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HEART-DEEP UNITY

From the June 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal


WHATEVER THE DISCIPLES' DIFFERENCES may have been in language, opinion, or custom, one thing was certain that day they gathered in Jerusalem. They were united in their love for Jesus and his teachings. In Luke's words, "They were all with one accord in one place" (Acts 2:1).

As the twelve apostles sat in a room together with more than 100 of Jesus' other disciples, suddenly a sound like a mighty wind filled the house. "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4). Jesus had told them to stay in Jerusalem until they had been endued, or baptized, "with power from on high" (Luke 24:49), and they had obeyed. As word spread of this extraordinary event, on the Day of Pentecost, a crowd gathered. Everyone who heard the disciples was amazed, because each person understood the message from God in their own language. The people then continued in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, praying, and contributing to the group. More were added daily, notes the report in Acts.

What brought this event on? What significance does it have for us today?

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