JOHN 17:13 -19 JESUS SAID SANCTIFY THEM BY YOUR TRUTH. YOUR WORD IS TRUTH

29Dec

John 17:13 "But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 ¶ "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

 

Jesus has spoken many things so we can have His joy complete in our life.  We are also told how we have the Father’s word and because of that we will be hated because we are not like the world.  He prays for us not to be taken out of the world, but that we will be protected while we are here.  Our job is not to get saved and leave, but we are to share God’s word with others.  He also is praying that we will be Holy and separate from the world because we have been transformed by the Word we have read and absorbed into our life.  He also sends us as He was sent and has set Himself apart as completely holy so that we can be that way too.

Now on the terrible threshold that they're about to face with the betrayal, the denial and the scattering; with this cryptic notion about the son of perdition betraying Him to fulfill Scripture, Jesus brings up the subject of joy.

13 "But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

Second thing He prays for is their joy in the world.

Purpose clause “that they may keep on having Christ’s joy in their faithfulness realized in themselves.”

Christ's joy was in the care of the Father for Him. Did you get that? Christ's joy was in knowing that the Father cared for Him. And Christ wanted us to share His joy and so He prays this prayer to show us that the Father also cares for us. Do you see? Christ's great joy was that He knew the Father cared for Him. He knew it. And He says Father; I'm praying out loud so they'll know not only how much I love them but that You're going to care for them. For them to understand the love and care of the Father, for them to understand the intercessory work of Jesus was a constant source of joy.

"Your life's going to fall apart, My friends. It's going to fall apart and I want you to have joy. In a few minutes are going to run away, you're going to deny me, you’re going to scatter like bugs and you know what? It's alright because I want you to have My joy. What a God we have.

Joy came to them because they knew from His words that He had conquered the evil one and brought eternal life to them.

 14 "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

We welcome the Person of the gospel and believe the message of the gospel!

Thirdly, He prays for their protection in the world. Verse 14, "I have given them Thy Word," and, of course, when He did that that set them apart. I  when they received the Word, the Word of God, the Word made them alive, they were automatically set apart from the rest of the world. And who runs the world? Satan.

Jesus’ intercession for the disciples continued with a reminder of (a) their value and (b) their coming danger. They were valuable because they had received the Word of God: I have given them Your Word (cf. “I gave them the words You gave Me,” v. 8). They were in danger because the satanic world system hated them. It hated them because they are not a part of it.

John 3:20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, ulest his works should be exposed. Joh 8:23; 15:18-19; 17:8,16; 1Jo 3:13

The Word of God not only brings us God’s joy and love, but it also imparts God’s power for holy living (John 17:15–17)

 15 "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

There is no escape for us from the perpetual task of changing sons of evil to sons of God. This clear statement is always a warning to Christians. Mt 6:13; 2Th 3:3;

Ga 1:4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father

Though it would secure their own safety, would leave the world unblessed by their testimony.

They have the word but the world's going to hate them. The evil one is a real danger to these people. Jesus does not want them taken out of the world away from the danger of the evil one. Jesus wants them in the world protected in the context from the evil one. Now if you recall, Moses, Elijah and Jonah were all, "Poor, poor, pitiful me" at some point in their life and they wanted God to take them out of the world.

Each one of them asked God to take them out of the world. He didn't answer any one of them. He left them because they had a mission they had to accomplish. They had been sent by God to do something. The same is true for you and me. The world is godless and blind and we're living in the world and the world may very well hate us. And we’re not to be praying and crying and saying, "Take me of the world." We're to stay here.

Like Daniel in Babylon (Dan. 1-2; 4-6) and the saints in Caesar’s household (Phil. 4:22), God intends for His followers to be witnesses to truth in the midst of satanic falsehood

The Bible says in I John 5:18 that the whole world lies in the arms of the wicked one, doesn't it? The whole world. And we need to be protected from the wicked one. Don't take them out just protect them.

 16 "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Joh 17:14

the first thing He prayed for was Oneness through holiness and here He gets down to how we can be made holy.

 17 ¶ "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 2Sa 7:28; Ps 119:142,151; Joh 8:40; 15:3; Ac 15:9; Eph 5:26; 1Pe 1:22 it's truth ... absolute, inerrant, accurate, total revelation of God.

A sanctified Christian is someone who is daily growing in the Word and as a result is separated more and more from the world unto the Father.

Believers are called to Christlikeness (cf. v. 19; Rom. 8:24; Gal. 4:19; I Thess. 5:23). This can only happen through knowledge of the truth, which is both the living word (Jesus cf. 10:36) and written word (Bible cf. 15:3).[i]

thy word is truth—(Compare Jn 15:3; Col 1:5; Eph 1:13).

Constantly used in the Septuagint to express the entire dedication and consecration of both persons and things to God. Consecration is the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious

The truth is communicated in the Word, which is both personal and put forward for consideration.  As the message about Jesus was heard, believed, and understood, the disciples’ hearts and minds were captured. This change in their thinking resulted in changes in their living. The same is true of believers today. As they appropriate God’s Word to their lives, they are sanctified—set apart for God and changed in their living in order to honor God (cf. 15:3). God’s message set the apostles apart from the world so that they would do His will, not Satan’s.[ii]

Romans 12-1-2

The world competes for the Father’s love (1John 2:15–17), but the Word of God enables us to enjoy the Father’s love. One of the first steps toward a worldly life is the neglect of the Word of God.

D.L. Moody wrote in the front of his Bible, “This book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book.” [iii]

True sanctification (being set apart for God) comes through the ministry of the Word of God. “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3). When you were saved, you were set apart for God. As you grow in your faith, you are more and more experiencing sanctification. You love sin less and you love God more. You want to serve Him and be a blessing to others. All of this comes through the Word.

With the mind, we learn God’s truth through the Word. With the heart, we love God’s truth, His Son. With the will, we yield to the Spirit and live God’s truth day by day. It takes all three for a balanced experience of sanctification. We are people “under orders” and we had better obey! Jesus is now “set apart” in heaven, praying for us, that our witness will bear fruit as many repent of their sins and turn to the Lord.

 18 "As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. Joh 20:21

The Word gives us joy, love, and power to live a holy life. It also gives us what we need to serve Him as witnesses in this world (John 17:18–19). Sanctification is not for the purpose of selfish enjoyment or boasting; it is so that we might represent Christ in this world and win others to Him. Jesus set Himself apart for us, and now He has set us apart for Him. The Father sent Him into the world, and now He sends us into the world

How does He send us? To be holy and set apart. Father, You sent Me here, set apart from men, undefiled, not touched by sin, to confront the world, Father, that's the way I want to send them, holy, undefiled, without blemish. As Peter said, "Without blemish and without spot." Unholy, worldly Christians accomplish nothing. They are negative.

Matthew 28:18–20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority iin heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 jGo therefore and kmake disciples of lall nations, jbaptizing them min2 nthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them oto observe all that pI have commanded you. And behold, qI am with you always, to rthe end of the age.” 

This passage is similar to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Each Christian should view himself as a missionary whose task is to communicate God’s truth to others.

1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

 19 "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. 1Co 1:2,30; 1Th 4:7;

Heb 10:10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

The purpose of the death of Christ is to dedicate or separate believers to God and His program.[iv]

He addressed Him in verse eleven as Holy Father. It's the only time in the New Testament that anyone called God the Father "Holy Father." The only time.

