“Hope of the Church”
John 17: 21: “… that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” Some of God’s promises only come into effect in the midst of unity (Psalm 133: 1; Matthew 18: 19, 20). That’s bad news because, my goodness, just look at us! Will unity ever happen? Could we, the Church, ever possibly be one? Believe it or not, it’s guaranteed – because Jesus Himself prayed for the Father to make us one, so that the whole world would believe in Him. That’s something else that seems far from reality, but as we become one in answer to Christ’s prayer our evangelism will be more effective, and that is the hope of the Church!