God Desires Unity of the Brethren
...that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me...that they may be one just as We are one...they they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may kno that You have sent Me, and you have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-22
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- Barnabas: A Man Who Lived Up to His Name
Barnabas' name meant "Son of Encouragement." Truly he was a man who lived a life encouraging others.
It was the last few hours before His death that Christ prayed for our unity. He affirms in prayer what David spoke of in Psalm 133, "How good and how pleasant it is when the brethren dwell together in unity." In this psalm, David paints vivid word pictures of what the unity of the brethren is like: "Precious anointing oil upon the head, running down the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments." Then he likens unity to the refreshing "dew upon the mountain."
The anointing oil poured over Aaron, the first high priest, was fragrant and graced all nearby, as well as God; It was pleasant. Our unity is very precious and pleasing to God, and so important, it was the last thing he prayed for us. Unity and love should mark the Church so that the world may know that the Father has sent Christ.
Charles Spurgeon's insights on John 17 say it all:
"The most tender and touching prayer of the Master contained in John 17 opens up to us His inmost heart...He would have all the sheep gathered into one fold under His own care."
Unity and love for one another in the Church is what will speak the most to the world as to the Savior's love for them. It will be a pleasing, fragrance to them, and draw many to Him.