“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21).

The church is a unified body only by God’s grace; the result of the Father agreeing with the prayerful petition of the Son. If God had not answered with unifying grace, the message of his forgiving mercies would have lost all credibility. The possibility of forgiveness is believed only when it is spoken of by those who are forgiving.

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