Is community a commandment?
Community as described in Acts 2 and 4 does not command anyone to give all their possessions to the apostles for distribution. It simply shows what the first disciples did in obedience to the Lord’s commands in the gospel. They obeyed and gave up all they had because of their love for Him and trust in Him. Love dictated the pattern of community that was formed. Nothing else did and nothing else ever will. This pattern was not a mandate, but the natural outcome of those who had received the Spirit of the Living God. It was not an ideal — it was real. If a person obeys the gospel, then he is truly saved and the Holy Nation that Peter spoke of in 1 Peter 2:9 will not be an idealized nation, but a realized nation.