7- Pt.2: The New Testament Spread of the Gospel From Christian (‘Messianic’) Jews to the Gentiles

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The Spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the First Millennium of the Undivided Early Church 

(The Formation of the Different but United Culturally-based Rites of the Universal (Greek Katholikos, or Catholic) Church, the Different ‘Sister Churches’ in the Universal (Catholic) Communion of Sister Churches Known Collectively in the First Millennium as the Catholic Church

Part 2: The New Testament Spread of the Gospel From Christian (‘Messianic’) Jews to the Gentiles 

The faithful line of the legally adopted Covenant Family since Adam, those faithful Sethites and Semites and Hebrews and Israelites known as the Jewish Nation, through God’s very patient fathering throughout the Old Testament’s series of ever-more-mature Covenants, are at last mature enough in love to no longer take legal covenant adoption for granted and lose it easily, meaning they are at last ready for Jesus Christ the New Adam to come from among them and restore to them the supernatural adoption of the indwelling Holy Spirit and not lose it easily as Adam had.  Those now-more mature Jews who accept Jesus as their Messiah are thus empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit to at last successfully fulfill the mission God had called Israel from among the nations of descendants of Noah to perform in the first place: To lead the other ‘Gentile’ nations back to the Covenant Father they had left between the time of Noah and the Exile, re-joining the one ongoing Covenant Family since Adam through the New Covenant Christian Church, so that the once-fallen-away Gentiles too, like the Jews from the line which had been faithful to the Covenant Family since Adam, could also receive the restored indwelling Holy Spirit of supernatural adoption which Adam had lost, becoming members of the Body of Jesus Christ the New Adam: the Christian Church.

Through the original Jewish Christians’ ministry, empowered by the Holy Spirit of adoption restored to them by Jesus Christ the New Adam, huge numbers of the unfaithful, fallen-away ‘Gentile’ lines of the legally adopted Covenant Family descended from Adam and Noah are brought back into the faithful line of the one ongoing “Olive Tree” of the faithful People of God through the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, which forms:

The Universal (Catholic) Christian Church of Jew and Gentile

Christ has “created in Himself one new man out of the two (Jew and Gentile)…in this one body He has reconciled both of them to God through the cross” (cf Ephesians 2:15-16).  In the “New Israel” of the Catholic, Christian Church, Jew and Gentile are once again one Universal (Catholic) family (as before Abraham was called from among the descendants of Noah), except for those Jews and those Gentiles who refused to join the New Covenant Family.  They represent our continued mission as the “New Israel” of the Universal (Catholic) Church of Jesus Christ. 

At Pentecost (Acts 2), the Church was born in: 

JERUSALEM 

Center of the Jewish Culture as Renewed in Jesus

Center of the Foundational Jewish Rite of the Christian Church

Jesus Christ was Jewish.  His Chosen Apostles, and all the first Christians were Jewish and Christian, and in the New Testament they never saw themselves as “ex-Jews.”

Since all Christians were Jewish, many thought that one needed to be Jewish to be saved, and thus that Gentile converts to Christianity should become culturally Jewish and be circumcised, etc.  Others, notably Peter and Paul, strongly disagreed.  The issue was settled by:

THE COUNCIL OF JERUSALEM (Acts 15) 

The Proto-Council and Pattern of All Later Ecumenical (Worldwide) Councils of the Universal (Catholic) Christian Church 

This Holy Spirit-guided Council of ordained Apostles and other Christian leaders determined that Gentiles did not need to become culturally Jewish to be saved, they only needed to adjust their cultural practices to the norms of the Christian Gospel, as the Jewish cultural practices had been adjusted (Gentiles only had to abandon certain cultural customs related to sexual immorality and idolatry).  At this time in the New Testament, there were two distinct culturally-based Rites of Christianity, both approved of through a formal Council of all the gathered ordained Christian leaders led by the Holy Spirit – Jewish Rite Christianity and Gentile Rite Christianity.  Acts 15:1-16:5 and 21:17-26 prove that this multi-ritual form of Christian brotherhood was the norm for the New Testament Church.  Both Jews and Gentiles retained their distinct cultural identities when they became Christians, but simply became the very best Jews and Gentiles they could be, empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Those of the original Jewish Christians who, either before or after the Council of Jerusalem, sadly did not accept its teaching and insisted Gentiles must become Jewish to be Christian, were called “Judaizers” (whom Paul frequently opposed in his Scriptural letters).

The Gospel of Jesus Christ first spread from Jerusalem to Antioch as the first Gentile “daughter” Church or Rite of the original Jewish Rite Jerusalem Church:

FROM

JERUSALEM

Center of the Jewish Culture as Renewed in Jesus

Center of the Foundational Jewish Rite of the Christian Church

TO

ANTIOCH

Center of the Syrian Culture as Renewed in Jesus,

the first Gentile culture introduced to Christianity by the original Jewish Christians.  The disciples of Jesus were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11:19-26).

© 2008 Peter William John Baptiste, SFO

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