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The New Testament Commentary Vol Iii John by B.W. Johnson

Practical Observations.

1. Our Lord prayed for himself, not for temporal benefits, but for eternal glory. So, too, we may pray, but not that we may have to spend upon our lusts. We may pray for consecration.

2. We should especially pray for what the Lord prayed, that we may be one as he and the Father are one. Every saint ought to speak, labor and pray for the unity of Christendom.

3. We cannot pray the prayer of Jesus and labor to build up sectarianism. In the spirit of love we should oppose it, and labor to destroy sectarian names, creeds, organizations and interests. As the Son and the Father are one, have one work, one kingdom, one spirit, one interest, so must all that are Christ's. We must |keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.| There is |one body| and |one Spirit,| as there is |one Lord.|

4. Division is the shame of Protestants. The Catholics point to it and exclaim, |Is Christ divided?| Infidels point to it and say, |This is Babylon, confusion. All is uncertainty. These people cannot see alike or agree.| As long as this division prevails the world will be unconverted.

5. It is one thing to preach union, and another to have the spirit of union. None have it unless the love of Christ abides in the heart. A church, rent with antagonism, defeats the Savior's prayer. The man who preaches union with a narrow, exclusive, sectarian spirit in his heart, defeats Christ's will. He who preaches union must be so filled with Christ's love that he will extend his hand to all who love the Master.

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