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JOHN 17

JESUS AT PRAYER!

The longest recorded Prayer of Jesus! It has been called by many "The High Priestly Prayer" of our Lord. By others, the true "Lord's Prayer!"

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

 

"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; 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. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:1-16

 

LESSON 1, VERSE 1:

"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee ..." John 17:1

"These words" comprise the longest prayer Jesus ever prayed! That is, the longest recorded prayer! And we have it "word for word" too! Of course Jesus at times prayer for a longer time than this prayer would have required, For example, "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed." Mark 1:35 now yields to Luke 6:12, "And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God."

Note His posture in prayer too. At least, here our Lord lifts His eyes heavenward. His head apparently is not bowed! Nor eyes closed! At other times Jesus assumed different positions at prayer. At Gethsemane we are told, "And He went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." (Matthew 26:39) Jesus prayed from the Cross, too, arms outstretched. Here's one example, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34) Jesus was standing as He prayed, while there by Lazarus' grave! "Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me." (John 11:41) Jesus even talked about "closet" prayer, a somewhat confined prayer posture for sure! "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:6

Jesus, at first, did not lodge a petition before His Father. He made a statement. "Father, the hour is come."

But, what hour?

Jesus had talked about that Hour, awaited its arrival for all His earthly life! During the first miracle our Lord ever worked, the wedding at Cana of Galilee, water into wine, He told Mary: "Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come." John 2:4

After a particularly strong sermon, Jesus was in danger! "Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come." John 7:30

After Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery, John 8:20 tells us: "These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come."

Then, finally, "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified." John 12:23

Jesus obviously knew well about His coming "Hour!" He even talked with His Father about it! "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour." John 12:27

The evening He washed the Disciples' feet, it is recorded: "Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end." John 13:1

It even got this intense: "Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end." John 16:32

Then, at Gethsemane, "Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." Matthew 26:45, then Mark 14:41, "And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

Next in our verse comes a Lesson in "reciprocity!"

Jesus prayed: "Father, glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee." Yet, obviously, the Father's "glorifying" the Son involved Jesus' very crucifixion! "Doxazo" means "to laud, elevate, praise, magnify, honor, and celebrate!" Jesus, ironically, is asking the Father to allow His Own Son's Death ... with the return promise that Jesus, somehow, will bring Glory to His Father through such a terrible Death!

There is an awkward yet Biblical truth about Calvary that stuns one's very spiritual senses! Terrible as the Cross was, somehow God the Father took "pleasure" in the fact that sinners could thereby be saved! Isaiah went so far as to say, "Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him." Jesus died, undoubtedly and partly, "for the joy that was set before him" That's why He  "endured the cross, despising the shame!" Hebrews 12:2

And Jesus, certainly, glorifies His Father as He sits at His Right Hand this very second! Having died, been buried, and raised again from the Grave! And think what Glory will be the Father's in that yet future day when Jesus shall introduce Him to the Bride! The People given the Son because of His vicarious Atonement on Golgotha's Hill!

Mercy!

I though Verse one was just introductory!

It soars!

Praise the Lord!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2, VERSE 2:

The predominant verb in the second verse is, obviously, "give."

Watch!

Jesus is talking to His Father, praying really!

"As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him." Yes, John 17:2 uses "give" three different times!

Let me place the precise names next to the pronouns here used by Jesus.

"As Thou (Father) hast given Him (the Son, Jesus) power over all flesh (humanity), that He (Jesus) should give eternal life to as many (the saints of God) as Thou (Father) hast given Him (Jesus).

Numerically, God the Father here gives two things! Then Jesus gives one thing, in our current verse.

Here's a fact, based on our verse. It, according to the first clause, takes "power" for a sinner to get saved! God gave Jesus "power" over all flesh, in order that repenting sinners could be saved by the Grace of God!

The noun for "power" here is "exousia," a surprise! I would have expected "dunamis" power here. "Exousia" blends two little Greek words, "ek" and "eimi," meaning "out of one's very being." Liberty of choice! Doing as a person pleases! Hence, authority!

Jesus has the authority to save sinners! It's stated here as delegated authority, but still authority!

Jesus repeats this truth after His Resurrection too. "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18 also uses "exousia" for "power." So does John 1:12, still talking about getting saved! "As many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

This power is a gift from the God of all power, the omnipotent God!

The noun "flesh" is "sarx," here just meaning humanity. As in "flesh and blood." At times Paul uses the word to identify our old sinful natures, specifically so. Galatians 5:17 presents an example: "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."

The verb "give," spelled "didomai" in Greek, is formed as an aorist, indicating that the action being described occurred in the past. It's "completed action" in other words. Sometime in eternity past God gave Jesus this power! Maybe at the same time Simon Peter here describes: "Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you." 1st Peter 1:20

And Jesus, modeling all He does after the Father's good Example, "gives" to us in the same fashion His Father "gave" to Him.

God gave Jesus power to save!

Therefore, Jesus gives eternal life accordingly.

Salvation is almost always pictured as originating from the Mind and Heart of God the Father!

But God not only gives Jesus power to save!

He gives Him the very souls to be saved as well!

"That He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him."

If you are born-again today, you are special!

You are one of God's little "love gifts" to Jesus!

You are part of the "Bride" of Christ!

God initiates!

Jesus culminates!

The Holy Spirit cooperates!

And sinners are saved!

Jesus reviews these amazing facts, included in all 26 verses of the John 17 prayer, just hours before He dies on the Cross, there to shed His Blood, thus providing salvation for the lost!

Now, Truth must be balanced here. The Bible says both: "And He, Jesus, is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." 1st John 2:2

Then too, "As Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him."  John 17:2, our Text for today!

I may not be able to explain it! I just know it's not a contradiction. It might be beyond my earthly comprehension!

But I am enjoying it nonetheless!

I've been saved!

Jesus gave me eternal life!

And on top of that, for the next 24 verses he's praying for me too!

And you also, if you're saved!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, VERSE 3:

Jesus, in His great John 17 prayer, not only sublimely reveals His Heart, a Heart of compassion and love and panoramic vision, but also defines some great Biblical expressions.

Eternal life, for example!

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3

While many great words can be used in the area of Bible salvation, "soteriology" the theologians call it, the Lord has just given us the "heart" of the issue!

Yes, "conviction" is preliminary.

And "repentance."

Then faith and belief in Jesus.

"Justification" occurs as a result.

All of course because Jesus has fully made "propitiation" on our behalf.

In sum, we have been "regenerated."

All through the cooperative effort of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit!

But, again, Jesus our omniscient Saviour, knowing everything, has blended all these technical words into one lovely inspired Sentence!

Again, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

The Greek words "aionios zoe," or "eternal life," emphasize the quality of that life every bit as much as the quantity of it!

It being "eternal," never ends! The noun "aion," in English "eon," means an unbroken span of time. Time in perpetuity! Everlasting!

That's a lot of Life!

But the noun "zoe" or "life" demands that we understand life as something with passion, zeal, vitality, quality.

This is not mere biological life!

It is life with love and feeling and sensation and joy and gratefulness!

It's this kind of life. "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

Amen!

Abundant Life!

That adjective is spelled "perissos," life that overflows my cup and saturates the area all around! "Around" is "peri" in Greek.

Life everywhere!

But define that life please!

Back to our verse. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

"That they might know Thee, Father!"

The word "know" is "ginosko," but as a subjunctive verb. It means "to find out, to learn, to understand." It expresses a wish or desire on the part of Jesus too! He longs for sinners to be saved, to have eternal life, to know God!

