Glory, Unity, and the Christian Testimony

“Also, the glory that you have given me, I have given them, in order that they may be one just as we are one.” (John 17:22) Again we find Jesus using the language unity amongst believers, this time, though, in connection with Christ’s glory. In essence, what Jesus is stating is that he has given… Read More

The Unity of the Church

“in order that they all may be one just as you, Father, are in me, and I also in you, in order that they might be in us—so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) Jesus’ statement is a devastating critique of the Christian church today when you really take… Read More

Praying for the Church (John 17:20)

“Yet, I am not asking for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their words.” (John 17:20) It is funny how sometimes we take things said to others in the Bible and freely apply them to ourselves irrespective of the context.  For example, God spoke these words to the prophet,… Read More

Held by God as One (John 17:11)

“While I am no longer in the world, they are yet in the world and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, guard them, which you have given me in your name, in order that they may be one as we are.” (John 17:11) Jesus makes a rather sobering statement—even though he has not yet… Read More

Jerusalem Built as a City Joined to Itself

“Jerusalem, which has been built—as a city; one which has been joined together to itself.” (Psalm 122:3) The actual city of Jerusalem is interesting in its layout.  The city walls enclose multiple inter-connected hills and mountain peaks, which were joined as a single layout.  Literally, it is a city that has been “joined together to… Read More

Neither Greek Nor Jew-Division within the Body (Colossians 3:11)

“Whereas there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and un-circumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free—but the whole, and Christ in all.” (Colossians 3:11)   You know, we, as the church, tend to make a lot of excuses to separate ourselves from those who are different from us.  There are different styles of worship that often… Read More