Glorification and Oneness in the Triune God

In John 17 the Lord began His prayer, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You.” In verses 14-21 the Lord has given us the Father’s word, asked the Father to sanctify us in the truth in this word, and said that His request was for the purpose that we “all may be one.” This oneness is not in the human realm nor based on human effort. Rather, the Lord prayed that we “all may be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us.” Oneness in the New Testament is to be in the Triune God partaking of the oneness of this Three-who-are-One God.

In John 17:22-23 the Lord continued, “And the glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, even as We are one; I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected into one.” Here glory and oneness are joined in the same sentence. The glory is the divine life released in resurrection. After receiving this life, when we experience it extensively, we are “perfected into one.” As in the prior verses, this perfected oneness is a matter of our mutual indwelling with the Triune God in Their oneness.

The New Jerusalem is the ultimate glorification of the Triune God in answer to the prayer in John 17. New Jerusalem is also the ultimate expression of the Triune God’s oneness expressed in divine-human mingling. The city has one throne, one street, one river, one tree, and one wall. New Jerusalem radiates the unique glory of God. New Jerusalem has twelve gates which, as a spiritual sign, do not denote diversity but rather signify the eternal fullness of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as our entrance into the city.

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

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