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Posted 31 July 2013 - 01:28 PM

Master of Christian History - Lesson 3

The Christian Message was given to the Israelite s first, as fulfillment to the Old Testament Prophecies of the coming Messiah. The Whole Canon/Torah/Old Testament was the history of the chosen people of God, the Israelite s. As time passed the Priests of the Temple in Jerusalem became corrupt, greedy and did things for power and money and control of the Israelite s (who became known as the Jews because of the city they lived in).
When the Israelite s rejected Jesus as their Messiah then the Good News when to the Gentiles.

Because Christianity is a continuation of Judaism many of the Jews excepted Christianity readily, but they wanted the Gentiles to Circumcise themselves and do the same things the Jews did. This was no longer needed to be a Christian. But the Jews held on to many of their old beliefs. The Church was torn apart by the traditions of the Old Covenant under Moses and the New Covenant under Jesus Christ.

Spreading the word of the New Covenant/Gospel was a word of mouth type message. The Disciples and Apostles traveled from city to city spreading the Good News of the Gospel. They first met a crowd of people and then those who excepted the Good News would allow the Apostles and Disciples to teach in their homes. Once the group became established, the Apostles would train someone to take over as the head of that church. That church would then spread out to other cities. Jesus said “Go ye there fore, 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 what so ever I have commanded you: Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” AMEN Matthew 28:19, 20. In Mark 16:15 Jesus tells us, “to go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

All the nations were ripe for the new religion of Christianity. At that time there was Greek, Roman, and Hellenistic teachings going around and no one knew which one to follow. If you had plenty of money you followed the one that would give you the best education and advancement in power. But the poor people or average person didn’t have the opportunity for such privileges, and to them Christianity was excepted very readily as it gave them a LOVE and equality that the others didn’t give. With God behind it, no one could stop the spread of Christianity.
Pastor Sharon L. Madsen DD

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