Surprisingly, this verb also implies some effort on our part, not in any way earning our salvation mind you, but coming to the place of knowing God, adoring Him more and more, some effort might be involved!

To really know God, many distractions will have to be extinguished.

To really know God, one's heart must be properly tuned, or re-tuned!

To know God, desire must be present!

But, however miraculously this may occur, knowing God is the very essence of eternal life!

If you personally, experientially know God ... you are saved!

To Know God intimately!

But that is also to know God exclusively, "The only true God!"

We said when we married: "Forsaking all others, I will keep myself only unto my Mate as long as we both shall live!"

We say when we get saved, "I want to know God, Him alone, and forsaking all other gods, worship and serve the Almighty till He calls me Home at death!

He is the only Way to Heaven!

Yes!

But, look at what Jesus says next. His definition continues! "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

To know God is also to know the Son of God!

The little conjunction "and" indicates equality between the two objective Members of the sentence.

Eternal Life equals knowing God!

Eternal Life equals knowing God the Son!

Hence, God, specifically God the Father, and Jesus, specifically God the Son, are co-equal and co-eternal and co-everything else too!

Life Eternal is defined as knowing Jesus!

The One Who walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am His own! And the joys we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known!

A friend of God? Abraham was! "And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend." Exodus 33:11

A friend of Jesus? The Disciples were! "Henceforth I call you not servants; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." John 15:15

That's it!

If one knows God like Abraham did ... if one knows Jesus like the Disciples did, he or she has Eternal Life!

Lord, thank You today that we can know Thee through the Power of Thy precious shed Blood!

Then learn Psalm 36:10, those of you who know God! "O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart."

When it comes to Eternal Life then, it's not so much what one knows nearly as much as WHOM one knows!

And Jesus invests the rest of His awesome Prayer, His John 17 Prayer of intercession, all remaining 23 verses, upon those who know Him and His Father!

Those who are already enjoying Eternal Life!

Are you saved?

If not, listen to Jesus again. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." John 5:24

Enough has been said!

The Holy Spirit will take it from here!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4, VERSE 4:

Jesus came to die!

That was His Life Purpose!

"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." Mark 10:45

As our Lord prayed His great John 17 Prayer, called by many His "High Priestly" Prayer, He was near the end of His earthly journey.

Listen to what He told His Father, John 17:4. "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

Yes, Jesus came to die for you and for  me!

The woman of Samaria was right about our Lord, "This is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world." John 4:42

But, obviously, Jesus' first concern, even more than any of us mere humans, was His Father in Heaven!

"I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." He's addressing the Father!

The verb "glorify" is "doxazo." It gives us such words as "doxology," that old Hymn we all sang as young folks, bringing honor and praise to our Triune God! In its noun form, "doxa," it means "opinion, judgment, estimate, view," one's "evaluation" of a person!

Here "doxazo" is an aorist verb, showing action that is already completed. Jesus has lived His entire earthly life, over 33 years, bringing honor and glory to His Father, every second of every minute of every hour! In John 8:29 our Lord rightly claimed, "I do always those things that please Him."

Jesus also may well be viewing the Cross as having already occurred. When One is eternal He can do such things! The Cross was our Lord's Crowning Achievement in glorifying His Father!

The verb "finished" is "teleioo," actually "to make perfect, to fully accomplish, to complete." Paul is not the only one who "finished the course!" Like Simeon, Jesus could pray, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word." Luke 2:29

The little noun "work" is spelled "ergon," a job or a business or a task or an assignment. And no doubt, Calvary was Work!

Jesus had performed every miracle, preached every sermon, walked every mile, loved every soul, meet every need ... not one thing was left undone!

The verb "gavest" is "didomai," meaning "to grant, to deliver, to bestow." Jesus' incarnation and earthly life and sinless death and literal resurrection were assignments to Him ... "gifts" from God the Father!

"Gifts" the Son gladly received and joyfully completed!

Did any of us ever think of some "hard place" in life as a "gift?" Listen to Paul talking to the Philippians. "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake." Philippians 1:29-30, suffering, a "gift!"

There's a lesson for us all here today. Maybe still one of the best ways we can glorify our God is ... to faithfully pursue what He's told us to do!

A godly life!

Faithfully executed!

Thus bringing Glory to God!

                                                                              Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5, VERSE 5:

The word "homesick" comes to mind!

Homesick for Heaven!

That's what Jesus was feeling in John 17, a portion of Scripture that one Preacher calls the "Holy of Holies" in the New Testament.

For example, John 17:5, which says: "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."

The Father is here being addressed, reverently and submissively, by the Son. Jesus knows He is facing the Cross, too!

Yet, instead of praying for courage or strength or a greater threshold for pain, our Lord asks for Identification with the Father! Glorification, in other words. That's exactly what our verse is telling us.

Jesus knew fully well that He had come to die on that old Cross! And that doing so would be the greatest act of obedience ever recorded in all history. That those six hours on Golgotha's Hill would bring more Glory to God than anything else had ever done, including creation and legislation and incarnation.

Jesus, even facing Death, longs to experience Glory!

Also our Verse today defines such Glory!

It is not self-aggrandizement!

It is not some sanctified form of self-esteem either!

It is not merely a good reputation!

It is, to Jesus, GOD THE FATHER!

The Agent of further Glory to the dear Son of God ... is None Other than God the Father Himself!

But the Father is not just the Agent of Glory ... He IS The Glory! "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self."

The key idea behind "glory," in Greek "doxa," is "value, worth, estimate, preciousness," and God the Father is the very Apex, the very Height, the very Zenith of such Glory!

But even the preposition "with" is thrilling! Jesus used the word "para," which means in this case "alongside" or "beside" too!

Jesus the Son and God the Father ... equally glorified!

Side by Side!

That's what Paul taught us in Philippians 2:5. "Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Amen!

Jesus hungers here for God's "SELF," His Person, His Essence, His Being, His Darling Character!

Doing something primarily to please Another!

Specifically, dying!

No wonder Jesus could say: "The Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him." John 8:29

Jesus also is, according to our Verse, John 17:5, the eternal Son of God! "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."

That last clause, "with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was," is pertinent here.

The verb "had" is spelled "echo," meaning "to hold on to" something, even in the sense of "wearing" it, says one Textbook! Jesus sharing the Glory of the Father!

And here "echo" is not an aorist verb, but an indicative imperfect active verb. Jesus possessed that Glory with His Father in eternity past, but still possessed it the day He prayed that great Prayer!

He still possesses it too!

And yes, Jesus is the Agent of Creation too! In cooperation with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3

"Before the world was," Jesus knew His Father's Glory! That little preposition "before" is "pro" in Greek. "Before" in the sense of either time or place! 

Jesus was, before creation's first day ever arrived!

Jesus was, where earth now exists!

And the Jesus Who was, is too the Jesus who is!

And the Jesus Who was ... and still is ... always shall be!

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8 is right!

Insight into the lovely recesses of the heart of our Lord Jesus! "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5

Surely, that is the Holy of Holies, the Heart of God Himself!

God the Son!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6, VERSE 6:

The Lord inadvertently, make that reverently,  redefines or restates critically important concepts in this great Prayer. Verse 6 here gives us another example. Jesus to His Father; "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word."

The "saved" of all the ages are here "gifts" from the Father to the Son! Blessed objects of Trinitarian Fellowship!

We first belonged to the Father!

As Creator, if in no other way!

As Lover of our souls, for sure!

After all, "We love Him, because He first loved us." 1st John 4:19

But the Father, because of Jesus' Death on the Cross, "gave" us to the Saviour! Love gifts! Rewards! "Spoils" says Isaiah 53:12. The "seed" of the Lord!

