The Lord’s Prayer

John 17:1-26

“The mission of Jesus Christ and of his followers on earth, unto the glory of God, is the theme throughout. Yet, though the prayer reveals a wonderful unity, a unity so organic and real that commentators are not agreed as to where one part ends and another begins, three movements are discernible.”  William Hendriksen

A.  He prays for himself  vv.1-5

  • that he would be glorified vv. 1, 5
  • that he would glorify the Father vv. 1, 4
  • that men would come to faith vv. 2-3

By his death the law, the truth, and the mercy of God were honored. By the spread of his gospel and the conversion of sinners; by all that Christ will do, now that he is glorified, to spread his gospel, God will be honored. The conversion of a single sinner honors God; a revival of religion is an eminent means of promoting his honor; and the spread of the gospel among all nations shall yet do more than all other things to promote the honor of God among men. Whatever honors the Saviour honors God.  Albert Barnes

What honors the Savior most?

Phil 2:9-12  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

And the context in which in which this takes place is the church gathered where Christ is confessed and God is praised.

Psa_67:3-5  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.

 B.  He prays for his men  vv.6-19

  • they are yours

1.       by ownership and choice  v. 6, 9-10

2.      by belief  v. 8  (received, believed)

  • keep them – guard, protect vv. 11, 15

1.      faithful to the word given to them

2.      true to their testimony

3.      from deception by Satan & following the pattern of the world

4.      from the world in the world

5.      united, one

“That they, and all that believe through their word, (the doctrine which I have given them), may be one body, united by one Spirit to me their living head. The union which Christ recommends here, and prays for, is so complete and glorious as to be fitly represented by that union which subsists between the Father and the Son.”  Adam Clarke

“in nature, will, affection and understanding; which must be understood not of equality, but of likeness; and designs not their union to Christ, but to one another; abiding together, cleaving to each other, standing fast in one Spirit, having the same designs, and the interest of a Redeemer in view, and at heart.”  John Gill

  • make them holy vv. 17-19

1.      not healthy, wealthy and wise

“Too many times we get stuck in a rut, thinking we’ve reached our limits.  We don’t really stretch our faith; we don’t believe for anything bigger.  But God wants us to constantly be increasing, to be rising to new heights.  He wants to increase you in His wisdom and help you to make better decisions.  God wants to increase you financially, by giving you promotions, fresh ideas, and creativity.

The Scripture says that God wants to pour out “His far and beyond favor.” (unknown source, supposedly Eph_2:7 )  God wants this to be the best time of your life. But if you are going to receive this favor, you must enlarge your vision. You can’t go around thinking negative, defeated, limiting thoughts.”  Your Best Life Now, Joel Osteen

2.      not even safe from harm or persecution

In fact, Jesus acknowledges that the world hates his followers because they’re different.

Hated – μισέω, miseō  – (misanthropy, misogyny); to detest (especially to persecute) Strong’s

Remember Jesus statement near the beginning of his ministry when he told his followers

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  (Matt 5:11-12)

3.  set apart from the world and reserved for God and his use

“[T]here are fanatics who indulge in much useless prattle about sanctification, but who neglect the truth of God, by which he consecrates us to himself. Again, as there are others who chatter quite as foolishly about the truth and yet disregard the word, Christ expressly says that the truth, by which God sanctifies his sons, is not to be found any where else than in the word.  …True, it is God alone who sanctifies; but as the Gospel is the power of God to salvation to every one that believeth, (Rom_1:16,)whoever departs from the Gospel as the means must become more and more filthy and polluted.”  John Calvin

It is through the truth of God’s Word that he sanctifies us, makes us pure.

C.  He prays for the Church  vv.20-26

  • unity – “one” 5 times in vv. 21-23

1.       with one another

2.      with Christ

3.      in God

4.      with completeness  v. 23

It is only through union with Christ and one another in God that our sanctification will be completed

in witness to the world  v. 21b, 23b

Three things are to be the result of the church’s witness of unity and union:

  • the world will entrust their spiritual well-being to Christ
  • the world will know that the Father sent the Son
  • the world will know that the Father has loved the saints as he has loved the Son
  • preservation vv. 24

1.       kept in the faith

2.      brought safely to heaven

  • love vv. 23, 26

3.      a sense of his love

4.      an awareness of his presence


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