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When He prayed for the apostles, it was as the instruments and continuers of this same work; and when He â¦ me may be in them, and I in them--This eternal love of the Father, resting first on Christ, is by His Spirit imparted to and takes up its permanent abode in all that believe in Him; and "He abiding in them and they in Him" ( John 15:5 ), they are "one Spirit." . thy name--in His past ministry. 1 After Jesus said this, he looked up to heaven. thy name--His whole character towards mankind. the truth--Though the article is wanting in the original here, we are not to translate, as in the Margin, "truly sanctified"; for the reference seems plainly to be "the truth" mentioned in John 17:17 . The word means âThey have come to know, and do know.â (Comp. This was a "winter torrent" (English Revised Version margin), meaning that it was dry most of the year. The seed of the new world must be sown in Death, that thence Life may spring up" [OLSHAUSEN]. He has compressed into the last moments given Him for conversation with His own the most sublime and glorious sentiments ever uttered by mortal lips. Bible Gateway Recommends. This chapter falls easily into five divisions: (1) the prologue, John 1:1-18; (2) the deputation from Jerusalem to John the Baptist, John 1:19-28; (3) the events of the next day after that deputation, John 1:29-34; (4) the events of the second day after the deputation, John 1:35-42; and (5) the â¦ me into the world, even so have I also sent them--sent I also them. . For as that may, and to a large extent does, exist in both the Western and Eastern churches, with little of the Spirit of Christ, yea much, much with which the Spirit of Christ cannot dwell so instead of convincing the world beyond its own pale of the divinity of the Gospel, it generates infidelity to a large extent within its own bosom. He pleaded with his holy Father, that he would keep them by his power and for his glory, that they might be united in affection and labours, even according to the union of the Father and the Son. THE GLORY OF THE CROSS (John 17:1-5)17:1-5 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. â¦ 2 You gave to me authority over all people. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. ... (John 17:12); and from this the â¦ of Their zeal for mere rites consumed the substantial matters of religion; therefore Christ would not give place to them. Read John 13 commentary using Wesley's Explanatory Notes. Holy Father--an expression He nowhere else uses. Not certainly a merely formal, mechanical unity of ecclesiastical machinery. Earnest convictions and desires, are hopeful tokens of a work already wrought in a man; they begin to evidence that he has been chosen unto salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. This is the ground on which the prayer in John 17:1 is based. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. 26. (1a) Introduction. But when Jesus prayed for Himself, He had in view not His own person, but the work of God (John 17:1-2). The man's special friend listens carefully. I have glorified thee on the earth--rather, "I glorified" (for the thing is conceived as now past). (Read John 14:12-17) Whatever we ask in Christ's name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. Let us endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, praying that all believers may be more and more united in one mind and one judgment. . Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Copy good men in the way that you live (3 John verses 11-12) v11 Dear friend, â¦ "The world hated them" is prophetic. Thus we are taught that our glorifying God is needed as an evidence of our interest in Christ, through whom eternal life is God's free gift. Bengel speaks of this chapter as the simplest in word, and profoundest in thought, in the â¦ 12. So then I, the Son, can show how great you are. Observe the foundation on which this plea is grounded, All mine are thine, and thine are mine. David Mathis May 6, 2020 2.5K Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. For all that is in the worldâthe lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of lifeâis not of the Father but is of the world. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world--(See John 15:18 John 15:19 ). . Doubtless, the more that differences among Christians disappear--the more they can agree even in minor matters--the impression upon the world may be expected to be greater. Commentaries for John Chapter 17 Jesus Concludes His Time Alone with His Disciples by Praying to His Father. John 18 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. thy word is truth--(Compare John 15:3 , Colossians 1:5 , Ephesians 1:13 ). He did not pray that his disciples should be removed out of the world, that they might escape the rage of men, for they had a great work to do for the glory of God, and the benefit of mankind. We see this in His prayer for us in John 17:14-18. So then I, the Son, can show how great you are. "The very juxtaposition here of Jesus Christ with the Father is a proof, by implication, of our Lord's Godhead. . I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves--that is, Such a strain befits rather the upper sanctuary than the scene of conflict; but I speak so "in the world," that My joy, the joy I experience in knowing that such intercessions are to be made for them by their absent Lord, may be tasted by those who now hear them, and by all who shall hereafter read the record of them. This chapter contains the most extensive and profound prayer of Jesus we have... View the entire commentary * More information on Commentaries. John 17:19). âBetter, in Thy truth. This is "the beatific vision"; but it shall be no mere vision, for "we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is" ( 1 John 3:2 ). If our views have not this effect on us, they are not Divine truth, or we do not receive them by a living and a working faith, but as mere notions. to the men thou gavest me out of the, 8. they . And I have declared--I made known or communicated. that they may be. Father, I will--The majesty of this style of speaking is quite transparent. Study the bible online using commentary on John 13 and more! 1. 