These are the words of Christ which we read at the Passover service each year. They are full of meaning and should be carefully studied and considered; not just read over and set aside for another year without any real understanding of what is being said.
As we prepare for this Passover, let us seriously study these words and what we are really committing ourselves to do with baptism and partaking of the Passover.
We are committing ourselves to work diligently to achieve FULL UNITY with God the Father and with the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ; in mind, spirit, approach, attitude and deeds; and to internalize their very natures by diligent study and by passionately living by every Word of God.
UNITY with God is the proper godly focus for converted brethren; not organizational unity which places the organization BETWEEN God and the brethren!.
Organizational unity is antithetical to unity with God because if we go along and tolerate sin or false teachings for the sake of organizational unity, we choke off all spiritual growth!
Today the spiritual Ekklesia [body of believers] is no longer a dynamic growing organism!
WHY? Because we are focusing on organizational unity instead of focusing on unity with God; and in so doing they have made an idol out of organizational unity and we have quenched the Holy Spirit of zeal, growth, and godliness!
Jesus knew before his last Passover; that, this Passover would be his last in the flesh, and that he would die on that Passover day; so his words as always were extremely meaningful.
John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
The term [before “Passover”] here is a mistranslation due to ignorance by the translators of the difference between Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Here the original word used is not Strong’s 3957 Pascha (Passover) but “eorth” meaning a festival: The meaning and correct translation here is “on the Passover just before the festival”
Strongs Number: G1859
Orig: of uncertain affinity; a festival:–feast, holyday.
Use: Noun Feminine
1) a feast day, festival
We know from other scriptures that the meal was the Passover meal (Luk 22:15) and not the Festival of Unleavened Bread; therefore the proper translation is not; “before the Passover,” but: “on the Passover before the Festival Holy Day”.
John now skips forward to the Passover meal, and before I continue in John some background information is essential
The Four Passover Cups of Wine
The Four “I Wills”
During the Ezra Temple period Passover that Jesus Christ observed, the participants in the celebration partook of four cups of wine. This is what has become known as the four “I Wills.” It is taken from Exodus 6:6-7.
Exodus 6:6-7 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and
I will rid you out of their bondage, and
I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: And
I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God:
and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
The first Passover cup, “I will bring you out,” is the “Cup of Deliverance” [Sanctification, or Calling Out; to Set Apart a people to God].
The second cup, “I will rid you out of their bondage,” is the “Cup of Praise and Rejoicing” at deliverance from bondage in Egypt and spiritually from bondage to sin.
The third cup, “I will redeem you with a stretched out arm,” is the “Cup of Redemption” picturing the redeeming sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
The fourth cup, “I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God,” is the “Cup of Acceptance” of the called out people by God.
The first cup, “I will bring you out,” is the cup of Deliverance [Sanctification]. This pictures Israel “Called Out” of Egypt and is an allegory of God calling out a spiritual people from the bondage of sin.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
They would then have discussed the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and the first Passover, and a second cup, the “Cup of Rejoicing” was then drunk after the list of plagues was recited.
The second cup, “I will rid you out of their bondage,” is the cup of praise and rejoicing. We rejoice over our deliverance from bondage to sin as physical Israel rejoiced over their bondage in Egypt.
Then a third cup of wine, the “Cup of Redemption” was drunk at the END of the meal, which cup represented redemption through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God; and was the cup that Jesus blessed “at the end of the meal” as representative of his shed blood.
Then came the foot washing and the last teachings of Christ, after which the final Psalms 115-118, were sung.
The fourth cup, “I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God,” the cup of Acceptance was drunk. Representing the acceptance of the Called Out by God the Father, after sincere repentance and the application of the redeeming sacrifice of the Lamb of God is applied.
Back to the narrative
John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
As the main part of the meal was ended and AFTER they had taken the blessed unleavened bread and wine; they were sitting there conversing and Jesus spoke of his betrayal.
Next in the timeline is the comment that the traitor was still sitting at the table with them; AFTER the Passover symbols were taken by all present.
