What did the Disciples teach those first days in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit came? Jesus’ teachings!
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
Nothing could be truer concerning Jesus’ mission to earth! And, nothing could be truer concerning the Gospel that the disciples taught. The report of the Resurrection was given again and again, and then shared again and again. As people came to sit under the teaching of the disciples, it was crazy times!
Acts 5:12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade [at one end of the temple area]. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
So, the disciples taught daily in the Colonnade. What did they teach? Certainly, that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. If we believe John, they also taught about Christ’s love and how to show and share that love with others:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world…13:1b Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” 16:27 “…the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
I believe that the reason that the Gospels are so synonymous and in such harmony is because these teachings were taught over and over. In a world where the written word was rare and everything was taught by rote (verbal repetition), it was the fastest way to get the Gospel out. And people were hungry for more. Once they received the Holy Spirit, their hunger and thirst to know more of Jesus were ignited. In fact, one of His teachings was, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6. The same is true of us today!
I believe that it is these teachings that the Holy Spirit directed the disciples to teach and to eventually write down. They are the best of the best concerning the life of Jesus and the scope of His mission. They have been preserved all these centuries so that WE might learn them, too.
Let’s take advantage of such a great heritage and the miracle of the preservation of the Gospels. Let’s read them again and again. Let’s teach them over and over. They never get old and they never become obsolete. Remember that as we read them, the SAME Holy Spirit that caused the disciples to remember is teaching US so that we can remember them, too!