John 17:11 ¶ "Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
This is a critical section of Scripture. Our calling to be one as the Bible defines oneness. In so many churches today we are fighting over the issues that we can agree to disagree on. What I mean is that we will not all agree on all the things the Bible says, we get caught up with election, predestination, tongues, and we fight over what color carpet to have or matters that just are not essential to our salvation. These items listed below are the things we need to stand up for and make sure the truth is defended. Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
UNBENDABLE DOCTRINE OR WHO IS YOUR JESUS
2Co 11:4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted--you may well put up with it!
- Eternal Trinity – Christ’s part in it Mt 28:19
a) That God is one, and that there is but one God #De 6:4 1Ki 8:60 Isa 44:6 Mr 12:29,32 John 10:30
b) That the Father is a distinct divine Person distinct from the Son and the Holy Spirit.
c) That Jesus Christ was truly God, and yet was a Person distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit.
d) That the Holy Spirit is also a distinct divine Person.
2) Inerrancy of Scripture… 2 Timothy 3:16
3) Virgin Birth Mt 1:23
4) Deity of Christ 2Pe 3:18, John 1:14
5) Incarnation of God/Assumption of human form…All man and All God Col 1:15-17, Phil 2:6-11
6) Sinless Life 2 Cor 5:21, Isaiah 53:9, Mt 27:4, 24,
7) Substitutionary Death 2 Cor 5:14-21, 1Pe 3:18
8) Bodily Resurrection of Christ 1Co 15:6, Lu 24:50
9) Literal Bodily Return to Earth Revelation 22:12, Ac 1:11
10) Salvation by grace through faith apart from works Eph 2:8-9, John 14:6
11) Sits at the right hand of God making Intercession (Given a name above every name) 1Ti 2:5 Heb 8:6 9:15,24 12:24 1Jo 2:1, Phil 2:9-11
John 17:6 ¶ "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 "Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 "For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9 "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 "And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
Jesus has fulfilled His mission by revealing who God is to the disciples who have been chosen by the Father. That is our mission, to reveal to the world Jesus Christ who is both Lord and Savior (2Peter 1:11). He tells us that they are a love gift from the Father to the Son Jesus Christ and they are saved. The proof is they have kept His word. They know that Jesus is God and everything He says comes from God the Father. He shows they are saved again by saying they received the words and have believed He was sent down by the Father. He prays for His disciples, He does not pray for the world because they are not His children. He has a special love for the disciples and all His children who have trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior. Lastly, He says that all believers belong to the Father and to Him also, and the way He will be glorified in the future is by the way we live here on earth for Him. Our main purpose is to Glorify God - Romans 8:29.
John 17:1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 "as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
In this section of Scripture we see Jesus asking the Father to give Him back the Glory which He had before the foundation of the World. Jesus is God and was never less than God, but He did give up the usage of some of His divine attributes while He was here on earth such as knowing everything that would happen (Omniscience), He gave up the worship He had in Heaven, the infinite riches He had, the Omnipotence – being all powerful, and His ability to be everywhere at the same time as Jesus (Omnipresence). Jesus wanted to and did Glorify the Father by dying on the cross and paying for the sins of all people. He also did this by living a perfect sinless life while here on earth. He also defined eternal life as knowing the true God and Jesus Christ who are one. Eternal life is not in a place called Heaven, but in a person called Jesus Christ who is God that came in human flesh.