|Love Lesson 31
|Love Lesson 31: by turtle
John 17:1-26 KJV 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: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that
he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know
thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have
finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with
the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 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. 7 Now
they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 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. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them
which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified
in them. 11 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. 12 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. 13 And now come I to thee; and these
things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 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. 15 I
pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is
truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their
sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone,
but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 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. 22
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 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. 24 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. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and
these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 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.
This is Christ pray the night before he goes to the cross.
1. What does Christ pray for?? List them?
There are several things Christ prays for in the passage.
1. Christ prayed to the Father to glorify him. Vs 1-5
2. To preserve his apostles vs. 6-19
3. For all believers vs. 20-26
Christ now in the flesh is praying that God will be glorified. Glorified because he has finished the worked
which the Father has given him to do. God the Father sent Christ to demonstrate his love for us.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Simple fact is Christ was fixing to go to the cross for our sins. The people that lived during that time may of
physically nailed him to the cross but we spiritually nailed him to the cross. Without him coming to die in our
place we were dying in sin. Through Christ death on the cross He would glorify His Father in heaven. Simple
fact God loved us very much He did not have to send His Son but he did. It is because of his love for us. And
in this pray you see how much he loved us by the fact he prayed also for his apostles and the disciples that
would come later because of the apostle's word about who He was. What a wonderful truth to know he prayed
for us. You and me.. He was still thinking of others before he went to the cross.
2. What does Christ say about the unity He has with the Father. Who Does Christ ask the Father to send to the
John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before
the world was.
John 17:11 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 17:21 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 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Christ is one with the Father. Through out these verses above he says they are one and not only one but He
prays specifically that we be one with other believers as will as himself and we be one with them. Christ
wanted us to be a united front. United through Christ. Yet so often we are not united as Christ desired us to
be. We let our building and our traditions divide us . When we choose to look solely to Christ and see others
believers also as followers of Christ then we can be united despite denominational barriers.
The second part of the question was who did Christ ask the Father to send to the Believers? Sorry about that I
should of given a reference verse to that because actually that is not in this passage. So go to John 14:16
John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither
knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Truth is for us to be united we need to be united by the Spirit of God. The more we try and unite ourselves we
will fail but when we let God break division between us we will unite together.
John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit
and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must
worship him in spirit and in truth.
So the bible tells us we need to worship God in Spirit. To worship God in spirit is to worship him through our
spirit and with the Holy Ghost who is in each believer. Holy Spirit is who unites us with the Father and the Son.
The three our one and we are untied through Christ death on the cross and through the Holy Spirit. Simple fact
we become one when we except Christ. For the Holy Spirit comes to live in us.
3. Was Christ willing to go to the cross and why???
Christ loved us and was willing to die in our place. He was willing to do the Father's will. God will for Him was
to die so we could have eternal life. After he suffered and died Christ arose from the grave. God did not come
to judge us at this time but to show His love for us. We desire to win lost soles to Jesus' but we are quick to
condemn people for there actions instead of telling of God's love and sacrifice for the world. We bring
judgement instead of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
4. What do you learn about the passage.
What you learn is not my place to say. Each one may learn something different from this passage. But what
sticks out for me the most is probably Christ love for the disciples the fact he took time to pray for us and that
we should do the same for one another. Also I think this passage represents the unity we need to have as will as
the unity that God the Father had with His Son. Jesus is definitely God, and Jesus and the Father are one. But
as we continue in studying not necessarily this study but we will see that the Holy Spirit is also one with the
Father and the Son and they all have been together since the beginning.