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The Way

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They "... explained to him the way of God more accurately,"

Acts 18'26.

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"... if he found any who were of the Way,

whether men or women,

he might bring them bound to Jerusalem,"

Acts 9'1-2.

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The words above show how wide the teachings of Christ and the Kingdom had spread. The men and women who followed Jesus were people "of the Way".

Believers know Jesus well as The Way, The Truth, The Life (John 14'6) and that He preached, taught and lived God's Kingdom life.

He referred to the reality of the Kingdom of God and demonstrated it in the form of the Father's Kingdom. And the Father sent the Holy Spirit to Christ's Called-Out Ones for them to do the same.

The People of The Way express the Kingdom in everyday life, demonstrating it to all (particularly to the principalities and powers of darkness!). Like their Lord they desire to glorify their heavenly Father.

Jesus gave the lead. He took the position of being the first citizen of the Kingdom of God.


THE WAY ON THE WAY

From the Day of Pentecost onwards, men and women of many nations heard the Good News of:

the things of the Kingdom of God and

the things of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 28'31).

They received Christ and the things of the Kingdom began to become their lifestyle. That same Good News is here today.

These godly people of The Way are apparent throughout the Christ-Kingdom scriptures of Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22.

The words, The Way, are found in the Book of Acts and 2 Peter:

* Saul (later to be called Paul) "went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem," Acts 9'1-2.

* "This man (Apollos) had been instructed in the way of the Lord ... though he knew only the immersion of John ...

When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately," Acts 18'25-26.

* "But when some (Jews in Ephesus) were hardened and did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the multitude, he (Paul) departed from them," Acts 19'9.

* "And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way," Acts 19'23. (This was a Gentile disturbance in Ephesus.)

* "I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women," Acts 22'4.

* "But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers," Acts 24'14. (Paul before the Governor in Caesarea.)

* "But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings," Acts 24'22. (Paul before Felix in Caesarea.)

* "And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed," 2 Peter 2'2.

This Holy-Spirit-led expression became more and more evident as the Good News spread. Converted men and women were expressing their understandings and experiences of the Kingdom.

So much so that at one stage they were charged with preaching "another king," Acts 17'7.

This is hardly surprising! Even the Jewish leaders noticed that these Believers were manifesting the ways of Jesus, The Way:

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.

And they realized that they had been with Jesus," Acts 4'13.

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As the Lord said, the Holy Spirit would give Believers power:

"... His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,

through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,

that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust," 2 Peter 1'3-4.

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Their Kingdom lifestyle marked them out by:

the way they lived,

the way they treated each other,

the way they treated outsiders,

the way they treated strangers,

their general manner of speech and much more.


THE WAY & GOD'S INTENT

In addition to revealing that Jesus had been glorified, the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost began the era of making known God's wisdom to the enemy which continues today. 

They became Christ's first witnesses in the era of God's great intention:

"... to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God

might be made known by Christ's Called-Out People

to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,

according to the eternal purpose

which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

in whom we have boldness and access

with confidence through faith in Him"

Ephesians 3'10-12

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Jesus had led the way. He manifested God's manifold wisdom and the principalities and powers could not comprehend it (John 1'5). Now the enemy would be in no doubt as Christ's People lived the Christ-Kingdom life.


LIKE A CULTURE?

From time to time someone talks of "Kingdom Culture" or that there is a "culture of the Kingdom". Are these descriptions valid?

Could the Father's Kingdom be regarded as a culture? Could The Way be regarded as a culture? After all, it is a lifestyle and aren't cultures lifestyles?

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The Way differs from cultures in that it is expressed out of the thanksgiving and worship and not out of obedience to man-made traditions.

But the people of the Way express the Kingdom of their heavenly Father. By the Holy Spirit they learn the ways of Christ in devotion to the Father.

Therefore, His new Children would benefit greatly from being like children growing up in a culture by:

- Looking around and absorbing the "Kingdom" scriptures of Acts 2'1 to Revelation 3'22.

- Learning of Jesus (Matthew 10'27-30).

- Observing the lifestyle and behaviour of godly men and women (Philippians 3'17), especially the Elders and their Wives (Hebrews 13'7-8).

- Experiencing the foundational teachings (Hebrews 6'1-3).

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Prayer. Thank you, heavenly Father, for the Holy Spirit understandings of Christ, your Kingdom and The Way.

In Jesus' name. Amen.