we are one…we believe…

John 17:20-26

“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.”

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    • Glory:  take great pride or pleasure in;  bestow honor or distinction by common consent; a highly praiseworthy asset
    •  Christ’s glory – his asset; he came from God and he pleased God.  Our glory given to us by Jesus and the Father; the honor and distinction of belonging to Him, the asset of unity in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
  •  He prays for us…let that sink in. 

 He prays that we are one.  He prays that we have complete unity.  The unity that gives evidence to the rest of mankind that we are loved; that Christ came from God.  The beliefs we hold to, the thoughts we give allegiance to, the actions we approve and engage in all find their source, their origin in Christ, who came from God.  We accept Christ’s authority, his word and we become as he is, we become one in him and have unity with each other for we believe in no other.  He continues to make God known to us and fills us with God’s love.  His desire is to be so much a part of us he calls it being in us.  This community is so special, so different from that known by the rest of mankind.  It is so self-less, other oriented, Christ-centered.  Differences are still there but they do not hinder the work of the Spirit, they give it flavor and interest.

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