Here's what Jesus thinks of His Children: "The saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight." Psalm 16:3, recipients of "all His Delight!"

Amazing!

But two facts surface surrounding this Event. This "giving" event!

One is prior and the other subsequent to our salvation! Again: "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word."

The "manifesting" came first. It had to!

"Phaneroo" means "to make visible, to show," even "to realize" something. Our minds and hearts were blinded by the devil, 2nd Corinthians 4:4. "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

The Lord unveiled our eyes!

He is The Light!

What happened to Paul literally on that Damascus Road happened to us spiritually on the Salvation Road!

We "saw" God!

The Father and the Son!

But in our Verse specifically, the Son revealed to us the Father! "I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest me out of the world."

Without this "manifestation" salvation is not possible! "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2nd Corinthians 4:6

The verb "phaneroo" here is an aorist too, depicting action that is long since complete! Also it is the first word in the Greek sentence, in our Verse, lending it great authority and demanding for it great emphasis!

One just can't get saved without this "manifestation!"

Then comes the subsequent act of Christ upon all true Believers, "And they have kept thy word." They "obeyed" it! That's the import of "tereo," that is, "to attend carefully, to guard, to care for, to observe!" It's from "teros," a "watch" in the night, a three or four hour span of time in which one pulls guard duty! A night "watchman!"

Once a man or woman is born-again, he or she becomes a student of Scripture. Not just mentally either! Whole heartedly too!

So says Jesus ... as He prays!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, VERSE 7:

The Verse is short but powerful!

We need to keep in mind, Jesus is praying!

"Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee." John 17:7

One apparently did not need to be around Jesus long ... until he realized Who He was! Christ was, and is, the Son of God! God the Son, really!

The verb "known" used above is surprising. It's "ginosko," meaning "to learn to know!" That is knowledge gained by study, by effort, by labor.

It is not the usual verb used when "inherent" knowledge is indicated.

It, "gnosis," is acquired knowledge.

As the Disciples heard Jesus teach and preach, witness was born in their hearts! Assurance was spawned!

They sensed that Jesus was speaking words from above! They agreed with the officers of the Chief Priests and Pharisees, "Never man spake like this Man." John 7:46

They had seen His miracles too! And, like Nicodemus, they thought, "Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with Him." John 3:2

Again, our Text: ""Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee." John 17:7

The little preposition "of" is quite interesting, too. It is spelled "para," meaning "from" in this case, the genitive case.

God's "gifts" to Jesus!

"Didomai" here is written in the perfect tense, gifts that have continued all the days of Jesus' sojourn on earth! A God who keeps on giving!

New every morning!

Remember: "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

One can tell when a Preacher has been with God!

And with Jesus, undoubtedly, such knowledge was extremely apparent!

Yes, our Saviour prayed the Truth! ""Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee."

Amen!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8, VERSE 8:

The Lord continues to pray in Verse 8: "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me." John 17:8

The "path" of this verse is interesting in that it reveals to us one of the great ministries of the Word of God!

Perhaps the greatest!

Jesus notes, communing with His Father: "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me."

The little pronoun "them," in Greek "autos," refers to the Disciples, followers of Jesus.

The noun "words" is spelled "rhema," usually employed when "speech" is indicated. This is the "spoken" Word of God as well as the "written" Word. The root verb here, "reo" or "rheo," means "to flow, to pour forth," hence, "to utter" something.  

Then the clause's main verb, twice repeated, a form of "to give," spelled "didomai," means "to bestow, to grant, to commit!"

The Bible, God's precious Word, is His Gift to us!

We should treasure it!

From the Father to the Son to His followers!

The Bible is, therefore, an heirloom!

Now, watch what happens when God's Word is "given" to the saints! "And they have received them." This verb, "received" or "lambano," means "to get hold of" something! To accept it gladly! Maybe even joyfully!

There's no rejection of Scripture when you're around true Christians! They are eager to learn!

But then, the Word of God goes undercover! Its effects are latent, hidden, quiet! At least, at first! "And they have known surely that I came out from Thee." The verb "have known" translates "ginosko," that is, "to acquire data, usually by some effort on the student's part!"

Studying God's Word gives us proof that Jesus is Divine! He is of God! He is God! He is the Son of God! And, He is God the Son!

This is one of the side-effects of Scripture!

One of its by-products!

The written Word of God, the Bible, leads one to the living Word of God, Jesus Himself!

Amen!

But that's not all, not yet!

Finally, sequentially, "And they have believed that Thou didst send Me." These dear hearers got "saved!" The Word of God produced fruit in their lives, saving faith! Remember, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17

The verb "have believed" is "pisteuo," meaning "to trust, to think to be true, to be persuaded!" Even, "to place confidence in" someone!

"Didst send," what the Father did to the Son, is familiarly spelled "apostello." Jesus is God's "Apostle!" It just means "a sent one." Sent on official duty! Commissioned! Ambassadorship! "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." Hebrews 3:1

Jesus was sent "to die," that we might enjoy eternal life! "The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." 1st John 4:14

Now, in review, look at the "chain reaction" this verse describes. "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me." John 17:8

The Lord Jesus ... gave us God's Word ... which we gladly received ... thereby learning for sure that Jesus is "God come to earth" ... and consequently, we were saved!

What a course of action!

What beauty!

Thank you, Lord!

No wonder they call it amazing Grace!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9, VERSE 9:

The ninth verse contains a major Scriptural principle, one of the laws of successful praying.

Listen to Jesus, talking to His Father in Heaven: "I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine." John 17:9

Wow!

Did our Lord just say that He was not then praying for the lost? For the world, the masses of unsaved people?

He said it!

Of course, we do know that Jesus had a burden to see souls saved! That's why He came to earth in the first place! "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

And Jesus did, at least at times, pray for the unconverted. On the Cross, for example, "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34

The following incident also shows the Lord's love for sinners. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" Matthew 23:37

But here, in John 17:9, Jesus specifically does NOT pray for the world!

Why?

Because it's one of God's laws that the salvation of sinners hinges upon the witness or the influence or the impact of those of us who are already saved!

Revival among the saints, God's children, is the forerunner of mass conversions among sinners!

Watch the saint/sinner ratio in this Verse! "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Here in John 13:35 "all men" knowing Jesus, multiple salvation experiences, is dependent on His Disciples having "love one to another!" That's Bible, folks!

Jesus full well knows that it's profitless to pray for the "world" until the people of God are living right!

"I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine." John 17:9

During the course of Jesus' intercessory prayer here in John 17, He asks His Father to help us Christians be pure and holy and faithful and loving and discerning! All such traits help us witness to the lost!

The verb used for "pray," twice in fact, is "erotao" in Greek, meaning "to beg, to entreat, to beseech!" Intercession has become petition here!

The preposition "for" is great! It's "peri" in Greek, meaning "all around!" Jesus is praying "all around" these Disciples of His! This great Verse has three separate "peri" occurrences!

Then do notice what Jesus says about His Followers! They are "gifts" from His Father! "Them which thou hast given me," He says!

The verb "hast given" is "didomai" in its "perfect" tense, the giving being completed in the past, but its results lingering yet into the present! "The gift that keeps on giving!"

But Jesus and the Father share joint ownership of the saints! "Them which Thou hast given me; for they are Thine."

We belong both to the Father and the Son!

And, as we live for God, look what happens. Or so Jesus believes! We're still using John 17 language now, "Neither pray I for these (disciples) alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." John 17:20

Yes!

When God's people are "right," sinners will turn from their sin!

Through our words, our testimonies!

Another way of saying it: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Want to see some sinner saved?

