Excerpt from Our Savior's Prayer for Unity: A Symposium on the Seventeenth Chapter of John
There was no variation between Christ and the Father: they were absolutely identical in thought and in purpose. Christ could not have been the son of God had his mind or purpose been the least shade different from the mind and purpose of God. He that hath seen me hath seen the Father, and whatever Christ spoke were the words that the Father would have spoken had he been here. One was the exact counterpart of the other, but Christ was the visible part. To know the Son was to know the Father; to hear the Son was to hear the Father; to obey the Son was to obey the Father with the promise of the Spirit. The oneness of the Father, Son and Spirit is hard for some to understand. How could two or three separate bodies be one and the same? It is not necessary for us to understand this from a physical sense, enough to know that Christ has said so.
Recognizing, therefore, this three in one, we can then ask the question, What is real Christian union? That is an interesting question with a more interesting answer. Christian union is absolutely a condition of the heart and mind. It is not outward, it is inward. In the apostolic Church there were no sects; therefore, the thought of unity in the mind of Christ was not of the scattered sectarian bodies, or branches as we hear them called. But of his immediate followers who were mem bers of the one and only church that existed at that time.
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