Oneness with God
When Jesus prayed to his Father in John 17, He requested that we should be one with Him as He is one with the Father. Verse 22 says, “The glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one.”
Discipleship is not learning information and rules. Discipleship is sharing in the relationships of the Trinity or, as Jesus put it, becoming one as He is with the Father. This is a oneness of relationship and not necessarily a oneness of nature. However, as we grow in the Christian life, we participate in the character and nature of God. For example, the fruit of the Spirit really is participating in the love, joy, and peace of God. This gives us the ability to participate in the life of the Trinity.
Many times, a Christian's imagination is too small. It needs to match the heights that we have been brought to in Christ. We are to share the same quality of relationship that Jesus has with the Father. We are to share in the relationships of the Trinity. The glory that is part of the life of the Trinity as they honor one another, Jesus Christ has shared with His disciples and with us. So our responsibility is to share in those close relationships, to share in that relational oneness, and become as close as we can in affection and love with our Heavenly Father, our exalted Redeemer, and our Helper, the Spirit.
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