Thursday, May 14, 2015

John 17:6-19 Unity is Relational

KEY TEXT: John 17:11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.

KEY THOT: The unity that Jesus prays for in the church is the one He has with the Father: “even as we are one”. The Trinitarian unity is relational, based on love and mutual submission to each Member of the Godhead: the Son submits to the Father, the Father says “Hear Him!” and Jesus says, "Let him who has ears hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches" (Rev. 2:7, 11, 29; etc). The unity that Jesus prays for is relational based on the godly right attitude of love and mutual submission as it is found within the Trinity.

Spiritual unity is the fruit of the Spirit and is predicated on an attitude of mutual submission and love: “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” So, it’s founded on right attitudes of humility, gentleness, patience and love. It is not theology that divides the church, but pride, harshness, impatience and resentment that divide the church. 

I need to learn to be patient with people who disagree with me, and not use my knowledge to debate or debunk but to edify for the sake of love.

Father, forgive me when I allow pride and impatience to enter into my discussion with brothers and sisters. Teach me to humble myself before You and submit in love to others just as Your Son has submitted himself to the Father and the Father to the Son and the Son to the Spirit. Amen.

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