All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.
Acts 4:32 NIV
And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.
Acts 4:32 NASB
ADDENDUM to Yesterday’s Comments
First I want to share a few comments from readers about these verses
Reader #1 (slightly edited)
I think of all the “communes” that have sprung up over the centuries, (monastic or otherwise, e,g, the Shakers in KY) Most recently in the 60’s with the “Jesus Movement”. Some went horribly awry (David Koresh).
Most probably started out from a sincere desire to emulate the 1st century church. But the sin nature always creeps in and corrupts good intentions; what is born of the Spirit eventually defaults to the flesh, and is hardly ever sustained for long (even the Levitical priesthood, Eli, Samuel, even David and Solomon).
Interesting word study, the contrast between “soul” [psuche] and “mind” [dianoia] We are to love God with ALL of both, “heart, soul, mind and strength”. (Matt, 22, Mark 12, Luke 10).
In Acts 4, I’m sure they were NOT all of one mind, in the sense that they all reasoned in identical fashion and agreed on every issue. That would seem to be a quality of certain “cults” who exercise “mind-control”. No doubt the disciples had “robust” discussions, just as we do; they just weren’t able to get up and go home after an hour or two.
Reader #2 (slightly edited) emphasizes Reader #1’s conclusion
Where do you think the idea of community sharing came from? Also known today as Socialism/Communism. The problem is, corrupt man-kind can never successfully implement it; it will literally take GOD to do this!
All too often we try to hold on to so very much that we know (we absolutely know) we cannot take with us when we die. Have you ever seen a U-Haul at a burial with the possessions to be buried with the deceased? Of course not. Now there were many Egyptian kings and royalty who had riches buried with them believing they could take it with them as noted here and here. They could not. Most tombs were looted or found with the riches intact and then removed to a museum.
Certainly there is nothing wrong in looking out for ones future, but how much do we really need is the question? Jesus tells us how He looks at this.
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
So, when I give I ask myself, “Am I giving out of my wealth (excess) or out of my poverty?” Or as one Pastor asked me, “Are you giving until it hurts?” I know all too often I am not. You? There will be more on this tomorrow as we look at the Acts 5 story of Ananias and Sapphira.