4, 5. Sanctify them--As the former prayer, "Keep them," was "negative," asking protection for them from the poisonous element which surrounded and pressed upon their renewed nature, so this prayer, "Sanctify them," is positive, asking the advancement and completion of their begun sanctification. Should not the same mind be in them which was also in Christ Jesus about this matter? Bible > Commentaries > John 17:7 ... Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (7) Now they have known . Scripture: John 17:4, John 17:6, John 17:26. Eternal life could not be given to believers, unless Christ, their Surety, both glorified the Father, and was glorified of him. Christ offered this prayer for his people alone as believers; not for the world at large. "Father" is His wonted appellation, but "Holy" is here prefixed, because His appeal was to that perfection of the Father's nature, to "keep" or preserve them from being tainted by the unholy atmosphere of "the world" they were still in. Follow Desiring God on Instagram. Jesus Prays to Be Glorified - After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: âFather, the hour has come. 9-14. They had through Christ received the Fatherâs word, which was truth, and had passed into a new region of life, separate from the world (John 17:6-8; John 17:14-16).He has prayed that the Father would â¦ Truth was the sphere in which their sanctification was to take place. reverential reader would not have exclaimed, Oh, to have been within hearing of such a prayer as that must have been, which wound up the whole of His past ministry and formed the point of transition to the dark scenes which immediately followed! FOR HIMSELF (John 17:1-5). Note on John 16:30.) (6-10) His prayer. Of course, then, it must be something that shall be visible or perceptible to the world. John 17 â Jesusâ Great Prayer âJohn Knox, on his death-bed in 1572, asked his wife to read to him John 17, âwhereâ, he said, âI cast my first anchor.ââ (Bruce) A. Jesus prays concerning Himself. All mine are thine. It is when "the Spirit shall be poured upon us from on high," as a Spirit of truth and love, and upon all parts of the Christian territory alike, melting down differences and heart burnings, kindling astonishment and shame at past unfruitfulness, drawing forth longings of catholic affection, and yearnings over a world lying in wickedness, embodying themselves in palpable forms and active measures--it is then that we may expect the effect here announced to be produced, and then it will be irresistible. âBetter, According as thou gavest Him. He said, âFather, the time has now arrived. 2 You gave to me authority over all people. Christ, as one with the Father, claimed on behalf of all that had been given to him, and should in due time believe on him, that they should be brought to heaven; and that there the whole company of the redeemed might behold his glory as their beloved Friend and Brother, and therein find happiness. Father, the hour is glorify thy Son--Put honor upon Thy Son, by countenancing, sustaining, and carrying Him through that "hour. He who would understand it must remember that he is in the Holy of Holies, and must approach it with eyes and heart uplifted to the God to whom and by whom it was spoken. Thou gavest them me, as sheep to the shepherd, to be kept; as a patient to the physician, to be cured; as children to a tutor, to be taught: thus he will deliver up his charge. CHAPTER 17. Sanctify them, set them apart for thyself and thy service. (16) The character of the world. FOR HIS APOSTLES (John 17:6-19). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. (Observe, that Christ never mixes Himself up with His disciples as He associates Himself with the Father, but says I in THEM and THEY in US). Proud member I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in. none of them is lost, but the son of perdition--It is not implied here that the son of perdition was one of those whom the Father had given to the Son, but rather the contrary ( John 13:18 ) [WEBSTER and WILKINSON]. myself that they also might--may. View John 17. Our Lord especially prayed, that all believers might be as one body under one head, animated by one soul, by their union with Christ and the Father in him, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. glorify thou me--The "I Thee" and "Thou Me" are so placed in the original, each beside its fellow, as to show that A PERFECT RECIPROCITY OF SERVICES of the Son to the Father first, and then of the Father to the Son in return, is what our Lord means here to express. ÎºÏÏÎ¼á¿³, Jesus speaks as though He had already departed out of the world. into the world--As their mission was to carry into effect the purposes of their Master's mission, so our Lord speaks of the authority in both cases as co-ordinate. Luke reports two occurrences where John shows great zeal â¦ 28 You yourselves will remember that I said, âI am not the Messiah, but God sent me to prepare things for the Messiah.