So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. — Acts 2:46,47
homothumadon adv def with one mind, unanimously, having the same desire, having the same passion
Scripture is filled with examples of God’s purposes being fulfilled by a united people. Ezra 3 is a perfect example from the Old Testament describing the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem after Israel’s Babylonian captivity.
This study will look at the Church in Acts. The growth of the Church and the power of God being manifested is the result of the Church acting “with one accord” and as the study continues we shall see that the accord must include having the “mind of Christ”.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. –Matthew 11:29
Christ’s words in Matthew 11:29 are His invitation to join Him. Learn from Him His plan for our lives. Being humble and submissive to Him is a crucial step in knowing His mind.
- Acts 1:14 – These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
- Acts 2:1 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
- Acts 2:46 – So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
- Acts 4:24 – So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
- Acts 5:12 – And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
- Acts 8:6 – And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
Each reference in Acts illustrates a manifestation of God’s power through believers that are in agreement with themselves and God. Please note that “with one accord” does not mean that everyone in the group was thinking the same thoughts or were in agreement on everything. What is occurring is each person is putting aside their personal feelings and are committed to one task. Whether it was spreading the Gospel, or being empowered by the Holy Spirit, or praise resulting from Peter and John being released, or signs that accompanied the apostles, or a multitude saved by Philip’s preaching the early Church is reported to have been united together and in union with the Holy Spirit in very different tasks. The Church was in harmony and performed the Great Commission of Christ as a result from putting aside any differences for the cause of Christ and God was glorified.
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ, — Philippians 2:1-5
Paul in writing to the Philippian church exhorts them to be “like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”. Instead of being high-minded they are encouraged to be of a humble mind. A mind submitted to Christ. This Scripture illustrates that all godly actions and all godly thoughts are the fruit of a Christ-like mind.
Peter in writing to the Church uses the phrase “like precious faith” to focus on the common access to God all believers in Jesus Christ as Savior share. This common access assures that all Christians can have the mind of Christ.
Of course in Scripture not all occurrences of “with one accord” or the thought of unity are used with a group having the mind of Christ.
In Luke 14:15-24 Jesus teaches the Parable of the Great Supper. In verse 18 those invited to the supper “with one accord” began to make excuse. Another Scripture, Jeremiah 6:16, does not use the words “with one accord,” nevertheless Jeremiah exhorted Judah to return to the true ways of God — the old paths. In response, the nation replied, “We will not walk in it.” The result of which was the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity.
All believers in Christ — all with “like precious faith” are called to walk in the paths that the Holy Spirit has instructs. If we are united – with one accord – having the mind of Christ we will be in a position of blessing and we will see the power of God come to bear on our ministry, whatever that might be, to bring God glory.