The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus; Take Heart Dear Saints

 Submitted In Christ,  by Tom Gaston
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus (John 17)
 "Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come;glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, thatto all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.  This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.  Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
 I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the worldthey wereYours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You;  for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me. I ask on their behalf ; DO NOT ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Mefor they are Yours and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.  I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished  but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.

 But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.  I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone ( His disciples ), but for those also who believe in Me through their word ( All those "that belong to the Father" that are yet to be saved );  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Their Future Glory

"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also,whom You have given Mebe with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
  “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
 The content and theme which is contained and presented within the "high Priestly prayer" of Jesus is a continuation, a confirmation, and a clarification of what Jesus had been teaching His disciples all along in the following Scriptures "prior to" His "high Priestly prayer."
John 6:37 - 39......"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, NOT to do My own will, butthe will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
John 6:43 - 44......."Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.  Noone can come to Me unless the Father who sent me draws them ; and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:65........."And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”
The "high priestly prayer " of Jesus therefore reveals and clearly shows by its "content " and "repeated emphasis" the doctrine of foreordiationpredestination, and election in the calling out ( through Christ ) all those all who belonged to God the Father before the foundation of the world.
In Christ, Tom Gaston


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