 Why does Jesus call Him Holy Father in the middle of John seventeen? It's not wrong to do it. Why does He say "Holy Father" all of a sudden? Because the word holy means to set something apart and He's trying to give them a forecast of "Holy Father, the one who is the most set apart, I want You to holy them; I want You to set them apart," because sanctification comes from the concept of holiness; to be set apart for God.

Jesus is going to sanctify them; to set them apart, to live in a context where it is hostile and dangerous and they'll be hated, and He says, "I'm going to set you apart for this."

Now here's where we get the idea of the High Priestly Prayer. Jesus says, "I sanctify Myself."

 The high priest picked one time in his life in that year, went in the Holy of Holies and made that offering. He sanctified himself before he did that through ritual cleansing of blood and the ear lobes, all the stuff on the ephod; all that stuff he did offering sacrifices and then he went in, one time in his life; by lot he went in and he offered the sacrifice for the atonement. Remember? Do you know the Old Testament?

 This is where the high priest language comes.

 Jesus says, "I sanctify Myself. I set Myself apart to be the High Priest and I am the sacrifice."

 Because no matter how clean a priest could get, he was still filthy; and no matter what animal he slaughtered, it was still an animal. And so the High Priest is the concept, but the prayer is, "I sanctify Myself."

 Jesus says, "I'm going to come as the priest; perfect and without blemish. I never sinned; I'm the only one and I set Myself apart to be the sacrifice for their sins."

Therefore  the High Priestly prayer. "And when I do that I want to sanctify them so I can leave them intact when I go away." That's what Jesus is praying

For their sake I sanctify Myself? Sanctify, holy, means to set apart. Did Jesus set Himself apart? Sure He did. He set Himself apart to do ... what? ... whose will? ... the Father's. He set Himself apart to do the Father's will. And He's saying this -- Father, for their sakes I set Myself apart to do Your will that they may be set apart to do Your will.

Do you know that we could never do the will of the Father if Jesus hadn't accomplished the Father's will on the cross? Could we? Could we be holy? Set apart unto God without the cross? No. Could we be set apart at all without Christ being set apart? No. That's why Hebrews says, in Hebrews 10:10, "For by one offering has He sanctified," or set apart, "all believers." Once for all He died and set us apart. And if He hadn't been willing to set Himself apart, obediently to the Father's will, we would be unable to do it. And so, Jesus is saying -- Father, I've got to get to the cross and I'm willing to do it, I've got to set Myself apart that they may be set apart.

Listen to this. Hebrews 13:12: "listen ... here's His purpose in dying, listen: Heb 13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate." You know why He died?  To set us apart, holy unto God. Same thing in Titus 2:14 It says this: "Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a people of His own." You see, He had to die to set us apart. He had to be set apart to do God's will that we might be holy. There it is.

I want to conclude with one lesson that from this passage we are to be in the world but not of the world. Jesus prays for their protection and their sanctification so that they will carry out the mission that He leaves them to ultimately glorify God. He prays for their protection and their sanctification so that they will be kept in their mission and He sanctifies them to be left here to carry out the mission of the Gospel that He's given them to preach.

1John 2:15:Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

 So how do we live in the world and not of the world?

America has analyzed this culture more than any other culture perhaps of all time. How many polls do you think the media takes every day? How many politicians take multiple polls in the course of a week? And we've always got our finger to the wind to see what people think. We are led by popular opinion. What a stupid way to think!

"If everybody thinks it's right, it should be right."

 I mean, this is so stupid.

 "Morality by majority."

 What a great way to think, you know? There are absolutes in the Bible. We are to be in the world and not of the world. You can't be a bombastic, fundamentalist, Bible beating, screaming, yelling, loud; well you can. That does a lot of good. Nor are we to capitulate and do nothing. The distinction is the mission. The mission is the Gospel, not an agenda. Jesus did not leave them here to bring in a political revolution; a social revolution. He left them to give life to the dead. That's the mission.

 So we analyze our culture and the danger then is, "Okay, now we've figured it out. Now here's how we shrink wrap the Bible and give it back to the culture that needs it."

The believer is to be distinct from the world's sin, the world's values and the world's goals; we are to look different.

we really have to be distinct from the values of the culture, from the sins of the culture and from the goals of the culture. It's not just what movies are you watching or not watching; it's what values does the culture have and do you share those or do you have eternal values?

2Co 6:17 Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you."(NKJV)

I bet most everyone secretly believes this. If I do right as a Christian, God is somehow beholding to me to bless me and if I'm not blessed, then am I doing something wrong or what God? What if the greatest lesson in life is learned through tragedy? What if the closest walk with Christ is learned in horrible crises? What if intimacy with the Father and glorification for Jesus Christ means death on a cross?

 Wow! That's not American Christianity. We don't like that.

Christ’s example indicates that true sanctification is absolute subjection to God’s will-even to death.

They also may be sanctified = ‘sanctified’ is in the perfect tense; so in Christ’s sanctification (death), all believers are permanently sanctified.[v]

How can we be overcome by the world when we have the Word of God to enlighten us, enable us, and encourage us?

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

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The world is trying to solve earthly problems that can only be solved with heavenly solutions.

THE AMAZING BIRTH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST MATTHEW 1:17 – 2:23

22Dec

There have been described in the Old Testament 300 prophecies of the first coming of the Messiah and 500 of the second coming, all of then made hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus and fulfilled to the letter in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

George Heron, a French mathematician, calculated that the odds of one man fulfilling only 40 of those prophecies are 1 in 10 to the power of 157. That is a 1 followed by 157 zeros. Compare it to this; Another mathematician, Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, claims the odds of being fulfilled only 60 of them by the only person who claimed to be the Son of God, and who died on a "tree" on Calvary, and who rose the 3rd day are astronomical!... not just one in one trillion, but one out of ten to the 895th power. That is a one over a one followed by 895 zeros.

To put it in simple terms one man said the chances of this happening is like filling Texas up 3 feet deep in silver dollars and throwing one out of an airplane somewhere over Texas, then you are expected to find and pick up that silver dollar on the first try.

5 Miracles of timing or being a certain place

1:18 Mary with Child of the Holy Spirit

2:2, 9 The Star guided them

2:9 the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.

2:6 Born in Bethlehem because Caesar and Quirinius wanted a Census

Luke 2:1-7

2:13 Told to flee Herod would kill the children

Went to live in Nazareth

Mt 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth

  5 Dreams

1:20, 2:12, 2:13, 2:19, 2:22

3 Angels, plus one in Luke makes 4

1:20, 2:13, and 2:19, Luke 1:28-38 angel appears to Mary telling her she will bear a son

9 Prophecies

1:23

Isa 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

1:21 a near prophecy of Jesus saving us from our sins

2:1

Isa 60:3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.

2:2

Nu 24:17 "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.

2:6

Mic 5:2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."

The Messiah would be born in a village called Bethlehem," originally in Genesis 35 called Ephratah (?) but came to be known as Bethlehem which means "house of bread."  The Bread of life just happened to be born in a city called that. The Jews all knew that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. 

2:11

Isa 60:6 The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the LORD.

2:15

Ho 11:1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.

