Saturday, February 01, 2020

Ramsay: how Christianity spread

Saturday, February 1, 2020
    Commemoration of Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
    Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
    —Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)
    The life of the early Church lay in constant intercommunication between all its parts; its health and growth were dependent on the free circulation of the life-blood of common thought and feeling. Hence it was first firmly seated on the great lines of communication across the empire, leading from its origin in Jerusalem to its imperial center in Rome. It had already struck root in Rome within little more than twenty years after the Crucifixion, and it had become really strong in the great city about thirty years after the Apostles began to look round and out from Jerusalem. This marvelous development was possible only because the seed of the new thought floated free on the main currents of communication, which were ever sweeping back and forward between the heart of the empire and its outlying members. Paul, who mainly directed the great movement, threw himself boldly and confidently into the life of the time; he took the empire as it was, accepted its political conformation and arrangement, and sought only to touch the spiritual and moral life of the people.
    ... Sir William M. Ramsay (1851-1939), Was Christ Born at Bethlehem? [1898], London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1898, p. 31-32 (see the book)
    See also Tit. 3:1-2; Rom. 13:1-7; Mic. 5:2; Matt. 2:6; 22:16-21; 1 Tim. 2:2; 1 Pet. 2:13-17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let Your people see Your purpose beyond worldly affairs.
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