Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is 15 Minutes with Jesus. My name is Rob Haymes. Today’s program is called One Accord. On the day of Pentecost the Apostle Peter preached the Gospel. Let’s go to Acts 2:32-47, He said, This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this ,they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, Be saved from this perverse generation. Those words certainly apply today! We must be saved from this perverse generation! And there is salvation in no other than the Lord Jesus Christ; crucified for our sins! raised from the dead on the third day! Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Verse 42, And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Let’s go to Matt 15:8&9, These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. We must repent from following men and their doctrines and return to the Apostles’ doctrine; the New Testament, the Words of Jesus, and steadfastly continue in them, and then we will have genuine fellowship in the truth.
Truly our fellowship, as it says in 1 John, is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. Let’s go to 1 John 1:1-7, That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. Verses 6&7, If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. We have true fellowship only in the truth. In John 17:17, Jesus said,…sanctify them by your truth; your Word is truth. We must continue steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and the Words of Jesus to walk in the light and have real fellowship with the Father and Jesus and one another. Jesus said, wherever two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst! When we come together in the name of Jesus, in the light, He will be there, and we will have true fellowship in Him, one with another. Only then can we be in one accord. That’s what God wants with us; one accord, one heart, one soul, glorifying Him.
John 17:1-26, This is Jesus’ prayer: Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. Verse 20&23 again, I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
1 John 2:26&27, These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. You have no need that any man teach you. You have no need for the doctrines of men; no need to follow a man or trust in a man, but the Holy Spirit, when you have received Him, will guide you into all truth. He is truth, and is no lie. It is these very doctrines of men that separate brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ and create division. And the world doesn’t know that the Father really sent Jesus, nor can they see His love among the brethren. Jesus said, If you continue in my Word you will be my disciples indeed, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. True disciples have true fellowship in Him, and the world can see His love in action, not in word only, but in deed and in truth. Jesus said, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you lay down your lives, one for another. Greater love has no man than this; that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatsoever things I command you. This is love: that you keep my commandments. Continuing in the Apostles’ doctrine and Jesus’ Words we can be one. As we as believers in Jesus come into one accord in the truth we will be as lights in this world and we will dispel the darkness; the growing darkness that is covering the people, as all flesh is corrupting it’s way on the Earth. We must be strong and walk in the light; the truth of God’s Word, and walk in love, and do the good works He has for us to do, as He leads us by His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and He will lead us to glorify Jesus and bring real hope into this dark world. In the time of the end, as it is written in the Book of Daniel, they that know their God will be strong and do exploits. This is the time of the end, and we must walk in the Spirit and follow Jesus to do His good works, walking in the truth, walking in love, keeping His Words, loving one another, in one accord, continuing steadfast in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and breaking of bread, and prayers.
Php 2:1-8, Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. This is Apostles’ doctrine, which if we the people of God would obey, and esteem higher than any doctrine of men, we would come into one accord, and we would shine as lights in this crooked and perverse world.