[quote=DominvsVobiscvm]Really, he had the 27 books of the New Testament, including the Four Gospels, which are the meat of the Christian Bible?! Woah!
Christ’s work was, in a sense, uncompleted when he Ascended into Heaven. This is why he sent the Holy Spirit to guide the Church into all truth. The Spirit preserves the Church from teaching error, and all the while leads her to a deeper understanding of the teaching of Christ. Christ planted the seed of the Kingdom (i.e. the Church), and tends his Church by the Spirit.
And this growth, as I noted, manifests itself visibly, not just abstractly in theology.
Otherwise, as I noted, we would not today have a New Testament.
I know what you are getting at now by the new testament comment. I qualified my statement by saying anything that hindered the discipleship process. Now I am not against anything new but I see no justification for removing or changing what is necessary and profitable for spiritual growth. I see plenty of reason for removing or changing anything that hinders it. Even then that has to be qualified. I mean things that definitly are confined to their culture and time may not apply to our culture and time directly but it still applies in principle. As in slave submit to your masters. Slaves for one were commanded to submit to their masters so that the name of Christ would not be blasphemed. So even though we don’t have slaves the principle of submitting in order that Christ will not be blasphemed can still apply. So I can say that there are some definite things the apostles did or taught that are not supposed to change.
Now back to my reference with Christ sitting in a field fellowshipping with others. My point was that the simplicty of relational fellowship like what Christ models is powerful, profitable and even necessary for spiritual growth and still applies to today.