To the things which the early church DID possess. When it was very young, the church had an experience. We place that first above all else.
”The Primitive Church had no New Testament, no thought-out theology, no stereotyped traditions. The men who took Christ to the Gentile world had received no formal or professional training, only a great experience. It was an experience in which all maxims and philosophies were reduced to the simple task of walking in the light.”
In the early church, a great deal was missing which later centuries regarded as important!
This was the experience which impelled these men. Not the teachings. Not the information. It was who He was! This changed them. From HIM they came to understand what true spirituality was–this revising and superseding their ideas of goodness and piety. This was the first great element in their experience. Jesus Himself had made the experience of their being with HIM the chief point in their qualification for service.
As John puts it, in this quiet, impressive way: ”That which was from the beginning, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life… that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us.”
Dare we say a great experience is not everything? Then hear an angel. ”Go,” said the angel, ”and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of THIS LIFE.” The very life of God.
By Ernest Loosley