Jesus prayed for those who will trust in him because of the words written down in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus prayed that they may all be one, just as the Father, is united with him and he with us. Together we should united with each other and united with Jesus and with Jehovah God. There is still to go a long way because there are still many who do not believe that God had sent Jesus. Lots of people do not believe in God and others think it was God who came down Himself to the earth. Instead of recognising that it was God who gave the man born out the virgin Mary (Miriam) the glory which He has given to Jesus. On return Jesus has given glory to us; so that we may be one, just as he and his Father are one — he united with us and God united with Jesus, so that we may be completely one, and the world thus realize that God sent Jesus, and that God loves us just as He have loved His son Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. Like Jesus made the name of his Father known to us, we do have to let the world know the Name of the Creator and Only One God: Jehovah.
“20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on 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 have sent me. 22 And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even 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 will that they also, whom you have given me, 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 have sent me. 26 And I have declared to them your name, and will declare it: that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:20-26 KJBPNV)
Believing in the son of God who died as he did in order that all who benefit from his cross should show forth the love, the glory and the Name of the Father and son, and thus have an extraordinary unity among themselves – so powerful it would convert the world.
Because this theme of unity amongst us played deeply on Christ his mind as he faced death should make us totally aware how important it is to gather together in a congregation or community where everybody feels that unit between them and Christ. All feeling one of God’s children.
“And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” (John 11:52 KJBPNV)
There are many in the world who would like to see division and disruption. Those who advocate splitting the body, thereby showing the world our disunity, are working albeit unwittingly against the most essential intention of the cross. In here lies an unspeakable tragedy. The atonement should create fellowship and not disruption.
We do bear the responsibility to be saved under the Law and actions of Christ. Though we may not be literally perfect, although we “have been given fullness in Christ.”
“And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Colossians 2:10 KJBPNV)
In Christ we should be born again and be renewed after the image of Christ. But we know that we still shall be able to stumble and fall short in many things.
“For in many things we offend all. If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2 KJBPNV)
Grace is a beautiful thing, when it lives, and shines, and flourishes in the midst of imperfection. But how much more beautiful will grace appear when it is seen pure, unmixed, unmingled, and alone! And it will be seen so when Christ comes to be glorified in His saints at the last day. But at the moment we should be content with what we do have, and with the imperfection we do have ourselves. We do know that one day we will be completely freed from all corruption. When the affairs of this sinful world are finally wound up and settled, there will be an everlasting reward for all the sons and daughters who choose to go for God the Most High. We will rise again at Christ’s Second Coming without any of the disorders and sicknesses which now cleave to us in our lives. Not even the weakest of Jesus followers will be overlooked and forgotten. There will be something for everyone, according to their faithfulness. Not a single evil temper or corrupt inclination will be found in us, after Jesus judged us to be acceptable to go into the Kingdom. But this can only be so when Jesus finds our repentance and accept our efforts to live according to the Law of God as good as we could. It is enough for us to know that each member of God’s family, when he awakes from the grave to his Master’s likeness, will be “satisfied.”
“That he might present it to himself a glorious congregation, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:27 KJBPNV)
“As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, in your likeness.” (Psalms 17:15 KJBPNV)
At the end-times all children of God shall be gathered together as one in the Messiah Jeshua, Jesus Christ.
“That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in the Messiah, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” (Ephesians 1:10 KJBPNV)
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Messiah Yahshua.” (Galatians 3:28 KJBPNV)
God His plan to save us was through our joining a community, the body of Christ, headed up in the person of Jesus. It can’t really be so, therefore, that a believer can live “in Christ” with no association with the rest of the body of Christ. This is how important fellowship is.
“Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in the Messiah Yahshua with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:10 KJBPNV)
Because of the call of God we could become followers of Christ and get in on the salvation of Christ in all its glory. The salvation is not in any particular ecclesia or fellowship, but “in Christ” and through being an active part of his body in the Biblical sense. In what form our active participation takes place is of course a wider question.
Continued on: Atonement And Fellowship 8/8
Please also do find to read:
- Did the Inspirator exist
- How are we sure God exists?
- Seeking for God
- Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
- Creator of heaven and earth and everything around יהוה
- Only One God
- God of gods
- A God between many gods
- Attributes to God
- Titles of God beginning with the Aleph in Hebrew
- Hashem השם, Hebrew for “the Name”
- Lord in place of the divine name
- Lord and owner
- Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
- Yahushua, Yehoshua, Yeshua, Jehoshua of Jeshua
- People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
- People Seeking for God 7 The Lord and lords
- I am that I am Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh אהיה אשר אהיה
- God about His name “יהוה“
- יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
- Praise the God with His Name
- Jehovah Yahweh Gods Name
- The Divine name of the Creator (Video)
- Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
- Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
- Are Christians prepared to Rejoice in the Lord
- History of the acceptance of a three-in-one God
- Jesus begotten Son of God #18 Believing in inhuman or human person
- Jesus spitting image of his father
- Reasons that Jesus was not God
- Jesus and his God
- Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #14 Prayer #12 The other name
- Seeing Jesus
- The meek one riding on an ass
- Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be
- The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
- How is it that Christ pleased God so perfectly?
