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John ch 17
The final words of Jesus in ch 17 in the Gospel of John are dedicated to the issue that often divides the church and that is the unity of the Church, and are directed at us, Those who Jesus says will believe through the message the apostles will give Vs 20.
Jesus leaves these words to the final things, he says before he goes to the cross. I think he is really trying to stress how important, this subject is... amen
The Closeness of God the Father and Jesus the Son, is so primary and paramount, they are linked by love and their relationship is so closely intertwined and here Jesus prays that we as his church may have that unique closeness. Can I ask you why don't we?.
When this is what Jesus wants for his church. He wants us to be together, completely unified in spirit with no splits over minor points of doctrine. You know in heaven.. there will be no special area for Baptists and another for Methodists....just imagine having to spend the whole of eternity with a load of people from another denomination!!!!
Someone very wise said,"the world is waiting to see believers sold out for God". This world, is not interested in our petty arguments, it is interested and sits up and takes notice when Christians stand up and are counted true to their faith. The same unity God the Son has with the God the Father is to be our Model, what we must strive for.
We have all we need to be unified, we have the very glory of God living in us, indeed Jesus was on earth to do the will of his Father, and to glorify Him, not to lift up himself, Likewise we as believers are here to glorify God and his son Jesus and not ourselves.
Jesus is pouring out his heart passionately, in this passage,this church is what Jesus wants.,UNITY AND LOVE BETWEEN US
Please notice verse 23, It is only when we are living in unity and have got our love walk down to a fine art, that we can reach the world, only then can we share love with unbelievers, because if you and I, can't share it or show to those of the brotherhood of faith, how can we share with this dying world, the love we claim to have, it says many times in 1 John that if we don't love our brothers, we don't have the love of God in us. 1 John 4:7-21
Where does Jesus want us? Many believers have asked this. Well he doesn't want us in the doldrums, look at the following verses. He truly wants us with Him. He wants you as a believer to experience life in all its abundance, especially spiritually. C/f revelation 3:20 John 10:10
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
To finish this prayer for us, Jesus promises to continue to make his love known, to us who believe he is a never ending revelation, new things and new aspects of Him are revealed every day to us, he lifts the curtain very slowly on his glory, bit by bit, he reveals more of Himself to us.
Jesus wants us unified so that we can show his love to one another, can reach out to the world and that we can experience the richness of his glory.
How blessed it is for the brethren to be joined in unity. Let's make that our aim.
Psalm 133 (Amplified Bible)
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
1[a]BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body].(A)
3It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].
Look at these verses, unity in the church, is a strong fragrance. You can tell a church that is living in unity and love as soon as you walk into it, and the world can smell it too. What fragrance is your church giving off?. A beautiful fragrance of unity and love or a sickly fragrance of disunity and strife.
As you read the great discourse of Jesus, in John chapters 13-17, it comes to a climax in chapter 17. Jesus is pouring out his heart to his disciples. His deepest longing for the church, is that it serves together in unity.
In the Early church, God poured out his Holy Spirit on it, but how many times do you read that the disciples and indeed the whole church had all things in common, they were living in unity with each other.
It says that on the day of Pentecost, the disciples preached to Jews from all over the world, now there must of been room for splits, but there wasn't, because the church was so focused and so Spirit led.
Church.. God will not move in revival power, unless and until, we live in unity, and that means loving each other from the heart and not having a prideful attitude of 'our church is better than yours'. It is time church to live for God and love our fellow believers like never before.
It is time church, to wake up and smell the coffee, to get out of our little church bunkers and show a world, that is completely fragmented, that the only way is Jesus, and to do that we must show love one to another.. deep love from the heart
God is angry at his church, he is not happy to see HIS church, living in disobedience to what HIS Desire is.. for it to be unified.
How much longer must God wait till HIS church wakes up and takes notice
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