- John 17:6-10
- John 17:6 (KJB)
- 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.
- Manifested - To make visible, clear, or known
- Kept - Obeyed, observed, or paid attention to
- Jesus states that He made His Father’s name known to the disciples
because Jesus consistently made reference to His Father during His entire
earthly ministry and the disciples were taught much about the Father from
Jesus. The eleven displaces are who Jesus is speaking about right now
because Judas was on his way to betray the Lord and he never became a
believer. These men were given to the Lord Jesus Christ by the Father
because their names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the
foundation of the world. (Rev 17:8 KJV)
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the
bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth
shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the
foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not,
and yet is. Since the eleven were predestined for
salvation, part of their salvation evidence is that they keep or obey the
word of God. They proclaimed it truthfully and it cost them all their lives,
yet even under threats they proclaimed it.
(Acts 5:29 KJV) Then Peter and the other
apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
- John 17:7 (KJB)
- Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of
- Jesus now prays that the disciples have progressed in their
understanding, up to this point, as Jesus uses the word “now.” They
understand that the messages they have been given are God’s message to them.
Jesus always conveyed the teachings of the Father to the disciples. He
wanted them to know the Father had as much concern for them as Jesus did.
The disciples grew up under a religious system that made God out to be a
mean God but Jesus had completely changed their understanding of Him.
- John 17:8 (KJB)
- 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.
- Received - Grasp, took hold of, or seized
- Surely - Truly
- Jesus prays that He has given them all the words that His Father had
given to Him. Those words took root as they grasped the truths and they had
believed totally that the Lord Jesus Christ did come from the Father. The
Jews had rejected the claims of Jesus that He came from Heaven but when God
implants the word into His Elect, the word will take root and will
eventually bear fruit. (Mat 13:8 KJV)
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an
hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. The
disciples are going to face the same old arguments and threats the Lord
Jesus did when He was on earth.
- John 17:9 (KJB)
- I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast
given me; for they are thine.
- Jesus now prays specifically for the disciples because it would be
through them that the evangelism of the world would begin. Then this prayer
can be widened as Jesus prays for all those who would become saved after
them because those that are saved belong not only to the Lord Jesus but also
to God the Father. Jesus is not praying for the unbelievers but only for
those who will become saved. This is another verse the believers in
universal salvation will have a hard time and also those who believe in free
will will find it hard that Jesus is praying only for His own.
(John 13:1 KJV) 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. Jesus prays that His
Elect will be sanctified and preserved in the world and afterward be
glorified in Heaven.
- John 17:10 (KJB)
- And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
- The believer is in great hands because they belong to both the Father
and the Son. This is why the believer can never lose their salvation because
they are kept by both the Father and the Son. Tell me, who can take anything
out of their hands? As the believers live out their lives and bring the
gospel to the world, they become the light of the world and when others
become saved, then Jesus is also glorified in them.