The disciples then began to argue as to who would be greatest. One could easily speculate that they were relaxed by wine and started off by protesting that they would never betray Christ, with protests of loyalty burgeoning into an argument over who was the most loyal and the greatest.
Luke 22:21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! 22:23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. 22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
Then AFTER the Passover meal, and AFTER the Unleavened Bread and the third cup of Wine; they began to strive among themselves yet again, as to who should be the greatest.
John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
13:6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 13:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
Peter now understanding and being filled with zeal said; I want to be completely united with you Lord, even if that means that you wash me completely!
To have a part with Christ, we must serve him and let him serve us; that means doing his will which is to live by every Word of God the Father.
13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
Jesus then said for those with ears to hear, that Judas was still among them and was spiritually unclean. He then begins to explain what he has done and the type of leaders he expects them and us to become.
Jesus knew that he had washed the betrayer’s feet, and yet said that ye are not all clean, referring to the uncleanness of Judas’ mind and spirit.
13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all [of you are clean]. 13:11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
Brethren, it is NOT enough that we wash someone’s feet at Passover and then forget Christ’s example of serving God the Father and the flock. It is NOT enough that we say this is a lesson in HUMILITY and forget or marginalize the fact that it is a lesson in SERVICE and how we are to behave towards God and others and how we are to behave in our lives.
13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Those who would say that this foot washing was at the beginning of the meal as they arrived, and that it was considered the duty of a host to wash the guests feet; are not only WRONG; they are minimizing the importance and significance of the very Creator and coming Ruler of the world, and the extraordinary example of humble SERVICE he was setting.
This was no ordinary washing; it was a most PROFOUND and EXTRAORDINARY EVENT!
Christ was NOT the host! The house holder was the host and Christ along with his disciples were the guests.
Second; hosts provided water to guests, but did not wash their feet, although a slave in a wealthy household might do so, this.
Third; this particular foot washing did not remove the road dirt as they arrived, it was done AFTER dinner.
This washing was not the normal washing upon arrival, or at the beginning before the Passover meal; it was after the Passover meal and symbols; for “supper being ended;” ”he arose from supper” [the Passover table] to wash their feet.
Jesus Christ knowing that he was Messiah and Lord of all the earth, humbled himself to perform an act of service; setting an example for his disciples that they should also serve God first and then one another.
This was an instructional physical example to teach the principle of true godly leadership through service and acting in the best interests of others, in response to the continual bickering among the disciples over who should be the greatest.
Notice that the Passover meal with the Unleavened Bread and the Third Cup of Wine had ENDED; and also notice that Christ KNEW of the betrayal of Judas; and yet washed the feet of Judas also!
Christ declares that when he is gone to God the Father and the Comforter is sent to them, that they will begin to understand the attitude of service required of a man of God; to serve God and love even our very enemies! We are to do good to those who hate us and abuse us; following the example and instructions of our Lord.
Does that mean coddling sin? NO, NO , NO: It means rebuking sin, and setting a sinless example as Christ did! It also means forgiving our enemies as Christ has forgiven us!
Consider that “THESE THINGS” are plural; this is NOT just talking about washing someone’s feet: This is about the other Passover Symbols as well; and our whole attitude towards God, humanity and how we live our lives; it is about our DUTY to God our Father and our brethren and towards all of humanity.
13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
This is speaking of the Passover Unleavened Bread taken by Judas; showing that even the taking of Passover, like circumcision, baptism or ordination; is NO proof of ultimate godliness or conversion. We shall be judged by our DEEDS and obedience to the Word of God; not by the appearances we put on.
They had returned to the table AFTER the Passover meal, the Unleavened Bread and Wine, and after the foot washing and the lesson of servant leadership.
It is only then: after he has partaken of the meal, the Unleavened Bread and the third cup of Wine, and after Christ has washed his feet; that Judas is singled out and leaves to betray him.
Christ and God the Father are ONE in FULL UNITY; and we are to also be ONE in FULL UNITY with them.
Those who accept any person who is ONE in FULL UNITY with God the Father and Jesus Christ, is also accepting God the Father and the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.