2:18

Jer 31:15 Thus says the LORD: "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more."

V23 A Nazarene

"The prophets" is plural there, we don't know the specific prophecy...in fact it may not even be recorded.  But the prophets said He would be a Nazarene and that's exactly where He went to live.

 As you come to verse 11 it says, "And to Josiah were born Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the deportation to Babylon," and it goes on from there.  Now here in the middle of this lineage, this kingly line, this royal right to the throne is a king born by the name of Jeconiah.  Jeconiah was an evil man, also called Coniah, he was an evil man.  And in Jeremiah's prophecy chapter 22 and verse 30, the Word of the Lord says this about Jeconiah, "Write this man childless," in what sense?  "A man who will not prosper in his days for no man of his descendants will prosper sitting on the throne of David or ruling again in Judah."

Now God said no son of Jeconiah will ever reign in Palestine in Israel.  No son will ever bear the throne of David.  And yet, Jeconiah is in the Messianic line.  How then can Jesus be the King if He does not come through the royal line of Jeconiah?  And how can He be the King if the line of Jeconiah is cursed?  That seemingly hopeless dilemma is resolved in the virgin birth.  Through that line Jesus received the legal right to the throne, but He was no blood child of Jeconiah for that line was cursed and there could never be a child of Jeconiah on the throne of David. 

From Mary's own lips in Luke 1:46, from her own lips in what is commonly known as her Magnificat, her song of praise, she speaks to God and this is what she says, "My soul exalts the Lord," then verse 47, "And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior."  Mary is the savior of nobody.  Mary needs a savior and she says God is my Savior.  He is the one who delivers me from sin.  Mary while being the best of sinners, if there is such a thing, the noblest among young maidens, the most beautiful of virgins, Mary must have been the finest of young girls in every way, but Mary needed a savior.  And Mary by virtue of being the physical earthly mother of Jesus could claim no spiritual privilege and make no claim on the time, attention and life of Christ.  She was a sinner in need of a savior.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

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JOHN 17:11-12 JESUS SAID HOLY FATHER, KEEP THROUGH YOUR NAME THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE GIVEN ME, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE AS WE ARE

15Dec

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.

Now, what does He pray for? Four specifics, and may I add that this is for all of these disciples but particularly for the eleven that has special import. He prays for their oneness in the world, their joy in the world, their protection in the world and their sanctification by the Word... four tremendous things.

The words "keep" and "remain" are themes from verse eleven through the end of verse twenty-three in this section.  He's praying that they'll be kept. He's praying that they'll be protected. He's praying that they'll be in unity. In the midst of this prayer for keeping them

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. Joh 10:30; 13:1; 16:28; 17:21; 1Pe 1:5; Jude 1:1

the first thing He prays for is our oneness, the way we have oneness is living in holiness which causes unity

17:11 "I am no longer in the world" This refers to (1) the immediate future (ascension) when Jesus will return to the Father (cf. Acts 1:9-10) or (2) the public ministry of Jesus.

Luke 1:49 for fhe who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 

▣ "Holy Father" This term "Holy" is used of the Father only here in the NT (Also used in the title, "Holy One," I Pet. 1:15) as it is in the OT. This adjective (hagios) is also often attributed to the Spirit (cf. 1:33; 14:26; 20:22). The same Greek root is used of the disciples in v. 17 (hagiasmos) and Jesus in v. 19 (hagiazō).

The basic etymology of the root is "to separate for God's service" (cf. vv. 17,19). It is used of persons, places, and things given exclusively for God's use. It describes God's superior character (the Holy One of Israel) and a differentness from physical, earthly, fallen things. Jesus was holy; as His followers become more like Him they, too, reflect "holiness." The root of the term "saint" is from the Greek term "holy." Believers are holy because they are in Christ, but they are to become holy as they live for Him, like Him, and unto Him.

 ▣ "keep them in Your name" Jesus is praying (aorist active imperative) for the empowering protection and personal presence that YHWH has given Him (perfect active indicative) to be provided His disciples (cf. v. 12). This will enable them to minister in a fallen world as He ministered in a fallen world (cf. v. 18). This is one of the benefits of the unity (cf. v. 21) between

  1. the Father
  2. the Son
  3. the disciples

The power of the Holy Father is being set as sufficient to off-set the influence of the world's system. He says -- Holy Father -- emphasizing His holiness. Now the word holiness, hagiŏs, holy, simply means to be set apart, or to be separated. And He is saying -- separate Father. What does He mean? Separate from what? What is it that God is separate from? From sin, Holy Father, separate from sin, guard them. Guard them from what? Guard them from sin. Separate Father, keep them separate. That's all He's saying. And the holy is the whole emphasis of this passage. God is holy and separated from all evil. He is of purer eyes than behold iniquity and canst not look upon sin. And here His holiness is emphasized because Christ wants Him to keep His disciples holy and separated from all evil. Separated Father, keep them from the same thing that You're separated from. Guard them against the unholiness of the world. The word to keep is tērēson, it means to watch over, it's kind of a divine surveillance, you know. For three years Jesus had kept them and now He commits them to the care of the Father with the prayer that the Father will fulfill His will and guard them from the unholiness of a polluted, godless, Christ-hating, persecuting world.

 God’s people are the Father’s gift to His Son. Would the Father present His Son with a gift that would not last? The disciples had belonged to the Father by creation and by covenant (they were Jews), but now they belonged to the Son. How precious we are in His sight! How He watches over us and even now prays for us!

Whenever you feel as though the Lord has forgotten you

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is ja strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and kis safe. 

Do you know why we're so valuable to Jesus? You know why? Because we are love gifts to Him from the Father. That's why. In ourselves we're not that valuable, but because we have been given to Christ as an expression of the Father's love, we are priceless.

Do you know why Jesus now loves you so much? Not because of your own intrinsic value but because you were given to Him by the Father and He loves the Father infinitely. You want to know something exciting? Consequently, He loves you to the same degree that He loves the Father. That's why you're so valuable. You see, that's why when Jesus goes to the cross, He stops to pray for you because He loves you so much, not for you own sake, but for the sake of the Father who gave you to Him. I mean, that's exciting, isn't it? That will show you the depth of the love of Christ for you... it's not limited. His love for you is as unlimited as His love for the Father. For you represent to Him, the love of the Father, for indeed you were the Father's love gift to Him. Now that's why Jesus is so concerned about praying for US. That's why the ministry of intercession is what it is. That's why He really cares .

And the kinship must be with the Father, not of human agreement.

"that they may be one even as We are" This is a present subjunctive. It refers to the relational unity of the Triune God (cf. vv. 21,22,23; 10:30; 14:10). This is also an awesome request and responsibility for Christians! This call for unity is lacking in our day (cf. Eph. 4:1-6). Unity, not uniformity, is the way to reunite God's splintered church.

Unity is the cry of the New Testament, the body, the unity of the body, every member caring for the other member ... all of the unities that are prescribed in Ephesians 4, 1Corinthians chapter 12, constantly throughout the New Testament, love for each other and oneness. And Jesus says Oh, Father, You've got to keep them from unholiness in order that they may be one. Now watch this, friends, that means that there's only one thing that ever violates oneness. What is it? Unholiness, sin ... sin. When anyone believer gets sucked off into the world, oneness is destroyed because we automatically, at that point, lose the unity of our testimony.

