Cliff NotesCliff Notes Devotional: 2 Timothy 2:1
Brother Cliff delivers his weekly devotional: Wednesday, February 21st, 2024. Tune in to learn more!
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Continuing together, with one accord: Transcribed and abridged from Cliff Notes: Acts 1: 12-14 We're going to look at Acts 1:12-14 for this devotional:
‘Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying. Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew. James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.’
This passage takes place after the Ascension [early Acts chapter 1]. In that Great Commission, the power of the Holy Spirit is revealed, making everyone witnesses to the event in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Our Lord said this to the multitude which was present there, and the Holy Spirit was promised. The promise of Christ coming again was also revealed. It was at this very Ascension, as they all stood there (over 100) and observed and saw what took place. This was Christ being ascended. And man, what a tremendous experience that must have been. This same Jesus who was taken up from us into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven. Jesus is coming back, and we will see Him return!
I can't imagine what was in the thoughts and hearts of the people after this experience. There was joy and celebration in obedience to the Lord.
This was a very diverse group. We had the disciples, the family of Jesus, and there were also others there which we could just name as ordinary folks. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there along with brothers and extended family as well. Many other followers, as well, were meeting together in prayer.
This brings me to fellowship. Christian Fellowship. That's what we experience here at Bethel. Just a warm, loving fellowship in our church. That's the comment I hear over and over again. People loving and caring for each other. Everybody is greeted in love and is welcomed by a loving fellowship. It's important to understand that our passage here is about the unity in fellowship. There is a bond there that doesn't come from this world. The bond comes from the Lord, and it comes from having a center upon the Lord.
As we look back again at our verse, we see this diverse group comprised of different types of people. We had the Apostles, we had the ordinary folk, and we had the family of Jesus all together in this upper room. Can you imagine just how unique that must have been. The key phrase is ‘with one accord’, and it's found six times in the Book of Acts. The term speaks of unity as a spiritual thing. This is coming together in one likeness, and continuing together in one accord. It's not so much a physical thing, but a spiritual thing. It's a relationship that is centered upon Jesus Christ. Christ is primarily at center and the essence of the fellowship. This is what fellowship is all about.
These people from different backgrounds and different upbringings are all gathering because of their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This was the essence of their fellowship and that is what united them all.
In closing, Christians who pray together will stand firm in the faith and the fellowship. A praying church stays together. Praying Christians stay together. That's why it's important for prayer to be a priority in the life of any fellowship of believers in Christ. This is also true individually, every day as we live. If you're looking for a church home, please come to Bethel Baptist. We'd love to have you here. A fellowship with a sweet relationship with the Lord, united, always seeking to glorify God.