Pray more for the saints of God with whom that lost person comes into contact!

We should live the kinds of lives that spark interest in our Saviour, as people watch us behave! That's exactly what Peter is saying in 1st Peter 3:15. "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. Having a good conscience."

They've seen our lives. They consequently want to know our Saviour! They even come asking! It's that simple! This is Matthew 6:33, all over again! "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Jesus' great High Priestly prayer just taught us a point of doctrine, a very important point too!

Get the saints right! Then the lost will be moved, perhaps even changed, changed into new creatures!

It's true!

The Beauty of Jesus "attracts!"

And He is altogether lovely!

That's what the Bride said of the Bridegroom in Song of Solomon 5:16. "Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend."

That's Jesus!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 10, VERSE 10:

The Verse introduces an amazing concept, one which might be called "reciprocal possession."

Husbands and wives participate in this special relationship. For example: "The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife." This is Paul in 1st Corinthians 7:4.

"Reciprocal" means "interchanged." Again, "given or owed to each other." Mutually sharing!

Here's John 17:10 now. "And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them."

Amen!

All that belongs to Jesus ... belongs to the Father too. And all that the Father possesses is Jesus' property as well.

In review, God the Father has given God the Son a Body of followers, a Core of believers in His Name! They are called the Redeemed, the Church!

This Presentation is a result of Calvary, the shed Blood of our Lord!

So, Jesus says: "All these (gifts, children, saved ones) are not only Mine, Father, they are Thine also!

Yes!

And Father, that which Thou hast, whatever or whoever, is Mine too! We have that kind of intimacy, between Us!

Shared infinity!

Shared omnipotence!

Shared everything!

But I'm wondering, does the clause "And Thine are Mine" indicate that perhaps the Father yet has reserves not made known, at least to us humans.

Of course so!

Jesus is More than we know Him to be!

For sure!

The Father owns Such as we have never imagined!

"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 1st Corinthians 2:9

These words harbor more meaning than we'll ever glean, while still on earth anyway.

We are being given the privilege of overhearing the Son unburden His Heart to His Father! Inter-Trinitarian Communion at its best!

"And all mine are thine, and thine are mine."

But then, in a glorious burst of propriety and holiness and perfection, Jesus exudes: "And I am glorified in them."

Jesus, glorified in us!

Lord, let it be so!

The verb, "am glorified" is spelled "doxazo," but as an indicative perfect passive. A fact is being stated, thus indicative mood. A particular sense of timing is also being conveyed; that is, action completed in the past but with continuing impact and influence, right up to the very present moment! And a passive voice verb means that the Subject, Jesus here in our Verse, does nothing for Himself. We glorify him! Out of love and respect and adoration and worship! Jesus merely receives such praise and honour!

Yes!

That's the way it should be!

All the time!

Oh, by the way, "doxazo" means "to hold in very high opinion!" To magnify! To celebrate! To confess the Object's dignity and worth!

Wow!

Think about this great Verse.

It is short grammatically but quite lengthy theologically!

"And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them." John 17:10

Jesus is thrilled ... when we worship Him with all our hearts!

A preacher once said something like this. It's true I believe. "God is most pleased with us when we are most pleased with Him!"

Let it be so!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 11, VERSE 11:

The Verse today is longer. Jesus continues to pray. "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are." John 17:11

Although Jesus is not quite yet "out of the world," His Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection being several days away, and His Ascension another six weeks or so ... He is already viewing Life from a heavenly perspective!

Paul does this in a sense, all his ministry! "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." He has us here in Ephesians 1:3 already "in the heavenlies!"

I'm already there in God's eyes!

"No more" is "ouketi" in Greek, "not any longer." This blends "ou" and "eti," yielding "not still."

"These," a plural demonstrative pronoun, refers to you and me who are saved by God's Grace!

"I come to Thee," Jesus to His Father, reads "erchomai pros su" in Greek. Jesus is going "to" the Father, with "pros" meaning something like "face to face!"

Present tense!

One thing that got Jesus "through" the Ordeal of Calvary was the constant thought that next, soon, very soon, He would be with His Father again! In His very Presence!

"And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are." John 17:11

This is the only place in the whole Bible where the exact string of words "Holy Father" occurs! "Hagios Pater" is a name reserved only for Deity, not the Roman Catholic Pope or anyone else! Let us not usurp God's Glory! Or His Honour!

The verb "keep," spelled "tereo," means "to protect or guard." "Teros" is a "watch," like a watch of the night. It may come from the root verb "theoreo," that is, "to be a spectator." This verb is another imperative! Jesus' often uses these when in prayer to His Father.

None of us would be this bold apart from God's Own words in Isaiah 45:11. "Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me."

Wow!

"Command ye Me!"

"'Through' Thine Own Name" translates "en," really "in" Thine Own Name! We, when saved, are "in" Jesus and "in" God the Father as well! In the Circle of His Delight!

Again Jesus is reminded that we who are born-again are gifts to Him, gifts from the Father above! Rewards from Calvary! Tokens for good! "Given" or "didomai" is a perfect tense verb here, the action occurring long ago in the past but still reaping daily benefits!

Now Jesus lodges a second request, two in this one Verse! "That they may be one, as we are." And what a noble request it is!

"May be," framed as it is in the subjunctive mood, spelled "hosin," expresses a strong desire! A likelihood! A probability! In fact, since Jesus prayed it, it's a sure thing! This verb is in the "eimi" family.

"One," a translation of "heis," takes its meaning from the context. Its nuanced meaning anyway.

Back to Jesus: "That they may be one, as we are."

"One" as is God the Father and God the Son!

That is some kind of Oneness!

"I and my Father are one." John 10:30

Indivisibility!

Jesus returns to this same request in Verse 21, but for another reason. "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

Here it's as if our very "protection" and "safety" are dependent on our being "one," not torn asunder!

And they well may be!

It must be harder for Satan to attack a united front!

Think about it.

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 12, VERSE 12:

The Lord Jesus is our Protector!

He, in the Psalms, is called by King David: "My rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." Psalm 18:2-3

In John 17:12 Jesus alludes to this great Role. He reminds His Father: "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled."

Note that there is not a single request in the whole verse! Just a statement, a doctrinal one at that!

"With," as in Jesus being "with" His Disciples, translates "meta" in Greek. It means "among" or "in the midst." This is intimacy, personal on-the-job spiritual training!

Yet today, thousands of years after Calvary, Jesus is still "with" us, in an even more intimate way!

Jesus' Presence apparently "kept" or "guarded" His followers against the enemy, against the devil.

But this keeping was done under the auspices of the Father in Heaven! "In His Name" we are safe!

Jesus constantly lived under the good Shadow of His Father! Under His permissive Will! "The Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." Jesus said this in John 8:29.

God's "gifts" to Jesus, you and me and every other Believer of all time, have the guarantee of Safety! Perfect Safety! Eternal Safety! Assured by both the Son and the Father!

He, Jesus, has never lost one!

Well, he makes one exception, and one only!

"None of them is lost, but the son of perdition."

But who is that?

This "son of perdition?"

Our Lord obviously has Judas in mind. Judas, who was never really saved in the first place, although he was a member of the band of disciples. One of the twelve even!

I say he was not saved because Jesus called him a devil! "Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" John 6:70, Judas again!

And "perdition" above means "destruction, waste, damnation!" It's "apoleia" in Greek, "eternal misery in Hell!"

And Judas did what he did, of his own will I remind you, "that the scripture might be fulfilled."

Wow!

Jesus knew the Old Testament Scriptures!

