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The High Priestly Prayer – Part 3: The Unity of the Church

John 17:20-26 – Our final look at the Lord’s prayer for His people. Be encouraged that the Lord’s desire for His bride’s unity has not failed, despite appearances. The persistence of the church testifies that Jesus’ bride is in fact a growing and maturing body. Join us as we investigate unity from the world’s perspective (one example given is the French Revolution’s cry “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”) and compare it to the unity of Christ’s people.

John 17:20-26

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just 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 have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (ESV)

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