© Carlos Padilla, March 2018

We all remember those people who have been relevant to the world with their messages, like Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous “I have a dream” from the stairs of the monument to President Lincoln in Washington DC on the 28th of August of 1963. The place was not by chance, for one century earlier, on the 19th of November 1863, Lincoln himself would give his famous speech of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania), a speech that could be defined as for the end of independence war, in memory of those fallen and as a call to what, since then would be called the United States of America, and leaving a famous sentence that became foundation of the present democracy “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” because this nation, Lincoln was saying, is based in the principle that all men are created equal. The Courts of Cadiz, in 1812 followed the example of Lincoln, initiating in Spain the first separation of powers that the next king derogated. The connection between Lincoln and King is evident regarding human rights, but they were also connected as men who served God based on the Bible.

Also the apostle Paul starred a message after he was at the agora, in the Areopagus of Athens before the year 63 and his message about the “unknown God” to whom the Athenians had crafted a statue to avoid having any god without worship, and whom Paul wisely connected with Jesus Christ, Creator of the universe (John 1:3 – Colossians 1:17), and Sustainer of all things, who did not need any image because is everywhere. Apart from the Athenians, a multitude of people who are the main characters of the story of the book of Acts of the Apostles were receivers of a message that has changed history for ever, which was for all the people, no matter their social status, race or cultural origin: that Jesus Christ – Yahshua, came to the world and became a man to save us from condemnation and from hell, giving His life on a cross as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” raising and defeating death, so that those who are called through faith in His name and in His work, have access to the eternal Kingdom of God, where there is justice, healing, happiness and eternal love by His side, after resurrection. Yahshua, the great Master of preaching, before, had preached His famous “Beatitudes” of Sermon Mount. Yahshua fulfils all the expectations about the dream of King, of the Justice of Lincoln and of the Gospel preached by Paul.

We today, are also people that can receive the Gospel though faith as God’s Salvation to go to the new world of the eternal Kingdom, and preach that message, make justice and love our neighbour. But when we read the book of Acts of the Apostles, it is not easy to be aware of the amount of different people, of different social status, of government, politicians, of power, religious, or ordinary people who were impacted by the Great Commission of the Message of messages that the Apostles carried to many strategic nations and cities, from Jerusalem to Damascus, to Alexandria, to Athens and to Rome, that would take the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ – Yahshua, to the world. In this compilation of names of all the people that appear in the book of Acts of the Apostles, each person is mentioned only the first time it appears in the book. Also once Jesus, and with Him we include the Persons of God the Father and the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, and due to the fact that they are relevant, it includes other real people who are called by their title or description, such as Pharaoh, Cesar, the jailer, the healed, or the Ethiopian. I have omitted pagan gods, who are imaginary beings and therefore not real people or characters of this story.



Chapter 1

Theophilus, “loved by God”, receiver of the book of Acts and of the “first treaty”, the Gospel of Luke, in which Luke called him “excellent”. 1:1. Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ – Yahshua, the promised Messiah, our Lord and main character of the story that Luke is telling Theophilus; what He did and taught until He was received above, after His death expiatory of sin and His resurrection, and having given commandments to the Apostles through the Holy Spirit, for the Kingdom of God. 1:1. John, the Baptist, who preceded and announced the coming of the Messiah, and who baptises with water, as the anteroom of the promise. 1:5. Peter, “Simon” apostle to the Jews and first leader of the Church who guided in prayer to choose the substitute of Judas Iscariot, and explained to the people the event of Pentecost. Author of the two epistles under his name. One of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Jacob, son of Zebedee and brother of John apostle, killed with a sward by Herod Agrippa I and first apostle martyr of the Church 12:2. One of the eleven apostles. 1:13. John, apostle with ten others in the Upper Room, pillar of the Church and colleague of Peter when starting the Great Commission. Author of the Gospel under his name, the three epistles and Revelation. One of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Andrew, the brother of Peter apostle, to whom he said he had found the Messiah (John 1:41) and one of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Philip, who asked the Lord to show him the Father (John 14:8-12). One of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Thomas, “Didymus” the unbeliever who asked the Lord to put his hand in the wounds, but when He saw Him raised clamed “My Lord, My God” (John 20:27) and bowed before Him. One of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Bartholomew, one of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Mathew, Levi, tax collector, author of the first of the four Gospels, at whose house a banquet was celebrated with publicans, in which before the indignation of the Pharisees, Jesus said “I have not come to call just, but sinners to repent (Lu. 5:29-32). One of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Jacob, son of Alphaeus, one of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Simon the Zealot, one of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Judas, brother of Jacob, one of the eleven apostles. 1:13. Mary, the mother of Jesus, our Lord. 1:14. David, famous king of Israel, son of Jesse, man under the heard of God, prophet about the resurrection of Christ, 1:16. Judas Iscariot, deceiver of Jesus; would be replaced by Matthias. 1:16. Joseph, Barsaba, “just” with Matthias, a candidate to take the place of Judas Iscariot. 1:23. Matthias, who took the place of Judas Iscariot. 1:26.