He even rehearsed them from the Cross, in all that agony! Nearly dead, our Lord did this. "After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst." John 19:28

Prophecy, Bible prophecy, being fulfilled in front of Jesus' very Eyes!

He helping it along a little bit!

But where did the Bible prophesy about Judas?

"Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me." Psalm 41:9, Judas against Jesus!

And the outcome of such a wicked deed?

"Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." Psalm 109:8-9, quoted in the New Testament by Peter and applied directly to Judas. See Acts 1:20.

The Lord protects His Own, unless they be reprobates, having never truly believed from the beginning!

Our Verse again: "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled." John 17:12

Safe ... in Jesus!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 13, VERSE 13:

Hear the Lord pray, talking to His Father ...

"And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves." John 17:13

The subject of this verse is joy.

When Jesus was present, His Disciples had joy, no doubt. Jesus brings joy! Peter called it "joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1st Peter 1:8

But our verse says that Jesus is leaving earth, going back to Heaven! That's after His Death, Burial and Resurrection, of course.

The verb "come" is in the indicative mood, a fact being stated. Jesus' work on earth is soon to be done. He prayed John 17 just prior to His arrest and trial and subsequent crucifixion.

Father, "I come to Thee."

But Jesus will not leave His followers without giving them instructions. The words "spoken" by Jesus, essentially the first four Books of the New Testament, will be preserved for their use.

The verb "speak" is "laleo," hinting at everyday conversation as well as public preaching!

That Jesus spoke such glorious things "in the world" means, I think, on the hillsides and seacoasts and mountaintops and in the valleys of all the land of Israel.

Today's verse again: "And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves." John 17:13

The little pronoun "that," in Greek "hina," is introducing a purpose clause here. Jesus left us His Word, so that a certain condition might be met in our lives. "That we might have joy!"

The noun for "joy" is "chara," basically meaning "gladness."

Jesus' Word produces gladness?

God's Word can do that?

Yes!

Yes!

Yes!

But notice that this is not ordinary joy! Not artificial joy of some kind. This is what Jesus called "my joy!" The very same Joy that Jesus had residing deep within His Being! This is divine joy!

He has already given His children His love!

And His peace!

Now His joy too!

"These things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves."

But He wants us to have not just "joy."

And not just "His joy!"

But His joy "fulfilled!"

This verb is "pleroo," sort of a "to the brim" kind of fullness! Maybe even a bit of the "running over" kind too! Overflowing joy!

I believe the heart of Jesus' petition here is that even in His coming physical absence from the Disciples, His Word will be available to them.

The very Word that can and will bring them joy, lots of joy, even supernatural joy!

But, does Scripture elsewhere mention this by-product of the Word of God? This glorious side-effect of Holy Writ?

Yes!

From the pen of John, too.

Short and simple: "And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." God's Word, this time the Epistles as well as the Gospels, brings joy, here "full joy!" I've listed 1st John 1:4.

Well, what about the Old Testament?

Let's try Psalm 119:62. "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil." So said the Psalmist.

Or Psalm 119:11 maybe. "Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart."

Everywhere you go, you find it!

The Scriptures and joy, hand-in-hand!

Has anyone lost your spiritual joy?

Is the delight gone?

The expectancy and wonder and thrill of your life in Christ?

If so, get back in the Word.

Stay in it.

Live in it.

And there, among hundreds of other good things, you will also find joy!

And this is so important in the Christian's life, that Jesus makes it a matter of prayer.

One of His last prayers on earth.

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 14, VERSE 14:

The fourteenth verse is informative, too . It's still part of Jesus' longest prayer on record, often called His High Priestly Prayer.

"I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

Jesus is talking, praying, interceding, with His Father.

With our God.

The implication here is at least twofold.

First, Jesus came as a Minister of the Word of God! "I have given them thy word."

The tense of "didomai," in English "have given," is "perfect." That means God's Word was given Jesus' Disciples two thousand years ago, but it is the gift that "keeps on giving!" It, the Bible, has been imparting power and wisdom ever since!

Jesus during His earthly ministry put the whole Bible in new light!

Fulfilling it, expounding it, living it, really ... being it!

He is the Living Word of God!

He preached the written Word of God!

Wow!

Jesus, a Bible Preacher!

A Bible Teacher!

But there's more.

"I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." John 17:14

There's an "implied" consequence of being a possessor of God's Word here. "And the world hath hated them."

The more one loves the Bible, the less that person is loved by the world!

If your love for God's Word is red-hot, that fervent, the world will literally "hate" you.

The Scriptures and worldliness are not compatible!

The verb "hated" is "miseo," to absolutely "detest" something. However, this verb is an "aorist" in its "time sense." Past action, now complete. This may be the case because the world is just not going to last as long as the Word of God! The Scriptures are eternal. The world is passing away!

Then comes, I think, a third fact from today's verse.

If we love the Bible, internalize God's Word, it will change us!

We will not be "of" the world!

Even as Jesus was not "of" the world!

The preposition "ek," with a genitive case noun as here, means "out of, away from" as a source of origin!

The world has not "generated" us. It has not "birthed" us. It is not our "source!"

God is!

God is our Father, at least now that we've been born again!

Putting it all together, Jesus praying, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

It's true!

Thank God for the Word!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 15, VERSE 15:

Jesus is praying!

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." John 17:15

The verb "pray," in Greek "erotao," is derived from "ereo," itself a derivative of "rheo." All these words imply something that flows smoothly from the petitioner's lips, from his heart! Jesus is asking His Father these things with ease, with familiarity, with loving boldness!

"To take" translates "airo," meaning "to lift up, to lift out, to bear away." For the time being, Jesus wanted His Disciples "in" the world, just not "of" the world. They needed to be in the world to witness to the world! The world needed them, in that sense.

That's the negative aspect of His two-pronged request in our verse. "Father, do not yet take them out of the world."

But rather, positively, "Keep them from the evil" that is in the world.

"Keep" is "tereo," meaning "to guard, to protect."

Jesus' main concern about our being in the world is not for for physical safety or emotional health or even financial stability! Rather, that "evil" not harm us!

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." John 17:15

"Evil" is "poneros," by far the most potent word for wickedness in the New Testament. It suggests evil that is spreading, infiltrating, contaminating everything it touches!

Bad to the core!

Lord, leave them here, on earth, please! At least for a while longer.

And also, Father, protect and guard them from any evil that would hurt them!

"Thank You," Jesus might then have said.

And ... it was done!

Jesus prayed.

The Father heard.

All is well.

Because we learned back in John 11:41-42. "Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always."

"Thou hearest me always."

Always!

Our Lord's main concern was sin.

He died because of it.

And he wants us, already forgiven by His amazing Grace and washed in His shed Blood, to be clear form the taint of sin.

That it not harm us!

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." John 17:15

Sounds like His model prayer, "Deliver us from evil!" Matthew 6:13. The Lord's Prayer!

Wow!

John 17:15, just one verse of twenty-six!

But a powerful one!

An answered petition!

We are protected today, largely because of our Great High Priest's prayer!

And, know what?

He's still praying it, ever living to do so, right now!

Glory to God!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 16, VERSE 16:

Jesus, while He prays, makes a statement.

Plain.

Blunt.

Factual.

"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." John 17:16

"They," the pronoun subject of this verse, refers to the disciples. Those who know Jesus personally, who have been born-again.

The adverb "not" is "ouk," and means "without exception," this negative fact prevails all the time.

Christians are not of this world!

"World" is "kosmos," from "komeo," something which a persons "tends" or "takes care of."

The "world" system as it exists today belongs to the devil! He is even called "the god of this world" in 2nd Corinthians 4:4.

