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Development of the Inner Church Life   2 comments

Development of the Inner Church Life

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Acts 2, 42

Some 3000 had been added to the church.  It was important to develop their inner life.  Notice how they undertook it.


They attended steadfastly upon the teaching of the Apostles.  They needed to be grounded in the faith.  They esteemed highly the ministry of the word.  It enriches life.  What would you take for its help to you?  “They are spirit and they are life.”


How helpful Christian fellowship & the breaking of bread.  Not opportune to do so in the temple, not in the “house” or home.  Whether the Sacrament or ordinary meal, it was a helpful fellowship and is today.  Social feature of church life is helpful.  They kept close together in brotherly consideration.


“And in prayers” and for each other.  A prayerful atmosphere is wonderfully helpful.  Can you estimate the worth to you that has come to you from the prayers you have heard, and especially those offered in your behalf?  Would you be willing to give up the memory of them and the strength you have thus received?


Christ’s Victory and Ours   14 comments

Christ's Victory and Ours

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Acts 2, 24

1 Cor. 15, 57

1 Jno. 5, 4


The death & resurrection of Jesus were in God’s plan.  That he should die for man was necessary to salvation & God willed it.  But to consumate that plan he must live to carry it on.


Hence God raised him up.  It was part of the plan & due to God’s direct intervention.  Acts 3, 15; Rom. 4, 24; 2 Cor. 4, 14; Eph. 1, 20; Col. 2, 12b; 1 Thes. 1. 10; Heb. 13, 20; 1 Peter 1, 21; & text = 10 times it is affirmed.

He was not to be [the] loser in the struggle but victor.  Life is stronger than death.  He submitted to it only to redeem us.  He arose no longer subject to death.  Death was vanquished by him; it is subject to his power.  “Have the keys to death.”–Rev. 1, 18


He lives to give us victory over sin.  By his grace we may resist the devil, “overcome” him.  “He is able to succour them what they are tempted.”  Heb. 2, 18  “To him that overcometh.”  The plan of salvation wrought out by Christ is no failure.  The “gospel is the power of God unto salvation,” see Jude 24.


He will give us victory over death.  We too, shall have our Easter morning–Jno. 5, 28.  “All that are in the grace shall come forth.”

Our resurrection body is to be fashioned after his, a spiritual body–Phils. 3, 21.

Redemption is completed in our resurrection and glorification.

Victory!!  “Death is swallowed up in victory”–1 Cor. 15, 54.


Acts of the Apostles   1 comment

Acts of the Apostles

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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