THE PRIMITIVE LIFE OF THE EARLY CHURCH

Aug 17, 2023

The primitive life of the early church is a tradition that our forefathers took seriously and never allowed the civilization of those days to infiltrate their belief: they lived a life of sound doctrine, no compromise and died to preserve it.

They stood for the gospel even to the point of physical death. We too cannot do otherwise if we are to take this uncompromising gospel to the next generation.

Hebrews 11:38-39

We must understand that part of the faith message means ” dying for Jesus”.

Amidst all the challenges and negative situations, Jesus must remain Lord in our lives and this can only be achieved by the power of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 12:3).  

Acts KJV 2:41-47…. [44]And all that believed were together, and had ALL THINGS COMMON…

Acts 2:44 NKJV Now all who believed were together, and had ALL THINGS IN COMMON,

Notice the difference in the two phases.

ALL THINGS COMMON means everybody subscribed to Jesus.

ALL THINGS IN COMMON implies how they each uniquely lived their lives with Jesus.

When we come to Jesus, we have Him common to all of us. He is our epicenter but the way we navigate our way in Him must be unique.

That’s why we must die to certain things until only Jesus be seen in our lives (Mark 13:13).

Acts 2:45-47… Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

The early Church was not a perfect one, it also had its challenges. If the Lord added to the church daily then there must have been some problems of logistics, monetary, etc. So they were mortal men like us (Acts 6:2). 

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

The other thing we have in common is that each one of us must stand before the Master to give an account of how we lived our lives while here on Earth. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

There is a possibility of a believer either doing good or bad but we shall give account for it all.

So, there are three types of believers who will appear before the Master on the judgment seat:

  1. Those who did not choose to serve Jesus in time but received Him toward their death like the thief who was on the cross with Jesus.

These will go to heaven but will pay a certain price in the afterlife that will make up for the things they didn’t do in time Luke 23:42-43.

  1. Those who are born again: know good and bad but are wise in their ways. They go sin once in a while but claim by the grace of God they will be forgiven. Such believers when they appear before God in eternity, they will pay for everything they did outside the will of God before they are given certain ranks.
  2. Those who live their lives spotless; This is the church that Jesus Christ is coming back for (Ephesians 5:27).

It’s possible to live a Christian life without spot and wrinkle by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is what gave power to the early church.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.