Satan "tends" and "takes care of" this whole planet, as far as its sinful tendencies are concerned.

Even though God is the Creator, and Jesus died and rose again to save sinners, and the Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of Believers, still Satan controls the hearts of the masses of humanity!

The "world," in that negative sense, is what Jesus has in mind in our Text today, John 17:16."They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

Now, to the preposition "of." It is spelled "ek" and often means "out of." In the sense of being the "source" of something.

That's what Jesus is saying.

We who have been saved are not "out of" the world!

The world is no longer the "source" of our being.

We have been born "from above." That's another idea behind being born "again."

We are now new creatures!

We live in a new environment!

"In the Spirit!"

We now have new goals!

"Pleasing the Lord Jesus!"

We now are at war with this old world, in the sense of its belonging to the devil and being controlled by him and his helpers. "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1st John 5:4

But if we are not "of this world," to Whom do we belong?

To Jesus!

Who is our Father?

Almighty God!

Who birthed us?

The Holy Spirit!

Back to Jesus' words: "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

The logic behind our "not" being "out of" this world is next explained this way: "Jesus is not of this world either!"

The world, its sinful ways, is not the matrix of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Oh yes, He was Virgin Born!

And He had a real human body!

But His Very "Being" did not find its genesis in humanity!

He is God!

He is God become flesh, become man!

He is not man become God!

Jesus is "of" the Father!

In John 10:30 Jesus plainly says, "I and My Father are One."

We now live with our eyes on a different Object!

Heaven!

We walk to the sound of different maestro!

We have been "born" anew!

"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."

So Paul teaches us: "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God." Colossians 3:1

Us, living like Jesus, at least in this matter!

And some day we will be "like" Him in every other way too!

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1st John 3:2

See it in there?

When He comes again, "We shall be like Him!"

Praise the Lord!

                                                                       --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 17, VERSE 17:

Jesus, in His longest recorded prayer ever, asks His Father in Heaven to "sanctify" His followers.

But "how" is this to be done?

Here's how: "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17

Personally I would have thought the idea of "sanctification" would have been entrusted to the Holy Spirit.

But here it is a function of the Word of God!

Of course, it is the Holy Spirit Who has written the Word of God, Who authored the Bible!

The opening verb, "sanctify," is spelled "agiazo," but we must add an "h" in front it it, "hagiazo." It means "cleansed, purified, set apart from anything that defiles."

"Hagiazo" here is an imperative verb, too. And an "aorist" as well. Whatever is involved in this ministry of sanctification has already occurred, its action is "complete." At least that's the way Jesus was viewing it here. Maybe one could say this, "In God's Mind, from His perspective, we are already sanctified."

Technically speaking, you were sanctified the very second you believed. When you were saved, you got it "all!"

But practically speaking, "sanctification" is a process or a goal toward which we live the rest of our earthly days! More and more like Jesus, that's what we long to be!

And again, the "agent" of sanctification here is the Truth of God, the Word of God, the Bible.

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

"Through thy truth" translates "en ho aletheia." That is, "in" Thy Truth. It is as we get "into" the Scriptures, that this sanctification occurs. This great miracle is accomplished "by" the power of God's Word!

And "truth," if you remember, is "aletheia," something that "cannot be forgotten, that cannot be hidden!" Once you know it, you've "got" it! God ordained Truth, God taught Truth!

What a request!

Believers on earth today need, must have, find absolutely essential the precious Word of God!

Then  Jesus, as an able Expositor, as the favorite and perfect Expositor of all time, explains the concept of "Truth."

"Thy word is truth."

Wow!

Father, Thy Word is Truth!

"Logos," God's "Word," is a critically important New Testament noun. It means one's "speech, something said, that which conceptualizes an idea or fact!"

The Bible is God's written Word.

While Jesus is God's Living Word.

The term, "logos," is used of both.

Both are God verbalized!

Both are divine in origin.

Of course, Jesus is God.

The very Son of God, clothed in flesh and come to earth!

The essence of John 17:17, Jesus' petition to His Father for His Disciples' welfare and success on this earth, spiritually speaking, is that God's Word would get "into" our hearts and souls and minds and spirits! And when that happens, it will change us and purify us and transform us into His very Image, like Jesus forever!

And just think about it, you who read these lines today, you have just spent several minutes doing just that! Living "in" God's Word!

Thinking about it!

Meditating on it!

Letting it sooth you and bathe you and saturate you!

And, using Jesus' words now, "sanctify you" too!

How grateful we should be for the Bible!

What a tool it is for our spiritual growth!

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17

Amen!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 18, VERSE 18:

I call it a "missionary" verse.

It's a little like Matthew 28:19-20. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."

And Mark 16:15. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

Plus Acts 1:8. "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

I'm talking about John 17:18. "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." This is our verse for today.

I nearly forgot its "twin," John 20:21. "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

Lots of "go ye" verses!

Now remember, Jesus is praying.

To His Father in Heaven.

The most "intimate" prayer He ever prayed, as far as we know.

At least, the most "detailed" one.

"As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." John 17:18

Jesus has been "sent" by the Father.

The verb is "apostello." In it we can clearly see the word, our word, "apostle." Jesus is an Apostle, The Apostle really! "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." Hebrews 3:1

"Apostello" means "one sent forth to make straight or set in order" certain things! Jesus came to earth to "set in order" the great issues of sin and salvation and Heaven and Hell and redemption and fellowship with God!

He is the greatest Missionary Who ever lived!

He is more than That!

He is the Saviour!

He is the Sacrifice!

The "world" is the "kosmos," from "komeo," meaning "to take care of, to provide for, to tend." The world today is a "system" of life, a "organism" of activity, sadly given to evil rather than good.

This "world," this "organization," needs Jesus!

Without Him, the whole "world" is doomed!

Jesus has come with the answers to the world's woes!

And now, according to our verse, we have those answers too!

Just like Jesus did!

Because we have been saved by His Grace!

Jesus to His Father: "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." John 17:18

We are "sent" too!

We, in a non-technical sense, are little "apostles," little "missionaries, "little "ambassadors," taking the lost world the Message of Jesus and His Cross and empty tomb and plan of salvation!

As Jesus ... so are we!

In this "witnessing" sense anyway.

Have we told anyone about Jesus lately?

Given out a Gospel tract?

Prayed for the salvation of a lost soul?

Yes, the world will "hate" us, just like it did Jesus.

But we must go and tell anyway!

That's one reason Jesus left us here ... until He comes again!

And how do we know that "witnessing" is Jesus' goal here, our telling others about Him? Verse 20 explains. "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word."

Them which shall believe through their words!

Souls saved, through our words!

Let's tell someone about Jesus today!

Helping "answer" His great prayer!

"As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." John 17:18

Sent ... by Jesus!

In that sense, we are all "called!"

Called to share our testimonies everywhere we go.

Let's get busy!

                                                                        --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 19, VERSE 19:

It's one of the most logical verses in all the Bible.

Maybe it centers on the power of influence as much as anything.

Listen to Jesus praying to his Father. "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John 17:19

"Their sakes" is a reference to His Disciples. To those who have been saved and who followed the Lord day after day.

These Believers spent vast amounts of time with Jesus.

Weeks, months, you could nearly say years!

So, for these who were so near His heart, Jesus "sanctifies" Himself!

This is Jesus, the Son of God!

This is Jesus, absolutely sinless!

This is Jesus, who was never defeated by the devil!

This is Jesus, Who had no sin nature at all!

Yet He says, "I sanctify Myself!"

Surely this illustrates the fact that sanctification, defined as "separation from sin," or just plain "holiness of life," is both a present state ... and an ongoing manner of life too.

