Friday, 3 June 2022

Earliest Heresy (CW32)

      Coming World War 3

Anointed Apostles
Mat 26:27-28  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
    Jesus started His ministry by calling twelve Jews to be His disciples. They were from rural areas, farmers, and fishermen. They were uneducated commoners but simple men of faith, who gave up everything to be followers of the Messiah or Christ. Jesus spent three years training these men to be leaders. All of them were familiar with His teachings, healings and signs and wonders found in the four gospels.
    They were told to preach the gospel of grace to all nations. They partook in the holy communion of Jesus' new covenant of His blood, which was established at His death on the cross. After His resurrection, He gave to every apostle the Holy Spirit of redemption.
    At Pentecost, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke in tongues. There and then, they witnessed 3,000 devout Jews saved at Peter's preaching. Later, these disciples led many Jews in Judea, Galilee and Samaria to the Lord. They were truly Jesus's anointed disciples.

Earliest Heresy
Act 11:1-3  Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, "You went into uncircumcised men and ate with them!"
    These anointed apostles and disciples should be rejoicing when so many Gentiles were added to the Body of Christ as commissioned by the Lord Jesus, instead they admonished Peter for reaching out to the Gentiles. Have they forgotten our Lord's great commission?  Are they still fearful of being defiled by Gentiles? Where is the truth in these apostles?
Heresy:  They think that only Jews can become Christians.

Act 11:17-18  If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God? When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life."