Studies In The Book Of John

 

John 17:18-26

 

John 17:18-19 “(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.”

 

A.  As God the Father sent Christ into the world (John 5:30 and John 12:49), Jesus is sending the disciples into the world (John 20:21).

1. As Jesus came into the world teaching the lost (Matthew 4:12-17 and Matthew 9:35), the disciples were given the same task (Mark 16:15-20, Luke 24:44-49, John 15:16, and II Corinthians 4:3-5).

2. Taking the word of God into the world is a dangerous work (Matthew 23:34 and Acts 5:40-42).

3. Yet, just as Jesus was not alone (John 8:29), the disciples will not be alone (Matthew 28:18-20 and John 14:26; cf. Matthew 10:16-20).

B. Jesus sanctified Himself for the sake of the disciples (Hebrews 2:9-11).

1. Think about this, how much did Jesus do for His own benefit (Matthew 20:28, II Corinthians 8:9, and Philippians 2:4-8)?

2. As we discussed in this chapter, it is the truth that sanctifies [makes holy] (John 17:17).

 

John 17:20-23 “(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.”

 

A. Jesus wasn’t just concerned about the twelve, but also about those who would come to Him through their teaching of the truth (Acts 2:36-41).

1. As the word of God spreads, more become disciples (Acts 6:7 and Colossians 1:6).

2. Even when persecution occurred, the word of God could not be bound (Acts 8:1-4 and II Timothy 2:9).

B. We can see again, as we did earlier in this chapter (John 17:11), that Jesus wants to see unity among His followers (I Corinthians 10:17).

1. Brethren should work hard at avoiding division (cf. Genesis 13:8).

2. Jesus wants to see the unity in us that exists with He and His Father (John 10:30, John 14:9-11, and I John 5:7).

C. Unity amongst brethren brings glory to the Lord (Romans 15:5-6).

1. We’re supposed to live our lives as an example for others to follow (Matthew 5:14-16, I Timothy 4:12, and Titus 2:7-8).

2. When we act like brethren, the world get’s to learn a lesson (John 13:34-35).

 

John 17:24-26 “(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.”

 

A. Jesus desired that the disciples end up with Him (Matthew 25:31-34, John 12:26, John 14:1-3, and II Corinthians 5:8-10).

1. Jesus requested that the disciples He had have the opportunity to see Him in His glory, which we shall all see in eternity (I John 3:1-3).

2. As we should realize because Jesus is deity (John 1:1-5, Romans 9:1-5, and Hebrews 1:8-10) and He is eternal (Isaiah 9:6-7), His relationship with the Father predates this world (I Peter 1:17-20).

B. Jesus declared the Father unto the twelve (John 17:6).

1. Jesus had worked to establish the same love with the disciples that He and the Father have (John 15:9-10).

2. Jesus wants the love of His Father to be bestowed upon us (John 16:27 and Ephesians 6:23).

 

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