength, words, wisdom to be a witness for Jesus.
  25. “Part” is singular and the direct object of the word “remotest” to indicate a location.

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