John Lesson 22 Day 5

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John Lesson 22 Day 5

Jesus prays concerning all believers. John 17:20-26

MacLaren’s Expositions titled his commentary on this passage The High Priest’s Prayer.

11. a. Jesus expands the scope of his prayer beyond his disciples.

Oneness / Unity among all believers

Jesus prayed that we all may be one, just as he and the Father are one.

Unity among the family of God helps the world believe that the Father sent Jesus.

Keep harmony and oneness produced by the Spirit in the binding power of peace.

One body. One Spirit.

Unity based on love.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 ESV

“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28 NLT)

Rich and poor (James 2)

Educated and uneducated (Paul was educated, most of the Apostles were not) (Acts 4:13)

Every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages (Revelation 7:9)

“That the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:26)

Luke records a literal answer to this prayer in Acts 4:32-33.

“The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them. (MSG)

Another answer to this prayer for unity following the split caused by the Protestant Reformation

“2017 marked the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Pope Francis declared that Catholics and Protestants were one church in Christ, ending 499 years of division! That year began a year of unity between the Catholic and Protestant churches!” (Kris Vallotton)

Jesus prays to be with his people, and for them to see his glory.

He longs for his people to be with him, for heaven’s completion of all things.

Beholding the glory that the Father gave to Jesus “must be something so deep, so enthralling, so vast to the glory of Jesus that it can occupy the attention of God’s people in eternity.” (Guzik)

b. Beholding His Glory—Yes, please!

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

c. Times of revival, refreshing, and outpouring

Times of revival (and religious persecution) bring greater unity. I have been blessed to experience revival, refreshing, and outpouring several times in my life. Revived believers cannot bear to be apart for very long. The need to create and organize programs, events and membership drives goes out the window. It is a foretaste of heaven!

12. a. Powerful witness

When Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost and beyond, believers experienced more unity than we have today. Because of their unity and persecution, they had a powerful witness that reached far beyond the area where Jesus lived and taught.

“The unity of the Spirit has not been kept in the body of Christ, and in fact, there is very little unity among believers today. This has taken thousands of years to occur, and it probably won’t be fixed overnight. We are to strive toward unity but not be overwhelmed by the problem.” (Andrew Wommack Living Commentary.)

Ephesians 4:3-6

Paul “encourages them to do whatever it takes to hold onto the unity that binds people together in peace. He does not ask them to create that unity; this has already been accomplished through the work of the Rescuer and His Spirit. Rather, he calls believers to guard that unity—a more modest but no less significant task—because that unity is founded on God’s oneness and work in the world.” (Footnote in The Voice)

  • There is one body
  • One Spirit
  • One Lord
  • One faith
  • One baptism
  • One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.

Jesus prayed for all believers as one who “understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15 (NLT)

His one desire is for our unity, perfected and completed into one. Without it, we don’t resemble the unity between the Father and the Son, and the world won’t believe he was sent by God.

Jesus promised to continue to reveal the Father to us.

Even though he knew the horror he would soon face, his heart overflowed with love for us.

Ephesians 3:10-12

“Here’s His objective: through the church, He intends now to make known His infinite and boundless wisdom to all rulers and authorities in heavenly realms. This has been His plan from the beginning, one that He has now accomplished through the Anointed One, Jesus our Lord. His faithfulness to God has made it possible for us to have the courage we need and the ability to approach the Father confidently.”

b. In God’s presence is fullness of joy.

In an atmosphere of God’s manifest presence and revival, there is unity except with those who are modern day Pharisees.

The other times have been in small groups who truly have a heart for God. One BSF group I was in was such a group. All of the women were truly seeking HIS face.

13. Paul’s prayer for the body of Christ

“It is for this reason that I bow my knees before the Father, after whom all families in heaven above and on earth below receive their names, and pray:

“Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings.

(This is a doxology of praise to the One with power that is beyond understanding.)

“Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21 (Voice)

DAY 6

God’s way of glorifying Jesus included the cross. He surrendered to God’s plan and even called it joy, disregarding the shame. (Hebrews 12:2)

Jesus’ priority for his ekklesia—an assembly called out by God—loving unity and oneness with each other and with him.


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 23 Day 5 ~ John 17:20-26

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