The Glory That Jesus Gave Us So That We May Be One

Before Jesus was betrayed and killed, He prayed for His disciples and for those who would believe in Him through His disciples (underlined text by the author):

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:20 – 23, NKJV).

It is clear from verse 22 that it is the glory from the Father that will unite all the believers of Jesus Christ.

What is the glory that the Father gives the Son, who, in turn, gives to the believers to unite them?  

Now, the Greek for “glory” used in verse 22 is δόξαν (doxan) , whose definition and usage, according  to Strong’s Concordance 1391,  follow those of δόξα (doxa):

  1. Definitionopinion (always good in NT), praise, honor, glory
  2. Usagehonor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.

According to the HELPS Word Studies for Greek, δόξα (doxa) literally means “what evokes good opinion, i.e. that something has inherent, intrinsic worth

Several commentators thus came up with the following answers to the question:

As Christ, according to his human nature, is termed the Son of God, he may be understood as saying: “I have communicated to all those who believe, or shall believe in me, the glorious privilege of becoming sons of God; that, being all adopted children of the same Father, they may abide in peace, love, and unity.” For this reason it is said, Hebrews 2:11, Christ is not ashamed to call them brethren. (Clarke’s Commentary)

And the glory which thou gavest me— With respect to my human nature, namely, to be a habitation of thyself by the Spirit; I have given them — Have bestowed on them the honour and happiness of having a measure of the same Spirit dwelling in them, enriching them with various gifts and graces, stamping them with thine image, and communicating unto them thy divine nature, 2 Peter 1:4. (Benson Commentary)

And the glory ... – The honor which thou hast conferred on me by admitting me to union with thee, the same honor I have conferred on them by admitting them to like union with me. (Barnes’ Commentary)

What is a means by which we can be one in Jesus Christ and therefore in the Father?

In verse 22, the last two words are “We are one”   (ημεις εν εσμεν). The total gematria of these three Greek words is 618.

618

But this numeral produces the set {6,1,8}, which is a permutation {1,6,8}; and the number 168 is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke (see Table 3.8 of the book, e-copy):

168

In the book, we showed that:

The Lord’s Prayer is the foremost proclamation of our faith in the fulfillment of the will of His Father in His Son, Jesus Christ.

CONCLUSION:

  1. Since the Lord’s Prayer is our proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ, that is, our Creed,  it is a means by which we are one in  Jesus Christ and therefore in the Father;
  2. The Lord’s Prayer unites all Christians.

It is interesting to note the following:

  1. The gematria of δόξαν (doxan) in John 17:22 is 135, a numeral with the set {1, 3, 5}, a permutation of which is {1, 5, 3}, which produces the number 153.
  2. The gematria of Hebrew for (sons of Elohim)  בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים   (bni e-aleim), sourced from Genesis 6.4, is 153.

bni

 

How Do We Seek First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness?

Matthew 6:33 gives us a powerful passage, for it tells us what to do in order to receive all what we need in this earthly life:

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

How do we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?

The context of this statement is given in Matthew 6:25-34:

Do Not Worry

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

The identifiers of the verses are given below:

633

From verse 25 till the end (verse 34), we can see how the numbers totaled themselves. At exactly verse 33, the total is 675. The 675th number in base 23 is 168. But 168 is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke!

168

Conclusion: The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that is for seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!

Take My Yoke Upon You

In Matthew 11:28 – 30, we read:

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

These passages aptly describe the high standard of humanity and care of Jesus Christ. And for those who believe in Him, it is just a matter of taking on His yoke to lighten any heavy burden we may have in our lives and in our daily struggle with sin.

The pertinent question is then:    After we have accepted Him in our life, how do we take His yoke upon us?

Biblical Mathematics provides a clear answer. If we take the original Greek text of “Take my yoke” in Matthew 11:29, its value is 1867.
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1867 is a prime number.  It is the 285th  prime number.   But 285 is precisely the identifier of Matthew 6:9-13:
 
 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
 
The identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9 – 13 is 285
Book
Chapter
Verse
Sum
40
6
9
55
40
6
10
56
40
6
11
57
40
6
12
58
40
6
13
59
Total
285
CONCLUSION:   It is through the Lord’s Prayer that we take the yoke of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ upon us!
 

The Prince of Peace of Isaiah 9.6

In Isaiah 9.6, we read (NIV):

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The Hebrew version of Isaiah 9.6 yields the numerical value of 876 corresponding to “Prince of Peace.”

