“That they all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in you, that they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21 (NASB)
There is a purpose in Jesus’ desire for the unity of believers: “That the world may believe that You sent Me.” Jesus saw the lack of unity as a hindrance to evangelism. We know from our own experiences that non-believers often cite divisions in the church as a reason for their lack of interest in the Christian message.
“That they may all be one” is not an organizational unity accomplished by man-made resolutions or the decisions of ecclesiastical bodies. Jesus describes our unity in this manner: “as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You.” This unity is spiritual in nature–a oneness in mind, will, and purpose that is expressed in our love for…
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