Maintaining unity of Spirit in the bond of peace becoming one with God

Before Jesus people had to do with the scrolls with the Torah (Law) Nebim (Prophets)and Kethubim aleph (writings). the followers of Jesus wrote new books or Messianic scriptures, the Kethubim Bet. They are given to us for making it easier to recognise the Messiah and to have a better insight in the Plan of God.

It is up to the people in the world to take up those old writings and to study those words and either to believe in them or to let them be nothing saying words.

All those who believe the original gospel as established by the disciples’ preaching should aim to be of one mind with God. Jesus was of one mind with God and wanted his followers to become likewise. Throughout the gospels and epistles we get the golden thread of the Love of God and his call to come to Him as children. Jesus never wanted to do his own Will and asked also of his followers that they would do that what God wanted from them.

Jesus was the only man who totally succeeded to do not his will but to do totally in everything the Will of God. We, as sinners can try to do our best. We do have our faith in the ransom offer Jesus brought and the grace of salvation which came over us by Jesus unity with God and God His acceptance of that Lamb of God.

Though we shall never be able to be totally pure as Christ Jesus, we still have to try to come to that intimate relationship that Jesus had with his heavenly Father. We too should try to come to that unity, with our fellow human being, with Christ and with God.

“I and my Father are one”

(April 17)

In his Gospel John records several challenging sayings of Jesus. How are we to understand, “I and my Father are one” in today’s chapter 10:30? In what sense are they “one”?
We know he prayed to his father all night on at least one occasion (Luke 6:12), and in his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane he said,

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).

So we ask, in what sense was Jesus “one” with his Father when they had separate ‘wills’?
We will soon read his words,

“I am going to the Father for the Father is greater than I” (14:28).

The solution to this conundrum unfolds in chapter 17 in his final prayer before his betrayal. He is praying for his disciples and says,

“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me” (verse 10).

Jesus giving the Farewell discourse to his ele...
Jesus giving the Farewell discourse to his eleven remaining disciples, from the Maesta by Duccio, 1308-1311. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was after his all night prayer (in Luke 6) that Jesus chose his 12 disciples (verses 12-16).

“12  And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, he called his disciples; and he chose from them twelve, whom also he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and {1} James and John, and Philip and Bartholomew, {1) Or [Jacob]} 15 and Matthew and Thomas, and {1} James [the son] of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, {1) Or [Jacob]} 16 and Judas [the {1} son] of {2} James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor; {1) Or, brother; See Jude 1. 2) Or [Jacob]}” (Luke 6:12-16 ASV)

Now note the verses which follow in John 17. Our Lord prays,

“I am coming to you Holy Father, keep them in your name … that they may be one, even as we are one” (verse 11).

His prayer for his disciples is that they may have unity of mind, a unity of understanding creating a harmonious team in carrying on his work after he ascended to heaven. Up until this stage there had been times of jealousy, a competition

“among them as to which of them was the greatest” (Luke 9:46).

Jesus, and God his Father, had a unique oneness – and this was to be the disciple’s role model. But Jesus extends his vision of oneness further, he prays,

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us …” (verses 20,21).

All those who believe the original gospel as established by the disciples’ preaching should aim to be “one” in this wonderful way. Those who have achieved and maintained this wonderful oneness will be the ones to reign with him when he returns to set up his worldwide kingdom. Paul was very conscious of this and stressed this. He counselled the Ephesians to

“maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace … just as you were called in the one hope … one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (4:3-6).

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Preceding articles:

Sayings of Jesus, what to believe and being or not of the devil

Not my will, but thine be done

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Additional reading:

  1. Inspired Word
  2. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  3. An anarchistic reading of the Bible (2)—Creation and what follows
  4. Counterfeit Gospels
  5. God Our Refuge
  6. God’s wrath and sanctification
  7. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  8. Philippians 1 – 2
  9. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
  10. One Mind, One Accord
  11. Not my will, but thine be done
  12. Marriage of Jesus 7 Impaled
  13. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  14. Truth, doubt or blindness
  15. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  16. Salvation and Righteousness

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