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Acts 2:44

ESV And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
NIV All the believers were together and had everything in common.
NASB And all the believers were together and had all things in common;
CSB Now all the believers were together and held all things in common.
NLT And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.
KJV And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

What does Acts 2:44 mean?

This passage describes the early church in Jerusalem, especially before persecution by the Jewish leaders (Acts 8:1). The church started one morning with 120 members (Acts 1:15; 2:1–4). By that evening, they had about three thousand (Acts 2:41). And more and more were being saved every day (Acts 2:47). Many of these people had come to Jerusalem for Pentecost—they don't live here, they have no home or business opportunities (Acts 2:9–11). But this is a crucial time in the church. God gave Moses the Law before the Israelites entered the Promised Land. In a similar way, the new Jesus-followers need to understand the basics before they return home or are driven out by persecution (Acts 8:1). So they stay and learn, and the Jesus-followers native to Jerusalem and Judea accommodate them with what they have (Acts 2:45).

The New Testament says quite a bit about giving to Jesus-followers in need. Jesus says that wealth accumulated in this world means nothing compared to treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19–21). John points out that withholding support from a brother in need is the opposite of love (1 John 3:17). James warns against giving lip-service to others' needs without practically acting to meet the needs (James 2:15–16). And Paul points out that any giving we do is voluntary and should be done cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7). That's easier to do when we remember those in need are our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
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