The danger Jesus warned against is Satan’s attempt to divide. He knows that division hinders the truth that God sent Jesus into the world. Jesus pleaded with God that His disciples “all may be one.” Jesus knew that all disciples must be united in fellowship with God, Himself, and one another. Because this was so critical, He repeated it with different words: “that they may be one just as We are one.” The unity of purpose based on truth in heaven must also exist on earth. Only when all disciples are so united can “they be made perfect in one:”
- “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 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. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 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.” (Jn. 17:20-23).