A unity of love in holiness that separates us from the world is Jesus prayer. Jesus prayed for separated disciples.

Oneness of will and spirit (ἑν [hen], neuter singular), not one person

Jesus offers the unity in the Trinity (three persons, but one God) as the model for believers. The witness of the disciples will fail without harmony (17:21).

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.

Ps 109:8; Joh 6:39,70; 10:28; 13:18; 18:9; Ac 1:20; Heb 2:13; 1Jo 2:19

He says: "Those that Thou gave Me," and that's seven times in this chapter, He refers to Christians as gifts from the Father ... seven times. Because, you see, that's the basis of His care for us.

The thrust of the passage is Jesus’ continuous protection (cf. I Pet. 1:3–9).

I continued to keep.

I guarded them as a means to their preservation. 1 Peter 1:4  to an inheritance that is imperishable•, undefiled, and lunfading, mkept in heaven for you,

He says the first (tēreō) meant to preserve and the second (phulassō) meant to guard.

 John6:39, "All that the Father gives to Me, who come to Me, I'll lose none of them but raise them at the last day." He never loses one love gift that the Father gives Him, never.

Romans 9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel,

He's saying -- The Father's will was accomplished in the case of the eleven, and it was also accomplished in the case of the one. Judas never was saved.

This is a Hebraic idiom meaning “the one who is destined to be lost.” It is a word play on the term “lost” used earlier in the verse: “no one is lost except the one destined to be lost.”

A play on words: “None of them perished, but the son of perishing

Mark 14:21 For •the Son of Man goes aas it is written of him, but bwoe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! cIt would have been better for •that man if he had not been born.” 

Judas is chosen by God, but he betrays Christ. So what's going on here? In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 you have the exact same phrase, "son of destruction" or "son of perdition." You compare it later on your own with Acts 1:25. 

It points to Judas' character, not his destiny. It's not pointing to the fact that Judas was, before the foundation of the world, destined to go to hell. It says that his character was of this disposition. His character was of destruction; of perdition.

 The phrase "son of destruction" has to do with Judas, we've seen it before, in his relationship with Satan; his being in league with the devil. In 6:70 he says, "One of you is a devil," referring to Judas.  In chapter 13:2, Satan puts the idea in Judas' heart to betray his master. In chapter 13:27 Satan enters Judas so he carries out his betrayal and then in chapter thirteen verse thirty, Judas is found in the realm of darkness.

Php 1:28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.

 2Th 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

 1Ti 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

 Heb 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

 2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

 Re 17:8 "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

 Re 17:11 "And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.

 There are at least two passages we could turn to, to see that potential fulfilling; Psalm 41:9, Psalm 109:4-13

Acts 2:23 this Jesus, delivered up according to ithe definite plan and jforeknowledge of God, kyou crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.

Now on the terrible threshold that they're about to face with the betrayal, the denial and the scattering; with this cryptic notion about the son of perdition betraying Him to fulfill Scripture, Jesus brings up the subject of joy.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

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JOHN 17:6-10 JESUS ACCOMPLISHES HIS EARTHLY MISSION

8Dec

The first major purpose of Scripture is laid bare in v. 6: it is to reveal the person and character of God to man, for that is what ‘manifested Your name’ means in the Hebrew idiom. The second major purpose of the Bible is revealed in v. 8: it is to present Jesus the Christ as the Savior of the world. Presenting this message to mankind is the work which Jesus had finished doing (v. 4). God has thus given two revelations of Himself to man—Scripture and nature.[i]

Notice that virtually everything Jesus claims to have accomplished is described in the past tense. We realize that some of these “accomplished” items are not yet “realized.” We also know that these words will prove to be true. Is it not wonderfully encouraging to realize that even before His disciples have become what they will be, our Lord can speak confidently about them, as though they have already attained their destiny? This is because our destiny is ultimately in His hands:

28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29 Because those whom God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those God predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).

For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

23 Now may the God of peace make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be kept entirely blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is trustworthy, and he will in fact do this (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the one in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that he is able to protect until that day what has been entrusted to me (2 Timothy 1:12).

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).

24 Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before his glorious presence, 25 to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and for all eternity. Amen (Jude 1:24-25).

What an encouragement it is to know that He is not only the one who sought us and saved us, but He is also the One who keeps us, and who perfects us! We will most certainly become what He has purposed and promised, and so it is that He can speak of our future as though it were already realized.

The emphasis of verses 6-10 is that Jesus has accomplished all that the Father sent Him to do, in terms of equipping the disciples for their “mission

What is the work God has for us on earth? To be “great”? To be noted evangelists? To be famous teachers? To be known and respected by all? Hardly. God wants a very simple thing, which every believer, no matter how humble, can share in fully. God wants us to manifest (make known) His name. We have received Jesus’ words (v. 8) and believed in Him. Now we are to live out those words on earth. The quality of our lives is what will make plain to those around us the character of God. Each of us can brighten the world around us by reaching out to others with a grace and love that are like God’s own.[ii]

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.

Ps 22:22; Joh 6:37,39; 10:29; 15:19; 17:2,9,11,26

  1. He has revealed the Father to them—verse 6.

We Know His Name (John 17:6–12)

Psalm 9:10 And those who tknow your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. 

Christ has given His own eternal life (John 17:2), but He has also given them the revelation of the Father’s name (John 17:6). The Old Testament Jew knew his God as “Jehovah,” the great I AM (Ex. 3:11–14). Jesus took this sacred name “I AM” and made it meaningful to His disciples: “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35); “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12); “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11); etc. In other words, Jesus revealed the Father’s gracious name by showing His disciples that He was everything they needed.

But the Father’s name includes much more than this, for Jesus also taught His disciples that God—the great I AM—was their Heavenly Father. The word Father is used 53 times in John 13–17, and 122 times in John’s Gospel! In His messages to the Jews, Jesus made it clear that the Father sent Him, that He was equal to the Father, and that His words and works came from the Father. It was a clear claim to Deity, but they refused to believe.[iii]

When it uses the word "name" it means the whole character and the nature of the person as far as it is known. And when Jesus says, "I have declared Your name," He means I have revealed Your character. That's what He means.

Illustration: Psalm 9:10 says: "They that know Thy name will put trust in Thee." And the point of the verse is anybody who really knows the character of God will trust Him. Right? A lot of people know His name. Why ... there are some people halfway down the street, they know God's name. They don't know God. They know His name, title and letters, they don't know His character. If they knew His character they'd trust Him.

Psalm 20 verse 7 it says, "Some trust in chariots," imagine trusting in a chariot? "Some trust in horses," listen to this, "but we'll remember the name of the Lord our God.

The "name" plays an important theological role in the upper room dialogues (cf. 14:13,14,26; 15:16,21; 16:23,24,26; 17:6, 11,12,26). In chapter 17 two unique titles are used of God.

