A woman said, "I'm so glad I got converted, I had an uncle I hated so much I vowed I would never go to his funeral, but now, why, I would be happy to go to it anytime!"
In the book of Acts we have the recorded history of the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome. The period of time covered is approximately from 33 a.d. to 60 a.d. Jesus had given the great commission directing His disciples to begin in Jerusalem and from there to bring the gospel to all nations. The first people to receive the gospel were the Jewish people (Acts 2:5). The Gospel then spread to the Samaritans (Acts 8:5) and finally to the Gentile people (Acts 10). One of the themes of the book of Acts is transition. There is a transition from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant (as prophesied some 600 years before in Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:8-13; 9:15-17). There is also the transition from the physical kingdom of Israel to the new spiritual kingdom of Israel (the church). In the new kingdom one is a true child of Abraham, regardless of nationality, through faith in the promised Son Jesus (Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 3:26-29).
Through the teaching of the gospel of Christ in the book of Acts we are able to see the process of conversion. The Jewish people, the Samaritans and the Gentiles all heard the same gospel message, they all obeyed the conditions of the great commission, and upon their obedience to the message they all became Christians, and all became members of the the New Testament church. If we hear the same message today and obey the same conditions, we also become just Christians and members of this church, without having ever joined any denomination, for God is no respecter of persons (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-47; Acts 11:26; Acts 10:34-35).
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