Chapter 2

Joel, prophet who foretells the day of Pentecost. 2:16.


Chapter 3

The lame man healed by Peter. 3:2. Abraham, father of the faith. 3:13. Isaac, patriarch, son of Abraham. 3:13. Jacob, patriarch, son of Isaac, and grandson of Abraham. 3:13. Pilate, Pontius, governor of Judea, who judged Jesus. 3:13. Moses, prophet and receiver of God’s Law. 3:22.


Chapter 4

Annas, high Priest. 4:6. Caiaphas, son in law of Annas and Jewish dignitary, elder or scribe. 4:6. John, Jewish dignitary, elder or scribe. Family to some of the high priests. 4:6. Alexander, Jewish dignitary, elder or scribe. Family to some of the high priests. 4:6. Joseph “Barnabas” (Son of Encouragement), Levite, of the country of Cyprus who sold his inheritance and brought the price to the feet of the apostles. The man with the greatest heart in the Church. 4:36.


Chapter 5

Ananias, died with his wife Sapphira, for lying to the Holy Spirit. 5:1. Sapphira, wife of Ananias, died with his husband for lying to the Holy Spirit. 5:1. Satan, the deceiver. 5:3. Solomon, king of Israel who built the Jewish Temple. 5:12. Gamaliel, intercessor in favour of the work of God, teacher of the Law and wise man venerated by all the people of the Jews and teacher of Saul or Tarsus; Paul. 5:34. Theudas, false leader of the Jewish people. 5:36. Judas the Galilean, as well as Theudas, false leader of the Jewish people. 5:37.


Chapter 6

Stephen, first martyr of the Church, man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, elected within the 7 deacons. 6:5. Philip, the evangelist, one of the seven chosen with Stephen to serve the widows. 6:5. Prochorus, one of the seven chosen with Stephen to serve the widows. 6:5. Nicanor, one of the seven chosen with Stephen to serve the widows. 6:5. Timor, one of the seven chosen with Stephen to serve the widows. 6:5. Parmenas, one of the seven chosen with Stephen to serve the widows. 6:5.and Nicolas a proselyte from Antioch chosen with Stephen to serve the widows. 6:5.


Chapter 7

Joseph, with whom God was with. Leader of Israel and governor of Egypt, son of Jacob, one of the 12 sons. 7:9. Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 7:10. Hamor of Shechem, from whom Abraham bought the tomb for Sarah. 7:16. The daughter of Pharaoh, the one that brought up Moses as if he was his son and avoided his death. 7:22. Midian, son of Abraham, in whose land Moses lived. 7:29. Aaron, brother of Moses, to whom the people asked to craft gods: the golden calf. 7:40. Joshua, successor of Moses and who took possession of the land of the gentiles. 7:45. Saul, of Tarsus, who began as a persecutor of the Church, but called by Jesus-Yahshua to become the great apostle Paul, the apostle to the gentiles. 7:58.


Chapter 8

Simon, the magician who wanted to buy the gift of the Spirit. 8:9. The Ethiopian, eunuch, of great authority under Candace, who was over all her treasures, who confessed that Jesus Christ was the son of God. 8:27. Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. 8:27. Isaiah, prophet of the O.T. who prophesises about the suffering Messiah. 8:28.


