John 17:21-23 - UNITY: One with Jesus and the Father.
John 17:21-23 (NLT) I pray that they will
all be one, just as you and I are one - as you
are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they
be in us so that the world will believe you
sent me. 22 I have given them the glory you
gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I
am in them and you are in me. May they
experience such perfect unity that the world will know
that you sent me and that you love them as much
as you love me.
The glory of God is the sum total of all
that He is, the expression of His character. It
is the manifestation of all that He is in
Himself, His marvelous attributes. We have a
difficult time grasping the concept of Gods glory
because there is nothing like it on earth. While it
is true that "The heavens are telling of the
glory of God" (Psalm 19:1), it is also true that
sin has put Gods creation into bondage and
robbed God of glory (Romans 8:18-25). Psalm 19
makes special mention of the sun as an
illustration of Gods glory, and perhaps that is the
closest we can come to finding a picture. Just as
the rays of the sun cannot be separated from the
sun itself, so Jesus Christ cannot be separated
from God, because He is God.
The amazing thing is this: Those who have
trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior possess this
glory now (John 17:22) and will see Gods glory
and share it in heaven one day (John 17:24). God
does not need man or anything else in order to be
glorious. He is glorious in Himself and eternally
self-sufficient. Yet in His grace, He deigned to share His
glory with sinful man! And Jesus Christ was
willing to lay aside His glory to die so that
sinners, all of whom have fallen short of Gods
glory (Romans 3:23), might receive that glory.
Prayer: Basic Training by Warren W. Wiersbe
The mark of a Christian should be love.
In Matthew 22:37-40, we read that the two
greatest commandments are to love God and to love our
neighbor. In John 13:35, Jesus says, "By this everyone
will know that you are my disciples, if you love
one another." In John 17:21, Jesus says that if
we have unity based on love, the world will
believe that Jesus was sent from God. They will see
Jesus in his people.
This unity goes well beyond a common
purpose, similar values and an ability to get along.
It's the same kind of unity experienced by the
Father and Son: actual oneness in spirit - "just as
you are in me and I am in you," as Jesus said to
the Father in verse 21. That kind of union in
love convinces the world that we are genuinely
children of God and followers of Jesus. [NIV Once A
Day Bible re John 17:20-23]
I love to make Kitchen Sink soup.
Its made from whatever veggies I find in the
refrigerator and some chicken broth. Two things are true
about it: its always delicious, and it never
comes out the same.
My world as a believer is like that pot
of soup. Most of the time Im scrambling from
one errand to another, and I dont always know
what Jesus has planned for me. Just as unexpected
ingredients meld together into a delicious meal, I can
be surprised at the who and what He
adds into my day. When peace and joy flood those
unscheduled moments, I stand in awe of His grace.
My faith life isnt made up solely of
church and Bible studies. Though those activities
add flavor to my time just as veggies build a
tasty broth, they alone dont define me as a
Christian. Instead, my trust in Jesus grows stronger as
I meet the challenges Hes chosen for me.
Jesus is with me every minute, helping me
add spice to the lives of others. He knows what
ingredients are missing, both in theirs and mine. As I
reach out in obedience, He nourishes my soul. by
Faith Step: Volunteer to serve at a soup
kitchen, keeping watch for what and who Jesus adds
into your time there. Notice how He feeds your
faith as you act in obedience to Him. [Mornings
With Jesus 2020 Devotional by Guideposts and
Before I heard the gospel message, the
love that Christians had for each other won me
over. I watched them on my high school campus and
thought, Is this for real, or are they making this
up? Is this an act? Do these people really love
After all, I was used to hanging around
with people that I liked. Certain kids hung
around certain kids. But as I watched the
Christians, I realized they were from every kind of
background imaginable, yet they obviously had something
When Christians are unified and when they
love one another, its a powerful witness to a
lost and divided world. And that is just what
Jesus wants for us.
In Johns gospel we find His prayer for
us: I pray that they will all be one, just as
you and I are one"as you are in me, Father,
and I am in you. And may they be in us so that
the world will believe you sent me (17:21
Now, Im not calling for unity at any
cost because truth is important. But sometimes
Christians divide over ridiculous things. Theyll get
upset over some minor thing, so they decide to
leave fellowship altogether.
It reminds me of a story I heard about a
man who had been stranded on a desert island.
When rescuers finally found him, they noticed
hed built three huts on the island.
I built those huts myself, he told
Wow! What is this hut here?
Thats my house.
How about this one?
Thats my church.
Thats fantastic! And whats the
Well, he said, thats the
church I used to go to.
As Christians, we should seek to live in
unity and love one another as Christ has loved us.
[Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie]
God often speaks of human relationships
as a part of His mission to redeem a lost world
(John 13:20; Mt 25:40). One reason He gives for a
husband and wife to live in unity is so they can
produce a godly seed, that is, children who
love and obey God, who can be used in Gods
mission to bring redemption to a lost world (Mal
2:14"15). Similarly, the church is the body of Christ.
A church cannot be on mission with the Father
in our world if its members are waging war with
one another (1Co 12:12). There is a crucial
connection between our relationships with others and
the salvation of those around us.
We might assume that during Jesus
prayer before His crucifixion, He would have prayed
that His disciples would have courage, or would
remain faithful, or would remember what they had
been taught. Yet He asked that His followers
would remain united in their love for one another.
Jesus understood that it is spiritually impossible
to love God but not love others.
A test of your love for God is to examine
your love for others. Our tendency is to say,
Heavenly Father, the problem is not between You and
me. I love You with all my heart. I just dont
love my brother. And God says, That is an
impossibility. You cannot love Me without loving the ones
for whom My Son died (John 13:34"35). Your
life will not convince those around you of the
reality of Jesus if you cannot live in unity with
your fellow Christians. [Experiencing God Day by
Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Joh.17:21]
As you turn your attention to Me, feel the
Light of My Presence shining upon you. Open your
mind and heart to receive My heavenly smile of
approval. Let My gold-tinged Love wash over you and
soak into the depths of your being. As you are
increasingly filled with My Being, you experience joyous
union with Me: I in you, and you in Me. Your
Joy-in-Me and My Joy-in-you become intertwined and
inseparable. I suffuse your soul with Joy in My Presence;
at My right hand there are pleasures
forevermore. (John 17:20-23; Psa. 16:11) [Jesus Calling
by Sarah Young]
TEXT FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS TOPIC
Jeremiah 32:39 (NIV) I will give them
singleness of heart and action, so that they will
always fear me for their own good and the good of
their children after them.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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