Tuesday, January 7, 2014

You are Glorified!

I want to go a step further from what we were talking about with John 15:7. We already showed that Jesus was telling us that if we stay in Him and His words stay in us, that we can have anything we choose. But let's go to the next verse for something even cooler (in my opinion).

"Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." - John 15:8 (KJV)

"Herein" means "This is how." So, Jesus said, "This is how my Father is glorified." He's talking about the previous verse.

In other words, when you abide in Christ and His words abide in you AND you make your choice known to Him and IT IS DONE...THAT'S how the Father is glorified! His glory, then, comes from the fact that HE MADE SOMETHING FOR YOU!

And He says that THIS makes us His disciples. See, Jesus said if we love Him, we'll keep His commandments. We often overlook some of the commandments of the Lord. This - "ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" - is a commandment! It's not just an opportunity or something where Jesus said, "Hey, guess what you can do?"

No! He's telling us that we MUST do this. "IF you abide in me..." Do I abide in Him? I do! Okay...
"...and My words abide in you..." Do His words abide in me? Yes! Okay, then, next He says, "Ye SHALL ASK!"

If "Thou shalt not" is a commandment, then "Ye shall" is too!

And, remember, that word "ask" actually means "to choose." It's not "God, can I...?" or "God, will you...?" It's just stating your preference.

Now, let's jump ahead a bit to chapter 17. Jesus is now praying to the Father. (Just so that everything's clear, I want to state up front that Jesus and the Father are one. And since the Father is God, that means Jesus is God, too. But for clarity on who's saying what and who's doing what, I'm going to call the Father "God" and Jesus, well..."Jesus.")

Let's start with verse 20, just so we know that this applies to all of us.

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;" - John 17:20 (KJV)

So, that means Jesus isn't just praying for the 11 men at the table (Judas had already left), but for us other Christians as well.

"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." - John 17:21 (KJV)

He prayed this for us, so that we may all be one. We're one with those twelve apostles. We're one with Jesus.

Now this is where I might step on some religious toes.

Jesus and God ARE ONE.

We and Jesus ARE ONE.

Therefore, we and God ARE ONE!

We aren't just "one with Jesus." That's easy for people to say, because we think of poor, suffering Jesus on the cross. But that's not what Jesus is saying (and that's not who Jesus is anymore either!). No, we are ONE WITH GOD!

Are you shouting yet?! (Either at me or with me.)

So why would God do that? Why would He make us one with Himself? (Since Jesus only said what the Father told Him to say, we must conclude that the Father told Him to say this too!)

He did it so "that the world may believe that [the Father] has sent [Jesus]!"

Did Jesus really come from God? Yes! How do you know that? Because I'm one with Him!

You know what the world is going to say to that? (I mean after they say you're crazy.)

Prove it!

Well...

"And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." - John 17:22-23 (KJV)

We have the same glory that Jesus has - the same glory that the Father gave to Jesus. Aaaand...the Father loves us the same as He loves Jesus!

That's how we prove it to them! With the glory that He has given to us!

He glorifies Himself through us. In what way? When we ask what we will, it comes to pass!

Saints, we need to stop letting the devil convince us that we're worthless sinners! If we died with Christ, then the sin that was on us is GONE! Even the roots! And if we've been buried with Him (which we have), then we also have been justified with Him!

"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." - John 17:24 (KJV)

Now, remember what Jesus said, if we abide in Him and His word abides in us, we ask what we WILL and it shall be done.

Was Jesus in the Father? Yes.
Was the Father's word in Jesus? Yes.

Jesus just said, "I will..." So, according to His own commandment, what He says after that CAME TO PASS!

"...that they also, whom thou hast given me, BE WITH ME WHERE I AM"!!!

Friends, He wasn't talking about Heaven! We already got that promise from Jesus. He didn't have to WILL that here. Also, He said "where I AM" not "where I WILL BE." Where was He when He said this?

Well, physically, He was on the earth. But the apostles were already on the earth, so that couldn't have been what He was talking about.

What about spiritually? Spiritually, Jesus was GLORIFIED at this point. (He said so right after Judas left in John 13:31.) So Jesus was telling the Father that He WILLED for us to be GLORIFIED with Him!

He confirms this with the very next part of His statement: so "that they may behold my glory." Only those who ARE glorified can behold His glory (God told Moses he'd die if He saw God).

What is the source of our glory? The same as Jesus'. "For [God] lovedst [Jesus] before the foundation of the world."

Saints, here it is in a nutshell: You are one with God. Therefore, you are glorified with His glory - "the glory as of the only begotten of the Father" (John 1:14)!!!

That means you get the respect and royal treatment of the only child God has! And so do I! And so does everyone else who believes in Jesus "through [the twelve apostles'] word!"

Hallelujah!