Why “1st Century Faith Today”?
A faith anchored in the 1st century
Before Jesus was on the earth, God already had a plan for His Son to take on flesh and dwell among humanity (John 1:1-14). God sent His Son at a specific time for a reason, and this time was in the 1st century: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). God’s plan manifested in Jesus Christ came to fruition in the 1st century.
Whether or not Jesus’ birth was in the first century is up for debate (He most likely was born in 4 BC), but His earthly ministry and death certainly took place in the 1st century, as did the founding of His church. It had long been prophesied that the everlasting kingdom of God would come during the Roman Empire, that is, the third kingdom after the Babylonian Empire ( Dan. 2:31-45; 7:1-14). Jesus was born into that Empire, and when Jesus began preaching in the 1st century, he proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). He later told his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power” (Mark 9:1). Later, Jesus told His disciples that the same power mentioned in Mark 9 would come to them after His resurrection while they waited in Jerusalem (Luke 24:49). While the apostles were waiting in Jerusalem, they received the power of the Holy Spirit and the kingdom of God (the church, Col. 1:13-14) was established (Acts 2:1-4, 38-47).
The faith of Christianity was delivered, established, and made final in the 1st century. This blog is dedicated to the same faith, church, and Lord that we read about in the Holy Scriptures. Our goal is to answer the call of Jude to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (v. 3). The body of faith that this blog seeks to explain and apply in modern terms was not founded by a medieval creed, nor did it develop through councils and traditions over time. It was delivered to mankind in the 1st century and is still preserved in the pages of inspiration. Join as as we discuss this 1st century faith, today.