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The ancient 1st or 2nd century book, "The Didache," contains the early teachings to the church from the Apostles. We examine this writting for golden nuggets of truth with a great ending chapter in end-time events and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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The passages from Barnabas, Hermas, the Apostolic Constitutions, and the Epitome serve as an introduction to the Didache as discovered by Bryennius, and published at Constantinople from the Codex Hierosolymitanus. No other manuscript or version of it has been found, but there is no reason to doubt that it is a genuine manuscript of the eleventh century. It contains, besides the first and second Epistles of Clement, a complete text of the longer recension of Ignatius, "The Epistle of Barnabas," "The Synopsis of St. Chrysostom," and "The Teaching of the Apostles," which comes between the Clement and Ignatius.
Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Tertullian. He said: "Fasting possesses great power. If practiced with the right intention, it makes man a friend of God. The demons are aware of that."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "IS FASTING CHRISTIAN? NEW FASTING FOR THE NEW WINE" from John Piper, author of the bestselling book "A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer".
There's a little document called the Didache which was written near the end of the first century. In it there is a section on fasting. One verse goes like this: "Let not your fasts be with hypocrites, for they fast on Mondays and Thursdays, but you fast on Wednesdays and Fridays." Now that seems strange. Why is changing the fast days such a big deal? I think the point of the early church was this: the Jewish custom was to celebrate its Sabbath on Saturday. That's what the Old Covenant called for. Now, to show that we have continuity and discontinuity from Judaism, we Christians will celebrate the Sabbath, but on a different day. We will celebrate on Sunday, the day the Lord rose from the dead and created a new people. In the same way the Jews did their fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, but we will do ours on different days. Why? Same reason: to show there is continuity and discontinuity. Yes, we embrace fasting; but, no, not just as we find it. There is something new about Christian fasting. We'll take it, but we'll change it. No, we don't mean that fasting on different days is what makes it Christian. That is only a pointer. But Christian fasting is new. That is for sure.
Our Scripture verse today is Matthew 28:20 which reads: "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Our quote today is from Clement of Alexandria. He said: "Ours is the great Teacher of all wisdom, and the whole world, including Athens and Greece, belongs to Him."
Today, we are looking at "The Teachers of the Church" (Part 1) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
During the early decades of the life of the church, most of what Christians wrote addressed a concrete problem or specific issue. This is true, for instance, of the Pauline Epistles, each of which was prompted by a particular circumstance, and in none of which Paul attempts to discuss the entire body of Christian doctrine. After the apostolic age, the same was true for a while. The various writers of that period whose work has been preserved are given the joint title of apostolic fathers, and each of their writings deals with very specific issues. This is the case of the epistles of Ignatius of Antioch, to which we have already referred. Likewise, late in the first century, Clement of Rome wrote an Epistle to the Corinthians, prompted by problems similar to those which Paul had already addressed in his letters to the same church. The Didache or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles - not really written by them, but by an unknown Christian at an uncertain time and place - is a manual of discipline giving guidelines for Christian life and worship. The Shepherd of Hermas, written by a brother of the bishop of Rome in the middle of the second century, deals mostly with the forgiveness of sins after baptism. In summary, all the writings of the so-called apostolic fathers deal with a single issue, and none of them seeks to expound the totality of Christian doctrine....
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