The Prayer for Unity

 

That they all may be one; 

as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, 

that they also may be one in us:

that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

John 17:21

Jesus prayed to His Father that all followers of Christ, those who believe and live by the truth of His words and obey His commandments may be one.The prayer was for the unity in the Spirit of all true believers obedient to the teachings of Christ. 

This is Not the unity of all religions. Neither this is a call for the establishment of a single united Christian Church. It is commendable to see all christian churches glamour for unity. They are nostalgic about having unity even to the point of compromising their (long-held) chartered doctrines.

For our part, our goal is to be united with the Father through Jesus Christ as He prayed,“That they also may be one in us.” In His Kingdom, we are one flock of one Shepherd. We worship the Father everywhere and any time of the day and night. Not all of us attend church services or mass but we are all committed to obey the words of Jesus Christ.

We are reconciled with the Father. We are one in Him, united as one in the family of God.We love our Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind. We also love our neighbors and even our enemies. We respect all religions and we honor their leaders. We love the Catholics, Protestants and the Evangelicals.

We love Pope Francis for trying to follow the teachings of Christ as close as possible. We should pray for him instead of judging him as the anti-christ. He is not perfect human being but he does things to clean his church with thieves and hypocrites. He is outstanding in his effort in helping the poor. A real humble leader of the Catholic Church. We don’t agree to all what he said and done but we still honor him with warmth affection.

Let us be united with the Father of all, our Father who is in heaven. Our Yes is yes and our no is no. We don’t double talk because we walk in the light and not in darkness. We value our words and honor every word we say because our Lord is Christ whose words shall not pass away. He words will not return void. We can never offer you an artificial unity like politicians do. Our unity is in the Spiritual realm of things without walls.

 

The Living Proof of the Holy Spirit

John 14:1

the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive;
for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him.
You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.

John 14:26
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he will teach you all things,
and will remind you of all that I said to you.

John 15:26-27
“When the Counselor has come,
whom I will send to you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify about me.
You will also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:13-14
However when he, the Spirit of truth,
has come, he will guide you into all truth,
for he will not speak from himself;
but whatever he hears, he will speak.
He will declare to you things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
for he will take from what is mine,
and will declare it to you.

There are some Christian Bible scholars who are questioning the validity and accuracy of the authorship of the Four Gospels. They believed that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were not written by themselves but by some unknown writers that were given the credit as the authors during the second century. Of course, these were just their allegations. They may be right in their findings or otherwise, they may be standing on an empty and unreliable premise with questionable conclusion.

We believed in Jesus Christ not because Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the true authors or writers of the gospels. Whoever wrote the books is immaterial, we may not be able to know for sure the human writers behind the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, nevertheless we are confident that the Holy Spirit collated all the truth, teachings and commandments of Christ.

The Holy Spirit is a supernatural agent of the Father to reveal Jesus Christ to us who love His words and follow His commandments. The world can not see nor know the Holy Spirit for they have not received the Spirit. The real author and editor of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is the Holy Spirit.

The written gospels were from oral gospel, delivered from person to person, enabled by the Holy Spirit to become living proof (witnesses) to the fact that Jesus Christ had truly resurrected and alive forevermore.. We cannot prove the existence of Jesus Christ without the Holy Spirit, the Helper. The words of Jesus Christ will pass away if The Holy Spirit had not been sent during the day of Pentecost.

No person can successfully refute the experience of the early disciples who carried the historical version of works and life of Jesus Christ, real people endued with power from on High. Higher Criticism can only stand against the historical integrity of the gospels but the spiritual aspect and the supernatural undertakings of the Holy Spirit. How can you say my experience is false when we have two different experiences? How can you say the Holy Spirit is not true? There are many things in this world that we don’t see, unobservable matter and yet we consider as true and factual.

The Holy Spirit empowerment is not exclusively for the Pentecostals and /or the Charismatic people. Every follower of the words of Christ is a Spirit-filled witness of the living Christ. They are scattered in every nation testifying their personal encounter with Christ. Some of them are members of certain denominations but their allegiance belongs to their Master and Lord Jesus Christ. We are the living proof of the Holy Spirit that the message of Christ is relevant and true.

But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8

 

“I Commit My Spirit”

 

 Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, 

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” 

Having said this, he breathed his last. 

Luke 23:46

 When he had said this, he breathed on them, 

and said to them, 

“Receive the Holy Spirit!

John 20:22

The last breath of Jesus came when He committed His Spirit to His Father’s hand on the cross. His human body died but the Spirit of Truth continued to live on forever. The light of the world never dies. You can close your eyes and fail to see the light but the light is light no matter what happens.

The breath of Jesus Christ is life and spirit. All His words were from His very breath with power and tenderness. When we receive His words, we are partaking the breath of eternal life. Lazarus had risen from the grave when he heard the voice of the Lord calling his name. He rose up to follow the command of Jesus to rise up. It was a mouth to ear resuscitation.

The safest place after our death is the hand of our Father. Our spirits would find a resting place in God. Don’t put your spirit into your hands. Don’t kill your body to end your miseries. What you need is to revive your life with the breath of Jesus known as the Word of Life. Believe on what He says and never doubt them.

After His resurrection, He met in person His disciples to dispel their doubts that He was alive. He did an amazing act that would blow our minds. He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” We know that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him. We also believe that He will send the Holy Spirit of Truth as He promised. But the fact that He could “breathe” the Holy Spirit to us is another thing. Receiving the Holy Spirit is therefore having the same breathe with our Lord Jesus Christ. His life is our life.

They received the Holy Spirit without supernatural outward manifestations. Were they baptized with the Holy Ghost? Could well be a foretaste of the Baptism. John the Baptist foretold that Jesus is the baptizer of Holy Spirit. The day of Pentecost event in the book of Acts is the outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh as prophesied by the prophet Joel according to Peter.