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On A-Chord or With Accord?

Monday, January 7th, 2019

The term ‘one accord’ is used 11 times in Acts and only once elsewhere in the New Testament in Philippians. I guess it would be safe to say that Luke was trying to make a point about the unity of the earlier believers and the movement of the Spirit from Jerusalem to the utter most parts of the earth. But what does it mean? In church-talk, you will hear a number of people refer to the early believers as being “on one accord.” To me, that sounds more like musical terminology than a heart condition of the saints. From a musician’s standpoint, you can blend in fairly well as long as you stay on the right chord, but once you hit the wrong one, everyone knows you are “not on a-chord!” The definition of accord is to be harmonious or consistent with. Luke’s special term makes sense when quoted correctly and coupled with the definition, they were “with one accord.” We could say then that the early church was harmonious or with one mind or purpose.

The first place the term is used in Acts, we are told that the believers that made it to the upper room “all continued with one accord in prayer and supplications … (Acts 1:14).” After the matter of replacing Judas with Matthias as the twelfth apostle, Luke’s next uses of the term is with the mighty rushing wind of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost. Obviously, the condition necessary for the arrival of the Holy Ghost in such a way was for them to be “all with one accord in one place (Acts 2:1).”

Maybe the musical analogy does have merit here to test whether or not we are “harmonious or consistent with” first in our heart condition with God, and then secondly in our heart condition with each other. If there is someone in our midst with discord, this should make us cringe. Discord means lack of concord or harmony. The musical term dissonant comes to mind which means disagreeing, harsh in sound, or out of harmony. In other words, it’s what you feel when the musician hits the wrong chord! Hey, I have a new acronym here. I have spoken for years about the OOF condition described in 1 John 1:7, but here we should be very aware when we are OOH.

As we begin our fast this year, my prayer is for unity! We will fill in the blanks as we go. For starters, the early church, just prior to Pentecost, were with one accord in prayer, and they also were in one accord with each other. That is a good place for us to start our fasting and prayer today.

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