ONE WITH HIM

[SW423] 03/21/2020 message notes by

Pastor Susan J. Wynn

“One With Him”

Text: John 17:17-26

All the truths that I have spoken to you in the last seven messages from Chapters 13 through 16 of John point to one essential truth that is absolutely necessary for you to know —

You are commanded by Jesus Christ to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5), because He and the Father and the Son must permanently indwell in order for you to be one with Him, having His divine nature, united with Him in purpose, working together with Him. Only by this means will the world know that the Father sent the Son.

I will briefly review the essential truths that Jesus Christ has asked me to show you over the past several weeks —

He gives you a new commandment, to love your brothers and sisters in Christ with His divine love (John 13:34)! But you cannot love them with His divine love unless you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

He is the only Way, Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). He is the embodiment of Truth, the Way to heaven, and the Giver of eternal life. You will fully know this truth by experiencing it, when you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

If you love Him, you will obey His commandments to stay and wait to be filled with His Spirit. Then you will do the works He did, and even greater works, because He has gone to the Father (John 14:12, 15). The greater works include: 1) laying hands on other believers so they are filled with the Holy Spirit, and 2) asking in Jesus Christ’s name because you are a partaker of His divine nature, one with Him, united with Him in purpose and working together with Him. 

If you love Him, you will obey Him and stay and wait until He and the Father and the Spirit fully and permanently indwell you. But if you disobey His commandments to stay and wait, you reveal that you do not love Him (John 14:23-24).

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you will abundantly bear His fruit, because He and the Father and the Holy Spirit permanently and fully indwell you. But if you disobey His commandments, you cannot bear His fruit. Therefore, the Father will detach you from Jesus Christ, you will dry up, and you will ultimately be gathered and burned. (John 15:1-11).

He commands you to love your brothers and sisters in the Lord with His divine lovethe same love the Father has for the Son. If you stay and wait and are filled with His Spirit, you will be filled with His divine love and will love with His divine love (John 15:12-17).

When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit will speak through you to warn the world regarding sin, righteousness, and judgment, and He will teach you all the truth that Jesus Christ and the Father possess (John 16:8-11).

Today, I will speak from Jesus’ prayer to His Father, in John 17:17-26, to show you why He commands you to be filled — You will become one with Him, having His divine nature, united with Him in purpose, and working together with Him, when He and the Father and the Spirit fully and permanently indwell you. By this, the world will believe that the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ.

Do you see it? You cannot be His witness here, the proof that Jesus Christ died and rose and ascended and was glorified, until you are filled with the Holy Spirit. That is why He commands you to stay and wait!  

So, now I will speak from John 17:17-26, to show you, verse-by-verse, why He commands you to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is essential and absolutely necessary for all believers to know and understand the purpose of being filled, and why He commands all believers to stay and wait until it is done in them.

Verse 17 —

 “Sanctify them in the truth (literally, truly make them holy); Your word is truth.” 

In Ezekiel 36:26-27, the Father promised that He would put His Holy Spirit within the hearts of His people. Jesus now asks His Father to fulfill His promise.

The Eleven had been set apart as His disciples, an outward form of sanctification. But now He asks that the Father truly make them completely holy on the inside, by filling them with His Holy Spirit. The Father gives the Holy Spirit, as He has said (John 14:16).

Verse 18 —

“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” 

He speaks of what the Eleven are not yet but will be, when they stay and wait. It is the same for you, beloved! With these words, Jesus Christ commissions all believers to go out into the world and do what He did on the earth, and even greater works. 

Beloved, He will show you the purpose for sending you out, in Verse 21. But you cannot go out and do His works and greater works until you stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit so you are one with Him, having His divine nature, united with Him in purpose, and working together with Him.

Verse 19 —

“For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth (truly made holy).”

When He sanctified Himself, it was not so He would be made holy, because He was God in the flesh, when He was on the earth (Colossians 1:19). So as it relates to Him, the word “sanctify” means He set Himself apart to be the sin offering who took upon Himself the punishment the Eleven and you and I deserved for our rebellion against God. 

It was for your sake that He set Himself apart, because it is absolutely necessary that you be saved from God’s wrath and reconciled to God before you can  be truly made holy by being filled with the Holy Spirit. The first must happen before the second can happen. He had to die on a cross, rise, ascend and be glorified before the Holy Spirit could be given, just as I showed you last week —

John 16:7 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but when I go, I will send Him to you.”

Verses 20-21 — 

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may (literally, shall) believe that You sent Me.” 

