Be One

They may be one

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John 17 Bible Study
John 17:3-11 Eternal Life
John 17:12-19 Son of Perdition

John 17:20-26 Be One

JOHN 17:20-26  20 I do not pray for these alone, but also 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 the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

To whom does Jesus extend His prayer in John 17:20-26?
All future Christians: "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word."

What phrases above describe Jesus’ relationship with the Father?
"You, Father, are in Me, and I in You… You sent me." (John 17:21) "the glory which You gave Me… We are one." (John 17:22) "You in Me… You have sent Me… You have loved Me." (John 17:23) "My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:24) "I have known You… You sent Me." (John 17:25) "the love with which You loved Me." (John 17:26)

How close is Jesus' relationship with the Father?
It can't be closer; they "are one." (John 17:22)

What phrases describe Jesus’ desired relationship with Christians?
"they also may be one in Us" (John 17:21) "the glory which You gave Me I have given them" (John 17:22) "I in them… You… have loved them" (John 17:23) "I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory" (John 17:24) "And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them." (John 17:26)

So, how close is Jesus’ desired relationship with Christians?
It can't be any closer.

How close are most "Christians'" desired relationship with Jesus?
Most self-declared Christians confine Him to a corner of their lives, days or Sunday mornings.

What does Jesus pray for among Christians?
Unity: “that they all may be one” (John 17:21); “they may be one” (John 17:22); “that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:23).

What is the enabler of the unity?
Glory: “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.” (John 17:22)

How can “glory” unite Christians?
Doxa, the Greek word translated "glory," actually means “opinion,” “notion” or “what one thinks”. This is the root that gives us the word “doctrine”. So Jesus is saying that He has given the Father's thoughts and opinions to His disciples.

What did the disciples eventually do with them?
Wrote them down into what is today called the Bible.

Why are there so many factions within Christianity today?
Many factions that call themselves "Christian" are cults whose beliefs and practices have little to do with the Bible, while some Christian factions have veered away from the Bible and each other by failing to be grounded in the Word of God, instead focusing on their leaders, pet doctrines and traditions. Also, God's resources are infinite but Satan's aren't and therefore concentrated where they can cause the greatest damage among Christians. Jesus wants neither division among true Christians nor our unity with non-true Christians.

How can we tell if a group is truly Christian, or how far a Christian group has gone astray?
Compare their beliefs and practices with the Bible, which requires studying the Bible for ourselves.

Are all beliefs and practices of your church truly based on the Bible?
 

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