Gospel of John [17:24-26]. The Lord's priestly prayer; part 49. Prayer summary.
Title: Gospel of John [17:24-26]. The Lord's priestly prayer; part 49. Prayer summary.
Summary of Joh 17.
Glory: vv.1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 22, 24.
Vv. 2,3 - You have given Me authority over all mankind - so that I may give eternal life to all You have given Me - and this is EL, that they may know You and Jesus Christ.
With His authority the Lord continued to give and He gave the very life of God to every believer. This life throws open the door of intimacy so that we may come to know the Father and the Son.
Gifts to the believer:
Vs. 6 - I manifested Your name (person) to them.
Vs. 7 - The words You have given to Me.
Christ manifested the person of the Father to us and gave us the priceless gift of the Father's words. These are no longer words that we cannot understand for the Spirit also is given so that the words of the Almighty don't seem cryptic or foreign, but are in fact of our family heritage and their meaning comes naturally, really supernaturally, to members of the family.
Vs. 13 - My joy be made full in them.
Vs. 15 - Keep them from the evil (one).
Joy and protection or providence. This is not the joy of the world but the joy of Christ and it is not a distant, feeble exposure of His joy but it is to completely fill us.
There is very real evil in this world and it is from the source of the very real evil one, Satan. What God has provided will protect us from the evil of the world system and so it is imperative that we remain in that plan and not resist it or evil will overcome us. We are to abhor evil and overcome it with good, Rom 12:9, 21.
Vs. 17 - Sanctify them in the truth.
Vs. 18 - Sent into the world.
To be sent into the world with the purpose of revealing the glory of the Son means that we cannot be overcome by the world and so we must be separated from the world by means of the truth. We are in the world but not of the world. We are citizens of heaven and not of the world.
Vs. 19 - I sanctify Myself for them.
Vs. 24 - I will them to be with Me where I am.
Vs. 26 - Our love in them.
With the gifts given Him by the Father Jesus Christ could have easily ruled the world, but instead He separated Himself from the world in order to save us while enduring the pain and suffering that came with that. This was the plan of the Father and following that plan revealed the love that the Son had for the Father while the giving of the plan and all its assets, the glory, revealed the love of the Father for the Son. He asks that this love be poured out into the hearts of each believer and it was done through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Rom 5:5.
Vs. 10 - All things that are Your are Mine and Mine Yours.
Vs. 11 - Keep them in Your name - so that they may be one as We are.
All things in common is a tremendous expression of unity. Nothing is withheld or hoarded. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-equal and co-eternal. They serve one another and possess all things in common. They also give to us without measure. The Son gives His life, the Father gives His plan, and the Holy Spirit executes it all within us. Being in His name or His person, which is His character, His essence, His glory we also share all things in common and hoard nothing and so the royal family of God becomes one and They are one.
Vs. 21 Sanctify them - so that they may be one as You are in Me and I in you - so that they may be in Us - so that the world my believe that You did send Me.
Our unity is dependent upon our sanctification in time. If one believer loves God and another loves the world there will be separation as we saw in the examples of John-Mark and Demas. This unity is a vehicle for the gospel.
Vs. 22 - I have given them the glory that You have given Me - so that they may be one as We are.
Each believer is given the glory of God at salvation. It does not increase or diminish, but our understanding of it does. Our oneness extends from an understanding that we each have been given His glory. This we share in common. Indeed we are to separate from believers who are trying to recruit us for the cosmic system while continuing to love them as our fellow sons of glory.
Vs. 23 - I in them and You in Me - so that they may be matured in unity - so that the world may know that You did send Me and did love them as You have loved Me.
The indwelling of the Son and the Father should mature our unity, for this is an astounding reality that we all share in common. This again is a vehicle for the gospel as well as our understanding of the love of God for us.
Vs. 24 - All of them be with Me where I am.
Vs. 26 - I have made Your name known to them and will make it known that the love which You loved Me may be in them and I in them.
From our vantage point of the true Holy of Holies we are allowed to see the love of God and the person of God up close and personal. This knowledge increases as we hunger and thirst for righteousness. We are continually overjoyed as we recognize that the love and person that we are learning more and more about is within us forever.
Vs. 5 - I had glory with You before the world was.
Vs. 6 - The believer is given to Him out of the world - He prays for them but not the others who need the gospel.
The world is not needed for God's glory since They possessed it before the world. This glory is given to the ones who are called out of the world through their personal faith in Christ. He prays for them since the unbeliever is in need of the gospel that they carry. How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, Rom 10:15.