Friday, January 7, 2011

ALL THE BELIEVERS WERE ONE IN HEART AND MIND

WHAT HAS GONE WRONG IN REGARD TO ONENESS?
A. Brother


"And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.  All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own..."  Acts 4:31,32


We seem to be missing this progression among us.


First, the early believers, when opposed and oppressed, went to prayer together.  This was sustained, earnest prayer.  Together, not separately in their closets.


Second, when they prayed, God gave them the Holy Spirit in fuller measure.  He answered with His normal answer.  Whatever your situation, you need more of Me, He says to us.  You need more of My Spirit, and less of your own selfish flesh to face what I've got in store for you.


Then, when having more of the Spirit of God in them, the believers became one in heart and mind.  This is the key, having the Spirit of God.  And the Spirit gave them that unity through complete un-selfishness.  


Fourth, because they were full of God's Spirit, they gladly gave up all ownership to their earthly possessions.  Sharing became "first nature" instead of something painful and difficult.  They were glad to share and be one, because Christ and the Father, and their Oneness, was now in the believers.


How much we need the Holy Spirit to fill us, and give us this wonderful unselfish oneness.

10 comments:

  1. Dear Alpha Brother,

    Your progression is not exactly correct. What do you see that is missing in the following scriptures?

    Acts 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

    Robert Glenn

    P.S. I'm assuming that your last name is Brother; what does the A. stand for?

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  2. Dear Robert Glenn,

    With all due respect you have proven A. Brothers point. The early believers were of ONE heart and ONE mind and had all things common. We, Today's believer's, are not ONE heart and mind because we spend all day trying to nit-pick the doctrines to death. Like the Corinthinians, everyone hath a tongue, hath a doctine. There will be no unity while everyone is pointing the finger at each other over meaningless nuances. Love covers a multitude of sins. The Pharisess were always looking for ways to trap Jesus in his words.

    May the Lord bless you!
    Linda

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  3. Dear wendyworn,

    Sorry, you need to reread the scripture. I'll wait on both of you.

    Truly in the Communion of the Body of Jesus Christ. Robert Glenn

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  4. Dear Robert Glenn
    I apologize for jumping the gun with my comment. But I have reread the scripture and do not readily see what you are trying to say. Can you please clarify?

    Thanks!!
    Blessings in Christ
    Linda

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  5. To find a mainstay of corporate prayer within the New Testament writings, we'd need to assume it upon various accounts and admonitions to pray. Or, possibly you have some additional references?

    Second, when they prayed, where may we draw that God gave them the Holy Spirit in/to a "fuller measure"? (an idea popularized by some "Pentecostal" sects.)

    A. Brother, you have written,
    "Then, when having more of the Spirit of God in them, the believers became one in heart and mind. This is the key, having the Spirit of God."

    So then, which is it? Having the Spirit, or "when having more of the Spirit"? [refs?]

    Fourth, Yes! "because they were full of God's Spirit, they gladly gave up all ownership to their earthly possessions. ... How much we need the Holy Spirit to fill us, and give us this wonderful unselfish oneness."

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  6. Dear Wendy,

    I did originally post to A.Brother to see his response to the scripture in Act 2:42-47. Sister, you did respond out of turn, but I'm glad you did.

    Originally, I and others had responded to abrother's dream that he also posted on another blog, and I was impressed with A.Brother's courage that he posted it in the first place. He never did respond, one way or another, to any of the incites that others gave in respect and love. On the blog, his URL was referenced with his handle "abrother", so I decided to visit his site to learn more about him and his thoughts. No doubt his dream had a profound affect upon him, even as it would upon any of us, if God gave each of us a true revelation of our hearts. I've been there. His writings here say that he understands the corrections that were given. Without the correction and continued inflow of the influence of God's gift of the Holy Spirit with in each of Christ's members, we are no different than the rest of the unsaved world. With our war of words over the WORD of GOD, are we not separated into a multitude of sects that are all right in their own eyes. There is a beginning of renewal that begins with the Holy Spirit.

    So, I presented a little test to see if he would be open to another brother's understanding of the Body of Jesus Christ. At the present time, all have failed this little test.

    Beginning Crib Sheet: Acts 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to (fellowship, Communion, Koinonia) (to the breaking of Bread) and (then) to prayer. (They broke Bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God) and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

    With love and respect as a living member in the Body of Jesus Christ,

    Robert Glenn

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  7. Robert Glenn:

    I am not interested in a "war of words" as you mention above. You have countered my simple posts about love and the Spirit with challenges and "tests" as you call them.

    My points from Scripture are simple, and just as our Lord Jesus Christ gave the truth simply, so I try to with His help. I claim no status nor standing in the Body of Christ, other than being a member.

    If you are offended at a teaching about love for our brothers, or the need to be filled with the Spirit of God, then ask yourself why. I made no mention of you, nor did I accuse anyone. In fact, I know my own weaknesses and failures, and so do not judge others, because of that. I don't even know you!