However any person at ONE with God the Father and Christ; they must and will reject all teachings that ARE NOT in total unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ; as the FALSE teachings that they are!
13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. 13:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
Now: AFTER the meal, AFTER the taking of the unleavened bread and the third cup of wine, AFTER the foot washing: Jesus Christ reveals that he knows who the TRAITOR is and Judas leaves to do his deed.
13:21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
13:22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples [John speaks of himself], whom Jesus loved. 13:24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
13:25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
This was the evening beginning the Passover day and the disciples thought that Judas was being sent to buy the things needed for the following day, Feast of Unleavened Bread. This clearly shows that Passover was not a High Day but the preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
13:28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. 13:29 For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. 13:30 He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
When Judas had left, Jesus began to teach about his death and resurrection. These final instructions and prayers of Christ are read at the true Christian Passover service each year.
John 13:31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
Christ said that God the Father was in glory and that the Father would raise up Christ from the dead to a glory like and with, God the Father.
13:32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.
The actions of the Son are for the purpose of glorifying the Father; and it is the Father’s good pleasure to glorify the Son. A truly converted person will also do his very best to glorify God in all his thoughts and deeds.
13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.
In their later years the disciples would follow Jesus in martyrdom; and at the resurrection to spirit, they will also be raised up as Christ was raised up. Yet they will not follow him in resurrection to spirit, until we also are ready to join them in a general first resurrection of the godly.
Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar [in heaven where the unconscious spirits of the faithful go to be stored against the resurrection] the [spirits] souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
6:10 And they [figuratively] cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
This is a new commandment in that the spirit and intent of the commandments of God are the definition of love, for God is love. Jesus came and revealed the spirit and intent of God the Father and the Word of God.
One CAN keep the letter without keeping the spirit of the commandments!
One CANNOT keep the spirit of the commandments of God; without also keeping the letter of the law!
The letter of the law is the foundation of the spirit of the law; for there can be no SPIRIT of a law, if that law does not exist!
The teachings of Jesus Christ reveal the spirit and intent of the letter of the law; the entire Word of God! The teachings of Christ are not intended to destroy the law, but to reveal the purpose and intent, the spirit of the law; thereby making the letter of the law even more binding!
Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love
1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
When we have enough faith in God to live by every Word of God and we are steadfast in that faith to KEEP all that our God teaches us in his Word; then we become UNITED with God the Father and Jesus Christ and we can overcome sin through them, by their Holy Spirit!
Those who compromise with any part of the Word of God are NOT overcomers, nor are they in FULL UNITY with God the Father and Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
God’s people will be known by their zealous living by every Word of God, which Word IS love; instead of living by the traditions of men. The whole Word of God; is the love of God defined!
To be born of God, we must overcome sin through the keeping of God’s Word and by internalizing the love of God, which is the Word, law and nature of God.
Reconciliation with God the Father comes through sincere repentance, the application Christ’s sacrifice, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and a passionate keeping of the Word of God through the indwelling nature and power of God.
John 13:36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. 13:37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 13:38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
Christ tells Peter that he [and the others] will follow him in martyrdom at another time. Then Jesus points out the weakness of the flesh, prophesying that Peter would deny him. This was before the Holy Spirit was given to Peter after the resurrection of Christ.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Jesus said that he was going on ahead [by dying and being resurrected] to prepare offices in the Kingdom for his disciples, and promises to return and resurrect the faithful chosen and change them to spirit so that we may be with him and work with him to bring in the larger harvest.
He reminds them that he must first go to God the Father [as the Wave Offering] and that they/we know the way to God the Father, which is through the Door of Christ using the keys of sincere repentance and a firm commitment and diligent effort to live by every Word of God and to “go and sin no more.” See the Wave Offering article.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Remember that the Being who became Jesus Christ GAVE UP HIS GLORY to become flesh; and that while Christ was in the flesh, the ONLY God existing as God, was God the Father!
For this reason Christ prayed that his original glory would be reinstated by God the Father.
Jesus had given up his God-ship to be made flesh; and to be tempted of the devil in all things.
Jesus Christ could have very easily failed in his mission, IF he had allowed himself to be distracted or to lose sight of God the Father and compromise with his Father’s Word just once.
