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Eternal Love and Glory in John 17

written by Asher Intrater
September 08, 2012

Twice in John 17 we find the expression, “before the foundation of the world.”

The first speaks of Yeshua and the Father together in glory.

John 17:5 – “… the glory I had with You before the world was.”

The second speaks of Yeshua and the Father together in love.

John 17:24 – “… that they may gaze upon My glory which You gave Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”

Try to imagine. In eternity past, before God created the world, Yeshua and the Father were together. They had perfect love, joy, and peace. They had awesome power, light, and glory. It was so wonderful that they wanted to invite others to join them. So they created angels and mankind to enjoy this wonderful state of being forever. The gospel is God’s invitation to join in that fellowship (I John 1:3).

The same love they have for one another is offered to us.

  • Father God Himself loves us.
    John 16:27 – “The Father Himself loves you…”
  • In fact He loves us just as much as He loves Yeshua.
    John 17:23 – “… You have loved them as You have loved Me.”
  • And Yeshua Himself loves us in the same way that the Father loves Him.
    John 15:9 – “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.”

God’s love and glory are transferred to us from the Father through Yeshua.

John 17:22 – “I have given them the glory which You gave Me …”

Yeshua’s prayer in John 17 is that we would join them in eternal love and glory.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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