- This month’s survey question: Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
- The day Jesus died
- Jesus three days in hell
- Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
- In the death of Christ, the son of God, is glorification
- The redemption of man by Christ Jesus
- Christ has indeed been raised from the dead
- In the death of Christ, the son of God, is glorification
- Through Christ’s death you can be adopted as a child of God
- Ransom for all
- Risen With Him
- Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26
- We Are The Children Of God
- United people under Christ
- A participation in the body of Christ
- One Mind, One Accord
- Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ
- Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ
- Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit
- Looking for True Spirituality 7 Preaching of the Good News
- Looking for True Spirituality 8 Measuring Up
- Christ having glory
- Sitting at the right hand of God
- One mediator
- The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
- The Immeasurable Grace bestowed on humanity
- Our relationship with God, Jesus and eachother
- Christianity without the Trinity
- Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
- Meeting – Vergadering
- Congregate, to gather, to meet
- Congregation – Congregatie
- Contribution – Contributie, bijdrage
- Keeping an ecclesia in modern times
- Integrity of the fellowship
- Be an Encourager
- Members of the ecclesia uniting and seeking God’s help
- Messengers of Jesus will be hated to the end of time
- Belonging to or being judged by
- Not holding back and getting out of darkness
- Being Religious and Spiritual 4 Philosophical, religious and spiritual people
- Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
- Not many coming out with their community name
- Life is too precious
- A Gift to the Son: John 17:6-8 (disciplesforlife.wordpress.com)
Jesus has been talking about His own glory and his petition has been focused on Himself and His work – which is about to be consummated, and yet in His mind the work was all but certainly fulfilled (vs.4).
The idea here is that the sum total of God’s character and attributes are bound up in His name. So that when Jesus is declaring “the name” of the Father, He is declaring who the Father is in His essential being, and what He is all about – MacArthur says, “God’s name encompasses all that He is: His character, nature, and attributes.”
Please do find about the attributes of God: Attributes to God
- The Atonement and the Psalmist: Psalm 22 by Eric Mason (christianitytoday.com)
As several commentators have added, that the multifaceted nature of the psalm reflects a liturgical flow. It could reflect a gathering of believers, or an individual who has theological categories for framing talking with the Lord in the most difficult of times. What is clear is that the psalmist is going through something difficult.
This psalm in some way is also Messianic as well as prophetic in that it is fully experienced by Jesus Christ on the cross.
- Morning Prayer 4.22.14, Tuesday in Easter Week (dailyoffice.org)
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
- The Gospel Story in a Single Song (christianity201.wordpress.com)
He made it plain to His disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem, there to suffer much from the elders, chief priests and scribes, to be put to death, and to be raised again on the third day (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22) – all in accord with what was written of Him in the law of Moses, in the prophets and the Psalms (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 22:37; Luke 24:44-47).He came into the world with the deliberate intention of dying upon the Cross (John 12:27; Acts 2:23).He came to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).
He came to be lifted up on the Cross just as the snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert (John 3:14; John 12:34).
He came to give His own flesh for the life of the world (John 6:51).
He was constantly aware of the terrible suffering that was ahead of Him in His crucifixion (Luke 12:50).
The whole programme of His earthly life moved towards the Cross as its climax (John 7:6, John 7:8, John 7:30; John 8:20; John 12:23, John 12:27; John 13:1; John 17:1; Luke 24:6-7).
He came to be the propitiation – the atoning sacrifice – for our sins (1 John 4:10).
- He Humbled Himself (gbmministry.wordpress.com)
God gave Jesus a position that was exalted. Jesus willingly humbled Himself. He had a mission. God had a plan, even from before the beginning, that Jesus would be the link to bring sinful mankind back to Him. Jesus was the way, where there was no possible way of redemption through man’s activity of doing things to “try” to gain that position.
In the Gospel accounts of Christ’s crucifixion we know that Jesus was severely beaten before being hung on the cross. After the flogging and the mob declaring “Crucify Him,” Jesus was led away. And we know He struggled on His way to Golgotha.
- The sufficiency of the atonement: So what! (onedaringjew.wordpress.com)
For a Calvinist, if one is elected to the rebirth, of what theoretical import or practical use is the sufficiency of Christ’s death to save the non-elect
+Jesus shows us on the cross that difficulty isn’t a time to stop talking with God, but it is a time to continue to communicate with Him.
The Christ’s lament was the greatest of all laments in that His creation rejected Him and mocked Him and He experienced some type of mystical breaking of fellowship with God in His humanity that is unexplainable. His lament was great because to take on the sins of the world, God had to turn His back on Him and pour out His wrath on Him.
For Jesus, feeling abandoned by God wasn’t just a feeling. In some way, no scholar has satisfactorily explained: God forsook Jesus. On the cross, Jesus experienced our hell, the pouring out of the wrath of God on our sin onto Him. He experienced both bodily and spiritual separation from God so that we wouldn’t. As John Calvin put it in Institutes of the Christian Religion:
It becomes us, therefore (as Ambrose truly teaches), boldly to profess the agony of Christ, if we are not ashamed of the cross. And certainly had not his soul shared in the punishment, he would have been a Redeemer of bodies only.
to teach us that not only was the body of Christ given up as the price of redemption, but that there was a greater and more excellent price—that he bore in his soul the tortures of condemned and ruined man.