    I spent many years in the churches, arguing and debating Scripture, and looking at this or that person, this or that movement, and analyzing, analyzing, analyzing. Then Christ sent me to my knees, and took all these from me. He is destroying my dependence on men, and opening my eyes to Him. He is all I want, and all I want to build into the lives of all He allows me to touch.

    It is Scriptural to die in greater measure to self. It is Scriptural to pray and seek the Lord together in the Body of Christ. It is Scriptural to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, coming as little children to Him. Nothing I gave here should offend a seeker of Christ. It is Christ, and His life in us that I seek to promote, not myself. That is why I write anonymously--to stand against the current tide of celebrity and notoriety in "Christian culture". Nobody to this point seems to have been offended by that.

    By the way, my sister Wendy did not respond "out of turn". She has every bit as much right as you do to give her opinions in the Body of Christ. You seem to be on the attack here to find flaws in my work for Christ, so it is natural for others to defend.

    "But avoid foolish controversies...and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless." Titus 3:9

    Grace be with all who love Christ.
    A. Brother

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  8. Dear abrother,

    I'm sorry you are so offended in your interpretation of what I wrote to you. You might read the posted notes again, and the reference to Act 2 verse 42 thru 47. I wrote to you and not another (quote) Your progression is not exactly correct. What do you see that is missing in the following scriptures? (unquote) Wendy apologized for jumping the gun and I addressed her as sister, and said I was glad that she did. I sent what I called a crib sheet to see if you or her saw anything that was missing in your original progression of your posted thoughts. I did not disagree, except my implication was that you missed out on the primary beginnings in the Holy Spirit, and I was probing your heart to see if you could now see the beginning and the ending of the matter of unity in the Holy Ghost.

    I thought you might grasp the little nuance in the scripture about the fellowship in the breaking of the Bread. Obviously, I was totally mistaken, and certainly would now question your heart's understanding in your implied writings of unity in love . I also thought you would want to understand a little more about the Holy Spirit, especially since He gave you a dream to show you exactly where you are. Your intellect is offended because of your prejudice. And because of your learned prejudice you will not get at the heart of the matter, unless you repent.

    To the Point: The disciples of the Lord were not eating breakfast, or lunch or dinner together, they were meeting together in their homes to have Holy Communion in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. The more they participated in Holy Communion in the Spirit and Truth, the more of the Holy Spirit they received in answer to their prayers. The converted Jews of the time were accused of Blood liable. How do you think it would sound in scripture if it said: They were in one accord as they ate the flesh and drank the Blood of Jesus Christ. You do not understand the Blood Covenant nor the Holy Spirit's unity with the Blood and the Water nor do you believe the Word's of the Lord Jesus Christ: And He said "You, have no Life in you unless you eat of My Flesh and drink of My Blood".

    I and others wrote a response to your dream that you boldly posted on JtBTV and is the same dream you have dated here as January 5, "In my dream, I murdered my brother". To Wendy I said "I was impressed with A.Brother's courage that he posted it in the first place".

    Note: This post as it was intended was not allowed because it was to long. The small balance pertaining to your dream will follow.

    Robert Glenn

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  9. Continuation of the prior post to abrother about his dream, "In my dream, I murdered my brother.

    Nevertheless I'll continue with a more abrupt appraisal. The Water is the Word of God and in absolute unity with the Holy Spirit, and if one is full of the Spirit then they can breath in the Water of the Word of God for they are the same. Also all confusion is buried in the depths of that Water. That which you recognized as a brother wrestling with you in the Water, had a sharp pointed instrument directed at your "heart". You being stronger in the intellect of your mind overcame him and silenced him by shooting him in the throat with that same instrument of death, even the word of God. You lacked the breath of life in you to breath in the Water of the Word of God, and dragged yourself and your brother's dead body on shore, where you continue to lie about yourself to yourself and unknowingly to others. You are on the land with a dead corpse and not in the Spirit of the Living Water of the Word of God.

    Sorry anonymous, I guess I don't know you either,

    Robert Glenn

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  10. Robert:

    I'm not sure after reading your entire string of comments exactly what you're declaring here.

    I gave a short teaching on unity in the Body of Christ, and emphasized prayer, the Spirit of God, and sharing of all we own as what happened in Acts.

    You have turned it into a string of comments that include an interpretation of a simple dream I had, accusations that I am lying to myself about myself, and discourses on some strange interpretation you have personally come up with on Holy Communion.

    I am not offended. I'm simply thinking you have some anger and a need to "come onto this blog" from somewhere else and argue, disrupting those who would choose to find encouragement and strength in these pages.

    I would appreciate it if you would just find someone else to judge, and not worry about this insignificant blog, and this insignificant brother in Christ. Christ will decide who's right and wrong, and that in due time.

    Blessings, all readers who read this. We know that the truth is simple, and that the wisdom of God is "first of all pure; then peaceloving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." James 3:17

    Please come onto this blog in this spirit of love and wisdom, so that we can all benefit, not from testing and challenges, but from the Word of God spoken in mercy and sincerity.

    In Christ,
    A. Brother

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