An Addition Problem

addition problemImmediately preceding the “all who believed were together and had all things in common” section in Acts 2, Scripture tells us “…there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41)

Interesting phrasing. There were added that day…

If you think about it, there are plenty of other ways to tell what happened. Luke could have said that 3000 individuals were converted. Or, he could have told us that 3000 folks became followers of Christ. He may even have informed us that all those people were born-again. Yet, none of those are the wording that became part of the text.

Instead, it tells us that 3000 were “added.” It is apparently a mathematical term. They became part of the entire collective. It’s not just that a whole bunch of people had an individual experience. No. They all became joined to something larger. They were added to the Body of Christ.

If you see your conversion – or even your current walk with the Lord – as simply an individual experience, you’re looking at it all wrong. It’s not a me-and-Jesus adventure. You’re part of the Body of Christ. You’re connected with the rest. You’ve been added to the whole.

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