There is only ONE Mediator between men and God the Father: Our eternal High Priest: Jesus Christ! See the Hebrews study.
Understand that the job of every godly person is to boldly declare that there is ONLY ONE Mediator between men and God the Father; and only ONE DOOR TO SALVATION: Our High Priest Jesus Christ. To boldly declare a message of warning and repentance and a zealous faithful keeping of every Word of God the Father.
John 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.
John 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus Christ himself declared that the ONLY way to God the Father and eternal life is through Jesus Christ, our High Priest; who is the ONLY Mediator between man and God the Father!
14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Jesus Christ did not dare teach his own ideas while in the flesh; he was in TOTAL UNITY with God the Father; in mind and spirit. We are to teach the truth of God the Father and not to teach our own ways, assumptions and traditions.
How is it that so many religious leaders dare to teach compromise with the Father’s Word, and tolerance for the sin that God despises because it destroys his children?
14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
Believe it! God the Father and the Son are TOTALLY UNITED AS ONE! The entire Word of God is also one whole!
Our calling is NOT to be united with every person, or every teaching of men: Our calling is to become united with God the Father, just as Christ is completely united with God the Father!
Complete unity with God is the foundation of real unity; standing on that foundation we will also become united with like-minded persons, who are also united with God!
NEVER tolerate sin for the sake of unity with sinful men!
Always seek TOTAL UNITY with God the Father through the indwelling of the Son!
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Jesus Christ taught us to live by every Word of GOD, and anything that is asked of us by God (Mat 4:4).
Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
The Holy Spirit will be given to those who KEEP God’s commandments; who live by every Word of God (Acts 5:32)!
God will provide his Spirit if we seek to enter his kingdom by keeping and internalizing God’s Word! God will not give eternal life to those who resist keeping God’s Word or those who compromise with God’s Word and tolerate sin.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
God’s Spirit is the Spirit of truth [God’s word is Truth (John 17:7)]; and if we reject truth for our own ways, the Spirit of God will leave us!
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
God’s Spirit was working with the disciples but was not yet dwelling in them. It was given to them after Jesus Christ had been resurrected to spirit and accepted by God the Father as the Wave Offering to become the High Priest of the New Covenant.
14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
When he is ascended into heaven, we cannot see Christ with our eyes; yet we shall know him through his words, and because he lives and will dwell in us if we keep his Word; we have life eternal if we endure to the end and overcome as he overcame.
14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
We can know when Christ is dwelling in someone, because they will be doing what Christ did! They will be living by every Word of God with intense exuberant passion!
Christ will be keeping God the Father’s Word in us, as he has always done; and therefore Christ will be manifested in us by our uncompromising Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.
14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Those who do not live by every Word of God are NOT of Christ: No matter how many fine arguments they may make or how many tears they shed to try to entrap us into acting on emotion, contrary to the instructions of Jesus Christ!
14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Brethren, have we as leaders, organizations and as brethren; kept the words and commandments of God the Father and of Jesus Christ? Absolutely NOT! Most even condemn and reject those who do!
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of BOTH God the Father and of Jesus Christ; they will BOTH come to dwell within us if we are willing to follow their lead and seek diligently to become like them! This “Spirit,” is their very nature; which nature of God we are to internalize and make our very own nature!
Those who do not KEEP the words of Jesus Christ and do not live by every Word of God the Father; do NOT love either Jesus Christ or God the Father; no matter what they claim.
14:24 He that loveth me not, keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear [Jesus Christ taught God the Father’s Word] is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
Those who do not keep the sayings and follow the example of Jesus Christ: DO NOT LOVE OR KNOW CHRIST; NEITHER DO THEY KNOW OR LOVE GOD THE FATHER! This is true, no matter how much they protest that they love Jesus.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk [we are to live], even as he walked [we are to live like Christ lived and lives].
John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things [the Word of God], and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
God’s Spirit will bring Christ’s words to remembrance in us, and it will give us a good understanding of the Word of God; IF we live by every Word of God.
