Seven Ones

Seven Ones

The opening verses of Ephesians chapter 4 are profoundly important. They provide a transition in the book of Ephesians, a book some consider to be the high-water mark of Christian literature. The book of Ephesians delivers perhaps the best big picture overview of...
One in Christ, in His Glory

One in Christ, in His Glory

Jesus prayed that we believers would be one. Jesus prayed this three times, once each in three consecutive verses (John 17:21-23). Prior installments addressed verses 21 and 23 here and here. This time we’ll come back to the verse in between, verse 22. Here is the...
One in Christ, So That the World…

One in Christ, So That the World…

Jesus prayed that His nearest disciples would be one, even as He and the Father are one (John 17:11). He also prayed that all of His disciples in subsequent generations would be one just as the Father is in Him and He is in the Father (John 17:21). Then He added the...
One in Christ, as God is One

One in Christ, as God is One

Jesus prayed for His disciples “that they may be one” (John 17:11). What did Jesus mean that they would be one? Jesus is praying for His nearest disciples here (see John 17:6-8, 12), those with whom He invested the previous 3½ years. None of Jesus’ disciples chose...