Paul Calls For Unity –

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Paul “exhorts” the Disciples to be in unity in the name of Jesus. He asks that they be made complete in 4 ways: [1] to be in agreement, by this he means for members local church to be at peace with each other. [2] Without divisions in the church. [3] Of one mind, and [4] the same judgment. These are four powerful admonitions to be in unity in the local church.

Disciples are to be in unity with Jesus and the church community because we received His presence and glory at the instant of salvation for specific purposes. A

 I have given them the glory you have given me [John 17:22a] This scripture says, [Jesus] I have given them My glory. Five things about His glory: [1] Jesus tells who them” is; “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word.” [John 17:20].  Jesus prays for all future Disciples beginning in v.20.

The phase above in v.22a is in the present tense as it applies to the “them” or all future disciples. This means that when a person calls on the Lord they will be saved and receive the glory of Jesus.  [2] In v.22b Jesus said they may all be one” indicating His desire that today all His Disciples be in unity on earth for specific reasons: [3] that the world may believe that You sent Me v.21d, [4] “that the world may know that You have sent Me” v.23c[5] and have loved them as You have loved Me.”  v.23d.

Because we possess the presence and glory of Jesus it is possible for disciples to be unified so that the kingdom of God on earth may expand. Do I love unconditionally my fellow church members? C  Is my unity with our church leadership and members reflected in my words and actions?

Notes: A- John 17:20-23.. 20 “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. 21 May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. 22 I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me. [CSB]; B- not used

C- 1 John 4:11, 19-20.. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

 Henry Luke 3/6/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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