Bible Passage:John 17:22-23a
And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me.
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Behold, what a length of time He dwells upon this same thing, and how much He desires us and persuades us to esteem it as the greatest and most necessary doctrine, which is the most full of consolation of all that are delivered to us. I have given to them (says He) My glory, that is, a thing great and magnificent, exceeding all majesty and honor, and precious, not for the abundance of its riches and the profusion of its treasures only, but to be truly and sacredly praised and extolled. But what is that glory which Christ has and gives? Even that of which He spoke just before, "that they all may be one, as the Father and I are One". This is that excellent and precious treasure and fountain, that inexhaustible mine of all the divine benefits, life, consolation, and blessedness, if the man only believes. This faith, however, is not an idle empty thought, but a living, serious, consoling, and undoubting confidence in the heart of the man that he shall obtain this glory by which we are made one with Christ, and so, through Him, one with the Father also, and as Christ cannot be divided and separated from the Father, so no Christian member can be separated from Christ. But from where does this glory proceed whereby we are all made one in the Father and in Christ? It certainly does not proceed from our own merits, nor it is procured by human works and powers, but it is brought unto us, bestowed upon us, and freely given to us by Christ. By the Word we are all made one in one faith; and by that faith we become one spiritual body, although the works of each member are not the same. Faith collects and concentrates all the works and makes them one, so that all hearts together cling to the one Christ and the Father.
The saints on earth and those above
But one communion make;
Joined to their Lord, in bonds of love,
All of His grace partake.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
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