and the Glory which You gave Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One (Jn. 17:22).
It can be said, I think, that the Holy Spirit through Christ explained the Trinity in this Seventeenth Chapter of the Gospel of John as no place else in the Word of God. While there are three Personalities in the Godhead, there is but One God; Jesus here explains what He means by “One.”
These three Personalities, are, above all, One in Essence, and are manifested in “God the Father,” “God the Son,” and “God the Holy Spirit.” All three, as stated, are God, but there aren’t three Gods, just One; One in Unity, One in Purpose, and One in Essence.
Jesus used the word “One” six times in this Seventeenth Chapter. The word, as He used it, was not as a number, but rather as Unity and Purpose.
Concerning Himself and the Father, He used the pronouns, “We” and “Us” (Vss. 11, 21, 22), denoting plurality. Jesus was praying to the Father, and the Holy Spirit was helping Him pray, which denotes the Trinity.
If Jesus and the Father are One and the Same, as some teach, then Jesus was here praying to Himself, which is ridiculous! No! He was praying to His Father in Heaven, which means that He and the Father, although “One” in Unity, Purpose, and Essence, are two distinct Personalities. The confusion concerning the Trinity comes in because of Three manifestations being One; however, Jesus explains it perfectly in this Seventeenth Chapter. “One” is not referred to as a number, but rather as a description. If it is understood in that light, then problems regarding the Trinity are cleared up, becoming, in fact, easy to understand, at least as far as we poor human beings can understand such.
As well, if a person wants to know what God the Father is like, that person only has to look at the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philip said to the Lord, “Show us the Father.” Jesus answered him by saying, “Have I been so long with you, and yet have you not known Me, Philip?” (Jn. 14:8–9). Jesus wasn’t meaning that He was the Father, but rather that He was the same as the Father in Essence. So, if you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the Father (Jn. 14:10–11).
The Whole Bible
Read Jeremiah 40:1 through 42:22; 2 Timothy 3:1–17
From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).
The apostle Paul wrote these words to a young minister that he mentored and loved as a son. Timothy’s mother was a Jew, and apparently she made sure her son was given a firm foundation through exposure to the Law and the Prophets, our Old Testament.
The New Testament we have today was not yet recognized as Scripture or even complete when Paul wrote to Timothy. The Scriptures that could make one “wise for salvation” that Paul was referring to was the Old Testament.
Sometimes Christians bypass Old Testament books as though they have little importance for today. However, these books point to Christ and His salvation. Having a solid Old Testament foundation paves the way for a better understanding of the New.
How is your knowledge of the Old Testament? Do you know what it has to say about Christ? Have you searched the prophets in order to apply their wisdom and truths to your walk with God?
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to study all of Your Word in a balanced way.
--Quicklook: 2 Timothy 3:10–16 --
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