God is NOT divided against himself, and his nature [the Holy Spirit] will NOT dwell with a sinful nature. If we compromise with any part of God’s Word and tolerate sin; we quench God’s Spirit and it will leave us.
We MUST follow where God’s Spirit leads; we MUST act on what we learn and we must become diligent DOERS of every Word of God.
Test the spirits whether they are from God. How do we know that a spirit is from God? Because God is not divided against himself; God’s Spirit will lead and empower us to live by every Word of God!
Anyone who teaches people to compromise with any part of God’s Word; or who teaches that a zealous man is a Pharisee; or who teaches people to tolerate unrepented sin, and refuses to rebuke sin; or any group or person that will not preach the Gospel of warning and repentance that Jesus Christ commanded us to preach, is NOT OF GOD and is NOT OF JESUS CHRIST!
14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace with God is a fruit of God’s Spirit. We know that we can trust and rely on the Word and promises of God; which are eternal life for all those who keep the Word of God and become ONE in FULL UNITY with God the Father and Christ; and this sure knowledge brings true peace of mind! Such peace with God brings conflict with unrepentant people until the time comes that they also repent and seek peace with God.
14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
The disciples did not yet understand that the time had come that Jesus Christ teh Lamb of God, would be sacrificed for the sins of the world.
14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
Christ taught and did whatever God the Father had directed and inspired him to teach and do. Jesus Christ loved God the Father and the Father’s Word, law and will. Jesus NEVER compromised with God’s Word, neither did he tolerate unrepentant sin, but boldly rebuked sinners; including the religious establishment leaders of his day.
The Vine and Branches
This is a powerful; explanation of the meaning of the command to cut branches and bring them into the temple at the Feast of Tabernacles. Bringing in the branches with great rejoicing represents bringing in of the harvest of humanity into the Family of God. See our “Branches and Booths” article.
Jesus taught that he is the vine [or trunk] of the tree of life; and that those called out to God through him are the branches. A branch receives its nourishment from the vine and trunk of the tree; and we receive our spiritual nourishment from the Bread of Life, the true VINE; Jesus Christ!
To have eternal life; we MUST be in COMPLETE UNITY with God the Father and Jesus Christ.
If we turn away from any part of living by every Word of God the Father in the letter and in the spirit and intent of the law; we will be rejected by Jesus Christ and by God the Father, because we have already rejected their Word.
If we remain faithfully loyal to Jesus Christ and God the Father by diligently studying and zealously KEEPING and living by every Word of God; we will still be tried, tested and given experiences bad and good, to increase our spiritual growth and development into full Christ-like unity with God.
John 15:1 I am the true vine [the trunk of the tree, the Logos the whole Word of God], and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit [those who are NOT faithful and zealous to live by every Word of God as Christ does will be rejected] he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit [every person who lives by EVERY WORD of GOD], he purgeth [tests and trains] it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
If we abide in the Word of God, doing those things that please Jesus Christ and God the Father; they will abide in us through the Spirit of God. If we are NOT zealous to KEEP the Word of God; WE ARE NONE OF HIS!
Remember that we are to live by the Word of God and not by the words of men when you are asked by your elder to pollute the Sabbath; take Passover and observe High Days on the wrong dates, or in the wrong ways; or are told that you need not eat Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast as God has commanded.
Remember that after washing the disciple’s feet; they were all clean except one. That one being the person who did not spiritually abide in Christ the true VINE
15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Beware of false teachers who tolerate sin and are not filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God; because without a firm close FULL UNITY with the true Christ who lives by every Word of God our religion is vain and meaningless, and falls to the status of a human social club.
15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
To be grafted into the true vine of Messiah the Christ; we MUST be called of God the Father and we must believe, repent and be baptized; for the remission of sins to be granted.
Then, IF we remain abiding in God, with him dwelling us; IF we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead into all truth diligently keeping God’s Word, then we will bear much spiritual fruit!
15:6 If a man abide not in me [living in Christ-like zeal to live by EVERY WORD of GOD], he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Those who compromise with any part of the whole Word of God, which Christ loves; and who tolerate sin, which Christ hates; will be rejected and cast into the furnace of affliction; and if they still do not repent they cast into the fire of ultimate destruction.