â 29 When a man marries a wife, she belongs to him. but . through--in. thee, the only true God--the sole personal living God; in glorious contrast equally with heathen polytheism, philosophic naturalism, and mystic pantheism. I pray for them--not as individuals merely, but as representatives of all such in every succeeding age not for the world--for they had been given Him "out of the world" ( John 17:6 ), and had been already transformed into the very opposite of it. life eternal, that they might--may. It is the prayer of Jesus for all that are his, that they may be made holy. (On this use of the neuter gender, Absolute COMMUNITY OF PROPERTY between the Father and the Son is here expressed as nakedly as words can do it. As thou hast given him power over all fleshâ This answers to glorify thy Son. But it is not dependent upon this; for living and loving oneness in Christ is sometimes more touchingly seen even amidst and in spite of minor differences, than where no such differences exist to try the strength of their deeper unity. Neither pray I for these alone--This very important explanation, uttered in condescension to the hearers and readers of this prayer in all time, is meant not merely of what follows, but of the whole prayer. Glorify the Son that the Son may glorify you. And for their sakes I sanctify--consecrate. Commentary on John 9:13-17 (Read John 9:13-17) Christ not only worked miracles on the sabbath, but in such a manner as would give offence to the Jews, for he would not seem to yield to the scribes and Pharisees. The means of giving this grace is, "through thy truth, thy word is truth." As in John 17:11, Î¿á½ÎºÎÏÎ¹ Îµá¼°Î¼á½¶ á¼Î½ Ï. Cf. 3. this is--that. Judas Betrays Jesus - When Jesus had spoken these words, He went away with His disciples across the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden which He entered with His disciples. The *ancestors of Jesus 1:1-17. v1 This is the record of Jesus Christâs family. Thus shall we convince the world of the truth and excellence of our religion, and find more sweet communion with God and his saints. Should not His prayer be theirs? Chapter 17 is divided thus: Verses 1-5 relate to Christ Himself, to His taking His position in glory, to His work, and to that glory as belonging to His Person, and the result of His work. FOR THE CHURCH (John 17:20-26). He had declared and would further declare the name or character of God, by his doctrine and his Spirit, that, being one with him, the love of the Father to him might abide with them also. It is often spoken of as the High Priestâs Prayer (comp. (Read 1 John 2:15-17) The things of the world may be desired and possessed for the uses and purposes which God intended, and they are to be used by his grace, and to his glory; but believers must not seek or value them for â¦ John 10:36; John 13:3.) His â¦ (17) Sanctify them through thy truth. And the glory which thou gavest--hast given. 19. I. The only difference between the application of the same term to Christ and the disciples is, as applied to Christ, that it means only to "consecrate"; whereas, in application to the disciples, it means to consecrate with the additional idea of previous sanctification, since nothing but what is holy can be presented as an offering. It is a great satisfaction to us, in our reliance upon Christ, that he, all he is and has, and all he said and did, all he is doing and will do, are of God. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee--knew thee not. that thou hast sent--sentest me--As before He said "Holy Father," when desiring the display of that perfection on His disciples ( John 17:11 ), so here He styles Him "Righteous Father," because He is appealing to His righteousness or justice, to make a distinction between those two diametrically opposite classes--"the world," on the one hand, which would not "know the Father, though brought so nigh to it in the Son of His love, and, on the other, Himself, who recognized and owned Him, and even His disciples, who owned His mission from the Father. As thou hast sent--sentest. Glorify him, just as you gave him authority over mankind, that he may give eternal life to every one whom â¦ The Spirit of God in true Christians is opposed to the spirit of the world. 16. THE INTERCESSORY PRAYER. 20-23. Now Judas, who was betraying Him, also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples. They are not left here to pursue the same objects as the men around them, but to glorify God, and to serve their generation. III. thy truth--God's revealed truth, as the medium or element of sanctification; a statement this of immense importance. He said, âFather, the time has now arrived. and these have known--knew. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. But when ( John 14:31) the repast was finished, the language of Christ assumed a loftier strain; the disciples, assembled around their Master, listened to the words of life, and seldom spoke a word (only John 16:17 John 16:29). keep through thine own name--rather, "in thy name"; in the exercise of that gracious and holy character for which He was known. Follow Desiring God on Twitter. John 17:6. Wilt thou not secure them? To all whom thou hast given himâ To all believers. 5. know, &c.--This life eternal, then, is not mere conscious and unending existence,.but a life of acquaintance with God in Christ ( Job 22:21 ). through--in. ... Their task will not be easy. Jesus cures a manâs hand on Godâs rest day 3:1-6. v1 Jesus went again into the â¦ Î½, Îº. Christ next prayed for the disciples, that they might not only be kept from evil, but made good. 1 After Jesus said this, he looked up to heaven. The knowledge of God and a creature could not be eternal life, and such an association of the one with the other would be inconceivable" [ALFORD]. Own them in the office; let thy hand go with them. But he prayed that the Father would keep them from the evil, from being corrupted by the world, the remains of sin in their hearts, and from the power and craft of Satan. No petty criticism will be allowed to fritter it away in any but superficial or perverted readers. Chapter 17. 