Jesus and the Father are one…
New Living Translation
Jesus speaking: “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
I pray that they will ALL be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.
And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me.
“Oneness” in this case simply means in complete agreement in terms of purposes and goals.
Similarly, Jesus prays that the disciples are one in the same way that Jesus and God the Father are one.
In the Bible we are called, as born-again Believers, Ambassadors for Christ, meaning we represent Him and come in His name.
Jesus said also that when we pray, we are to pray in His name (John 14:13-14).
What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
In John 5:43 Jesus said,
“For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them.”
Obviously the disciples are not one in any literal, physical sense of the word, but we are one in the spirit.
Jesus is praying in John 17:21 that the disciples be united in purpose and fellowship, just as Jesus and God the Father are united in purpose and fellowship.
This is the life we were created to have, to have 24/7 fellowship and communion with God, just as we see Jesus had.
Jesus is called the last Adam:
So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.
As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.” (1 Corinthians 15:45-48)
Jesus, as the last Adam, demonstrated in His Earthly Ministry the relationship that God has always intended to have with His Covenant children.
While Jesus was God incarnate, He did not move in His Earthly ministry as God, but only as a mere man, totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit, just as we are.
Jesus demonstrated in His Earthly Ministry what this unity with the Father and absolute dependance on the Holy Spirit looked like.
New Living Translation
Jesus Heals a Lame Man
19 So Jesus explained,
“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does ONLY what he sees the Father doing.
Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing.
In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man.
Then you will truly be astonished.
21 For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants.
22 In addition, the Father judges no one.
Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,
23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father.
Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.
5:19-23 Because of His unity with God, Jesus lived as God wanted Him to live.
Because of our identification with Jesus, we must honor Him and live as He wants us to live.
The question “What would Jesus do?” may help us make the right choices.
Eternal life—living forever with God—begins the moment you accept Jesus Christ as Savior.
New life begins in you (2 Corinthians 5:17).
God completes the transaction.
The rest of your life on earth will go better for you, even though you may face many hardships, because you are living in fellowship with the almighty Creator, who loves you.
And though you will still face physical death one day, when Jesus returns again, your body will be resurrected to live forever (1 Corinthians 15).
In saying that the dead will hear his voice, Jesus was talking about the spiritually dead who hear, understand, and accept Him .
Those who accept Jesus, the Word, will have eternal life.
Jesus was also talking about the physically dead.
He raised several dead people while He was on earth, and at His second coming, the believers who have died will rise to meet him (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
God is the Source and Creator of life, for there is no life apart from Him, here or hereafter.
The life in us is a gift from Him (see Deuteronomy 30:20; Psalm 36:9).
Because Jesus is eternally existent with God, the Creator, He, too, is “the life” (John 14:6) through whom we may live eternally (see 1 John 5:11).
When you consider all that Jesus has done for us on the cross to make all of this possible, and having our sins forgiven and being reconciled back into God’s family, I suggest that you don’t take any of it for granted; because if you do, you do so at your own destruction.
All of those who depart this life without their Savior, having either rejected Him or ignored Him, will have to spend eternity outside of God’s family, totally estranged and separated from God.
New King James Version
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
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