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   Sometimes it’s hard to recognize the obvious.

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   For example, it’s hard to picture the first Christian churches operating without a New Testament.

 

   But they did.

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   Supplemented at times preaching from gifted pastors and evangelists.

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   And, occasionally, “letters.”

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   So then…what was the first letter that later, after a couple of centuries or so, was accepted on par with the Old Testament that Jesus repeatedly said was so important?

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             We contend that it was Acts 15:28-29.

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   Here are the last words of the written document¹ sent by Peter and James by way of Judas and Silas, members of the church at Jerusalem:

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   “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things you will do well. Farewell.”  Acts 15:28-29. (NASB)
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   Of course, one should examine all of Acts 15 (and earlier) for the context here. It’s hard to accept that the early church, until the second century or so, lived in the “Old Testament era” until what became the New Testament was written, recognized, and accepted.
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   ¹ And later copied by Luke for the Bible book of Acts.