Chapter 9

Ananias, disciple from Damascus who returned the site to Saul and baptised him. 9:10. Aeneas, bedridden from Lydda, healed by Peter in the name of Jesus Christ, after eight years paralyzed who arose immediately. 9:33. Tabitha, Dorcas, from Joppa, who abounded in good deeds and in charity, raised by Peter. 9:36. Simon, tanner from Joppa with whom Peter had stayed. 9:43.


Chapter 10

Cornelius of Caesarea, centurion of the called Italian Regiment, first gentile converted. 10:1.


Chapter 11

Agabus, prophesised from Antioch, hanger on all the inhabited land. 11:28. Claudius, roman emperor who through all the Jews from Rome. 11:28 –Priscilla and Aquila to Corinth- and in whose time the prophesised hunger by Agabus came. 11:28.


Chapter 12

Herod Agrippa I, king who killed Jacob brother of John with a sword and caught Peter. 12:1. Mary, mother of John Mark, in whose house Christians gathered. 12:12. Rhoda, yang Christian who comes to the door when Peter calls, set free from prison. 12:13. Jacob “James”, the brother of the Lord and leader of the first Church of Jerusalem, who ruled first Council of Jerusalem. 12:17. Blastus, the king´s chamberlain that counselled against him. 12:20. Mark “John”, Evangelist, companion of Barnabas who departed of them in Pamphili, whom Paul did not want to take, and for whose cause he separated from Barnabas. 12:25.


Chapter 13

Simon “Black”, prophet and teacher of the Church of Antioch. 13:1. Lucius Cyreneus, prophet and teacher of the Church of Antioch. 13:1. Manaen (foster brother of Herod tetrarch): prophet and teacher of the Church of Antioch. 13:1. Barjesus or Elymas, false Jewish prophet. 13:6. Sergius Paulus, roman proconsul, prudent man who wanted to hear the Word. 13:7. Samuel, prominent prophet of Israel who ruled after the judges. 13:20. Saul son of Cis, king of Israel, man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 13:21.


Chapter 14

The sick in the feet from Lystra, that Paul healed because he had faith. 14:8.


Chapter 15

Judas, Barnabas, prophet sent to the apostles after the first Council of Jerusalem to confirm the letter and words of Paul and Barnabas to the churches. 15:23. Silas, prophet sent to the apostles after the first Council of Jerusalem to confirm the letter and words of Paul and Barnabas to the churches. 15:23. And companion of Paul in his second missionary journeys. 15:40.


Chapter 16

Timothy, disciple, son of Jewish mother who believed, but of Greek father, companion of Paul and Silas. 16:1. Lydia, a woman seller of purple from Thyatira, who worshiped God, who believed and was baptised with those of her house, and hosted Paul and his companions. 16:14. The slave girl with spirit of divination, from whom Paul exorcised that spirit in the name of Yahshua – Jesus Christ. 16:16. The jailer of Philippos, who trembling came to the feet of Paul and Silas when the prison was opened after an earthquake, hosted them, washed their stripes and was baptised with his household. 16:23.


Chapter 17

Jason, owner of the house where the apostles lived in Thessalonica. 17:5. Caesar, emperor whose decrees were not kept saying there is another king- Jesus. 17:7. Damaris, woman who believed in Christ by the preaching of Paul in the Areopagus. 17:34. Dionysius, the Areopagite who believed in Christ by the preaching of Paul in the Areopagus. 17:34.


Chapter 18

Aquila, a Jew born in Pontus, recently arrived from Italy, whose profession was tent maker, like Paul. 18:2. Priscilla, wife of Aquila, who shaved her head under bow. 18:2. Crispus, the ruler of the Synagogue, believed in the Lord with his household. 18:8. Gallio, proconsul of Achaia who refused to accept the accusation of the Jews against Paul because they were religious matters between them, driving them out of the judgment seat. 18:12-16. Sosthenes, the ruler of the Synagogue, to whom all the Greek, took and beat before the judgment seat. 18:17. Apollos, a Jew born at Alexandria, who preached in Ephesus, eloquent man, mighty in the Scriptures but who only knew the baptism of John. 18:24.


