There was added to the Church Daily such as should be Saved
Acts 2:47 “Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”
But how did this come about?
Acts 2:37-42, 46-47
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying , Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto the them about three thousand souls.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
This is the New Testament Church. You can trace its history thru the Book of Acts, and every place where you read of their being of “One Accord”, you will find great and mighty things happening.
This “One Accord” is the Lord’s Accord in the Ministry of the Church. His being in charge of His Work. The Harmony of us working together with Him to bring His Will to pass.
Each individual, saved by grace, being Obedient, and working together to see His Will done in the Church, out of love to the Lord Jesus Christ.
And to do this we each must have The Holy Spirit’s Power at work in us.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh IN US.”
Unless that Power has been, and is , at work in us….we will never see it in the lives of others.
And how is it at “work” within us? By bringing us into subjection to God’s Word , by the Holy Spirit’s speaking to us.
By each of us hearing His Voice in our hearts, and minds.
Now we believe that certain things are a part of our ministry, and one of those things is His spoken Word to you.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door , and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
HE Stands and Knocks; But it is HIS Voice that is heard.
And as we said , we believe that His Voice is to be heard.
We believe there is Power in that voice.
Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
He did not have to speak. To Will , would have been enough.
But He did speak, to show the Value He places on His Word.
What God says will be, will be! There is Authority in the Voice of a King.
Matthew 6:10 “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done IN earth, as it is in heaven.”
Most say ON EARTH, and it surely will be one day….But Jesus said “IN EARTH”.
When you are a subject of His Kingdom, then you can speak for your King.
When His kingdom is within you, then His Power is also at work within; and then through you.
2Timothy 2:6 “The husbandman that laborth must be first partaker of the fruits.
This was the first verse the Lord gave me about my ministry of preaching.
What He said to me was that anything I was willing to get into my own experience, then He would require it at those who heard me preach about it.
Luke 4:32 “And they were astonished at his (the Lord Jesus) doctrine: for his word was with power.”
Matthew 7:28-29 “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”
The scribes knew the Word of God…so they could tell the people what it said to do.
But they had no authority because they, themselves, did not do.
Matthew 23:13 “But woe unto you , scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in”
There used to be a saying “Practice what you preach”
But back to the Kingdom of God, Coming to you.
Remember this is Jesus teaching His disciples. And a prayer we are to pray.
For to have His Kingdom Come to you is to have His Authority yielded to in your life..and then you can show forth His kingdom.
And how are we to submit to Him, practically?
James 1:21 “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
To receive something with meekness, you would not offer any resistance to it.
We should stop resisting the Word of God to us.
In teaching or reading.
It is an engrafted word; not according to Nature , but contrary to it. But the Lord places it within us with power, when we don’t resist it.
Then you can enter into the harmony of being of One Accord with the Lord.
And can be a blessing to others, in your Church, and in your everyday life experiences.
God can use you to express His kingdom, for you are a subject of the King.