The early church grew numerically very quickly after the day of Pentecost. We read in (Acts 2:41) “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” Over in (Acts 4:4) we are told, “Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” When we get to (Acts 5:14) we learn, “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.” Finally in (Acts 6:7) the Spirit tells us, “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.” We are not left to wonder why there was such growth for in (Acts 8:35) we learn the reason,
“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.” But wait a minute! Didn’t they remember what Jesus had told them earlier?
I mean when one goes back to (Matthew 16:20) Jesus specifically told them the following, “Then charged He his disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ.” I believe a lot of Christians today must think they were confused because many today are still heeding the words of Jesus in (Matthew 16:20)! There are many people who haven’t told a soul who Jesus is or what Jesus did for them. Bible students understand what Jesus meant in Matthew when He made that statement and yet many today are living as if they don’t have a clue.
Jesus also told them in (Matthew 28:18-20) “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” The early Christians understood which statement they were to follow and the result was growth!
If we want to grow like the early church all we have to do is heed the right commandment. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be growing just like the early church grew in numbers! If you think about it we have the same Jesus, the same Gospel, the same opportunities, the same time, the same problem (sin)! Paul plainly tells us in (Rom.1:16) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
The early church didn’t have a more powerful gospel than we have today! The only difference that I can see between them and us is they told others about Jesus! They understood the power was in the gospel not them and their mission was simply to sow that gospel into the hearts of men and women everywhere, every day, every chance they had! Over in (1Cor.3:6) the Holy Spirit through Paul says, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
They sowed the seed, some planted and some watered and the result was God gave the increase! Since we have the same gospel all we have to do is exactly what they did and I guarantee God will give the increase! If we have the mentality of a lot of football teams today and we think all we have to do is send in our star quarterback and he will get the job done, what happens if he gets hurt? Football games aren’t won by just one person they’re won by every person doing what they can to help the team accomplish their goal!
The early church didn’t just depend on one man or one woman to spread the gospel to tell everyone in Jerusalem about Jesus. Every Christian did what they could some planted and some watered! We have to do the same thing today because like them we are commanded to tell others about Jesus the Christ. There are lost people all around us and the fields are white unto harvest but indeed the laborers are few! Let’s change that by remembering which commandment of Jesus we are to follow today.
When we stand before Jesus in the last great day let’s don’t make the excuse, “I was confused about which command to follow Jesus.”
Let’s all, like the early church, get excited about our salvation and about Jesus and start telling others about the Christ who died for them! If we don’t then I ask the question:
ARE WE CONFUSED CHRISTIANS?