Chapter 19

Tyrannus, one who had a school. 19:9. Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who had seven sons itinerant exorcists who used the name of Jesus, the one who Paul preached, trying to cast evil spirits. 19:14. Erastus, helper of Paul together with Timothy. 19:22. Demetrius, silversmith of shrines of Diana. 19:24. Gaius, Macedonian, companion of Paul. 19:20. Aristarchus, Macedonian, companion of Paul. 19:29. Alexander, a Jew taken out of the multitude, put forward by the Jews, who wanted to make his defence before the people. 19:33.


Chapter 20

Sopater of Berea, disciple companion of Paul and Timothy. 20:4. Aristarchus, disciple companion of Paul and Timothy. 20:4. Secundus of Thessalonica, disciple companion of Paul and Timothy. 20:4. Gaius of Derbe, disciple companion of Paul and Timothy. 20:4. Tychicus of Asia, disciple companion of Paul and Timothy. 20:4. Trophimus of Asia, disciple companion of Paul and Timothy. 20:4. Eutychus, the young man sat on the window who died when he fell from the third floor asleep, due to the long desertion of Paul, and raised by Paul. 20:9.


Chapter 21

Agabus, prophet of Jerusalem, who prophesised to Paul about his tribulations in Jerusalem. 21:10. Mnason, of Cyprus, old disciple, with whom they would be hosted. 21:16. Trophimus, of Ephesus, whom they thought Paul had introduced in the Temple. 21:29.


Chapter 22

The tribune commander Claudius Lysias, who sent Paul to Felix, 23:26, who ordered to take Paul into the barracks examined with scourging, not knowing he was a Roman citizen, questioning Paul, why he was. 22:24. The centurion to whom Paul asks if it was lawful for them to scourge a Roman citizen without previous judgment, warning the tribune. 22:26.


Chapter 23

Ananias, the high priest who ordered those next to Paul to hit him in the mouth. 23:2. The son of Paul´s sister, who informed him of the plot against him to kill him. 23:16. Felix, the governor. 23:24.


Chapter 24

Tertullus, certain speaker who went to accuse Paul before the Jews, 24:1. Drusilla, wife of Felix, Jewish woman who listened to Paul about the faith in Jesus Christ. 24:24. Porcius Festus, successor to Felix as governor. 24:27.


Chapter 25

Agrippa II, king before whom Paul makes his defence and whom he almost convinces into the faith. 25:13. Bernice, Jewish princess, sister and mate to Agrippa II. 25:13. Augustus, Caesar, Nero. 25:21.


Chapter 27

Julius, centurion of the August company to whom Paul was delivered to be taken to Rome. 27:1. Aristarchus, Macedonian of Thessalonica who voluntarily shared with Paul is captivity. 27:2.


Chapter 28

Publius, principal man of the island of Malta, hosted Paul and the shipwreck survivors, whose father was sick in bed and was healed by Paul. 28:7. The captain to whom Julius delivered Paul and the prisoners. 28:16. The soldier who guarded Paul so he could dwell by himself. 28:16.



Only the preaching of the apostle Peter after the Day of Pentecost reached so many nations that we could say that the impact was greater than the one of those speeches done today by the representatives of the, near 200 nations, members of United Nations. In Jerusalem, about three thousand people received Christ through the words of Peter (Acts 3:41). Peter, the apostles, the fathers of the Church where good pupils of the Master of masters, taking the Word of God to all nations, like nowadays many missionaries to the most hidden places of civilization, translating the Bible to forgotten tongs, so that not one soul who is called by God is lost. They have all been people of acts who have impacted many, starting with the people of Acts. The question that remains with ourselves is, if we are heirs of the faith that the first messengers spread, if we are also, whether by inheritance or by reading the Bible, people of Acts: Are we also people of acts that carry the Word of God every day to those around us? Yahshua – Jesus Christ lives!. HalleluYah! Maranatha! Amen!



  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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