  1. Holy Father, v. 11
  2. Righteous Father, v. 25

Let me give you a second thought here. The name of God was so sacred that no Jew would ever say it. In fact, it was so sacred that they tried to make up a word to substitute for it and they did. They took ... for example, the word for God's name is the verb to be, "I am that I am," remember that's God's name in the Old Testament? I am that I am, see. But the Jew didn't want to say that...no mortal lips could ever say God's name which in the Hebrew is Yahweh. They wouldn't say it. Only the high priest on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement could say it, and no other time by no other person ... too sacred. But they had to refer to God and they didn't want to say: "Dear you know, so they decided -- We'll make up a name. So they took the consonants, the consonants out of Yahweh, YHWH, or JHWH, Hebrew, either way, and they took the vowels out of Adoni which is a word that means Lord and they stuck the vowels out of adoni into the consonants of Yahweh and they came up with Yahhovaw or Jehovah. So in your Bible when you read Jehovah, that's a non-word that has been placed there so that Jews will not have to say the name of God, too sacred to be spoken. But you want to know something wonderful? You know what I can say? I can say God. I can say Yahweh. I can say Jehovah. I can say Abba Father. I can say anything I want. You know why? Because Jesus came to declare and manifest ... what? ... His name. And I don't go to God in any kind of fear and I don't have to go as the high priest, once a year, I can say God's name, it's on my lips continually because Jesus came to place the name of God on human lips, did He not? And when I go to prayer, I talk to God as my intimate Father, I don't go into His presence facetiously: any fear, I don't go in His presence with any reservations, I go into His presence and I say -- Abba Father -- which in English is "Daddy,"  a term of intimacy.

Yes, Jesus said, I came to declare the name of God. And He did. He showed us God's character and He brought men so near to God that they could speak to God in intimacy ... as a loving Father.

They have a right to Your care because they ... they're Yours’s, You chose them to be the objects of Your grace. And so, He's only asking the Father to what He's already designed to do.

They belonged to the Father in eternity past. verse 6

They were given to Jesus by the Father.    verse 6

"the men whom You gave Me" Theologically this speaks of election (cf. vv. 2,9,24; 6:37,39). No one can come unless

  1. God gives (17:2, 6,9,11)
  2. the Spirit draws (6:44,65)
  3. they receive (1:12); believe (3:16)

They have obeyed the Father’s word.         verse 6

It does not imply perfect obedience or sinlessness, but a desire to hear and do all that is revealed; so far it refers to the disciples’ faith in Jesus, abiding in Jesus and loving one another as Jesus loved them.[iv]

Jesus viewed these disciples as those whom God had given to Him out of the world (cf. 6:37; 15:19), not as those who had chosen to follow Him. This viewpoint accounts for Jesus' confidence as He anticipated their future. They belonged to God, and God would therefore protect them. Jesus had revealed God to them. The name of God summarizes everything about Him (cf. Exod. 3:13-15; Isa. 52:6). Manifesting the name of God to people means revealing His essential nature to them.

They had kept God's word by believing on and following Jesus even though they were not consistently obedient.

Anybody who is not a Christian is in the world, in the system. And by the word "world" John uses it in the sense of a system, Satan's evil, godless, anti-Christ system. And the unsaved man is a part of the system.

True believers, then, are chosen out of the world to belong to the Father. And oh, we do belong. In John 10 Jesus is talking about His sheep and He says, verse 27: "My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me," listen to this, "and I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." Why? "My Father who gave them to Me is greater than all, and no man's able to pluck them out of My Father's hand." Once you become a believer, the Father gives you as a love gift to Jesus, nobody but nobody will ever take you out of His hand. It can't happen. And so, the Father, then, gives love gifts to the Son.

That's the human side? On one hand He says -- They're elect by God, chosen, the ones You decided to bless. On the other hand, they have kept Thy word. Salvation involves the choice of God and the obedience of man, doesn't it? Sure it does. This is the human side. It says in verse 6, "They have kept Thy word." What is that? That's just a way of expressing saving faith, that's all. They have kept means obeyed;

And so, Jesus says -- This is the real stuff, Father, because they have kept the things that I said which are Thy words, see. That's the proof of the pudding, friends, not what you think of Jesus, what you think of what Jesus said.

▣ "they have kept Your word" Obedience is crucial (cf. 8:51,55; 14:23; 15:10,20). This is used in a similar sense to OT "blameless" (cf. Noah, Gen. 6:9; Abraham, Gen. 17:1; Israel, Deut. 18:13; Job, Job 1:1). It does not imply perfect obedience or sinlessness, but a desire to hear and do all that is revealed; so far it refers to the disciples' faith in Jesus, abiding in Jesus, and loving one another as Jesus loved them.

 7 "Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.

  1. He has given them His Word—verses 7-8.

They understand all that Jesus was given came from the Father.

He amplifies this so graphically in verse 7 by saying what they believed.

The first thing they knew was everything He did; He did by the power and the will of God. That everything He had, all the things, that is truths, principles, spiritual principles, doctrines, whatever He gave them was from God. You see, they believed indeed that God was in Christ. You see that? That's the only way to be saved. First John 4:2-3 says: "If a spirit comes along and doesn't confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, he is not of God."

If you come along with anything less than that Jesus Christ is God in a human body, God in human flesh, it's a lie right out of the pit ... plain and simple ... not of God. But these were true disciples.

How do we know their faith was real? How do we know? Verse 7, "Because they agreed that everything Jesus said came from God," they saw Him as God in human flesh.

 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.

The one inescapable point of all biblical teaching is summed up in this verse; does the hearer believe that Jesus was sent by God? [v]

"For I have given unto them the words which Thou gave Me." And what did they do with them? "They have received them." Oh listen, my friends, it's not enough to be enamored with the person of Jesus, it's not enough to think religious thoughts, the only way a man ever comes to God, the only way a man ever knows God, the only way a man is ever put on divine welfare, the only way a man will ever be blessed by God, the only way a man will ever inherit eternal life, the only way he'll ever spend eternity in a glorious heaven in a place prepared by the Father in the Father's own house, is when he agrees that Jesus is God in human flesh and everything He said, He said right out of the mind of God.

Joh 8:28; 12:49; 14:10; 16:27,30; 17:25

They have accepted the teaching Jesus has given them from the Father.      verse 8

His disciples now understand and believe Jesus was sent into the world by the Father.            verse 8

And the two things that give them credential to be blessed by God: God's own choice and their own faith.

they received them"

They received Jesus' message about God. This highlights the twin aspects of the gospel as (1) a person and (2) a message.

"they received. . .they believed" These are aorist active indicatives. These truths refer to Jesus' divine origin and message (cf. 5:19; 6:68-69; 12:48-49; 16:30; 17:18,21,23,25).

Now, Father, You chose him before the foundation of the world. And You chose him to be blessed. Besides that, Father, his faith is genuine and he really loves You.

And you see, it's on those two bases that Jesus Christ pleads on my behalf. Boy, is that humbling? Well, every time I think about that, I don't deserve it ... and my sins get bigger and bigger, you know. And I just say -- Hallelujah for grace, you know ... 'because 1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with 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.

1Jo 5:19

This prayer is for two things: (a) the disciples’ preservation (“protect them,” v. 11) and (b) their sanctification (“sanctify them,” v. 17). [vi]

He is praying for His disciples because they are believers.          verse 9

He is praying for those who belonged to the Father, and now belong to Him.  verse 9

And so, Jesus says -- These are the ones I'm praying for. They're the ones who are for real. You want to know something? Let me just add this footnote. And I've said it before but I'm going to say it again.

