To Be and To See

I love to read the prayer of Jesus, because it was prayed just for me.

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John 17:24 – 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.

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Oh, what a joy to share this Second Miler with you today.  Read our Text for Today a few more times.  Look closely at the words of our Lord as He prayed to Father.  He is appealing to the Father’s love and doing so in faith.  This is the kind of prayer that pleases Father, and as such, is a prayer that Father longs to answer.  So, from the very beginning of today’s writing, I urge you to simply fully embrace this request from Jesus as an fully answered prayer, for indeed it is.

In this part of His prayer, Jesus requested two things of Father.  First, that we may be with Him where He is, and second, that we may behold His glory.  Now keep in mind that He had already said to Father that He had given us the glory that Father had given Him.  But now He takes it deeper.  He wants us, as recipients of that glory, to be with Him and behold that glory.  Dear one, this is one of the greatest requests for blessing that Jesus ever uttered to Father.

First, consider being with Jesus where He is.  Indeed, we are already there.  Through the new birth, Father has already raised us up and seated us together with Christ Jesus on His Own right hand in heavenly places.  So that portion of the prayer has already been answered.  Yet sadly, so many believers have yet to realize that in their own lives.  By brother and sister, it is time for the Church to believe God; simply believe God.  For if one truly believes God, he/she will act on what the Word of God has said.

And what of Jesus’ second request in our Text for Today?  He wants us to behold His glory; to see it, to experience it, to have it vitally active in our daily lives.  Don’t fall prey to a widely dispersed false teaching in the body of Christ that if it is the will of God, it will simply automatically happen.  That is patently untrue.  Does the Scripture not teach that it is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance?  Yes, it does.  Yet sadly, many are those who die without Christ and find themselves eternally lost.  Here, too, that principle applies.  It IS the will of God for you to behold His glory, but to behold it, you must believe it, and believing it, put yourself in a place of yieldedness to Father so you can behold it.  It’s our decision now.  The prayer has been prayed.  The prayer has been answered.  What will you do with it. 

Manna for Today – John 17; Isaiah 60-61; 1 John 2:20-27; 1 John 5:13-15; Mark 11:22-24; John 15:7; John 16:23; Ephesians 2:6

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The Glory – Part Five

It is NOW your time to exercise the glory of the only begotten of the Father.

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John 17:22-23 – 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.

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Once again, I refer to the glory that Father said He would give to no other but His Son.  That is the glory that was given to Jesus; glory full of grace and truth.  But today, let us look at the role of that glory, the glory Father gave Jesus, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, the glory full of grace and truth, the glory Jesus gave us, let us look at the role of that glory in us as we occupy the place Father has established for us in the earth, as the Church, the body of Christ, the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and heaven’s ambassadors to this age.  Remember, it was that glory, the full and abiding presence of Holy Ghost in Jesus that enabled Him to complete His earthly mission in just a bit over three years.  And we have the same glory.

  • We have that glory to be the Church, the organization of God Almighty, established under His Word to raise up and train disciples for the work of the Kingdom.
  • We have that glory to function as the body of Christ, to be His hands, His voice, His fully functioning body in far greater numbers than when He stood here alone, to carry out the same purpose and works He did, and even greater.
  • We have that glory to be the light of the world.  Jesus was that light while He was here in the flesh.  Now we are that light, and that light is to shine forth, piercing all darkness with a never-diminishing brilliance.
  • We have that glory to be the salt of the earth, to preserve, to season, to flavor, and to retain the water of the Word by which Spirit and life flow forth into the world and for the edification of the church.
  • We have that glory to be heaven’s ambassadors to his age, speaking with the full voice and authority of Heaven itself, our places of abode being embassy grounds, our guards being heaven’s marines (holy angels), and our walk and works fully and completely representing all the power, majesty, authority, and presence of the Great God Jehovah Who has sent us forth.

Rise up, child of God, and live, walk, work, speak, and rejoice in that glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, for it is yours.  Jesus gave it to you to represent Him to the fullest as you serve His will and purpose in the earth.  Retreat NOT from it, but grow up in it, go forth with it, and demonstrate it to the fullest. 

