The Prayer of Christ
Many read right over this at Passover not even realizing the distinction between Christ’s words directed to the disciples and his prayer to God the Father.
Christ prays that the called out may “Know” Him and God the Father and be spiritually ONE in FULL UNITY with them.
John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know [be one with] thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
Christ came to reveal and glorify God the Father! The one who became Jesus Christ was the Creator and the God of Abraham and Moses. Consider how much he gave up to be made flesh and die for his creation!
17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Christ plainly says that he was WITH God the Father and had a glory WITH God the Father; BEFORE the very world began!
17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
One thing among many things that Jesus did, was to manifest or make known God the Father unto the spiritually faithful!
Christ declares plainly that all that he taught and did was from God the Father; and that he did nothing of his own self. There is absolutely NO difference between Christ and God the Father in their teachings, commandments, actions and in their very natures! They are united, they are ONE together. That is the meaning of the Shema.
Deuteronomy 6:1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
As God the Father and Christ are one; they share the same Family name YHVH. Elohim is a generic name for all authorities and YHVH is the specific name for the Family of God, which owns and rules the universe!
6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
6:7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Where is there any compromise or tolerance of sin [after all sin is rebellion against God] in our beloved Lord or his magnificent Holy Father? How is it that some mere created person dares to presume to resist the whole Word of the Family which created and rules the entire universe? Our HEAD is Jesus Christ and HIS HEAD is God the Father!
John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
We are to be in [fully united with] God the Father AND in [fully united with] the Son! We belong to BOTH God the Father AND the Son! We are to OBEY our adopted spiritual Father, as the law says! We are to obey our espoused Husband, the son of the Father; as the law says.
17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one [with God], as we are [one]. 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name [Christ did all things in the name of God the Father]: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
We live in this society right now, but we are NOT to be worldly.
17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
We are to be sanctified [Set Apart] unto God; through the truth of God. We are to diligently study, learn and act on the truth of God’s Word; which will set us apart from this world and its ways. Those who reject any truth are NOT of God.
17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Christ set himself apart from the world, that we may also be Set Apart from all worldliness and sin, through sincere repentance and the application of his sacrifice and by going forward to sin no more, following his instructions and example.
17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 17:21 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.
We are to be united with God the Father and with the Son, as they are totally united with each other!
Our unity is to be WITH God the Father and WITH Christ; and not with just any other god, person or idol. Unity with our brethren comes through unity with God our Father as a foundation, only then can we be united with like-minded persons.
To be united with others just for the sake of organizational unity is to be united with men and not with God! How many compromises have been made for the sake of the IDOL of unity with men in place of true unity with God?
We have FORGOTTEN OUR FOUNDATION: which is every Word of God!
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both [reconciled the repentant to be in unity with God the Father] one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Christ made peace between us and God the Father, by breaking down the partition of sin that separates us from HIM!
2:15 Having abolished in his flesh [by his sacrifice] the enmity, even the [the penalty owed for breaking] law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain [men divided from God] one new man [now reconciled to God], so making peace; 2:16 And that he might reconcile both [reconcile the two, man and God] unto God in one body [in unity with God] by the cross [by his sacrifice], having slain the enmity [destroyed the division of sin between God and man] thereby: 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off [the Gentiles], and to them that were nigh [the Jews].
Having paid the penalty for our sins by giving up his life for sinners; Christ paid the penalty for those sins; and reconciled us to God the Father. Making of us a new being, still of flesh, yet filled with the Spirit of God.
2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Through repentance and the application of the Passover sacrifice of Christ, we have access to God the Father and the very Spirit and nature of God.
2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
We must set aside all worldliness and build in ourselves a NEW PERSON on the foundation of the Word of God; WITHOUT compromise or any toleration of sin; for the sake of unity with the sinful. We must not tolerate sin to be united with the sinful; when our calling is to learn to abhor all sin for the sake of UNITY with GOD!
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 17:23 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.
We are to be ONE with God the Father and Christ; as they are ONE with each other. We are to be full of Christ-like zeal for God the Father: WITHOUT compromise and WITHOUT ceasing!
17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
Christ asks that his followers be glorified [changed to spirit] as he is to be glorified [changed to spirit].
17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
Christ openly says that he has declared [revealed] God the Father to his disciples, so that they will all know God the Father like the Son knows him; and so that we can enter into the same loving unity, that Christ has with God the Father.