Teacher: Rusty Kennedy
Series: Roles of the Holy Spirit
- John 17:21-23 - 21 “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.”
The Untold Story of the New Testament Church – Frank Viola
“It is a time before time. Nothing exists except the Trinitarian Community: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is All.
Among the three Persons of the Godhead, there is unbroken fellowship between the Father and the Son by means of the Spirit. A council is held. God conceives a plan. He shrouds this plan in a mystery, and He hides it in the Son. The plan will be disclosed at an appointed time far into the future. Paul of Tarsus will later call this timeless plan “the purpose of the ages” and “the mystery.” What is this plan? It is this: In eternity past, the Godhead purposes to one day expand its fellowship to a people not yet created.
Put another way, God wills to produce a community on earth that will reflect the community that is found among the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. God, who sees the end from the beginning, takes the first step in carrying out this plan. Within the Eternal Son are hidden ones whom God has chosen to be part of His ordained community. The names of the hidden ones are written in an eternal volume called “the Book of Life.”
Within the Godhead there is a Lamb. This Lamb is God the Son. At a future date God will symbolize this Lamb by a created animal called by the same name. This Lamb exists now… in eternity past… and He is slain. God completes all things before He creates all things.
God’s “eternal purpose” provokes Him to create a universe and an earth. He weaves into His creation pictures and symbols of His Son and of this future community that will express His nature. God then chooses a people for Himself: The nation of Israel. Israel’s entire life and history prefigures the spiritual community that will one day display God’s eternal nature on the earth.”
 Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 17:20–24). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.