Building up believers and the New Testament church

The Hope of Glory

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:20-26)

These final words in the high priestly prayer of our Lord contain perhaps the most profound truth in the entire revelation of our Lord. Here is the heart of the purpose of God. The answers to many of our questions are here. What is God doing in this hour? How is God working today? What is the secret of a witness that has power? What are the provisions of God to meet the responsibilities we face? These and many more questions are answered in the prayer of our Lord Jesus. It is not possible for words (especially the words in this booklet) to plumb the depths of the truth that is here. But if the reader can be provoked to seriously take these verses to God in prayer, asking God to reveal truth and shed light to walk in, the goal of this exhortation will be accomplished.