The Berean Expositor
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"Apostolic Mistakes."
pp. 155 - 157 (158?)
There are two very different classes of people who find it fitting to their conception of
truth to speak rather freely concerning "Apostolic mistakes". The one class do not
believe the Scriptures to be inspired, and therefore any teaching or action of the apostles
that does not fall into line with their more advanced ideas is put down to ignorance. The
other class believe that Scripture is inspired, but they have failed to discern the things that
differ. They approach the Book of the Acts fully persuaded that it deals with the
"Church". They find their ideas concerning the church in the Acts of the Apostles
continually confronted and challenged by some word or act of the apostles. Hence the
convenient term, Apostolic Mistakes. It does not seem to have occurred to them that if
the apostles could be so grievously mistaken regarding such fundamental things, their
claim to inspiration and God-given authority is undermined, and so in this respect are
similar to those who deny the Word of God.
One of the so called apostolic mistakes is the question of Acts 1: 6. "Lord, wilt Thou
at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel?" We are told that this question betrays a
sorry failure on the part of the apostles to understand the true significance of things. To
suit the accepted ideas of most orthodox teachers, the apostles should have been found
enquiring concerning the "Church".
Before we consider this question, we shall be profited, and possibly humbled, by
observing the close parallel existing between the end of Luke 24: and the opening
verses of Acts 1: To make this apparent we set out the verses in parallel columns.
Luke 24: 36-53.
Acts 1: 1-12.
36-43. "And as they thus spake, Jesus
This lengthy and detailed account
Himself stood in the midst of them . . . . .
(verses 1 and 2) Luke summarizes
and said . . . . . Behold My hands and My
without detail in the Acts by the words of
feet that it is I Myself: handle Me and
verse 3.
see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones
"To whom also He showed Himself
as ye see Me have . . . . . and they gave
alive after His passion BY MANY
Him a piece of a broiled fish and of an
honeycomb. And He took it, and did eat
The reader is supposed to be acquainted
before them."
with the details previously written.