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“I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one— I in them and you in me—that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.
Attention everyone who has come to belief in Christ Jesus: today's scripture is Jesus praying for you specifically. It is truly unbelievable to think that God the Son is praying with you and I in mind. Jesus asks God the Father to grant us the same relationship that He has with God as His Son. The Holy Spirit is the seal of this prayer - the promise of us being grafted into the love relationship God shares in the Trinity. We are truly with God, and He with us.
Come! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord! Let’s shout out praises to our protector who delivers us! Let’s enter his presence with thanksgiving! Let’s shout out to him in celebration!
Lord Jesus, may an authentic song of adoration and praise flood forth from all of us today! You are the "Rock of our Salvation", and it is only by Your quality and sacrifice that we are saved from eternal sin and death; saved from our own iniquity and despair. Lord!! Let us break through in Your presence to deep, saturating relationship that shapes our lives and redefines our priorities. May we celebrate You together and offer our lives to you in worship. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die. For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Believing in Jesus is courageous. You may not be a bold speaker who stands in front of thousands of people speaking the truth about Christ, but what you believe is bold. False accolades and poisonous words barrage our soul daily as we navigate living for our God in the midst of the minefield of our flesh. The example Paul provides is being "sold out" or "all in" for Jesus. All of Paul's proverbial eggs were in one basket, and Christ Jesus is that basket. There is no shame in depending upon the one who is worthy of all praise - and who is always faithful and for us. Jesus is everything.
For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed.
The two groups mentioned here are the Jews and the Gentiles. The NIV calls the law a "barrier, or dividing wall of hostility." I find it troubling that a similar barrier seems to exist today between the church of Jesus Christ and "all others". As you live out the gospel in the lives of those who God has placed around you, know that only in Christ have we all been made one people. You are either a Jew, or a Gentile (not a Jew). Either way, your share with God, who is the Father of all, lies only in Jesus. Jesus' offer of forgiveness and eternal life is to all who believe in Him.
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.
A friend of mine always tells me, "You never know who is watching." He says this in light of the fact that we, as Christians, are always in the role of a witness.We are to be mindful always of our surroundings, and who is listening to us. We may be directly addressing a stranger who does not know Christ, or we may be addressing a close friend who does. The KJV says, "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without". Practice speaking words full of grace and truth in all situations.