The Apostles had lived with Jesus on a daily basis during the time of His earthly ministry. These men who came from different backgrounds learned many things about the Kingdom of God. Primarily they learned how to live life as Kingdom citizens.
Christ actually spent his last forty days on earth after His resurrection teaching them “the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:1-7 (KJV)
On the very day of His ascension from the Mount of Olives, He commanded them they should not depart from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the Father. (Acts 1:4 and 5 (KJV)
These followers of Christ returned to Jerusalem and waited for this Promise of the Father.
Then on the Feast of Pentecost the Apostles along with about two thousand men received the Promise as they began to speak in tongues. The very next day while Peter and John were on their way to the Temple they encountered a man begging who born lame. Peter fastening his eyes upon this man said, “Silver and gold have I none but such as I have give I thee, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”
Immediately the man was healed and began walking, and leaping, and praising God. Because of this notable miracle about four thousand men came to Christ that day. In just two days about six thousand people from many different countries were saved and began to follow Christ and be taught by the Apostles.
Acts 2:42-47 shows us how God met the needs of these new followers of Christ under what is called the “Apostles Doctrine.”
Acts 2:42-47 (KJV)
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
God immediately set up His Kingdom Economy through the Apostles Doctrine on the day of Pentecost when the Apostles, along with about three thousand souls, received the Promise of the Father.
What was this “Apostles Doctrine?” Could this doctrine the Apostles taught what they had learned from Christ during His earthly ministry? Could it possibly be what He taught them for those forty days after His resurrection? The things that pertain to the Kingdom of God?
Acts Chapter 2 states that all who believed were steadfast in praying, breaking bread, and sharing their plurality with one another. Because of their new belief in the Messiah and His Kingdom these people possibly had been marginalized by the Temple authorities. However somehow under God’s Kingdom Economy or the Apostles Doctrine all the believers had their needs met and their numbers immediately began to increase.
From then on we see in the Book of Acts various places where these followers of the Way, “sold their properties and houses” with some of profits for the advancement of the Kingdom.
Today as we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness we may begin to see a clearer vision of what Jesus meant about the life style of the more abundant life of the Kingdom of God which Jesus came to introduce to mankind.
Christ did not come to spread His gospel by forming a regimented military type of operation. He did not tell His followers to hole up in some remote wait for the end of the world? To the contrary Christ told them to “Go Ye into all the world and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.” He came to make available for his followers and all who would believe in His name the more than abundant life style of Kingdom Living.