Please read this blog carefully, thoughtfully, it is so important!
John 17 is the prayer that Jesus prays right before Judas betrays Him, and He is arrested and crucified. His prayer was for us today, His Church, referred to in these verses as “them” and “they”.
John 17:22-23 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 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.
Understanding the “Trinity” and the unity and the oneness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is essential to understanding the meaning of these verses and the unity of the church that Jesus desires and prays for here. “That they may be one, just as We are one”. That is amazing that Jesus is praying for us to be as unified as the Trinity! Is that possible, evidently it is or He wouldn’t pray it.The problem is that most people define unity and oneness as the absence of conflict, when what Jesus was praying for was so much more. The oneness of the Trinity is oneness in purpose, they are so together, so focused on the same thing that it is like they are one, but still three distinct personalities. This picture is the most powerful expression of “oneness” that there is for a church family, this is 70 people who are part of JBC praying together for the salvation of the world. Read Jesus’ words again, “that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me,” in Matthew 18 Jesus says that when we are gathered together to pray He is in us. Read John 17:23 one more time, “that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me,” The Corporate Prayer Meeting of a local church is the highest, most powerful expression of Trinitarian unity that there is. The problem is that most people in a local church see the prayer meeting as a boring, religious exercise for the super spiritual. The corporate prayer meetings of a local church properly understood, and undertaken with faith has the power to change the world, it really does, but most are way to busy to make it a priority, way to self-absorbed to care about changing the world, and they have such a low view of the church that this blog makes no sense to them.