What happened to the original Church?

Acts 2:40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 
43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 
44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 
45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

It’s difficult for me to remember a time when I was involved in the Traditional Church that someone didn’t say, “I wonder what happened to the original church, as it was in the 2nd Chapter of Acts?” As if to say, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be a part of that church.

A holy Spirit driven, Assembly of God with only one purpose. To walk as Christ walked in lock step.

So, the Apostle Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, (Shavuot) And about 3000 Israelites came to believe in Messiah. So that contrary to our belief that Christianity was made up of just Gentiles, the original church (Assembly) was made up of Jews. This original Church was Jewish, and gentiles are privileged to have been able to join and become a part of this Assembly, because of the ministry of the apostle Paul that came years later.

But this group of believers kept the Commandments, and followed the doctrine of the Apostles.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (Vs 42, 43) 

The Holy Spirit was operating unhindered by sin, and the gifts were poured out among them, prayers were being answered, the Word was spoken, by righteous men, people were healed, and miracles were in abundance in this fellowship because of the Apostles.

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” (Vs 44, 45)

Now here is where we really have departed from this original church. Most Christians do not part with their land or possessions for any reason, but have allowed the world to put its claws in us, and to keep us in bondage to our material needs, and because we do not need to trust God for our provision, we fend for ourselves. Thus, we have driven a wedge between us and the provider of all things, severing the relationship between the Father and his Children.

The Acts 2 church shared everything.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 
Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 
Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
(Matthew 7:7-12)

We have opted to distrust YHWH God by our refusal to place ourselves entirely in His hands. Here is where the Acts 2 Assembly went, and why we wonder what happened to the original model of the church. We have abolished it, by our unbelief!

“So, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
(Vs 46, 47)

Upon entering the ministry, those who haven’t delivered themselves up to Christ with empty hands, cannot be a part of His Church, nor can they preach this kind of message, to those who are clinging to the world.

Christ had no need for the things of this world, He was not a clinging vine, but He was the root.

Saying, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you£ will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:5-8)

When will we learn to live by Faith, and to walk according to it?

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1st John 2:6)

So now you know what happened to the original Church, the enemy won round one, but it won’t remain that way. We are coming to realize that we must love one another, and share what we have. And Yehoshua is driving us in that direction, so that His Church will once again rise up from our unbelief and we will yet again trust YHWH God for our sustenance.

Those who cannot grow in this direction, will have a difficult time adjusting to His ways, and be left behind unable to adapt to His Church. Thus, “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14)

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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