Jesus heart’s desire that Christians are one worldwide.
NKJV (John 17: 20-23) 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
In the previous article we talked about the beginning of the Christian communities and how those exciting and spectacular days of joy and enthusiasm were experienced by the first Christians. As we saw, about 3,000 people were baptized on a single day. (Acts 2:41)
The warm love and joy of brothers and sisters among themselves, everything they had was in common.
The community in Jerusalem definitely represented a foreshadowing of the New Jerusalem on the New Earth, where the saints will be direct supporters of Jesus. (Rev. 20: 4.6)
In the later communities we do not see back this collective sharing, but we do see the support of poor Christians.
Encouragement for the community in Jerusalem increased, when the Samaritans and ultimately the heathens, such as the Ethiopian eunuch and Cornelius and his family were baptized and the latter were even sanctified.
After Pentecost, after the first sanctification, the saints preached in Jerusalem against Jews from all parts of the world in their own language, and the good news was thereby spread to all parts of the world. (Acts 2: 4-11)
As we will see in this article, the good news was also brought by Paul and Barnabas (the first missionary journey) to the inhabitants of Cyprus and to cities that are in present-day Turkey.
Anyone who now complacent thinks, that everything is in order for him or her will be shaken up awake.
This article contains vehement recommendations and we believe that these are badly needed.
The Christian way of life has to be experienced in a completely different way, preferably away from the institutes.
To the home group as with the first Christians, as independent groups.
Christians need to learn to think for themselves about how Scripture is meant.
We will come back to this in detail and how separate Christian communities can visit and encourage each other.
The theme of this article is the organization of the first communities, the problems that arose and how they experienced and strengthened the faith as a community.