1 CORINTHIANS 16
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1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the ecclesias of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
...the disciples in the apostolic age, by apostolic precept and example, established the practice of "assembling themselves together" on "the first day of the week" for "the breaking of bread in remembrance of the Lord" (Luke 22: 19-20; Acts 20:7; 1Cor. 11: 17, 23-28; 16:2; Heb. 10:25), probably out of historic harmony with the fact that on that day the Lord first showed himself alive to the disciples after his resurrection, and ate and drank with them (Luke 24).
This practice being established during the life-time of the apostles would naturally become the practice of believers in whatever part of the world ecclesias were formed. As a matter of fact, it is testified by several of the ecclesiastical writers of the second and third centuries that such was the practice everywhere. This accounts for the transmission of the first day of the week to Constantine's time as the day of Christian assembly.
Law of Moses Ch 6
22 If any man love (phileo) not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema (accursed) Maranatha. (Aramaic origin -The Lord is at hand)
The apostles left nothing for "successors" to do under the commission given to them. They preached the gospel of the kingdom to "every creature" of the Roman nations; if not in the Gentile sense of "every creature," at least in the sense of the phrase as used by the Lord Jesus.
I feel strong upon this point, sustained as I am by the direct testimony of Scripture which is worth all the theories and all the logic of the schools en masse. The apostle, in speaking of the "one hope of the calling" (Eph. 4:4) contained "in the word of the truth of the gospel," tells the Colossian believers Col. 1:5,6) that "it had come to all the world" in the sense of "every creature," as appears in another verse (V.23) of the same chapter.
In this place he says "the hope of the gospel was preached to every creature which is under the heaven." This was the result of some thirty years apostolic labour; for the epistle in which he makes the statement is assigned to A.D. 62, which was about eight years before the desolating abomination appeared before the walls of Jerusalem, as "the sign" of the end of the age.
The gospel of the kingdom, so efficiently preached by the apostles, was soon after perverted by "men of corrupt minds" (2 Tim. 3:1-8;4:3,4; Tit. 1:10-14), whom Paul, who was very severe, but not too much so, upon this class of professors, styles "seducing spirits, speaking lies in hypocrisy, and having their conscience seared as with a hot iron" (1 Tim. 4:1-3). Let the reader consult the references given above. These characters were the "successors" from whom modern apostles, and ambassadors of Christ, have originated.
When the Hebrew commonwealth was broken up by the Romans, they claimed to be successors to the priests and Levites of the law, as well as to the apostles. Thus they united a worldly priesthood (for all Christ's disciples are kings and priests, elected for the purposes of the approaching kingdom) with eldership; and became a distinct order unrecognized by the Scriptures, by which they are repudiated as "reprobate concerning the faith." This order of men, as I have already stated elsewhere, had the presumption to style themselves, God's heritage, or "clergy," as though He had a delight in them above all other professors!
But with all their praying and preaching, and profession, neither they nor their successors love the Lord, for they do not obey Him: and He has made obedience the test of love, as it is written, "love is the fulfilling of the law." They corrupted and perpetuate the perversions of the faith from age to age; therefore, says the Scripture, "let them be accursed when the Lord comes" (1 Cor. 16:22; Gal. 1:8, 9; Matt. 7:23-31).
By the ministerial influence of this order of men, multitudes departed from the faith, and by their accession to municipal and state authority they were enabled to give political existence to the apostasy they had consummated. It is unnecessary to narrate the history of their evil deeds from the beginning to the present time. I would require volumes to do justice to their ignorance, hypocrisy and crime.
As ecclesiastical policemen they have kept the world in order for the advantage and behoof of the oppressors and destroyers of the earth, and have used the people for their own profit, under pretence of "curing their souls."
Elpis Israel 2.1.