Jesus Christ does not ask the Father on behalf of the Eleven alone, but for all who believe in Him through the word His Spirit-filled disciples would speak in the gospels and epistles.

So, He asks His Father to truly sanctify you — to make you truly holy. And that happens when you are filled with the Holy Spirit. 

The outcome of being made truly holy is this —  you become one with the Father, Him in the Father, the Father in Him, and you in Them, just as He has said —

John 14:20 “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

Remember that when He says, “you in Me,” He means that you are one with Him, having His divine nature, united with Him in purpose and operating together with Him. And that happens when you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Now He tells you the purpose of being truly made holy by being filled with the Holy Spirit. When you are truly made holy and made one with Him and the Father, the world shall believe that the Father sent Him. They shall believe, not “they might believe.” 

You will be His witnesses here (Acts 1:8), the living, breathing proof that He is who He says He is. Why? The world will see that you are one with Him, having His divine nature, united with Him in purpose, and working together with Him. 

And they will understand that it would be impossible for you to be who you are and do what you do, if the gospel of Jesus Christ was not true. But you cannot be His witnesses here until you carry out His commandments to stay and wait. Acts 1:4-5 must happen before Acts 1:8 happens.

Verses 22-23 —

“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.” 

Again, Jesus speaks of what the Eleven and you are not yet, but will be. The glory He was given was the outward sign that the Holy Spirit remained on Him after He was baptized in water by John the Baptist. That had never happened to anyone, including John the Baptist. 

This outward sign was given not because He needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. As I have said, He was fully God and fully man, when He was on the earth. So, He was already one with the Father. 

But this outward sign was given for your sake, so you would see what must be done in you, so the world shall know that the Father sent the Son.

The Father loves them with the same love the Father has for the Son — His divine love. He loves them with His divine love because they have loved Him by obeying His Son’s commandments to stay and wait. Therefore, through them, the world shall know that the Father sent His Son.

The glory that Jesus Christ gives to you is the Holy Spirit, when He and the Father and the Spirit fully and permanently indwell you. Then you are perfected (completed) in unity with Him and the Father. You become one as He and the Father are one, having the same divine nature, united with Them in purpose, and working together with Them.

It is through seeing that you are one with the Father and the Son that the world will know that the Father sent the Son. The Father loves the world in this way — He sent His Son to a lost world, so if they believe into Him, they will be saved from His wrath and reconciled to Him (John 3:16).

Verse 24 —

“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world (literally, cosmos).”

Remember that Jesus died, rose, ascended and was glorified in heaven, at the right hand of the Father who sent Him. So, He petitions the Father that they would be where He is, in heaven. 
The Father answered the Son’s prayer. So when your body falls away and you are immediately with Him (2Corinthians 5:8), you will see Him in His glorified position that He eternally held before the Father said, “Let there be,” and the entire cosmos was formed.

Verses 25-26 —

“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; 26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

The Father is righteous, for He sent Jesus Christ to an undeserving world, to save them from His wrath and reconcile them to Himself. But just as many of the Jews did not and even today do not know and receive Jesus as their Messiah (John 1:10-11), the whole world does not know Him.

But Jesus has known His Father intimately and personally, for eternity. And through His words, He has made you know that He was sent by His Father. 

Jesus made the Father’s name known to the Eleven, and has made it known to you. He has shown you the divine nature of the Father, for He is God the Son, the perfect representation of Him, even when He walked the earth.

But He says He will yet make His divine nature known to you, when you are filled with the Holy Spirit and are made partakers of His divine nature (again, 2Peter 1:4). 

He has commanded you to stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that the same love with which the Father loves the Son — His divine love — is in you, filling your heart to overflowing (Romans 5:5) and that Jesus Christ Himself is in you, permanently and fully indwelling you, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. 

He has commanded you stay and wait to be filled with the Holy Spirit so when you carry out His commandments to stay and wait, you become His witnesses here, the living proof that He is who He says He is, for you could not be who you are and do what you do if it were not true!

He has commanded you to stay and wait be filled with the Holy Spirit so you have His divine nature and are one with Him, united with Him in purpose, working together with Him. By this means, the world shall know that the Father sent the Son.

But will you carry out His commandments, and thus reveal that you love Him? Or will you reject His commandments, and thus reveal that you do not love Him? Your choice will reveal your heart. 

Lord Jesus, Your purpose in having me speak these essential truths is that today’s infants in Christ would see these truths, repent, and carry out Your commandments to stay and wait until they are filled with the Holy Spirit! Let it be so, I pray. Amen!

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