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18:20, KJV) but we should be reminded of   notice three things: The Lord’s desire for
        their context among verses that deal with   all His people to be perfected into one; the
        our getting along with each other. This is   pattern of that oneness, to be oneness of the
        part of the truth of God and is essential for   Father and the Son; and the object of this
        assembly testimony.                  oneness, to be the testimony thereby given
          Mark presents the Lord Jesus as God’s   unto the world.
        perfect Servant. He emphasizes His love,   “The prayer of the Lord was in effect that
        patience, and compassion with individuals   the Holy Spirit might be sent into every
        (1:40, 41; 5:35b, 36; 10:21). Surely, the more   one who should believe on His Name, so
        we are like the Lord Jesus, the better our   that by the Spirit of God indwelling each,
        relationship with others will be.    all might be united into one in God; so
          Luke wrote, “Take heed to yourselves; if   that the pattern of our unity should be the
        thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke   oneness of the Father and the Son in the
        him; and if he repent forgive him” (Luke   communion of the Spirit … the Father,
        17:3, KJV). Rebuke him alone (without   the Son and the Spirit are not only one in
        others being present) as Matthew 18:15   person, but also one in action – in all Their
        commands. “And if he trespass against thee   doings there is the most perfect harmoni-
        seven times in a day, and seven times in a   ous unity. It would be sheer blasphemy, in
                                             fact logically the most absolute atheism, to
        day turn again to thee saying, ‘I repent’;   suppose that the doings of the Godhead
        thou shalt forgive him” (KJV). What was   to be regulated by the decision of any two
        the Lord teaching here? When it comes to   Persons thereof, the other being either
        personal trespass we should not question   opposed to the view of the two, or merely
        the genuineness of the repentance. No   submissive to being outvoted.
        matter how genuine the man’s repentance   “But this being utterly incompatible with
        is, the other person could think and/or say,   the oneness of the Father and the Son in the
        “He is just saying that.” We should notice   unity of the Spirit, how can it be any more
        that the Lord does not say that he actually   in order on the part of those who, being
        did repent seven times. He only said that   indwelt by the same Spirit, are to be so
        he repented!                         united as to conform to the pattern of the
          In John 17:20-23, the Lord Jesus (in   oneness of God, even as our Lord prayed,
        speaking to the Father) says, “Neither pray   ‘That they may be one even as We are one.’
        I for these alone, but for them also which   “As to our last point, believers are to
        shall believe on Me through their word;   manifest a corporate union publicly, for the
        that they all may be one; as Thou, Father,   world is to see it. The object of the Lord is
        art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may   that the world may know and believe that
        be one in Us: that the world may believe   He was sent by the Father, and that the
        that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory   believer is a sharer in the love of the Father
        which Thou gavest Me I have given them;   to the Son. The deliberate departing from
        that they may be one, even as We are one:   oneness of action by adopting the practice
        I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may   of the majority voting is undeniably not
        be made perfect in one; and that the world   even attempting to attain such unified
        may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast   working, and cannot therefore, result in
        loved them, as Thou hast loved Me”( KJV).  the testimony which He taught oneness
          G. H. Lang wrote: “It is sufficient to   alone could give.”

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