It has an "I-have-it-now" side.

And it also has an "I-still-want-more" side!

What I am saying is this: Jesus was already perfect!

But, still, He "sanctifies" Himself even more!

"And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John 17:19

It must be this way, or else Jesus is just "mincing" words. And He never did that, never.

Jesus, living more and more godly every single day, though He never sinned in the first place!

And He was doing this, for the sake of His Disciples!

His students!

His followers!

Among this larger group there were ladies as well as men.

People for whom Jesus cared, for whom He was determined to set the right example. And by the way, for whom He died on Calvary!

"For" their sakes, translates "huper," meaning "in their stead!" Or, "on their behalf."

Living godly ... for the sake of those around you!

Why again is Jesus doing this?

"That they also might be sanctified."

Jesus' holiness of life will impact these saved folks!

They will live as he lived, best they could.

"Sanctified" translates "hagiazo" again, "made different or separated" from that which defiles.

If you are around someone for three years, non-stop, they will "impact" you either for good, or bad!

And if that Someone is Jesus ... no doubt it will be for good! It's that plain: "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified."

But next, how is this sanctification to occur?

What is the tool Jesus uses to accomplish this great fact?

Watch the last three words of our verse. "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John 17:19

The "Truth" is God's Word!

We just saw that two verses ago.

The Bible, inspired Scripture, will help keep us away from sin!

It will "separate" us from things that defile!

It is God's means of sanctification!

At least in this verse it is.

"And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John 17:19

Thank You, dear Lord!

So, every one of us knows what to do!

Get "in" His Word!

And "stay" there!

Live "close" to Jesus!

He can "change" us too!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 20, VERSE 20:

Someone said that Jesus did not intercede for the "lost" in His great John 17 Prayer.

But, at least briefly, He did.

He knows that the saints will be witnessing for His Name's Sake.

Therefore, He mentions to His Father: "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." John 17:20

This petition alone reveals the success of future soul-winning efforts!

People will be born again!

"Shall believe," the verb, is "pisteuo," meaning "to be persuaded, to believe to be true." Here Jesus uses it as a future participle. These things are going to occur! For sure!

Notice too that the "belief" is "on" Jesus! "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word."

The preposition used here is "eis," believing "on" Jesus for sure, but also believing "into" Jesus! Literally!

That's why Paul can so confidently and so repeatedly say that we who are saved are "in" Christ Jesus!

The Holy Spirit, the very second we are saved, places us "in" Christ!

And all this happens "through" the word, the witness, the testimony, of Jesus' followers.

"Through" is "dia," meaning "by means of." No testifying, no souls saved! No witnessing, no folks born again!

"Word" is "logos," like you would expect. "Logical, thoughtful words expressed in favor of the Lord Jesus Christ, preaching in His Name! Telling folks about Jesus! What He did for you! Sharing the Gospel!

And it is for these new Believers, these new "little ones," that Jesus is about to pray!

The Body of Christ, a growing organism!

The Church of the Living God, alive and expanding, all because of Calvary, Jesus' Blood, and the Love of God!

Do you know someone lost today?

Pray for him or her.

Witness to him.

Take her to Church.

Pray, much like Jesus did, for that person's salvation!

God still saves sinners!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 21, VERSE 21:

Maybe the right word is "unity."

Jesus longed for this quality in the lives of His followers. "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." John 17:21

Divisions and cliques and other kinds of factions are detrimental to the people of God.

But, question is, how close can we be?

Being human, won't there always be some friction between Church folks? At least to a small degree?

Jesus thinks not!

Notice His exact words: "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee."

Unless I have misunderstood, He just asked His Father for unity in the Church, a oneness identical to that of the Trinity!

That's astounding!

And such a thing can only be possible, surely, through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit!

He is the great "Unifier" anyway!

By "all" Jesus means all who are really saved. "Pas" means each individual, no exceptions!

And "one," in Greek "heis," means numerically "one." In other words, "not two or three!"

Here Jesus has beautifully combined practicality and doctrine!

First, He desires: "Do not fuss!"

Then He suggests: "Model the Godhead in your love and fellowship one for another!"

And that "in-between" clause, "That they also may be one in Us," sounds to me like Jesus is, for lack of a better word, "homesick!"

He craves His Father's Presence!

That Unity they have shared forever!

And He wants us to know it, too!

But, should this high goal ever be reached, what might it contribute to the cause of Christ?

I will capitalize the answer to that question. "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." John 17:21

Souls will be saved!

This concept sounds much like John 13:35. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

Jesus clearly believed that our loving one another, that our being "one," would be a great tool of evangelism!

The more we love, loving in truth now, not a compromising sort of love, the more lost souls will be "drawn" to the Saviour!

Here's a second time in as many verses that Jesus focuses His prayer aims at sinners, those perishing without eternal life.

A lesson in witnessing!

In the middle of Jesus' most beautiful prayer ever!

He might even be still praying this one, John 17, right from the Right Hand of the Throne of God!

This may be an integral part of His constant intercession for you and me!

That would not surprise me a bit.

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 22, VERSE 22:

This is a difficult verse!

John 17:22 says: "And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One."

That's Jesus, praying to His Father in Heaven.

It "hints" that the basic motivation for true Christian "unity" is something called "glory!"

And, even so, what does "glory" mean?

Furthermore, when did or when will that "gift" of glory be bestowed?

And all these questions come from one sentence of one prayer, of course it was prayed by the greatest Person Who ever lived! Jesus, the living Son of God!

"Glory" is "doxa," being derived from a word that means "opinion, estimate, value, worth, praise, honor." And "dokeo," its parent, means "to think, to account, to suppose, to be reputed."

Here "glory " may be what someone is "worth" to you! His or her "value!" What one "thinks" that person to be!

Preciousness!

It looks like Jesus is saying something like this. When someone gets saved, God somehow attaches to that old ex-sinner, now a new creature in Christ Jesus, the same value and worth and esteem that He had originally placed in His Only Begotten Son!

Are we being told that we are made "like" Jesus?

Not identically so, but positionally so!

As God's newborn child, I share in that glory, that worth, that value!

Because I am now "in" Jesus ... I now possess that "glory!"

The verb "given," spelled "didomai," is used twice in the verse, both times being identical. That is, indicative perfect active 1st person singulars.

That means, among other things, that this "giving" has already happened in the past! And it positively has "lasting" consequences! We will never outlive its presence!

And the "result" of this glory?

Look for the word "that," a pronoun.

"And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One."

This glory leads to "oneness!"

Using a subjunctive form of "eimi," John records "may be." It is possible! The foundation, the framework, the underpinning exists for such miraculous unity!

The same unity that is operating in the Godhead, eternally so!

"Even as We are One!"

"One," in Greek "heis," is obviously a number. Not "two" or "three," but "one!" That kind of closeness!

Okay, then.

It's logical.

If I can somehow see the "glory" God has already invested in my brother or sister in Christ, I will not fuss or fight or argue with him or her!

I will realize his or her worth and value to Almighty God!

I will sense the esteem and preciousness God has already placed on him and her, no matter their specific backgrounds or educational levels or social standings or anything else!

One preacher called this wonder "the weight of glory!"

God sees not only what we now "are," but also what we "shall become!"

Creatures of glory!

And that fact alone should draw us together, in harmony!

As brothers and sisters in Christ!

"And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One."

Oh, how this should be preached!

The next time you look upon a fellow believer, try to see him or her that way! The way the Lord sees that person!

Simply glorious!

As much so, dare I say it?

As much so as Jesus Himself!

That's what John 17:22 says, exactly.

