A STERLING CELEBRATION
PSALMS 133: 1 - 3
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JESUS CHRIST prayed for all who believe on Him. He prayed: "Holy
Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me,
that they may be one as We are....I do not pray for these alone,
but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
that they all may be one, as You, Father are in Me, and I in
You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe
that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given
them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and
You in Me..." (John 17: 11, & 20 - 23).
God's people need each other. The New Testament knows nothing of
isolated believers. Whenever you find believers in the New
Testament, you find them in fellowship.
In the High Priestly prayer of Christ He prayed first for the
SAFETY of all believers and then He prayed for the UNITY of
believers. In verse 12 Jesus said He had protected His followers
while with them. Upon leaving He asked the Father to protect all
who would believe. When you find a church united, it is an
answer to Christ's prayer and a testimony to God's keeping
One thing that impressed the weary Roman world was the love
believers had for each other. Biographers tell of gladiators
being converted to Christianity because of the loving way
believers supported one another even in the arenas facing death.
The world can't see God, but they can see evidences of His work
by the unity in which He keeps His people. Christ prayed for our
unity as He said so "that the world may believe that Thou hast
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