:B:1 In the first part of my work, Theophilus, I wrote of all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2 until the day when he ascended to heaven.
2 But first he had instructed through the Holy Spirit the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his passion, he presented himself to them, giving many signs that he was alive
6 When they had come together, they asked him, Is it now that you will restore the Kingdom of Israel? 7 And he answered, It is not for you to know the time and the steps that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you
9 After Jesus said this, he was taken up before their eyes and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 While they were still looking up to heaven where he went, suddenly, two men dressed in white stood beside them 11 and said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking up at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will return in the same way as you have seen him go there.
The disciples await the Holy Spirit
:B:12 Then they returned to Je ru salem from the Mount called Olives, which is a fifteen-minute walk away. 13 On entering the city they went to the room upstairs where they were staying. Present there were Peter, John, James and Andrew
:B:15 It was during this time that Peter stood up in the midst of the community about one hundred and twenty in all 16 and he said,
16 Brothers, it was necessary that the Scriptures referring to Judas be fulfilled. The Holy Spirit had spoken through David about the one who would lead the crowd coming to arrest Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and had been called to share our common ministry.
18 (We know that he bought a field with the reward of his sin
20 In the book of Psalms it is written: Let his house become deserted and may no one live in it. But it is also written: May another take his office.21 Therefore we must choose someone from among those who were with us during all the time that the Lord Jesus moved about with us, 22 beginning with Johns baptism until the day when Jesus was taken away from us. One of these has to become, with us, a witness to his resurrection.
23 Then they proposed two: Jo seph, called Barsabbas, also known as Justus, and Mat thias. 24 They prayed: You know, Lord, what is in the hearts of all. Show us, therefore, which of the two you have chosen 25 to replace Judas in this apostolic ministry which he deserted to go to the place he deserved.
26 Then they drew lots between the two and the choice fell on Mat thias who was added to the eleven apostles.