Emanna for 03/07/2020
The Early Believers Practicing the Church Life
Acts 2:46 And day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they partook of their food with exultation and simplicity of heart, (47) Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added together day by day those who were being saved. Words of Ministry
According to 2:46, day by day the believers broke bread from house to house. The early believers remembered the Lord by breaking bread daily in their houses. This shows their love and enthusiasm toward the Lord. The Greek words rendered "from house to house" also mean "at home," in contrast with "in the temple." The Christian way of meeting together is fitting to God's New Testament economy, differing from the Judaic way of meeting in the synagogues (6:9). The Christian way of meeting in homes became a continual and general practice in the churches (cf. Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15; Philem. 2). In 2:46, the Greek word for "simplicity" also means singleness. Here it describes the heart being simple, single, and plain, having one love and desire and one goal in seeking the Lord. These early believers were simple, single, sincere, and pure in heart. According to 2:47, the believers in the early church life praised God and had favor with all the people. They lived a life that expressed God's attributes in human virtues, as Jesus the Man-Savior did. The Lord added the saved ones together, and their togetherness was the church. This indicates that from the very beginning of their Christian life the early believers were brought into the corporate church life, not living individualistically as Christians separated from one another. We thank the Lord for this picture of the first church life.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp. 97-98. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.