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Summary: Jesus prays that we would be one.

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Text: John 17: 20-26

Title: God’s prayer for all believers

INTRODUCTION

1.WHO JESUS PRAYS FOR

Here in John 17:20-26 we find Jesus praying for “those who will believe in me through their message,” …meaning all of us who believe in Christ.

2.WHAT JESUS PRAYS FOR

And we don’t need to be in the dark about what is Jesus’ prayer for us because we are told in verse 21 his prayer for those who believe in him is “that all of them may be one.”

3.WHAT DID JESUS MEAN WHEN HE PRAYED “THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE.”

Now there has been a lot of discussion about what Jesus meant by his prayer.Some understand Jesus’ prayer to mean that he wants every religion to overlook their theological differences and just try to get alone

4.WHAT JESUS MEANS WHEN HE PRAYS ”THAT ALL OF THEM MAY BE ONE.”

But is this what Jesus really had in mind for us when he prayed “that all who believe in him may be one.”

What Jesus himself had in mind for those who believe in him is actually revealed to us in the second part of verse 21;… “That all of them may be one, Father, …just as you are in me and I am in you.”

In other words Jesus’ prayer is that all who believe in him would experience the same kind of unity as… that which exists between the Father and the Son.

THE BODY

WHAT KIND OF UNITY EXISTS BETWEEN THE FATHER AND THE SON?

Looking at the entire 17th chapter of John we discover that there are three kinds of unity that exists between the Father and the Son.

1. SPIRITUAL UNITY (1-5)

1.In verses 1-5 where Jesus prays for himself we see that the unity that exists between the Father and the Son is a spiritual one.

•Jesus is seen looking into heaven

•Jesus is praying to the Father

•Jesus is praying all about spiritual subjects such as Eternal life; knowing God; knowing Jesus; finishing the work God gave him to do…

2.UNITY OF TRUTH (6-19)

In verses 6-19 where Jesus prays for his disciples we see that the unity that exists between the Father and the Son is one of truth

•Your word is truth (v17)

•“For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.” (v8)

•“I have given them your word and the world has hated them…” (v14)

3.UNITY OF LOVE (20-26)

Finally in verses 20-26 where Jesus prays for all believers we see that the unity that exists between the Father and the Son is one of love.

•“…even as you have loved me…(v23)

•“…because you have loved me before the creation of the world.” (v25)

•“…the love you have for me.” (v26)

So when Jesus prays for all who believe in him that all of them be one he is praying that we would all be

•FIRST one in spirit,

•SECOND one in truth

•THIRD one in love.

AND SO Overlooking theological differences for the sake of getting along is the farthest thing from Jesus’ mind when he prayed “that all of them may be one.”.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ORDER AS IT RELATES TO UNITY BETWEEN BELIEVERS

There is a special significance to having each kind of unity placed in the order we see them in John 17

•FIRST one in spirit,

•SECOND one in truth

•THIRD one in love.

THE STARTING PLACE

Unity between believers starts with being one in Spirit.


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