The church truly seeks unity — here’s the only way it will come!

[SW116] 11/23/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013

John 17:22 “The  glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected  in unity, so that the world may  know that  You sent Me, and  loved them, even as You have loved Me.”

. . . that His disciples may be perfected in unity!
The literal translation, Greek to English: “completely into one.”

What one?
The One! Jesus in them, and them in Jesus.

What does that mean?
The same nature, character, qualities in followers of Jesus
that are in Jesus and the Father.
The fruit of the Spirit in human beings!
(Galatians 5:22-23)
One with each other BECAUSE
we are one with Him!

But that is not all there is to God’s character and nature!
He is powerful!
It is God’s power,
His miracle-working dunamis,
in human beings.

But that is not all there is to God’s power being given to humans!
    It is the power to overcome sin!

What is the purpose?
That the world may know that the Father sent His Son,
and that the Father loves followers of His Son
with the same agape He has for His Son.

Is it possible? Would Jesus have prayed it if it wasn’t?

The glory Jesus speaks of is the Holy Spirit,
as if the Spirit had already been poured out to His disciples,
though that wouldn’t happen until He was glorified (John 7:39).

It is the pouring out of the Holy Spirit into individual hearts
that will cause these to be completely into one.
He prays this for them,
and for all who believe through their word.

In Verse 8, Jesus says the ones for whom He prayed
received His words
truly understood that Jesus “came forth” from the Father —
that is, He came from beside Him —
and they believed the Father sent Him (16:30).

They were Christians!
And yet they would all forsake Him (16:32).

They were not “all one,” at the time Jesus prayed this prayer.
They fought among themselves,
concerned about their position in the kingdom (Mark 10:37),
arguing over who was the greatest disciple (Mark 9:34).

Most of the time, they didn’t understand what Jesus was saying.
They didn’t understand His parables,
nor could they discern when He was speaking a parable
and when He was not (Matthew 15:15-16).
His rebuke: “Are you still lacking in understanding?”

Peter rebuked Him when He said He must be arrested by the Jewish leaders,
crucified, and rise on the third day (Matthew 16:22).
He and the others did not understand
that His death was the very reason He came.
God could forgive and transform men
in no other way than the death of His Son.

But something big was about to happen —
His death, His resurrection, and the pouring out of His Spirit.
THEN and only then would they be completed into one,
made one with the Son and the Father.

In Acts 2, it happened to the 120.
It happened to them individually.
Even if the Spirit of God comes onto a whole group,
one that is waiting and praying,
He touches each one individually.

Oh, tongues of fire, beloved!
Tongues of fire to cleanse our hearts!

In that room,
the 120 died.
Then His Spirit came to live in them,
and Jesus and the Father, too,
just as He promised in John 14,
just as the Father promised in the Old Testament
(Ezekiel 36 and elsewhere).

What do I mean, they died?
They walked around and spoke and testified about Jesus,
and worked the works of God,
until most were martyred by unbelievers
(except for John).

Beloved, if you do not understand or these words seem strange to you,
it is because what you are hearing
is not taught in most of the church!
And yet this death is the only thing
that can make us perfectly into one!

Their competition among themselves

Their desire recognition one above the other,

Their desire for power,

Their selfish ambition

Their pride

That’s because their flesh — the rebellious nature —

And suddenly, Christ lived in them!
They were crucified with Him!

And suddenly, God’s love — agape —
filled their hearts to overflowing!

And suddenly, they understood His words.
They weren’t confused any longer.

And suddenly, they had the nature of God, His character!

And suddenly, they were perfected in unity — completed!
Made into one!

They loved God with God’s actual love,
they loved each other with God’s actual love,
they loved the world as God did —
so they were compelled to give themselves fully
to proclaiming His Son,
so the world may be reconciled to Him!

It is His Spirit who makes us one, beloved,
when we are filled with Him!
Then we have His love,
our ambitions go out the window,
and our eyes are fixed on Christ — not us!

After Pentecost, the disciples had one ambition —
to go out and about as He commanded
making disciples of all people,
teaching them to obey Jesus’ words,
so they, too, may be filled with His Spirit,
and become His witnesses,
so the world may know
God is real,
and Jesus is His Christ!

Then, if one became concerned with what men thought, like Peter,
the Holy Spirit spoke correction through another.
It was done with the very love of God,
and it was received because God’s words were spoken
and the receiver loved God with His love.

O, beloved!
How we must take these words to heart!
How we must be made perfectly into one!

We cannot do it —
only God can!

And He will,
if we agree with Him that our hearts must be changed.

This is a very late hour!

In the Body of Christ, His church,
there is no time for politics.
there is no time for quarreling,
there is no time for selfishness,
there is no time for personal ambition,
there is no time for earthly pursuits.

Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith!
Ask Him to finish what He began when you were saved!
Ask Him for a personal, individual Pentecost in your heart!

O Church, go to an upper room,
wait and pray until the fire comes down!
Time is too short for playing games!

Jesus says to you today:

Matthew 16:2 . . . “  When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 “And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’  Do you know how to discern the  appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”

Will you respond to God’s answer to Jesus’ prayer?

John 17:22 “The  glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected  in unity, so that the world may  know that  You sent Me, and  loved them, even as You have loved Me.”


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