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First-Century Christians to the End of the Earth

At Pentecost 33 C.E.,* there were 120 disciples in the upper room that received Holy Spirit. Within 100 years, the apostles, especially the apostle Paul and those early Christians grew Christianity from 120 disciples to over one million Christians, *... Continue Reading →

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The Disciples Were First Called Christians

Acts 11:26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 26 and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the congregation[1] and taught quite a crowd;[2] and in Antioch the disciples were first called... Continue Reading →

The Great Apostasy Began in First Century Christianity

2 Thessalonians 2:1a, 3 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 Now we request you, brothers, with regard to the coming[1] of our Lord Jesus Christ … 3 Let no one deceive[2] you in any way, for it will not come unless the apostasy[3] comes first, and... Continue Reading →

The Reading Culture of Early Christianity and Their View of the Integrity of the Greek New Testament

Edward D. Andrews There is evidence of universality in the early orthodox Christian manuscripts. While the elite of the Roman society preferred the roll or scroll for their pagan literature, the Christian preferred the codex book form. This is even... Continue Reading →

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolic Church

Edward D. Andrews That the Holy Spirit sustained a relation to the apostolic church that it does not sustain to the church of today is clearly evident to the student of the Word of God. The church of the apostolic... Continue Reading →

The Holy Spirit and the Apostles

Edward D. Andrews In interpreting Scripture, attention should be paid not only to the speaker and his message but also to the parties addressed. Some passages are universal in their application, others that are national, and still others that are... Continue Reading →

The Holy Spirit and Jesus

  Edward D. Andrews The relation sustained by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ is a twofold one. First: He predicted by the holy prophets the great facts in the life of the coming one. Second: He associated himself with... Continue Reading →

The Holy Spirit in the First Century and Today

Edward D. Andrews Acts 4:31 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of... Continue Reading →

The Making of New Testament Books

Edward D. Andrews As Luke, Paul, Peter, Matthew, James, or Jude handed their authorized text off to be copied by others, i.e., published, what would it have looked like? What is the process that the New Testament writers would have... Continue Reading →

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