15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
“Continue in my love” means that Christ wants our loving relationship with God to continue, through our learning and keeping the Word which Jesus preached; which is to do God the Father’s will and to live by every Word of God.
Watch Out! Many will teach to keep the commandments, but by commandments they mean their own false traditions and not the whole Word of God.
15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
What did Christ command us? He kept the whole Word of God fully and we are to do likewise, living as he lived and as he will continue to live in us.
Jesus Christ lived a life of perfect obedience to his beloved Father, and he will live a life of perfect obedience to God the Father while dwelling IN US!
Matthew 19:17 . . . . but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
We are to be willing to lay down our lives for God the Father and Jesus Christ; just as Jesus Christ laid down his life for us!
How has the love of God disappeared from us? Where has our zeal to live by every Word of God gone? Where is our unity with God?
15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Our prayers are answered in direct proportion to our diligent keeping of the whole Word of God!
John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
All God’s people, all those called to God the Father are to be filled with the love of God; love for God and his way of life, and love for God’s Word to learn and to keep it first and then love for others. What is love? God is love and the KEEPING of the Word of God is love.
HOW do we love? By internalizing Jesus Christ and God the Father, through sincere repentance for our past law breaking; and a diligent, passionate, enthusiastic commitment to live by every Word of God in the future.
It is then that we will be united with God the Father and Jesus Christ, just as they are united with each other! It is then that we can be called “the friends of God” like the spiritual father of the faithful, Abraham!
15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
The law in its full purpose, spirit and intent; defines the love of God!
If we keep the whole law in all its spirit, purpose and intent we become like God; becoming fully united with Jesus Christ and God the Father; and they are Godly Love personified!
IF we loved God, we would DO what God’s Word says, we would do those things which are pleasing in God’s sight. Like little children we would want to become LIKE our Father!
Falling into the lukewarmness of Laodicea is to become offensive and disgusting to Christ; who will spew us out of his body, like a dead branch cut off from a vine (Rev 3:15).
15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
If we love personal advantage and the things of this world more than we love God the Father and Jesus Christ: We are not worthy of them; we are NOT their friends; we are the friends of this evil world and its spiritual god-king Pharaoh, Satan; who is the enemy of God.
If we love God and are of God: Living as Jesus Christ and God the Father live; we are the friends of God! United with God the Father and Messiah the Christ through love for them, and love for God’s Word!
IF we are NOT of the world and not worldly: The world will reject us [yes, even many in the Ekklesia will be offended in us]; the worldly will hate and persecute us.
15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
If we are the friends of God; we will face the same rejection and persecution that Christ faced from the ungodly who made the Word of God of no effect by their false traditions.
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Those that God the Father calls, and who respond to Christ’s example and teachings: will become his true friends, because they will be like-minded with Jesus Christ and God the Father!
John 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Because the worldly reject God the Father, they will also reject Christ’s example and teachings; and they will reject the faithful who diligently FOLLOW the example and teachings of Christ to live by every Word of God.
This watered down business model inoffensive false gospel WILL NOT WORK! It will ONLY offend Almighty God and separate us from our Lord; the true friend of the zealously faithful!
Pandering to worldliness will not please God, nor will it bring in godly converts. Instead it will offend our God and get us rejected by him for our shallowness and lack of unity with him.
15:22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 15:23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
Why do we put so much trust in apostate traditions; claiming to love God while making God’s law of no effect by our false traditions?
If we loved Christ: We would do what he says!
Jesus said that even if the people do not understand his doctrine; his WORKS testify that he came from God the Father.
Can that be said of us? Do our WORKS reveal that we are a godly people; or an ungodly people?
15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
If we are in UNITY with Jesus Christ, we will be doing what Christ did and living by every Word of God: Then our works will be HIS works in us, and our example will be his example in us.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits [works, deeds] ye shall know them.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 15:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
The eleven [Judas now absent] are commanded to bear witness of Christ and his love for God the Father, and we are to do likewise.
