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of sinners. This unity is not a matter of   said, “My meat is to do the will of him
        external church union. He was praying   that sent me, and to finish his work” (Joh
        for their unity in exhibiting the character   4:34). A little later He said, “I came down
        of God and Christ. This is the unity that   from heaven, not to do mine own will, but
        will lead some to believe that God had   the will of him that sent me” (6:38). Even
        sent Him.                             in Gethsemane near the end of His life on
          William MacDonald has profitable    earth, He prayed to His Father, “Not what
        words on verse 22: “In verse 11, the Lord   I will, but what thou wilt” (Mar 14: 36).
        prayed for unity in fellowship. In verse   Our Lord Jesus expresses His desire that
        21, it was unity in witness-bearing. Now   all of them whom the Father has given
        it is unity in glory. This looks forward to   Him may be with Him. What a privilege
        the time when the saints will have their   every child of God will have to behold His
        glorified bodies. ‘The glory which You   glory! His glory is not only His essential
        gave me’ is the glory of resurrection and   glory which He had with the Father before
        ascension.”                           the world began, but also His acquired
          We do not have this glory yet. It has,   glory as Saviour and Redeemer. Verse
        however, already been given to us as far   24  says,  “For  thou  lovedst  me  before
        as the purposes of God are concerned,   the foundation of the world.” Before the
        but we will not receive it until the Saviour   world ever was, there was reciprocal love
        returns to take us up to heaven. It will be   and appreciation between divine persons.
        manifested to the world when He returns   The words of Hamilton Smith on verse
        to earth to set up His kingdom and rule   25 are worth quoting, “There is a glory
        unto the ends of the earth. At that time the   that is special to Christ; there is a love
        world will realize the vital unity between   that is special to Christ – the love which
        the Father and the Son and that of the Son   He enjoyed before the foundation of the
        and His people, and all will believe that   world; and there is a knowledge that is
        the Lord Jesus was the Sent One from God.  special, for the Lord can say, ‘O Righteous
          In verse 23, we learn that the goal of   Father, the world hath not known Thee,
        unity of believers with God and with   but I have known Thee.’”
        each other is twofold: first, that the world   “And these have known that thou
        would believe that Christ had a divine   hast sent me” (v25). The Lord Jesus thus
        mission – “that the world  may  know   distinguished His own from the world
        that thou hast sent me,” and second, that   that failed to discern that He is the Sent
        believers are loved by God just as God   One of God.
        loved Christ – “and hast loved them, as   In verse 26, the Lord tells us why He
        thou hast loved me.” That we should be   declares God’s name to them: “That the
        so loved by God seems incredible!     love wherewith thou hast loved me may
          Our Lord’s tremendous request in verse   be in them, and I in them.” This is the
        24 begins with these words, “Father, I   incredible love of the Father for us even as
        will.” Such words could only be properly   our Lord Jesus told of His incredible love
        made by a Person equal with God. Christ   for His own: “As the Father hath loved me,
        expressed His will after a full life of perfect   so have I loved you” (15:9). He wants us
        submission to the will of God. At the   to continue in the enjoyment of that love
        beginning of His public ministry, Christ   – “Continue ye in my love.”

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