First off, I love it that Jesus was not only praying for His followers and disciples there with Him on earth, but also "for those who will believe in Me through their word." He was praying for us. He continued to spell out His prayers for us: we were in His heart and His thoughts as the "joy set before Him" as He went to His death. This allowed Him to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
What is the true oneness that Jesus was talking about in this passage? Jesus had the same heart and motivations as His Father. As He spent time with the Father in the scriptures and in prayer while here on earth, more vision regarding His life was revealed to Him. Jesus was in human form showing us how to walk with the Father.
If we want the world to know about Jesus and His greatness, it isn't enough for us to just believe in Him. The Bible says that "even the demons believe and tremble" James 2:19. Belief alone can start the process of transformation, but it isn't enough to convince the world of the glory of God. Only people who find and know His heart and then walk in it displaying their oneness with God to the world will actually reveal the glory of God. If we want to make Jesus famous, we have to KNOW Him and walk with Him on a daily basis. We have to be ONE with Him, not just in theory, but in practice.
Oneness is not sameness. It doesn't mean that we believe every tenet of what someone else believes. It doesn't mean that we line up, precept by precept, with our brothers and sisters next to us. Think of it this way: even when we are WITH God in His holy presence, do we really believe everything that He believes? He would love us to have complete understanding of His ways and His character, but NO, we are being conformed into the image of His Son. We are gaining revelation and knowledge of who He really is, but we are still not the SAME as God.
It is the same with our brothers and sisters in Christ from all walks of life. We are the most ALIKE when we are in the glory of God covered by LOVE, but we are still created with different gifts and expressions. We are all being conformed to the image of Christ at different stages, but we can still be ONE in love.
As we walk increasingly in oneness with God both individually and corporately in our individual churches and the Body of Christ at large, the world will see more of Jesus and His glory. We answer Jesus’ prayer by our obedience to choose love over strife.
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