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ETERNAL LIFE AND THE WORDS OF GOD
We have been looking at the last words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He went to the cross.
Today we move on to John 17, the prayer Jesus prayed for His disciples, and those who would believe in Him because of their witness and testimony, which would include us.
As I read the seventeenth chapter a number of verses really caught my attention. Join me in taking a look at these verses.
In verses 2-3 Jesus says the Father gave Him authority over all flesh, and that to all the Father had given Him, He gives eternal life.
Then He goes on to explain exactly what eternal life is. We think it is living forever, but that is not the case. All people will live forever, even those who didn't believe in Jesus. That is why it is so crucial to choose Him and receive all He had done for us through His death and resurrection before we die.
According to Jesus, this is eternal life: to know the only true God - Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus then goes on to explain that the Father had given Him words to speak, and He spoke these words to the disciples, as well as to the rest of the people who followed Him. However, the disciples received His words and truly understood Jesus came forth from the Father and had been sent by Him. Many of the others who also heard these words didn't receive them, so they didn't understand and they didn't believe.
From this we learn that it is of the utmost importance to receive God's words.
According to HELPS Word-studies the Greek word translated 'receive' means to 'lay hold by aggressively (actively) accepting what is available or offered'.
So we need to actively accept God's words. Then faith and revelation from those words will come and we will better understand the Lord and His ways, and believe Him and trust Him (Romans 10:17).
Lastly I want us to look at verses 20-21: "I do not ask on behalf of these [the disciples] alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me."
Jesus prayed for unity among believers.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 reads, "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
There is strength in numbers.
People standing together for the Lord and His Kingdom will be able to move the earth. In fact, in Acts 17:6 believers were accused of turning the world upside down.
Believers who are united in thought and purpose (1 Corinthians 1:10) can be used of God to do the most amazing things and to further His Kingdom every single day.
Unfortunately we have allowed the devil to devide us.
Let us follow the example of Jesus and pray for unity among believers. And let us do our very best to live in peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ. May we all be of the same thought and purpose - God's thought and purpose.