“They would sell
Then they distributed
As any had need.”
καὶ τὰ κτήματα καὶ τὰς ὑπάρξεις ἐπίπρασκον καὶ διεμέριζον αὐτὰ πᾶσιν, καθότι ἄν τις χρείαν εἶχεν.
The author of Acts indicated that these early Christians would sell (ἐπίπρασκον) their possessions or property (καὶ τὰ κτήματα) and their goods (καὶ τὰς ὑπάρξεις). Then they distributed or divided (καὶ διεμέριζον) the proceeds to all (αὐτὰ πᾶσιν), as they had need (καθότι ἄν τις χρείαν εἶχεν). This author explained how this communal living worked. These early followers of Jesus would sell their possessions and distribute the proceeds from their sale to those who needed things. It truly was communal living. After all, Jesus had said to the rich man to sell all his belongings and follow him in Luke, chapter 18:22. Communal living meant no individual ownership. Does that sound attractive to you?