Manna for Today – John 17; John 1:1 & 14; Isaiah 60-61; Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:11

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The Glory – Part Four

The glory of description here is unlike glory of any other kind or level.

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John 17:22-23 – 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.

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We continue today delving into the glory of which Jesus spoke I our Text for Today.  Take a moment and read it again.  This should be one of the trumpet calls for the believer to rise up and be who the Lord desires him/her to be.  The “glory” that Father gave to Jesus, the “glory as of the only begotten of the Father,” is the SAME “glory” that Jesus in turn gave to His disciples.  And if you are a child of God, having been born again into the family of God, too, are called, and rightfully so, a disciple of Christ.

Once again I call upon you to prayerfully consider this awesomely powerful declaration of our Lord.  As a disciple of Christ, you have had gifted to you the very same glory that Father gave Jesus that is described as the “glory as of the only begotten of the Father.”  And reading just a bit further in John 1:14, we see the content of that glory set forth.  That glory, the “glory as of the only begotten of the Father” is “full of grace and truth.”  Look at it again.  That “glory” if “full.”  And that fullness is “grace and truth.”  When something is “full,” there is no room for anything else.  So, once again I offer you this consideration.  They “glory” that Jesus has give you is “full” of “grace and truth,” leaving room for nothing else; ONLY “grace and truth.”

Now for that FULLNESS to be manifest, we must understand that the “truth” to which it refers is the Word of God.  That “glory” if filled to its fullest with the Word of God, the Word that is settled forever in heaven, the Word by which Father is upholding all things, the Word that was in the beginning with Father, the Word that became flesh.  And that “glory” is likewise filled to its fullest with “grace,” the grace by which we are saved through faith, the grace that is His throne to which we come boldly, that grace that makes us what is lacking in us so our faith works in its fullest as He would desire it.  That, my friend, is the “glory” that Jesus has given us.  Believe it, receive it, act on it, live in it, and allow it to permeate you and all that is under your authority as a child of God.  

Manna for Today – John 17; John 1:1 & 14; Isaiah 60-61; Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:11

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The Glory – Part Three

The glory Jesus has given us is for divine, powerful, and eternal purpose.

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John 17:22-23 – 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.

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Once again today we focus on the glory of God that was given to Jesus; that same glory that Jesus has now given to us.  And in our examination of the glory, let’s look at the purpose of that glory that has been given to us.  It is for divine, powerful, and eternal purpose.  Examine the words of John 1:14.  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”  Consider this dynamic revelation concerning the glory of God.  Upon whom, or what, was that glory placed?  The glory in question was set upon the “Word made flesh.”  That was Father’s intended place of deposit.  Since Jesus always did those things that pleased Father, the same must still be true of that glory and its placement today.  And today, the placement for that glory is on each member of the Church, the body of Christ.  That sets the believer in a divine position.  Since we have been born again of the Spirit and by the Word of God, and since we are part of the body of Christ, the placement of His glory is still viewed by the Father as divine.  Perhaps we believers need to reconsider how we identify ourselves.  We are NOT “old sinners saved by grace.”  We WERE old sinners, but since we have been saved by grace, we are now new creatures in Christ Jesus, recreated in His image by the power of Holy Spirit through the new birth.  We are NOW the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.

Now, as the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, you and I have been made recipients of the glory of the only begotten of the Father, and we have received that glory for a divinely intended purpose.  That purpose is to be the body of Christ in the earth.  It is to work the works that Jesus worked; healing, delivering, provisioning, and changing lives.  It is to do greater works than Jesus did; leading the lost to Jesus through the new birth, and more than that, to lead believers to the baptism in Holy Spirit.  We are His ambassadors, that is ambassadors with divine citizenship, here in this present life.  That means we speak for Him as He would speak, and that likewise mean that when we carry out our ambassadorial duties, we have all the authority and power of heavenly divinity standing behind us to uphold us in our words and deeds.  And because the Word is eternal, so should our impact in the earth be.  

Manna for Today – John 17; John 1:1 & 14; Isaiah 60-61; Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:11

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