They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42, NIV)
If Peter and James and John were running around today, would we devote ourselves to their teaching? Or would we treat them just like just some other guys who have some interesting thoughts about who Jesus was? If they got a good blog and went on the speaking circuit, would they get an audience?
I’m told by many people that we need to keep a critical distance from — even suspicion of — the biblical text that has come down to us in 2014. Is that because we think the text has mistakes in it, that it somehow does not contain the actual teaching of the apostles? Or is it because we think the apostles really were not entirely accurate in what they taught? They got Jesus wrong or did not understand what it meant to live in light of Jesus Christ.
I have a hard time separating dismissal of the New Testament from dismissal of the apostles. And although people seem rather comfortable doing the first, would they as easily do the second?
If the New Testament is our best record of the teaching of the apostles, wouldn’t we be better served by devoting ourselves to it rather than looking for ways to distance ourselves from it?