If we diligently study and obey every Word of God, the Spirit of Truth will enable us to understand, to internalize and to remember the things of God; so that we may proclaim the truth of God to all nations.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
John 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
We should also be warned of the price to be paid for internalizing God the Father and Jesus Christ, so that we will not become discouraged and offended when the time comes to pay that price.
This should be a part of every baptismal counseling and everyone should be made well aware that the cost of loyalty to God might include being rejected by society and even our brethren; if we have a godly dedicated single minded zeal to live by the whole Word of God, seeking that “Pearl of Great Price;” eternal life in the Kingdom [Family] of God.
16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues [congregations, assemblies]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
This is speaking about the religious establishment of that day and about today’s various church groups [including many of today’s spiritual Ekklesia], who openly persecute those zealous for God’s Word.
This idea of turning the Gospel of warning and repentance into an inoffensive business model lure to attract new folks who have little if any commitment to learn and keep God’s Word brings in many tares, who then rise to the top and begin to persecute the truly called out faithful zealous brethren.
That is why it is so wrong to exalt such organizations of men; for they will surely, over time, always ultimately turn on the zealous and the godly righteous.
Always, Always, Always: PUT GOD FIRST!
Put God the Father and Jesus Christ ABOVE any organizational or human loyalties; or you will be committing the sin of idolatry!
Consider very carefully that many of these people who would despise you now, for your example of zeal; will come to you in the end of the matter and say: “Thank you so much for standing fast and doing the right thing and setting the right example for us. We despised you at the time, NOW we KNOW that you were right! Come and teach us the Way of the Lord”.
If we give in and give up, because of their animosity today; we have neither helped them nor helped ourselves; we will have separated ourselves from God and offended the Almighty!
If we endure steadfastly to keep the law, the whole Word of God and the will of God the Father, and the words and example of Jesus Christ; we are setting an example that will, over time, as these things work out, translate into credibility; and people will surely learn and KNOW that God is with us, because of our love, faith and zeal for our Mighty God!
If we endure and overcome, being always zealous and faithful to God the Father and Jesus Christ; we will be exalted by God the Father to become kings and priests forever; helping to teach and reconcile all humanity to God!
Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan [deceived by Satan], which say they are [converted, spiritual] Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship [worship God with your guidance] before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt [coat] of him that is a [spiritual] Jew [a New Covenant true godly person], saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. 16:5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 16:6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
It was absolutely essential that Christ complete and fulfill his mission to be a propitiation for the sins of the world.
16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The Comforter [the Holy Spirit] WILL reprove all sin! It will lead us into the righteousness of the whole Word of God, into a FULL UNITY with God:
IF we follow the lead of God’s Spirit and passionately KEEP the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will correct all sin and any departure from any part of the whole Word of God in us!
No man can say that we should tolerate sin [which is the breaking of ANY PART of the whole Word of God; not just the Ten Commandments] and false doctrine by the Spirit of God! Anyone who claims that God’s Spirit will tolerate willful sin is spiritually IGNORANT.
The Spirit of God is the very nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father, which is given to dwell within those who obey the Word of God (Acts 5:32), giving us understanding and the power to overcome as Christ overcame.
16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
God’s Spirit will lead us into all truth: IF we are willing to follow its lead!
God’s Spirit will not force us, or strive with us; we MUST willingly and diligently FOLLOW it; we must diligently seek the truth and meditate on the words and law of God day and night as David did (Psalm 119). And we MUST APPLY and DO what we learn!
We must follow the Spirit of God, and follow the Lamb!
Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women [false religion and false doctrine]; for they are [spiritually pure and faithful to Jesus Christ their Husband] virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
God the Father has given all things to Jesus Christ; and that includes the very nature of God the Father.
John 16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
“All things” meaning that every Word of God the Father including the very nature of God the Father, are in Jesus Christ; therefore the Holy Spirit will take the things of Christ, which ARE the things of God the Father; and reveal them to the flock.
16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. 16:17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father? 16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Jesus prophesies of his death and how they will mourn for him; and then prophesies of their great joy at his resurrection. The disciples not yet understanding that he must die for us and afterwards be raised up by God the Father.
