Unlock This New Testament Key to Increased Power in the Church

Unlock This New Testament Key to Increased Power in the Church by Bert Farias for Charisma News

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1, NKJV, emphasis added).

“So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord” (Acts 4:24a, emphasis added).

“One accord”: A look into the Greek meaning of this term brings to light a marvelous truth. Interestingly, the use of this expression is found 12 times in the New Testament, 10 of those times in the book of Acts.

The Greek word is homothumadon, and it is a compound of two words meaning to “rush along” and “in unison.” The image of this word is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonize in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a master conductor, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of the members of Christ’s body. That is so beautiful to me.

This harmony does not refer to a unification or a unity that is fabricated, but what we as a church are called to by God. In context, harmony is defined as a “pleasing or congruent arrangement of parts.” In other words, a harmony leading to action. The intent of this unity is to meld together the various passions and gifts of each person in a common vision and goal.

When genuine harmony is manifested, great things happen.

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32a).

A oneness of heart and soul means to be “in tune” or “in sync” with one another.

One heart: They were all going the same way, spiritually together.

One soul: Literally means “to breathe spiritually together.”

The result of this kind of spiritual unity was that they shared whatever they had, they witnessed great power and great grace was upon them all (v. 32-33).

All these glorious things were manifested through the unleashing of the power of the Holy Spirit in response to their corporate prayers.

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