And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
As believers, do you know what brings us together and what keeps us together? When Jesus prayed that we might be one, we learned how we could do just that. We are one because we share a common gift—salvation in Jesus Christ. We have believed and trusted in Him, and in John 17:3 we see the most poignant definition of what salvation is, perhaps in all of the Word of God.
The gift of eternal life doesn’t begin when we die; it begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ. The gift of eternal life is to know the true God and put our faith and trust in Him as the only Savior. There can be no spiritual unity among those and with those who deny the deity of Christ and who deny or add to the very essence of what salvation is. If you trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, you are my brother or sister in Him. We are a forever family together, whatever denomination.
If you don’t know Christ, we can be friends, but we can have no eternal fellowship or lasting relationship. Fellowship means to share something in common. This is the exact reason why the Bible says to not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians ). How can you share love with someone if that person is spiritually dead? If you have Christ in your life, then you should seek to fellowship with those who also share that same common bond.
At issue here is the person and work of Jesus Christ who came to die for the sins of each person. Jesus died on a cross with a thief hanging to His right and to His left. Even at His death, the middle cross of our Lord divided a believer from an unbeliever. One of the thieves believed and entered into the joy of paradise, and the other thief didn’t believe and therefore faced judgment. The cross unites, but the cross also divides. We share a common faith—a faith that is non-negotiable and essential for the Christian faith upon which we stand. Today, decide that you will embrace the common spiritual bond through Jesus Christ that you share with other believers.
WE ARE BONDED AS CHRISTIANS BECAUSE WE SHARE A COMMOND GIFT
—A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS AND SALVATION
THAT COMES ONLY THROUGH HIM.