THE CHURCH AFTER PENTECOST
People often wonder what happened after Pentecost. What does history have to say about the church?
In 96 A.D. John, while in exile, wrote, “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 1:9) Thus, we can see that John was in the kingdom.
In 64 A.D. the apostle Paul wrote, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:15)
In 55 A.D. Paul wrote “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth.” (1 Corinthians 1:2)
Luke the historian, in 45 A.D., made mention of “the church that was at Antioch.” (Acts 13:1)
In 34 A.D. we read in Acts 8:1 that “There was a great persecution against the church.” We read in Acts 5:11, A.D. 33, “great fear came upon all the church.”
Also in Acts 2:47 in the year 33 A.D. we are told the “Lord added to the church daily.”
This brings us back to Acts chapter two. Everything said concerning the church before Acts two points toward it and everything said concerning the church after Acts chapter two points back to it. This is the fountain head. The church of the New Testament had its beginning on the first Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection.
If we want to learn about the church “after Pentecost” we should start at Acts 2 and read the rest of the book of Acts. It is necessary to start there. Then, read the rest of the New Testament. Let’s read, examine, and follow the Bible to see the roots of the church.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!