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Monday, December 9, 2013

The Power of One

By Charles Harmon

     We tend to place the value on something by the size of the number. In our thinking, normally ten would be greater than one or of more value than one. But on the contrary, in the economy of God there is power in just one. The number one is most significant and important. There is power in one.
     Walk with me now through the scriptures that we may provide scriptural evidence to substantiate this truth. We want to consider:
The Power of One sin: Romans 5:12-13.
The Power of One Savior: Luke 2:11, Isaiah 53:2, and Luke 10:10.
The Power of One Salvation: Psalms 27, Hebrews 7:25, and Romans 1:16.
     In John 17:20-23 the Bible declares:
"Neither pray I for these alone but for them also that shall believe on me through their word. 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 and the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one even as we are on: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."
     I’d like to challenge our thinking by looking at what Jesus is praying for in our text:
That we may be one as He and the Father are one
That we may be one in the Father and Him
That the world may believe that God has sent Him
     The same glory that was given to Jesus by the Father, Jesus has given to us that we may be one, one even as the Father and Jesus are one.
     My conclusion: In order to accomplish this oneness, we must not allow racial preferences, personal preferences, personal likes and dislikes, past practices, tradition, or any other thing to prevent us from having this oneness. God the Father and Jesus the Son are depending on us to demonstrate this oneness here on this earth while we journey.

- via THE SOWER, a weekly publication of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be contacted through the congregation's website:
http://www.arthurchurchofchrist.com

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