10. all mine are thine, and thine are mine--literally, "All My things are Thine and Thy things are Mine." (1-5) His prayer for his disciples. The Son owns none for his, that are not devoted to the service of the Father. âJam in exitu mundi pedem irrevocabilem posuerat,â Ruperti on John 17:11. This is the result of their spiritual trainingâin its fulness, indeed, still future, but regarded as in the â¦ Let them all be stamped with the same image and superscription, and influenced by the same power.3. that the world may believe that thou hast sent me--sentest me. This is a clear proof that Christ designed his sacrifice should avail for all: yea, that all flesh, every man, should partake of everlasting life. John 14 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. The glory for which He asks is in accordance with the decree which appointed His Messianic work. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes--"John very seldom depicts the gestures or looks of our Lord, as here. So the grand impression upon the world at large, that the mission of Christ is divine, is to be made by the unity of His disciples. II. have known surely that I came out from. 15-19. 22. Christ does not pray that they might be rich and great in the world, but that they might be kept from sin, strengthened for their duty, and brought safe to heaven. So Judas, having obtained the â¦ John 17 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. âBetter, Now they do know. John 1:17. 24-26. keep them from the evil--all evil in and of the world. He that is joined to the Lord in one spirit, 1 Co. 6:17. that the love wherewith thou hast loved--lovedst. So that they might pass through the world as through an enemy's country, as he had done. 13. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world--for that, though it would secure their own safety, would leave the world unblessed by their testimony. Thus, another meaning of "sanctify," which is "to consecrate," is intended (English â¦ This speaks the Father and Son to be one. To ask in Christ's name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. them in thy name--acting as Thy Representative on earth. Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible. John and his brother James were full of zeal for the Lord Jesus. Christ prays for those that are his. John 17:1-26. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true â¦ them also which shall believe--The majority of the best manuscripts read "which believe," all future time being viewed as present, while the present is viewed as past and gone. What is it, then? They are thine; wilt thou not provide for thine own? Should not Christians ponder these things? I have finished--I finished. Yet no one who desires to come to the Father, and is conscious that he is unworthy to come in his own name, need be discouraged by the Saviour's declaration, for he is both able and willing to save to the uttermost, all that come unto God by him. Verses 1-26. 17. the work which thou gavest me to do--It is very important to preserve in the translation the past tense, used in the original, otherwise it might be thought that the work already "finished" was only what He had done before uttering that prayer; whereas it will be observed that our Lord speaks throughout as already beyond this present scene ( John 17:12 , &c.), and so must be supposed to include in His "finished work" the "decease which He was to accomplish at Jerusalem.". 25. and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent--This is the only place where our Lord gives Himself this compound name, afterwards so current in apostolic preaching and writing. be with me where I that they may behold my glory which thou hast given Christ regards it as glory enough for us to be admitted to see and gaze for ever upon His glory! 11. 6-8. It is just as in Luke 4:26 Luke 4:27 , where we are not to suppose that the woman of Sarepta (in Sidon) was one of the widows of Israel, nor Naaman the Syrian one of the lepers in Israel, though the language--the same as here--might seem to express it. Ï. Yet till this living brotherhood in Christ shall show itself strong enough to destroy the sectarianism, selfishness, carnality, and apathy that eat out the heart of Christianity in all the visible sections of it, in vain shall we expect the world to be overawed by it. "At length, in the Redeemer's sublime intercessory prayer, His full soul was poured forth in express â¦ ~ The first events (1:19 - 2:11) John now begins the story of the life of Jesus â¦ Thus, being joined to Him by one Spirit, they might be filled with all the fulness of God, and enjoy a blessedness of which we can form no right idea in our present state. Jesus entirely devoted himself to his undertaking, and all the parts of it, especially the offering up himself without spot unto God, by the eternal Spirit. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. with the glory which I had with thee before the world was--when "in the beginning the Word was with God" ( John 1:1 ), "the only-begotten Son in the bosom of the Father" ( John 1:18 ). I have manifested--I manifested. Additional reason for soliciting in behalf of the disciples the protection of the Father consists in this, that the world hates them because they have received the revelation of God in Christ, and are thereby separated from the world as their Teacher was not of the world. . The more they dispute about lesser things, the more they throw doubts upon Christianity. For the law was given by Moses Both moral and ceremonial. Salem Media Group. And now--in return. 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