Friday, December 11, 2020

Schaeffer: judging Jesus' claims

Friday, December 11, 2020
    [Jesus:] “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
    —John 17:22-23 (NIV)
    In John 13 the point was that, if an individual Christian does not show love toward other true Christians, the world has a right to judge that he is not a Christian. Here Jesus is stating something else which is much more cutting, much more profound: We cannot expect the world to believe that the Father sent the Son, that Jesus’ claims are true, and that Christianity is true, unless the world sees some reality of the oneness of true Christians.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The Mark of the Christian, Inter-Varsity Press, 1976, p. 15 (see the book)
    See also John 17:20-23; 1:14; 5:19; 6:44; 13:34-35; 1 Pet. 1:22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant Your people unity that they may show forth Your Gospel.
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