Thursday, 15 June 2017

Foundation to Living the Mystery (Acts 2:42)

God's love to you this day that the Lord hath made!

These are excerpts from the Way Corps teaching on the book of Acts. (Our happy hunting ground).

Acts 2:42 Now you begin in verse 42 with the things that occurred as a result of that which had previously been accomplished. That’s why you get to the great figure of polysyndeton with verse 42. You count the “ands.” There are 16 “ands” from verses 42-47. The “ands” are to roll over fast and quickly to show you the immensity of the results. I tell you, when God moves, He moves and there are tremendous results when people believe. Fantastic! About 3000 souls that day. (Just like Genesis 1) Here it’s the church. After the great revelation of what God did, then comes polysyndeton, just like in Genesis, only here it’s the church of the body.

 “apostles’ doctrine” -- the right teaching, the right dividing of God’s Word is what they continued in steadfastly. They didn’t flip out on it; they just steadfastly stood together.

 “fellowship” - they fellowshipped. It’s in the fellowshipping with like-minded people, day after day, hour after hour, that’s where it is. If you really love to golf, who do you like to be with – golfers. If you really love God and God’s people and God’s Word, who do you like to be with? With people who have the purity of the spirit of God in them. Before you can have fellowship you have to have sonship. You have to have the ship.

 You can’t have fellowship in the body until you are first born again. The fellowship implied a little sharing, etc.

 “Breaking of bread” - implies that they ate together. They shared their sandwiches, etc. It’s just beautiful! They didn’t forget to pray. And I’ll venture to day that they did it by the spirit too.

 “and in prayers” – they didn’t forget to pray and I’ll venture to say they did via the spirit too.

Acts 2:43 “fear” - awe - “every soul” - every believer

Acts 2:44 “all that believed were together” - Now I do not believe that they were all together at one location all the time. I think Peter had a Twig, maybe a Branch. All of those guys were busy ministering the Word. All that believed were together, together on the Word, together on believing the apostles’ doctrine. It’s in the plural, possessive. The possessiveness of it implies plurality, of verse 42.

 “had all things common” - Not communistic - that’s from the Devil. They had it common. If you have a need and I have something to share, then I share it with you. That’s the common. The early church had it in common. It’s one body and the whole body has things in common. Everything above your need is made available to the body.

2 Corinthians 8:9-14
Verse 9 – “poverty” – it isn’t a negative poverty
Verse 10 – “forward” – willing “a year ago” – from a year ago
Verse 14 – “that there may be equality” – in the body

This all happened to come into fruition immediately after the day of Pentecost. He isn’t talking about tithing. Tithing is under the law. Christ is the end of the law for the believers. Abundant sharing is abundant sharing over and beyond your need. Who gave you life? It’s eternal life. Who gave you the joy and rejoicing in your heart? The great joy and rejoicing of your heart is not in the natural man but in the Christ in you. To whom do we owe our life and everything then? To God! Boy, how the church has lived below par and how devilish they’ve lived. It isn’t “giving me more”, but giving to the body. They had things in common.

Acts 2:45 They sold their plurality, possessions, plural. They sold their plurality, goods, plural. They did not sell what they needed. They sold what they had greed for; that which inflated their ego, “Well look at me.” God has never asked a believer to give away or sell anything which you need. God supplies our needs. Now what is need? Every individual stands before God and makes that decision. What may be need for one person may be greed for another.

“parted them to all” – shared - gave to all believers 

“need” – not greed but as the need was there

Acts 2:46 “daily” - The only people who object to this are the adults. They don’t fellowship daily because they don’t want to. You can’t expect a business man to drive two hours at night to go to a Twig meeting. The leader is supposed to be the leader. When people come to that Twig meeting, he ought to have that thing burning in his soul from the time it opens until it closes. And it doesn’t drag all night. You don’t start at 7:00 p. m. and preach a four hour sermon. You just kill everybody. People came to the meeting to be built up, to fellowship. They met daily. That doesn’t say nightly. It doesn’t say that they were in ten different meetings. It says daily. But it says daily. When the church does not meet daily, it will die. It’s as simple as that. When the adults don’t go to the meetings daily, they will die. It’s a daily life. Do you eat physical food daily? You got to fellowship with the believers daily. That’s in addition to your private devotions, as you call it, because you speak in tongues much. They met daily.

 “with one accord” - with unity of purpose

 “in the temple” - it’s not the temple proper, it’s in the temple area.

 “breaking bread” - They just met daily and brought their sandwiches along. That’s all. That doesn’t mean that the cook at the house made a seven course dinner for everybody. It just wasn’t a 30 second meeting either. They prayed together. They worshiped together. They heard the Word together, sat down, ate and fellowshipped together.

 “house to house” - They did it from house to house. The Church is in the home.

 “gladness” - euphoric - means with merriment, with festivity, with dancing, exuberance. They were a happy gang. They ate their bread not with longfacedness, negativeness, but like it was a great festivity, with dancing. The word “dancing” is used for this word “gladness.”

 “singleness” - means simplicity of “heart” - undivided loyalty.

 That’s the greatness of that verse. Ephesians 6:5 ‘singleness’ - singleness is the same as simplicity - in simplicity in your heart. In Acts it’s the same thing. They ate their bread with joyfulness, with dancing, with fellowship, with real exuberance, festivity, with simplicity of undivided loyalty.

Acts 2:47 “praising God” - for what they had seen and heard and what they were experiencing.

“all the people” - all the believers (not all the unbelievers)

 “favor” - grace, real blessing

That’s when the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. “such as should be saved” - those who were being saved (is the text) - The Lord added to the church. They taught the Word, they heard the call. The Lord is the only one who can give the new birth. That’s why He added to the church daily such as were being saved. Why was the Lord able to add to the church daily? Because they were teaching the Word, they were fellow-shipping daily, they were breaking bread together. They were enjoying each other’s company. They were praising the Lord for what He had done. And there was great grace, favor, love, among the whole body and that’s why the Lord was able to add daily. Where there is no fellowship daily, where there is no love, where there is no forgiveness, no tenderness, no sweetness among God’s people, the Lord will not be able to add to the church daily. That’s the first century church on the first day of its birth and shortly thereafter and we are still a part of that same church. We ought to have the same exuberance. We do have a little of it in the Corps occasionally, and in the Way Ministry. But outside this ministry I don’t know where you can go to see it. We need it, that the Word again may abound, and men may see the greatness of our God and move in the power of it, that God again can really add to the church daily such as are being saved.


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