John 17: 20-23, Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 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.
The glory of God, better defined as opinion, judgment or view is not the glory cloud of His manifest presence that we read about in other passages! The purpose of this glory is
1. Unity. He distinctly states in vs. 22 that the glory is transferred to us for a cause. Glory has a purpose and that purpose it to make us one! To draw us together as a family, as a body, as a church.
Throughout the Word, it is stated that God will not share His glory with another. That means that when we refuse one another (of the Body of Christ), we refuse the glory. Glory is positional as well as relational. Where we are in relation to Him must be where we are in relation to one another.
When the glory of God is on a man’s life, it should draw us closer to God and one another rather than alienate us. Otherwise, the glory is being used for personal gain.
2. Perfection. (vs. 23)”…that they be made perfect in one”
That word “perfect” means to accomplish, finish, or bring to and end. This cannot happen if we remain separate entities. He wants us to finish together as one working part! We will not come to completion in our purpose apart from one another.
Perfect also means consummate human integrity and virtue. These are the legs that we stand on! Picture a stick figure. That is the body of Christ.
The left leg is the Fruit of the Spirit, integrity and character. Not surprisingly, the word unity (one, together) also means integrity.
The right leg: the Gifts of the Spirit: our unique calling, gift(s), purpose, virtue
We cannot operate in our calling and gift(s) without one another. It simply is not possible. Our left leg only grows as we regard one another and relate one to another. It’s worth considering that the branches that do not bear fruit are those that remain alone, unexposed to brothers and sisters in Christ. The very tool the Husbandman uses could very well be the one’s we refuse to have fellowship with.
Without each other, we are handicap. One leg short.
The spiritual legs of the body of Christ will never take us in opposite directions. The legs are one working part, just as the legs (of a physical body) are one working part.