Wow!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 23, VERSE 23:

Today it's John 17:23. "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."

Jesus prayed these very words to His Father.

That opening pronoun, "them," refers to folks who have been saved. They were saved through the witness of other Believers in Christ.

These words reveal Jesus' goal for us Christians, "that they may be made perfect." This word "perfect," really the whole verbal system, "may be made perfect," translates "teleioo" in Greek. It means "to reach the finish line, to be complete, to be filled full."

In one word, "maturity!"

And this is possible, how?

Only through the indwelling Christ!

"I will be in them," promises our Lord.

And the result of our maturity?

Of our unity, our harmony, our "oneness" with Jesus and each other?

The world will know that Jesus is God's Son, sent directly from Heaven! "And that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me."

The verb "may know" is "ginosko," just meaning "to perceive, to understand" a thing.

And "hast sent" is an official term, "apostello," to empower a person so he can "set things in order." To rearrange anything that might have gradually been wrongly placed.

But there is one more thing Jesus wants the world to know. "That the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."

Love!

The Father has "loved" this old world!

Its people.

Here Jesus has God the Father loving the "world," lost men and women, every bit as much as the father loves the Son!

Or am I misreading this?

"As," an adverb, is "kathos" in Greek. And the dictionaries say it means "just as" or "even as." One says "according as." Intensely so, especially with that "kata" prefix!

This is nearly a verse with the same spirit John 3:16 possesses! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Now, that's real Love!

And since Jesus is the One praying, the Intercessor, these words will be completely fulfilled.

All-the-way answered!

No doubt about that!

 "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." John 17:23

Christians have a bright future!

Heaven!

Perfection, maturity!

Their neighbors saved, some of them anyway!

And all of eternity without a single disturbing word!

Jesus' Plan for us!

His prayer for us!

I just do not understand why the whole of humanity does not want to be saved!

They ought to be "beating the door down," seeking the Lord Jesus Christ!

Alas, the devil has them "blinded."

But, one by one, sinners are still being saved, the Lord's prayer here yet being answered!

God's "Plan" is not frustrated.

It will be fulfilled and complete, and that right on time!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 24, VERSE 24:

Each verse of John 17 unveils some new thought, straight from the mind of Jesus!

Verse 24 is no exception.

"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."

If this prayer is answered, and it will be, every born-again child of God in history will go to Heaven!

Because that's Where Jesus is!

"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am."

That's the way Jesus has been describing the truly saved, "those whom the Father had given Him."

Eternity ... with Jesus!

But here, even the reason "why" we are going to Heaven in revealed!

Or, one reason "why."

"That they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me."

To "behold" Jesus' preincarnate Glory!

And our Lord here uses the verb "theoreo," our word "theatre!" It means "to be a spectator!" Or "to view attentively!" Even "to consider."

Eternity ... watching Jesus!

Glorious Jesus!

And here comes still another "why."

"Why" has the Father given the Son, given Jesus, this awesome Glory?

Because of Love!

"For thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."

As expected, "lovest" here translates "agapao." The most unselfish love in the Bible, perfect love, God's Love! First Corinthians 13 Love!

"Foundation" is "katabole," anything "thrown or placed" at the very "lowest" level of a building. That upon which all the rest is constructed.

Before God created, Jesus already was invested in such Glory!

Of course, we believe Jesus is the eternal Son of God!

He has always been Glory-filled!

Look at the Heavenly themes Jesus is discussing!

"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."

Saved souls!

Heaven forevermore!

Eternal Glory!

Unending Love!

Can't you tell?

Jesus is ready to go Home!

He is near the time of the Cross of Calvary.

Very near.

He is looking over on the "Other Side," and already claiming Victory!

And He is taking us with Him!

Praise the Lord.

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 25, VERSE 25:

The Lord uses the same verb, three times!

In the same verse!

And each time it's in the very same form, too.

"O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me." John 17:25

Notice first that Jesus calls His Father "righteous." This is the only time in Scripture that this exact term is used.

Later in the New Testament John, in his first epistle, calls Jesus "righteous." Here is that verse. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." 1st John 2:1

The adjective is "dikaios," meaning "upright, virtuous." God has never done, nor can He do, anything wrong!

The noun for "world," the "kosmos," is that "orderly and arranged system of life on this earth," without Christ being the Center! The devil is the prince of this "world." John 12:31

This lost "world" does not know God the Father!

He loves it, rather, he loves them, the people of earth, but they do not know Him. "O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee."

Next, Jesus "knows" the Father!

That's "ginosko," basically meaning "to get an understanding" of something or someone. Verse 25 again, John 17:25, its first two clauses. "O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee."

What the world lacks, Jesus possesses!

And remember now, this "knowledge" of God the Father is once defined by Jesus as "eternal life!" Back in verse 3 it is. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

Jesus knows the Father intimately, perfectly, fully!

But, wonderfully, not only does Jesus know the Father ... so do those who have been saved!

You know Him, Christian friend.

I know Him, too!

Now we can add that last clause to our discussion. "O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me." Believers are included in the "these" who have known that the Father sent the Son!

"These have known that thou hast sent Me."

The verb sent is "apostello," officially "commissioned" by God the Father to come to earth and die for the sins of the lost!

1st John 4:14 says it this way. "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."

Yes!

Be thankful for that "knowledge!"

God gave it to us!

We should treasure it!

"O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me." John 17:25

Are you saved?

Do you know the Father?

Through Jesus the Son?

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 26, VERSE 26:

Another recurring theme in Jesus' greatest prayer, recorded in John 17, is that of "love."

He even closes with that thought. "And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:26

This great verse might could be summarized with three short words: "God is love!" In fact, 1st John 4:8 later will say that very thing! "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

The verb "declare" Jesus just used is "gnorizo," a derivative of "ginosko" meaning "to make known." Once in the King James Text it is expressed "to certify!"

When Jesus taught something, assurance accompanied His Words! They knew it to be true!

Matthew 7:29 reminds us of Jesus: "For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Mark 1:22 says the same thing too, adding one little but important fact. "And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes."

But look!

Along with a knowledge of God's Name comes something else!

"And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:26

That "love" I mentioned earlier!

Of course the noun is "agape." It is built on the "agan" stem, meaning "much!" There is just no limit to the Love of God! It is endless, inexhaustible, even when it's hard to understand!

The little preposition "in" is "en" in Greek. It means, "on, at, near, by, before," as well as "in." Closeness! Internalization!  Assimilation! Inhabitation! How else can it be said?

The very Love God the Father has for Jesus ... also indwelling us!

That is exactly what's just been said! "That the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them."

That can only happen one way, Jesus Himself must live inside us too!

That's the way we know the Love of God!

But, can it be proved that Jesus is "in" us?

Yes.

"Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27 does that, all by itself. 

This great prayer certainly ends on a "thrilling" note!

The more you "think" about it, the greater it gets!

"And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:26

Yes!

And Jesus is still praying it, right now!

Interceding for you and me!

Our Lord was prone to use Scripture, word for word, in all the key events of His earthly life.

And I guarantee you that's the case in His heavenly Life too!

Re-read John 17 when you can.

It's awesome!

Just as well say, the greatest prayer ever prayed!

I am so glad we have spent this time studying it.

Seems like it helps us know Jesus better.

The words of Christ are critically important, being part of Paul's very definition for "sound doctrine."

He calls them "wholesome words." That's from 1st Timothy 6:3. "Wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness."

Amen!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

I AM SO VERY THANKFUL WE HAVE STUDIED THESE 26 PRECIOUS VERSES, RIGHT FROM THE MOUTH OF OUR DEAR LORD.

 

 

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