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WHAT JESUS PRAYED–THAT WE ALL BE ONE: 010616

hands of my friends 2John 17:20-26: 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also [1] 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  they may be one [with each other] just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that [2] they may be made perfect in one, and that [3] the world may know that You have sent Me, and [You] have loved them as You have loved Me.  4“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me [4] may be with Me where I am, . . .  that [5] the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

What does this mean?   “I do not pray for these alone [the original disciples (apostles)], but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” It means that Jesus was also praying for us; each one of us.  WE are ones who have believed in Jesus through the teaching and the preaching of Peter, James, John, and the others.  So Jesus was praying for you (and me). [1]  Jesus is praying that we (all of us who trust Him) will be one with Him, with the Father, and with each other; all at the same time.  To me that is the same situation that is expressed when Jesus says, “When you trust in Me, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in your heart.”  Somebody said it was not just about us trusting God, but also about God trusting us.  What an idea!

[2] “That they may be made perfect in one” [perfect in this case means: whole, entire, wanting nothing]   This is just crazy.  With a few people I go to church with; with a few of those I serve with in various ministries, I count us as having a ‘perfect’ relationship, [whole, entire, wanting nothing]; they are people I actually spend time with almost every week, They are people I actually know; who they are, where they came from, what they think, how we feel about each other, about Jesus and about the world.  In a real sense, we DO have a ‘perfect’ relationship with each other because God/Jesus’ Spirit is in usContinue reading

THANKS IN ALL THINGS? 012615

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

What I want to know is, how in the world can we ‘give thanks in all things”, in every event; irrespective of its apparent goodness or badness relative to our lives?   The short answer is, there is only one way.  And that one way is that we don’t really focus on the outcome of events in our lives, because we’re focused on something else.  The only way we can do that is if we are focused on God, on His Presence, on His LIFE in our lives. We can only do that when we truly surrender our selves, deny our selves, die to our selves, and focus our entire attention on Jesus and what He wants.  When we do that we begin to be able to fulfill Jesus’ expectations for us, to fulfill His prayer in John 17; to become one with Him and the Father and with each other as He is one with the Father.  That’s the only way, the only condition, the only state of being in which we can experience what this passage says about Rejoicing and Praying and Being Thankful, IN ALL THINGS.  But that’s what Jesus wants for us, just like He said in John 17.  So we can’t give up.  We’ve got to keep on asking and seeking and knocking.  (surrendering and trusting, rejoicing, praying and giving thanks)

ONE IN US—011115

In John 17: 20-23, Jesus says, “I do not pray for these alone [the twelve], but 1also for all those who will believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word; 21 that 2they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that 3they 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 4they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that 5they may become one and perfectly united, and 6that the world may know that 6aYou have sent Me, and 6b[You]have loved them as You have loved Me.”  I have a few things to say about this passage:

1] Jesus said He’s not praying for the [12] disciples alone, but also all those who would believe in Him because of their [the disciples’] words (and their teaching). I’m pretty sure that includes US, you and me.

2] That they would all be one.  That means that all who believe in, trust in and rely on Jesus, will be one with each other. Unity of all of us who believe in Jesus              

3] They also may be one in Us.  That means we (all of us together) will be one in God and Jesus.  How much closer to God can we get?

4] They may be one just as We are one. That means that we (the believers) may all be one in the same way that God and Jesus are one.

5] They may become one and perfectly united [us united with each other]. 

6] That the world may know that 6aYou have sent Me, and 6b[You]have loved them as You have loved Me.  So the world may know that God sent Jesus, AND that God loves us (you and me and all of us), the same way and the same amount He loves Jesus.

Welp, I don’t know about y’all, but for me, if Jesus prayed it, you can write down in your book, because it’s going to happen.  Some people might say it is going to happen when we all get to heaven, BUT some might say it is going to happen while we are still down here on the earth.  All I know is I’m going to be grinning real big when these words comes to pass.  And I’m looking forward to experiencing what it feels like to be united with God and each other the way God and Jesus are united.  Hallelu-Jah!  What if, here and now, we totally surrender our selves (our self-ish, sinful nature) and let Jesus fill us with His own Spirit.  Do you think that might be the time when this One-ness starts to happen?