 The real proof of discipleship, now watch this one, is continued obedience. There seems to be a problem with so many people. People say -- Well, I know so-and-so, and they came to church and they talked about the Lord and they were supposedly Christians and this, and all of a sudden they were gone.

And the two things that give them credential to be blessed by God: God's own choice and their own faith.

In John's writings this term World uniquely means "human society organized and functioning apart from God."

Does Jesus pray for the unsaved? The Bible doesn't say. Well, is there ever an illustration anywhere of Jesus praying for someone who didn't love Him? Yes. One, and that's all. And it's recorded for us; Luke 23:34 and it says this, are you ready for this? He's hanging on the cross, He looks out and He says -- Father ... what? ... forgive them, for they know not what they do. That's the only time really that you ever see Jesus pray for an unbeliever. Oh, other times He redeemed them out of unbelief. But praying for them as unbelievers -- that's the only time. And as much as anything, that becomes an illustration to us of what Jesus said in Matthew 5 when He said pray for your enemies for those that hate you and despitefully use you

But He cannot pray in any kind of an intercessory way for the Father to bless an unbeliever, you see, here is intercession. He ever lives to make intercession for us, not unbelievers. If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Savior, God is not concerned with blessing you. You're not the object of His blessing. Christ does not intercede on your behalf. He intercedes for those that are His. You see, that's why He says -- I don't intercede for the world ... I don't do it. They are not objects of the Father's blessing. Jesus carries on no intercessory work.

Heb 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.(NKJV)

"the world" Kosmos is used eighteen times in this chapter. Jesus cares for (1) the planet (cf. 17:5,24) and (2) believers' relationship to its fallenness (cf. 1:10; 17:6,9,11,13,14, 15,16,17,18,21,23). In John's writings this term uniquely means "human society organized and functioning apart from God." Sometimes it implies (1) the planet; (2) all life on the planet; or (3) or life apart from God.

10 "And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.

This reveals the unity of the Trinity

And then He gives the two reasons why He intercedes for us, two reasons. Number one, we are His personal possession ... verse 9: "I pray for them, I pray not for the world but for them that Thou hast given Me," why? ... For they are Thine," watch verse 10, "And all Mine are Thine and Thine are Mine."

He is praying for those whom He and the Father possess together.        verse 10

Our security rests in another fact: we are here to glorify Him (John 17:10). With all of their failures and faults, the disciples still receive this word of commendation: “I am glorified in them.” Would it bring glory to God if one of His own, who trusted in the Savior, did not make it to heaven? Certainly not! This was Moses’ argument when the nation of Israel sinned: “Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘For mischief did He bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?’ ” (Ex. 32:12) Certainly God knows all things, so why save them at all if He knows they will fail along the way? Whatever God starts, He finishes (Phil. 1:6).

God has provided the divine resources for us to glorify Him and be faithful. We have His Word (John 17:7–8), and His Word reveals to us all that we have in Jesus Christ. The Word gives us faith and assurance. We have the Son of God interceding for us (John 17:9; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 4:14–16). Since the Father always answers the prayers of His Son (John 11:41–42), this intercessory ministry helps to keep us safe and secure.

We also have the fellowship of the church: “that they may be one, as we are” (John 17:11). The New Testament knows nothing of isolated believers; wherever you find saints, you find them in fellowship. Why? Because God’s people need each other. Jesus opened His Upper Room message by washing the disciples’ feet and teaching them to minister to one another. In the hours that would follow, these men (including confident Peter!) would discover how weak they were and how much they needed each other’s encouragement.

The believer, then, is secure in Christ for many reasons: the very nature of God, the nature of salvation, the glory of God, and the intercessory ministry of Christ[vii]

He is praying for them because He is glorified by them.  verse 10

And so, Jesus prays -- Father, bless them because they're our charge, our responsibility. Second thing and last thing, second reason He prays for them, this is great ... verse 10... and I am glorified in them." And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world and I come to Thee..." Father, bless them because I'm leaving and coming to You and if I am to be glorified anymore, I will be glorified ... what? ... in them. And so did Paul say -- Christ in you ... what? ... the hope of glory.

  1. "I have been glorified in them" A disciple's life is to give honor to Jesus as He gave honor to the Father. What an awesome responsibility!

1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

In the old economy, God dwelt among people and showed His glory. In Jesus, God’s glory was displayed (cf. 1:14). Then Christ’s disciples glorified Him: Glory has come to Me through them. And now in the Church Age the Holy Spirit glorifies the Son (16:14) and believers are also to glorify the Son (Eph. 1:12).

God wants to care for you because He wants the Son glorified in and through you. Jesus says, in effect, -- I'm leaving, the glory display that I have given in this human body is over, but these remain, Father, to display My glory. If the world is to see the glory of God, they're going to see it in us, aren't they?

The Bible says in 1 Co 10:31 "Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, of the Apostle Paul, most simple, mundane ritualistic thing, do it all ... what? ... to the glory of God, that Christ may be glorified in your body whether by life or by death." The glory of God was revealed in a body -- Jesus Christ -- and is now revealed in what we call "body-two" the believers.

John 16:15

The apostle Paul desired to “finish well” in his life and ministry. We can see for ourselves the kind of disqualification which Paul dreaded and sought to avoid:

24 Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win. 25 Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we can imperishable one. 26 So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. 27 Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

As Paul approaches the time of his departure, he can rejoice, knowing he has finished well and that the work God had given him to do has been accomplished:

6 For I am already being poured out as an offering and the time for me to depart is at hand. 7 I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. 8 Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day; and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on his appearing (2 Timothy 4:6-8).

In the paper there was a most tragic thing, the fire in the house and the father, four children? And he saw the fire and it was moving fast and he thought the only thing he could do would be get out of the house and get a hose, hook it up and get water and put it on the fire. And so, he ran out and by the time he'd connected the hose, turned it on, got back to the front door, the heat and the flames were there and he couldn't get in. And his children were all trapped in their rooms. And so, he began to work his way around the house in only the terror and the fear and the horror that a father would feel, and I can feel this, so can you if you're fathers and mothers, too. And in every case, he would smash the windows with his bare arms to try to reach the children, but the heat would throw him back and the fire. And he went from room to room and he was unable to get in and when it was all over with, he was completely shredded to the bone on both of his arms. And he stood on his front lawn and, in effect, watched his children burn to death. And I read two days later, in Portland Oregon that a father had the same thing happen, this time with seven children.

Now you know, this ... we see in that, even in that, I'm sure, those little children entering into the presence of God, you know, whereas maybe when they grew up they wouldn't know Him and God's saving grace for a child. But beyond that, I see in that a picture of love but I see a picture of love without power. Do you see? Frustrated love that can love but can't help. And then I see God and I see God who will time and time again has unbared His arm and, first of all, reached into the very flames of hell and snatched us as brands from the burning and who is a God not only of love but a God of power who can reach into any flame, into any fire and extricate His beloved. Now that's the God who cares for us. And that's the God to whom Jesus prays for you and for me in a continuous intercessory ministry ... even as He did for these beloved then.

The emphasis in this section is on the safety of the believer; God keeps His own (John 17:11–12). Our safety depends on the nature of God, not our own character or conduct. When He was on earth, Jesus kept His disciples and they could depend on Him. “I kept them in Thy name” (John 17:12). If the limited Savior, in a human body, could keep His own while He was on earth, should He not be able to keep them now that He is glorified in heaven? He and the Father, together with the Holy Spirit, are surely able to guard and secure God’s people!

