that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.John 17:21(NASB)
Every phrase and every word in this beautiful High Priestly prayer of the Lord Jesus.. as He faces the shadow of Calvary's cross, are thoughts that we should take time to reflect-upon, and about which we should rejoice with great joy - for we see Christ interceding on our account, at the throne of grace.
We discover, in this intimate exchange with His heavenly Father, an exquisite prayer - so profoundly beautiful.. so intimate, and yet so far-reaching, that we know that you and I are included in its universal reach: that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You. That they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Generations of yet unborn men and women, who would trust in Christ for the redemption of their sins, are those for whom Christ prayed. And He prayed for our unity in the Spirit. His prayer was that we who are saved by grace through faith, would exhibit the godly characteristics and the moral attributes of the triune Godhead itself, so that the lost may be reached with the glorious gospel of grace.. so that many might be brought into the kingdom of His dear Son - so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Sadly, this verse has been assimilated into the perverted doctrine of the interfaith movement, where all gods are the same.. as well as the ecumenical lobbyists, who are prepared to adopt a watered-down, compromised “gospel', for the sake of political correctness. Only those that are born from above have the right to be called sons of God - only those who have believed on the only begotten Son of God are united with Christ - only they have the right to be called the children of God
Unity in the body of Christ does not demand institutional unification, which is the seed-bed for a profusion of doctrinal heresies and false teachings. Unity in the Body is the Spirit of Christ's love within. It it the love of God dwelling within.. permeating out to others. It is considering the needs of others before our own. It is where our responsibility towards God becomes the bedrock of our being and the core of our Christianity. It is the spirit of obedience to Christ.. a zeal for God and a jealousy for the truth of God's word. It is a sharing, in love, of our common commitment to carry out the will of our heavenly Father - for His praise and glory.
Jesus Christ came into the world of save sinners.. and as members of His body we are the instruments that God, in His grace, uses during this Church dispensation, to reach the lost. We are the instruments He uses to tell forth the gospel of grace to a lost and dying world. As Christians we are God's ambassadors, who are privileged to be His hands and His feet, His eyes and His ears.. His heart and His gospel of hope, for those that are lost in trespasses and dead in their sins - and Christ prayed that we would be united in the same unselfish, godly compassion and concern for others.
He prayed that our lives would be so in tune with one another, that we would reflect the godly perfection, and intimacy that exemplifies the relationship between the Father and the Son - so that the world may believe that You sent Me. May Christ's beautiful High Priestly prayer for the unity of believers, be answered in my life - to His greater praise and eternal glory.
Heavenly Father, thank You for this amazing peep into the heart of Christ as He offers up this earnest prayer, about unity in the body of Christ. I pray that my life would be.. in a small part, an answer to that prayer.. so that others may see my life and glorify my Father in heaven. I pray that through my witness, many may be drawn into an even closer relationship with Christ -our God and our Redeemer, in Whose name we pray, AMEN.