The early church

Posted: June 28, 2015 in ecclesia, Jesus, quotes

The early church was walled in on one side with the mightiest military machine in history, the power of Rome.   It was walled in on the other side with Greek intellectualism.  It was blocked ahead by the monopoly the Jews thought they had on God.  Those men who turned the world upside down had no colossal intellectual capacity.  No great financial backing.  No social standing. They were about the most despised men in and around Jerusalem.  And yet they broke out somehow – and later it was said that they turned the world upside-down.

I think at least once a week and sometimes I think once a day, what Dr. J. B. Phillips, who gave us the Phillips New Testament, said of the first chapters of Acts:
“This is the church of Jesus Christ before it became fat and out of breath by
prosperity. This is the church of Jesus Christ before it became muscle bound by over
organization. This is the church of Jesus Christ where they didn’t gather together a group of
intellectuals to study phycho-sematic medicine, they just healed the sick.
This is the church of Jesus Christ where they did not say prayers, but they
prayed in the Holy Ghost.”

There’s a vast difference.

-Leonard Ravenhill

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