Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer: His Petition For Our Oneness

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”  John 17:20-26

1. Our Oneness Prayed for

– With the Trinity: John 17:20-21a, 23

– With one another: John 17:22, Eph. 4:1-5

2. Our Oneness Illustrated

– Vine and branches: Our source of Power: John 15:1-5

– Husband and wife: Our example of intimacy: John 17:23, 26, Eph. 5:25-33

– Head and Body: Our direction for mission: Eph. 1:22, Eph. 4:15-16, Eph. 5:22

3. Our Oneness and Its Results

– Fellowship with one another: 1 John 1:1-3, Acts. 2:42-45, Malachi 3:16

– Fellowship with God: Acts 2:42

– Cultural impact for Christ: John 17:21, 23, Acts 2:47