16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Here Christ reveals that after he has been sacrificed, raised up, and accepted by God the Father; the sincerely repentant will also have direct access to God the Father through the High Priest of our Salvation; Jesus Christ the very Lamb of God.
One part of the mission of Christ was to reveal God the Father; and to provide a reconciling sacrifice to bring man into harmony with God the Father.
Today the faithful Called Out have access to God the Father in the name of the Son, our High Priest! See the Hebrews study.
It is because God the Father was unknown and the people had neither knowledge of, nor access to him; that the Most Holy Place was always covered by a thick curtain; signifying that God the Father was not yet known or available to the people. While the High Priest who entered once a year, was a metaphor for the resurrected Christ our High Priest forever; who provides access to God the Father in the Most Holy Place.
The physical High Priests of Aaron could not provide access to the unknown Father, therefore the Most Holy Place was empty except for the Ark and was sealed off to them!
The physical High Priests were only types of the resurrected Christ [Melchizedek], who COULD and did, remove sincerely repented sin and provide access to the very God the Father that he came to reveal.
We now have access to the Most Holy Father in heaven, through sincere repentance and the application of the reconciling sacrifice of Jesus Christ; as our Passover Lamb of God, sacrificed for us!
16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
God the Father was not known, and Jesus Christ would show his disciples God the Father plainly, after his sacrifice and resurrection.
16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
Christ said very plainly that he came forth FROM God the Father, and that he will go back TO God the Father, revealing the existence of the Father and explaining the mystery that BOTH he and God the Father are members of the same Elohim entity or ONE family of Mighty Ones known as God! See the articles on God and the Holy Spirit.
16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
As a spirit the Being who later became Jesus Christ in the flesh delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt.
In the flesh Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua Mashiach] has overcome the world of bondage to Satan and sin; and we CAN overcome our own bondage to Satan and sin through Christ dwelling within us; and by faithfully following our Deliverer to live by every Word of God, we will receive a crown of eternal life!
With that sure and certain knowledge, we CAN have peace of mind, even in the greatest distress.
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 God’s 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 in complete unity 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 who later gave up his Godhood to be made flesh. While he was in the flesh, he was flesh, a physical man, and no longer a God, having given up his former glory!
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 to the spiritually faithful!
Christ declared 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 Jesus 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.
Just as God the Father and Christ are in complete unity; 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 [YHVH] our God [Elohim, Mighty Ones] is one LORD [YHVH]: 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:
6:7 And 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 (1 Cor 11:3)!
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 complete unity with] God the Father AND in complete unity with the Son! We belong to BOTH God the Father AND to 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 the Father], as we are [united with one another]. 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name [Jesus 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 [Set Apart] them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
It is living by every Word of God which is truth, which sets the godly apart from sin and worldliness. We are to be sanctified [Set Apart] unto God; 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 part of the Word of God; 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.
Jesus Christ set himself apart from the world and we are to 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, just as they are totally united with each other!
Our unity is to be WITH God the Father and WITH Jesus Christ; and not with just any other god, person or idol. Unity with our brethren comes through unity with God our Father as the foundation upon which we can 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!
Jesus Christ made peace between us and God the Father, by breaking down the partition of sin that separates us from HIM!
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 [the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, reconciles the sincerely repentant with God the Father] one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
2:15 Having abolished in his flesh [by his sacrifice] the enmity, even the [the penalty of death which we owe for breaking the] law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself [to reconcile the sinful person to God by his sacrifice] of twain 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 repentant sinners to and brought them into complete unity with God the Father; thereby bringing two separate and opposite entities, the sinner and God, into complete unity!
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 solid foundation of the Word of God; WITHOUT compromise or any toleration of sin. 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 Jesus Christ; as they are ONE with each other. We are to be full of Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of 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 then asked that his followers be glorified [changed to spirit] just like 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.
Jesus Christ openly says that he has declared [revealed] God the Father to his disciples, so that they will all know God the Father just like the Son knows him and also enter into the same complete loving unity with God the Father that Jesus Christ has with God.