All Things Common
(Acts 4:32) "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."
In the book of Acts chapter four and thirty second verse we read, how the multitude had all things common. The multitude being the frist centry Church was of one heart and soul but today there are no Chuches of one heart and one soul.
Now the Churches have great heart and soul and I’m thankful for the Churches of today. But one must live up to the times we live in these evil days closer to the end before the return of Christ. If one watches TV at all, one see’s the open promotion of the devil’s power, esp,ufo and more than I care to cover.
What did the frist centry Church do to prove they were of one heart and soul? They the multitude of belivers said of the things they possessed was not there own, and then they took action by selling there possessing, trusting God to divided it into the Church according to needs.
(Acts 4:33) "And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all."
(Acts 4:34) "Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,"
(Acts 4:35) "And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need."
(Acts 4:36) "And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,"
(Acts 4:37) "Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet."
Why did they do this ?
(Mat 22:37) "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
(Mat 22:38) "This is the first and great commandment."
(Mat 22:39) "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." They love God they way Jesus Christ taught them too, but not just God there beliving neighboures also.
Sure we do this today? Yes, But no one does. We have not been blessed with the leadership of the frist centry Church. Most of the leadership of today love and are not trying to use us. But the few bad ones have made it hard for us to trust the good leadership of today.
God understands the times we live, He has watch the world get more and more evil each day.
(Acts 10:34) "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:"
Today we love God with all l’ll heart and soul on a one on one basic. The multitude love is there but weak, for example I might share my car with you or Fread, without a righteouse need, but would I share it with a beliver that a stranger for a righteouse need.
Why has this come into being? FEAR that the world has taught us some of this fear we see though but most we belive is righteouse. How can we stop this? We can stop by understanding they could be fear and once understanding there could be fear we stop and ask God what to do, because only God knows a righteouse need from a young beliver trying to use you.
Yes this all gets back to I’ll dayily walk with God and his son Jesus Christ. It’s one day at a time dividing the evil from Good, and completing a day knowing we did not miss any good we could have done for God.
This story is one of the greatest story told in the Bible of the heart of giving. But when one reads Acts 5:1-11. So I will try to help you see what happen here.
(Acts 5:1-11) "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles' feet.
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things."
But if one looks close at
Acts 5:1 [ “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,"] one notice the phase “a certain man” not certain beliver if one recall
Acts 4:32 [ "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."]
“multiude of them that belived” and that “a certain man” allways refers to a man of the world.
As to why God kill them .
God did not kill them the Devil did. The reason Peter knew they would fall dead, God told Him what the devils would do about Ananias not being able to get into the Church to steal from God’s house.
Great respect or fear came upon the people because they know God took care them even to the earlthy things they had. God watch over them and told leadership what to do. There is more to the depth of this story but I’m just staring to understand it myself allso. Please sent me your imput for to help me finish this teaching.
with love and a holy kiss blowing your way Roy