By Teresa Ferraro
“Now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5)
“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;…I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (v. 22-23, 26)
Oh!! What that must have been like!!
The glory of God poured out on Christ: “glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” It seems Christ was longing for that again while He walked the earth and was ready to return to the Father.
This is what stands out to me at the opening portion of Christ’s Prayer, the perfect, glorious love between Father and Son. Even more so when He works back around to it at the end of His prayer, praying to share that glory with US!!! No sibling rivalry here.
Read those verses again; see yourself there and bask in that idea!
The Son of God worked to fulfill the Father’s desire; He gave His siblings (born-again believers) that wondrous glory of His Father’s which He treasured from before creation. He prayed for the completion of God’s plan from the beginning: Our perfection as we are brought into the union He has with the Father.
“I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, … that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Regardless of how you see yourself, regardless of the status of your earthly existence, your level of spiritual understanding, or the maturity of your soul, if you are a born-again child of God, THIS is your ETERNAL CONDITION, your SPIRITUAL POSITION: The person of Christ, the Son of God, lives in you, and you are in Him; over 100 verses say so. Christ never leaves you. He’ll never forsake you. His yoke is easy, and His burden light. Now learn of Him. He’s with you through everything. He’ll get you through anything.
And the Holy Spirit (Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Teacher, John 16:13-16) is there to teach you of Christ in you, working toward the goal of maturing you to the full statute of Christ.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:25)
Walk in His Spirit, and come back once in a while to remember this—your eternal, spiritual reality is in Christ as God’s child.
Keep yourself centered by knowing this:
Your life is in Christ. He’s your wisdom, your strength, your righteousness, your sanctification, justification, and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30). You are hid in Him and any enemy has to go through Him to touch you, so the battle is won and we already know how it ends. So stop worrying. You are safe and secure, In Christ.
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