Welcome to the Mystical Body of Christ Forum – Ron Sr.
Was Pentecost 33 A.D. the birth of the Church? When the Holy Spirit descended upon the 11 Apostles and the Mother Mary, did they know that they were about to embark on Church building? Peter immediately goes out and proclaims the Gospel on the streets of Jerusalem. 3,000 were added to their number that very day. Not bad for a first sermon.
The Gospel writers are the first century witnesses to these events recorded in what we call the books of the New Testament. But lets take a step back for a moment. The New Testament though wasn’t a book during the first Pentecost 33 A. D. The New Testament was a sacrament. Or so we think. Or should we think otherwise? We had to look at what we call “Church” to find the answer to this question.
There are many definitions of “Church” floating around the internet. As a Catholic, I believe that St. Paul, when he was writing to the small Roman church, he was addressing what was to become one of the 4 Holy See’s, along side the Sees of Jesusalem, Antioch and Alexandria. That Chruch, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is still with us today; only more majestic and crowning God’s Kingdom with Glory and Splendor.
Our Church is Alive, as Our Lord is Alive. And on Pentecost 33 A.D. the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, descended upon the Apostles like the breath of God instiling life into Adam. Our Church is the protector of the deposit of fiath left to us by the Apostles and their Sucessors, the Bishops. It is the home of a Holy Tradition handed down from Bishop to Bishop. it is a Living Faith entrusted by Jesus Christ to His Apostles and by them to capable men. Men they SENT out to proclaim the Good News, by laying upon them, their own hands and praying.
Saul, Saul, Why do you persecute me. Is that you Lord? I’m not persecuting you, I’m going after Christians. Do you believe that any Jew would be shocked if God started to talk to them? No, their response is always, “Here I am Lord.” St. Paul understood that by Persecuting Christians, he was persecuting the entire body of Christians, His Church. A lesson learned and preached and written about by St. Paul. He develops the concept of the Body of Christ in Corrinthians, Chapter 15 as well as many other verses in scripture; Gal 3:28, Titus 1:7-9.
I’ve heard it said by some debaters that the Apostles left “No Sucessors.” In Acts 20:28 – “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son.” In fact, St. Paul tells the brethren in 1 Tim 3:1 ….. If any one aspires to the office of Bishop, he desires a noble task.”
If the Apostles were to be the shepherds of the flock, then they would have to leave succesors. And we find Holy Spirit inspired evidence of this in both the Gospels and in Acts and the Epistles.
Let’s take note of St. Paul, Ephesians 3:9-10 “…..and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principlalities and powers in the heavenly places.” Through the church, to the community of believers, that the wisdom of God will be made known thoughout Gods universe. Truth taught by Christ to the Apostles and by them to us, on the Authority of God.
Hey Ron. Great blogsite! I’ll come back later to have a closer look. I appreciate the ecumenical tone/theme. John