Pentecost ~ A Time of Unity

Pentecost ~ A Time of Unity

 

Acts 1:14 (ESV) ~ All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

 

Acts 2:1 (ESV) ~ When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.

 

Being in one accord, means having the same mind, spirit, oneness of heart. It means to be one in spirit and purpose. All 120 of the believers in the upper room were of the same spirit, same mind, same purpose. The idea is they were after the same thing, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They were focusing and concentrating their thoughts and energy upon seeking the face of God, the promise of God, the Holy Spirit.

 

What does being in one accord mean? It means …

  • One accord in prayer (Acts 1:14; Acts 2:24)
  • One accord in one place (Acts 2:1)
  • One accord in worship (Acts 2:46; Acts 5:12)
  • One accord in obedience (Acts 8:6)
  • One accord in the business of the church (Acts 15:25)
  • One accord in glorifying God (Romans 15:6)

 

 

If we want The Climate of Pentecost, we must have one accord and be in unity in the church today. We do not need division. One the day of Pentecost, “they were all with one accord in one place,” they were in unity. There were over 500 that heard the directive that Jesus gave, however, only 120 assembled and tarried to receive the Holy Spirit.

 

Now note the providence of God, how the events were fulfilled in the coming of the Holy Spirit:

  • When “Pentecost was fully come” the first fruits were born – the church itself and the first harvest of souls. The new beginning, that is, the filling of the Holy Spirit, began fifty days after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit had a very specific purpose. The Holy Spirit was to live and work within the heart of man, to deliver and free from the enslavements of this world – from sin and death. The Holy Spirit came to set man at liberty even as God had delivered the Jews out of Egyptian slavery.
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit was two things:
    • It was the birth of the church, the new people of God. People who truly came to God were now to be sealed and known by the presence of the Holy Spirit, by His very presence within their hearts and lives.
      • 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (ESV) ~ And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
      • Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV) ~ In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
    • It was the institution of the new law, the new rule and principle of God. Man is now to be guided by the Spirit who empowers him to live right and to serve God.
      • John 14:26 (ESV) ~ But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
      • Romans 8:14 (ESV) ~ For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
      • 1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) ~ The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

 

It is time for us to return to the “Upper Room” for another outpouring of the Holy Spirit and live in the climate of Holy Ghost Revival.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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