 Jesus had prayed for Himself, and in so doing gave a thumbnail sketch of His spiritual priorities, achievements, and future. He emphasized three particular burdens: first, to glorify the Father; second, the evangelistic message of eternal life; and third, revealing God through faithfully delivering His word. He is our supreme example, and we should emulate Him in these three burdens.[viii]

Summary.

  1. God has glorified Jesus Christ.
  2. Glorification is a reward for work done for God.
  3. Man’s chief end is to glorify God.
  4. Man glorifies God by doing the work God has given him to do.
  5. Jesus Christ has authority over all mankind.
  6. Jesus gives eternal life to all those who believe.
  7. All the elect will be saved.
  8. Jesus’ authority is superior to Satan’s.
  9. Jesus is the Son of God.
  10. Jesus is the source of eternal life.
  11. Eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ.
  12. Man must answer the question, ‘Did God send Jesus?’
  13. The Word comes from God.
  14. Jesus presented a full revelation of God.[ix]
  15. The apostles were entrusted with God’s word.

  John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

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Hi, This is Marty McKenzie with His Love Ministries. It’s the Christmas Season again, so let’s remember that Jesus gave Himself to provide the ultimate gift of salvation, when He died on that cross so that we might go to heaven. Eph 2:8-9 says For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast. And Jesus said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' So today and every day why don’t we give the gift of our time, our resources, and our abilities, to someone in need, that’s the least we can do since Jesus gave us His all.

    John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  -John 8:32

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JOHN 17:1-5 JESUS SAID I HAVE GLORIFIED YOU ON THE EARTH. I HAVE FINISHED THE WORK WHICH YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO DO

1Dec

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.

 Though labeling this prayer "Jesus' high priestly prayer" is a bit misleading, I know of no better way to describe it. Obviously Jesus had not yet entered into His high priestly ministry, which He began when He ascended into heaven, when He prayed this prayer (cf. Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1). This prayer, nevertheless, represents a foretaste of that intercessory ministry.

Verses

Persons

Key Word

1-5

Christ and His Father

“Glory”

6-19

Christ and His Disciples

“Kept”

20-26

Christ and His Church

“One”

The prayer is similar in spirit to the Model Prayer for us in Matt. 6:9–13.

This means that our salvation is secure, for the Father will not take us from the Son!

It was a prayer after a sermon; when he had spoken from God to them, he turned to speak to God for them. Note, Those we preach to we must pray for. He that was to prophesy upon the dry bones was also to pray, Come, O breath, and breathe upon them. And the word preached should be prayed over, for God gives the increase.[i]

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,

Joh 12:23; 13:32

It is significant of the lifting up of the soul to God in prayer, Ps. 25:1. Psalm 25:1  To you, O Lord, I olift up my soul.

Jesus had already used this word [doxazō] for his death (13:31f.). Here it carries us into the very depths of Christ’s own consciousness. It is not merely for strength to meet the Cross, but for the power to glorify the Father by his death and resurrection and ascension, “that the Son may glorify thee”

The hour in view was the hour of the Son's glorification through death, resurrection, and ascension

As so often in Scripture, emphasis on God's sovereignty functions as an incentive to prayer, not a deterrent

Christ always looked upon the cross as a means of glorifying God (12:23). Paul also saw glory in the cross Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast nexcept in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which2 the world ohas been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Jesus came to fulfil God’s design.

Jesus asked His Father to glorify Him so He could glorify the Father. To glorify in this context means to clothe in splendor (cf. v. 5). The only way this could happen was for Jesus to endure the Cross. Thus this petition is a testimony to Jesus' commitment to do the Father's will even to the point of dying on the cross. His request for glory, therefore, was unselfish. It amounted to a request for the reversal of the conditions that resulted in the Incarnation (cf. Phil. 2:6-11). Jesus requested God's help (i.e., grace) in His sufferings, His sacrificial death, His resurrection, and His ascension. All of this was ultimately for the glory of the Father. It would magnify His wisdom, power, and love.

The Father glorified the Son upon earth, First, Even in his sufferings, by the signs and wonders which attended them. When they that came to take him were thunder-struck with a word,—when Judas confessed him innocent, and sealed that confession with his own guilty blood,—when the judge’s wife asleep, and the judge himself awake, pronounced him righteous,—when the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple rent, then the Father not only justified, but glorified the Son.

his thorns were a crown, and Pilate in the inscription over his head wrote more than he thought. But, Thirdly, Much more after his sufferings. The Father glorified the Son when he raised him from the dead, showed him openly to chosen witnesses, and poured out the Spirit to support and plead his cause, and to set up his kingdom among men, then he glorified him.

It is recorded for example to all, that we may follow his example. 1. We must make it our business to do the work God has appointed us to do, according to our capacity and the sphere of our activity; we must each of us do all the good we can in this world. 2. We must aim at the glory of God in all. We must glorify him on the earth, which he has given unto the children of men, where we are in a state of probation and preparation for eternity. 3. We must persevere herein to the end of our days; we must not sit down till we have finished our work,

 2 "as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.

Da 7:14; Mt 11:27; 28:18; Joh 3:35; 5:27; 6:37; 17:6,9,24; 1Co 15:25,27; Php 2:10; Heb 2:8

  1. The origin of his power: Thou hast given him power; he has it from God, to whom all power belongs.
  2. The extent of his power: He has power over all flesh.

1 Peter 3:22 22 who has gone into heaven and xis at the right hand of God, ywith angels•, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. 

  1. The grand intention and design of this power: That he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. Here is the mystery of our salvation laid open.

2 Corinthians 4:15 15 For cit is all for your sake, so that as dgrace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, eto the glory of God. 

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him fwho called us to3 his own glory and excellence,4

1 John 5:20 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and rhas given us understanding, so that we may know shim who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and teternal life.

 The word give is used in one form or another in this prayer at least seventeen times. Seven times Jesus states that believers are the Father’s gift to His Son (John 17:2, 6, 9, 11–12, 24). We are accustomed to thinking of Jesus as the Father’s love gift to us (John 3:16), but the Lord affirms that believers are the Father’s “love gift” to His beloved Son

John 6:37 This is a mystery we cannot explain, but we thank God for it! Romans 11:29 For the gifts and pthe calling of God are irrevocable.

“Eternal [everlasting] life” is an important theme in John’s Gospel; it is mentioned at least seventeen times.

What is “eternal life”? It is knowing God personally. Not just knowing about Him, but having a personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot know the Father apart from the Son (John 14:6–11). It is not enough simply to “believe in God”; this will never save a lost soul from eternal hell. [ii]

The Father had glorified the Son by giving Him the authority to give eternal life to all individuals whom the Father had given to the Son (cf. Matt. 28:18

Jesus had lived on a “divine timetable” while on earth and He knew He was in the will of the Father.

Psalm 31:15 My rtimes are in your hand;  srescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!  authority over all flesh indicate that Jesus’ prayer request was in accordance with the Father’s plan. The Father has ordained the rule of the Son over the earth (cf. Ps. 2). So the Son has the authority to judge (John 5:27), to take up His life (10:18), and to give eternal life to all those whom the Father gave Him.

phrase “all flesh” is a Hebrew idiom referring to mankind,

The verb give is PERFECT ACTIVE INDICATIVE which speaks of an enduring gift!

