What does it mean to be in one accord?

The phrase "in one accord" refers to unity of purpose and action between people, such as in this verse: "All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers" (Acts 1:14). The believers were fully unified, set on the purpose of prayer. The phrase or concept of being in one accord is used throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. However, there are slight variations in meaning depending on the context.

In the Old Testament, the phrase tends to refer to unity in completing a particular action. An example of this is found in Joshua 9:2 when the pagan kings acted in one accord to attack the Israelites, or in another enemy attack outline found in Psalm 83:5 where Asaph says: "For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant." Zephaniah 3:9 talks about calling upon the name of the Lord and serving Him in one accord.

In the New Testament, the phrase "one accord" more commonly refers to an internal state, being of one heart and one mind. We see this in the example of the elders and apostles being in one accord with their choice to send Barsabbas and Silas to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:22–25). Luke describes the unity of the early church in Jerusalem: "Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common" (Acts 4:32). Romans 15:6 references believers glorifying God with "one voice."

It is through the Holy Spirit's empowerment that believers are able to live in one accord for the sake of the body, and ultimately, for God's kingdom purposes and His glory. Our truest calling as believers is to live in one accord with Christ: "May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus" (Romans 15:5).

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