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July 9, 2005 Increase in Numbers

“Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists,* because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution (Acts 6:1).”

There was an increase of disciples. Though at this time they probably didn’t call themselves Christians, but saints of God, there was a sense of calling and discipleship that caused people everywhere to take note of these people. They called them Christians because they were like Jesus, teaching and healing and bringing a new message of hope. A disciple is one who is considered a pupil. Jesus said that we have one Teacher, the Holy Spirit, and the text book He uses is the Bible.

They considered themselves priests of God. There are no perfect churches just as there are not perfect Christians, but we become like God when we obey the Word of God and are made perfect in love.

“Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:28).”

As the gospel is proclaimed and as the number of the disciples are increased, so is opposition. We should remember that when we begin to follow Jesus that opposition will come and hostilities even within the walls of the Church will grow.

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