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Using the Method of the Prime developed in our book (e-version), we see that the 876th prime number is 6803, which turns out to be the numerical equivalent of only two verses in the Bible: incredibly, Mark 10:47 and Luke 23:30.

47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  (Mark 10:47, NIV)

30 Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ (Luke 23:30)

The first verse shows who the Prince of Peace is, and the event linked to the second verse shows why he is “prince” or “chief” of peace.

In Mark 10:47, the person acknowledging Jesus was a blind man, as we can gather from the neighboring verses:

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Even the blind could “see” that the Prince of Peace of Isaiah 9.6 was “Jesus, the Son of David!”

Luke 23:30 is referring to the most important event in Jesus life, namely, His crucifixion. With Jesus’ death and resurrection, our fears in death are removed and replaced with the gift of internal life, as the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 6:23:

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace because He alone is able to offer assurance of eternal life.

Did God Harden Pharaoh’s Heart?

In Exodus 7:3-4, we read (KJV):

And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.

Did God harden Pharaoh’s heart? Yes, He did.

However, verse 4 alludes to the fact that it is not in a manner understood by some, namely, that God violated free will and He was therefore unjust in punishing Pharaoh and Egypt.  Indeed, verse 3 means entirely the opposite of this faulty understanding.

Reading the entire chapter 7 and chapter 8, we realize that it was Pharaoh himself who hardened his heart. God knew Pharaoh would harden his heart. God would allow this to happen, just as He allows those who wants only to do evil continue their sinful ways (Romans 1: 24 – 32). God’s pronouncement in verse 3 “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart” does not negate at all, or contradict, God’s intention to allow Pharaoh to continue with his wish; but rather it actually magnifies God’s intention, as we can conclude from Exodus 7:14, which does not make sense if God had actually hardened Pharaoh’s heart:

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people go.

Biblical Mathematics unequivocally supports this view point. To determine God’s true intention when he proclaimed  “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart” in Exodus 7:3, we look at the proclamation’s numerical equivalence. It is 1261.

1261

But the value 1261 refers to only two other verses in the Bible; Numbers 10:23 and Job 34:16. Of these, Job 34:16 (underlined below),  stunningly, in context, refers the true nature of God. He does no evil and does no wrong (Job 34:10) and does not pervert justice (Job 34:12).  He is not unjust!  Moreover, Job 34 reveals the true intention of God, namely, He will not destroy for its own sake (Job 34: 14-15) but He will “repay everyone for what they have done; He brings on them what their conduct deserves” (Job 34: 11), implying He will not interfere with free will:

10 “So listen to me, you men of understanding.
    Far be it from God to do evil,
    from the Almighty to do wrong.
11 He repays everyone for what they have done;
    he brings on them what their conduct deserves.
12 It is unthinkable that God would do wrong,
    that the Almighty would pervert justice.
13 Who appointed him over the earth?
    Who put him in charge of the whole world?
14 If it were his intention
    and he withdrew his spirit and breath,
15 all humanity would perish together
    and mankind would return to the dust.

16 If you have understanding, hear this;
    listen to what I say.
17 Can someone who hates justice govern?
    Will you condemn the just and mighty One?
18 Is he not the One who says to kings, ‘You are worthless,’
    and to nobles, ‘You are wicked,’
19 who shows no partiality to princes
    and does not favor the rich over the poor,
    for they are all the work of his hands?

What Did Jesus Write on the Ground?

One of the most intriguing episodes in the Bible is the story of what Jesus did when He was confronted by the teachers of the law and the Pharisees who brought in a woman caught in adultery, demanding to know Jesus’ stance with respect to a Mosaic law that calls for death in such a situation.

The episode is narrated in John 8: 4 – 11 (KJV):

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

We therefore come to a very fascinating issue:   What did Jesus write on the ground? Here we put forth the argument that what Jesus wrote was a portion of His very own Prayer.

Using the Method of the Verse Identification (MVI) expounded in the book, let us look at the identity of the verses from 4 to 11, which provides a precise synopsis of the story of  the adulterous woman.

Book# Chapter# Verse# SUM TOTAL
43 8 4 55 55
43 8 5 56 111
43 8 6 57 168
43 8 7 58 226
43 8 8 59 285
43 8 9 60 345
43 8 10 61 406
43 8 11 62 468

And here we stumble across one of the most fascinating results of Biblical Mathematics.  The 6th verse and 8th verse read:

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

The identifier of the verses up to the 6th verse is 168 and that of the verses up to the 8th verse is 285.

But 168 is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke, and the 285 is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Matthew!

Identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11:2-4 is 168

Book#

Chapter# Verse# SUM
42 11 2 55
42 11 3 56
42 11 4 57
 

168

Identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 is 285

Book Chapter Verse SUM
40 6 9 55
40 6 10 56
40 6 11 57
40 6 12 58
40 6 13 59
  285

CONCLUSION:   The only logical conclusion is that Jesus wrote the following:

  1. The first time He stooped down (John 8:6), He wrote:  “Forgive us our sins.”
  2. The second time He stooped down (John 8:8), He wrote: “As we forgive those who sinned against us.”

If one of the teachers of the law or Pharisees had bothered to read what Jesus had written, he would have come to realize that he was looking at the essence of the greatest prayer of all times, the prayer that is a mini-Gospel of Jesus Christ containing the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  (Matthew 22:37-40).

For he who forgives seeks love (Proverbs 17:9):

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

And in love, there is forgiveness (1 Peter 4:8):

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Jesus Christ was telling the teachers of the law and Pharisees to follow His Great Commandment on which hangs all the Mosaic law and what the prophets have said!

If we love Jesus Christ (and therefore His Father), we follow His commandments (John 14:15) by daily repentance (Matthew 4:17) and denial of self (Matthew 16:24). Hence, the necessity to petition the Father to forgive us our sins.  And by forgiving those who sinned against us, we seek love (Proverbs 17:9).

Did the Disciples Pray the Lord’s Prayer on Pentecost?

In Acts 2, we read of an incredible event – the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples as they gathered in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. In the King James Version, we read:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Verses 1 and 2, in particular, are revealing:   the disciples were all with one accord, after which the mighty wind rushed in, signaling the arrival of the Holy Spirit.

What were they doing with one accord, or in harmony, which must have been the right thing to do, for it created an environment conducive for the Holy Spirit to descend upon them?

Acts 1:14 tells us that the disciples were praying and asking for something earnestly and humbly:

14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

What exactly were they praying for? Were they praying for the Holy Spirit to come upon them? This seems unlikely since Jesus Christ already told them that the Holy Spirit would visit them, as we read in Act 1:4:

 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

One thing we can be sure about, given that John the Baptist emphasized repentance before the physical immersion in water  (Matthew 3:2).

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

The disciples were praying for forgiveness of sins, renewal and repentance, preparing themselves to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

We showed in our book, via biblical mathematics, that the Lord’s Prayer indeed covers our justification and continual sanctification:

Theorem 6.5 The Lord’s Prayer, prayed daily at the (prescribed) times given in set D, presents our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

Moreover, since the Lord’s Prayer is the only prayer taught to the disciples by Jesus Christ, we thus arrived at the following hypothesis:

Hypothesis:  The disciples were incessantly earnestly praying the Lord’s Prayer with one accord on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1).

Now, the original Greek text of Acts 2:1 has 74 Greek letters, and that of Acts 2:2, 94 Greek letters.  The sum is 168. Surprisingly, it is but the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke (using the Method of the Verse Identification developed in the book)!

Identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 is 168

Book

Chapter Verse Sum

42

11 2

55

42

11 3 56
42 11 4

57

 

168

There is no problem with incessant prayers and worship, for this is exactly what the 4 beasts and the 24 elders in Revelation 4:7-11 do:

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come!”

 

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.”

 

It is surprising that the identifier of the two verses that contain praises to God  in Revelation 4 (verses 8 and 11) is 159, since the 159th number in base 9 is 186, whose digits are a permutation of the numeral 168.

According to S. E. Jones, in his book The Biblical Meaning of Numbers from One to Forty, the number 9 represents “divine visitation, which is God’s judgment in the life of the believer(s) by which the Holy Spirit trains them in obedience”  (page 9).   S. E. Jones goes on to write (page 10):

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It is the job of the Holy Spirit to help advise sinners who stand convicted by the law (Rom. 3:19) to find justification—that is, be pronounced not legally guilty. Jesus trained His disciples during His time of visitation. And then toward the end of His ministry, He spoke of “another Comforter” (John 14:16) that was yet to be given. The use of the term “another” indicates that Jesus Himself was a Comforter prior to the time when the Holy Spirit was given in Acts 2. In fact, at the beginning of His life, Simeon called Him “the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). The word is paraklesis, the same word as the Comforter.

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The fact that the Lord’s Prayer may have the repetitive property of the praises  in Revelation 4:8-11, and may therefore be the incessant prayer in one of the greatest stories in the Bible – the story of the baptism of the frightened disciples with the Holy Spirit  on the day of Pentecost – is beyond comprehension!