Andrew Murray on Unity in Christ

“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one. …. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me, I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.” John 17:11;21b-23 This is from what is called the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus for his followers

“How many believers do not even desire to be one even as the Father and Son are one! They are so accustomed to a life of selfishness and imperfect love that they do not even long for such perfect love. They put off that union until they meet in heaven. And yet, the Lord was thinking of life on earth when He twice said, ‘That the world may know.'”

Andrew Murray, Like Christ

For more about unity in the church see:

John Stott on the Christian Community

Unity in the Spirit

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Creating Community

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