What Does John 17:23 Mean?

I am in them, and you are in me. May they be completely one, so that the world may know that you sent me and that you have loved them as you loved me.

John 17:23(ISV)

Verse Thoughts

Throughout His earthly life the Lord Jesus was demonstrating to His disciples that He was fully God yet fully Man. He was the eternal Word Who was fully Deity that had been made flesh by being conceived of the holy Spirit, born of Mary – and suffered and died on a cruel Roman cross. He was the One that was physically thirsty by the well in Samaria and yet He could cry, if anyone is spiritually thirsty, let him come to me and I will give him the water of Life – I will give You rivers of living water welling up into eternal life.

And throughout His life the Lord Jesus sought to demonstrate that He and the Father were ONE – one in nature – one in Spirit – one in unity with each Other - one God in three Persons. He only did what He heard from the Father – for He was One with the Father – I and my Father are ONE, He said – One in their eternal goodness; One in their eternal attributes; One in their eternal unity – One in their indescribable love. He lived His life in submission to the Father and He walked throughout His life in the power of the Spirit - just as we should live in Him.

A human body had been prepared and the eternal Son of the Father and was conceived in the womb of His human mother by the power of the Holy Spirit. And throughout His life His human body was the temple in which His Father resided – and the Lord Jesus lived and moved and had His being in the Father – so that He could truly say: You Father are in Me and I am in You.

But those that are to become His own children are to be equally one with Him, just as He is one with the Father - we are to be one IN Christ. We are born of the Holy Spirit and made one with Him, for we are a new creature in Christ. And as the shadow of the cross loomed every closer, Jesus prayed that all those who were to one day become part of His Body would be one with Him and one with each other - May they be completely one, just as we are One.

Just as Christ's life witnessed of His Oneness and unity with the Father - so His prayer for you and me is that our lives are be one with Him and in unity with each other - so that the world may know that You sent Me and that You have loved them as you loved Me.

My Prayer

Loving Father, unite Your children in the bond of love and fellowship with Yourself so that those that are Your children may abide in You and You in us - so that we may be true witnesses of Your so great salvation, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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