“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
Yesterday, we established the fact that we have a responsibility to pray for the spread of the gospel. We saw how that via prayer, we express God’s desire, willingness and ability to save man.
Today, we will talk about the next most important thing after a man is saved. We’ve emphasized the need to evangelize, the need to arm ourselves with the information about the gospel, the need to be proactive about the spread of the gospel, however, we haven’t addressed what should happen after the man without Christ is finally saved.
Our opening scripture tells us about the very day the church was established- the day the Holy Spirit came into men. It informs us of the fact that those who received the word were added unto them. What does it mean when the scriptures say ” they were added unto them”? It simply means they were added unto the church.
The word ‘Church’ is from the Greek word Ekklesia. ‘Ekk’ means ‘called out’. ‘Lesia’ means ‘Gathering.’ The term ‘Church’ refers to the association of people called out by Christ Jesus.
Apostle Paul, praying for the church at Ephesus, intimates us about a universal family in Christ Jesus. He provides for us a key detail about our union in Christ.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom THE WHOLE FAMILY in heaven and earth is named,” Ephesians 3:14-15.
So, in Christ Jesus, all who have been called out have been called into a family. All who have believed are to associate with one another. We haven’t been called out to be alone!
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they CONTINUED stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and FELLOWSHIP, and in breaking of bread, and in PRAYERS.” Acts 2:41-42
This is why the writer of Hebrews openly rebuke believers who fail to join in Christian fellowship. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Our union in Christ is a union into a body. We have been brought into a family, one united by the precious blood of Christ. This family is Spiritual, it carries much more weight than any physical one. Glory to God!
We’ll continue from here tomorrow.
Say This: I’ve been called into a family. I openly associate with other members of this family. I am of the family of God! Glory to God!