3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Isa 53:11; Jer 9:24; Joh 3:34; 5:36-37; 6:29,57; 7:29; 10:36; 11:42; 1Co 8:4; 1Th 1:9

Jer 9:24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD.

1Th 1:9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

This verse shows the two major truths of Christianity: (1) monotheism (cf. Deut. 6:4–5 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.) and (2) Jesus as Divine Davidic Messiah (cf. II Sam. 7).

Jesus  proceeded  to  define  the  nature  of  eternal  life.  Eternal life is essentially knowing (Gr. ginoskosin, cf. Gen. 4:1 LXX; Matt. 1:25) God experientially through faith in His Son (cf. 3:5; Jer. 31:34; Hab. 2:14; Heb.8:11). Jesus described it in terms of relationship rather than duration. Everyone will live forever somewhere. However the term "eternal life" as Jesus used it means much more than long life.

For the complete fulfillment of our being, we must know God. This, said Jesus, constitutes eternal life. Not only is it endless, since the knowledge of God would require an eternity to develop fully

It is not primarily quantity, but quality (cf. 10:10).

Jesus described the Father here as the only true God. He is knowable only through Jesus Christ whom He sent (cf. 1:18; Matt. 11:27). We sometimes say that it is a blessing and an inspiration to know certain people. This is all the more true when we know God. Knowing Him changes us and introduces us into a different quality of living.

Matthew 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

The word know (ginōskōsin) here in the present tense, is often used to describe a person who knows God has an intimate personal relationship with Him. And that relationship is eternal, not temporal. Eternal life is not simply endless existence.

Everyone will exist somewhere forever (cf. Matt. 25:46), but the question is, In what condition or in what relationship will they spend eternity?

Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” 

In fairness it must be said that the OT presentation of God’s uniqueness and oneness is set against the backdrop of the ancient near eastern’s worldview of many spiritual beings. There is only one God, but other spiritual beings [iii] (cf. Exod. 15:11; Deut. 3:24; Ps. 86:8; 89:6).

Exodus 15:11 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?  Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? 

Moses recognized the presence of other spiritual beings. This is not meant to assert that the idols of the nations had reality, but that the demonic was behind the physical idols (cf. I Cor. 10:19–20). What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. [iv]

The OT symbolic background would be that which is trustworthy, faithful, loyal. The Greek background would be that which is uncovered, clearly manifested. In some sense truth versus a lie (cf. Titus 1:2 Titus 1:2 din hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

The inos ending on a Greek term (alēthinos) denotes that out of which something is made. Possibly the following usages will give a general feel for the terms

 SPECIAL TOPIC: “TRUE” IN JOHN 

  1. God the Father
  1. God is true/trustworthy (cf. John 3:33; 7:18, 28; 8:26; 17:3; Rom. 3:4; I Thess. 1:9; I John 5:20; Rev. 6:10)
  2. God’s ways are true (cf. Rev. 15:3)
  3. God’s judgments are true (cf. Rev. 16:7; 19:2)
  4. God’s sayings are true (cf. Rev. 19:11)

2. God the Son

  1. the Son is true/truth

1)         true light (cf. John 1:9; I John 2:8)

2)         true vine (cf. John 15:1)

3)         full of grace and truth (cf. John 1:14, 17)

4)         He is truth (cf. John 14:6; 8:32)

5)         He is true (cf. Rev. 3:7, 14; 19:11)

b. the Son’s testimony/witness is true (cf. John 18:37)

3. It can have a comparative sense

  1. the law of Moses versus Jesus’ grace and truth (cf. John 1:17)
  2. the tabernacle in the wilderness versus the heavenly tabernacle (cf. Heb. 8:2; 9:1)A

4. As so often in John this word had several connotations (Hebraic and Greek). John uses them all to describe the Father and the Son, as persons, as speakers, and as their message which is to be passed on to their followers (cf. John 4:13; 19:35; Heb. 10:22; Rev. 22:6).

5. For John these two adjectives describe the Father as the one and only trustworthy deity (cf. 5:44; I John 5:20) and Jesus as His true and complete revelation for the purpose of redemptive, not just intellectual, facts!

 4 "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.The rabbis used the term apostello was to refer to one sent as an official representative.

Joh 4:34; 5:36; 9:3; 13:31; 14:13,31; 15:10; 19:30

which assumed His obedience to death He repeated His request for a return to His perfect glory with the Father (cf. John 17:1) based on the certainty of the finished work on the cross.

Philippians 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

He glorified the Father in His miracles (John 2:11; 11:40), to be sure; but He brought the greatest glory to the Father through His sufferings and death (see John 12:23–25; 13:31–32). From the human point of view, Calvary was a revolting display of man’s sin; but from the divine point of view, the cross revealed and magnified the grace and glory of God.[vi]

Satan has tried to obscure the precious truth of the finished work of Jesus Christ, because he knows it is a basis for spiritual victory. “And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 12:11). Don’t let Satan rob you of your overcoming power through Christ’s finished work.

The Greek root, telos, implies “to complete fully” (cf. 4:34; 5:36; 19:30). The work was threefold: (1) revelation of the Father (cf. 1:14, 18); (2) redemption of fallen mankind (cf. Mark 10:45; II Cor. 5:21); and (3) an example of true humanity (cf. 13:31; I Pet. 2:21). Also, Jesus’ work of intercession continues (cf. I John 2:1).

This “work” the Father gave Him to do is one of five things in Jesus’ prayer which the Father “gave” the Son: (a) work (v. 4), (b) believers (vv. 2, 6, 9, 24), (c) glory (vv. 5, 24), (d) words (v. 8), and (e) a name (vv. 11-12). The Son, in turn, gave believers God’s words (vv. 8, 14) and God’s glory (vv. 22, 24).[vii]

 5 "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

John 1:1-2; 10:30; 14:9; Php 2:6; Col 1:15,17; Heb 1:3,10

Now He asked the Father to glorify the Son by all that the Father would do in exalting the Son. Thus Jesus essentially restated the request of verse 1. He wanted to return to the condition in which He existed with His Father before His incarnation. This request assumes Jesus'  preexistence  with  the  Father  and  His  equality  with  the  Father (10:30). Really Jesus requested His own glorification.

Because we share His life, we are overcomers; for we also share His victory! “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). When you were born the first time, you were born “in Adam” and were a loser. When you are born again through faith in Christ, you are born a winner!

 John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Have you trusted Him as your Savior? He can Save you if You ask Him based on His death, burial, and resurrection for your sins. Believe in Him for forgiveness of your sins today.

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[i] Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: Complete and unabridged in one volume (Jn 17:1–5). Peabody: Hendrickson.

[ii] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Jn 17:1). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[iii] Utley, R. J. (1999). Vol. Volume 4: The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John. Study Guide Commentary Series (153). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[iv] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (1 Co 10:19–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[v] Utley, R. J. (1999). Vol. Volume 4: The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John. Study Guide Commentary Series (153). Marshall, Texas: Bible Lessons International.

[vi] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Jn 17:1). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[vii] Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Jn 17:4–5). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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