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A Perfect Prayer (Part 3)

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Introduction

Juan 17.6–10 ESV
6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
Juan 17.6–10 LBLA
6 He manifestado tu nombre a los hombres que del mundo me diste; eran tuyos y me los diste, y han guardado tu palabra. 7 Ahora han conocido que todo lo que me has dado viene de ti; 8 porque yo les he dado las palabras que me diste; y las recibieron, y entendieron que en verdad salí de ti, y creyeron que tú me enviaste. 9 Yo ruego por ellos; no ruego por el mundo, sino por los que me has dado; porque son tuyos; 10 y todo lo mío es tuyo, y lo tuyo, mío; y he sido glorificado en ellos.
Salvation is a gift. That is a basic, non-negotiable, central and foundational Gospel truth.
However, on problem we have when we when we think about this concept of a gift in relation to Salvation, is that we often just focus on the gift of God to us in the person of Jesus Christ.
We usually just land on verses like .
Juan 3.16 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Juan 3.16 LBLA
16 Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que cree en El, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.
While on the one hand it is true that salvation is a gift from God to us, at the same time salvation involves another gift. A gift from the Father to the Son.
Last week I spoke briefly about this; that true believers are a gift from the Father to the Son.
I shared this in social media a few days back, and immediately I had a push back from someone online.
The problem is that generally we focus more on one side of salvation, the human side.
The side that deals with us receiving the love of God through faith in Jesus.
We concentrate more on what we receive and we have to do in salvation than on the other side of salvation which deals mainly with divine prerogatives.
This other side of salvation is the one that deals with God’s sovereignty.
It deals with His eternal plan, with His divine decree, with the subject of election and predestination, it deals with God’s will.
The problem that many have is that they simply don’t like dealing with this side of salvation; because it makes much of God a very little of men.
For many people, this truth, that Christians are a gift from the Father to the Son, is one hard to understand and accept because if God the Father is the one doing the giving here to the Son, then it is God the Father choosing and electing those whom He gives to the Son.
Then right then we have to deal with the humbling truth that it is God who determines salvation not man.
We have to deal with the fact that if I am in Christ, is not because of my doing, but because of His doing.
Before I dig into the verse we have to consider today, I want to spend a few minutes trying to understand or unpack this truth of the Father’s gift to the Son.
This is something that we have seen here in the gospel of John before. Let us go back to look at this and then we will dive into verses 6-10 of .
Juan 6.37–39 ESV
37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
Juan 6.37–39 LBLA
37 Todo lo que el Padre me da, vendrá a mí; y al que viene a mí, de ningún modo lo echaré fuera. 38 Porque he descendido del cielo, no para hacer mi voluntad, sino la voluntad del que me envió. 39 Y esta es la voluntad del que me envió: que de todo lo que El me ha dado yo no pierda nada, sino que lo resucite en el día final.
John 6
Juan 10.27–29 ESV
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
Juan 10.27–29 LBLA
27 Mis ovejas oyen mi voz, y yo las conozco y me siguen; 28 y yo les doy vida eterna y jamás perecerán, y nadie las arrebatará de mi mano. 29 Mi Padre que me las dio es mayor que todos, y nadie las puede arrebatar de la mano del Padre.
Here on chapter 17 this concept is repeated several times:
Juan 17.2 ESV
2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
Juan 17.2 LBLA
2 por cuanto le diste autoridad sobre todo ser humano para que dé vida eterna a todos los que tú le has dado.
Juan 17.6 ESV
6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Juan 17.6 LBLA
6 He manifestado tu nombre a los hombres que del mundo me diste; eran tuyos y me los diste, y han guardado tu palabra.
Juan 17.9 ESV
9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
Juan 17.9 LBLA
9 Yo ruego por ellos; no ruego por el mundo, sino por los que me has dado; porque son tuyos;
Juan 17.24 ESV
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Juan 17.24 LBLA
24 Padre, quiero que los que me has dado, estén también conmigo donde yo estoy, para que vean mi gloria, la gloria que me has dado; porque me has amado desde antes de la fundación del mundo.
Before we start considering in detail the verses we have for today, let me clarify something about this portion of Jesus’ prayer.
From verses 1-5 Jesus is praying for Himself.
From verses 6-19 Jesus prays for His disciples. The 11.
From verses 20-26 He prays for all believers.
Now… I believe, that even when in verses 6-19 He is praying for the 11, what we are going to learn from these verses does aplies to us as well.
The key to understand this is in verses 11-12 and verse 20.
Juan 17.11–12 ESV
11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Juan 17.11–12 LBLA
11 Ya no estoy en el mundo, pero ellos sí están en el mundo, y yo voy a ti. Padre santo, guárdalos en tu nombre, el nombre que me has dado, para que sean uno, así como nosotros. 12 Cuando estaba con ellos, los guardaba en tu nombre, el nombre que me diste; y los guardé y ninguno se perdió, excepto el hijo de perdición, para que la Escritura se cumpliera.
Juan 17.20 ESV
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
Juan 17.20 LBLA
20 Mas no ruego sólo por éstos, sino también por los que han de creer en mí por la palabra de ellos,
Let us then consider verses 6-10. Let’s take them apart to see what the Lord wants to learn this day.
Verse 6
Juan 17.6 ESV
6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Juan 17.6 LBLA
6 He manifestado tu nombre a los hombres que del mundo me diste; eran tuyos y me los diste, y han guardado tu palabra.

1. The manifestation of God’s name to God’s elect.

Manifested - to reveal, to make known, to show something.
God’s name encompasses everything that He is. Character, nature, and attributes.
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An Exposition of John Chapter Fifty-Eight: Christ Interceding (Continued) (John 17:6–12)

To make known the Father’s name was to reveal Him, manifest His character, display His perfections. As we are told at the beginning of this Gospel, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” The Son alone was competent for this. Christ had manifested the Father’s perfections in His perfect life, wondrous miracles and sublime teaching. But only those who had been given Him by the Father were able to receive this manifestation.

An Exposition of John Chapter Fifty-Eight: Christ Interceding (Continued) (John 17:6–12)

As we are told at the beginning of this Gospel, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” The Son alone was competent for this. Christ had manifested the Father’s perfections in His perfect life, wondrous miracles and sublime teaching. But only those who had been given Him by the Father were able to receive this manifestation.

Dar a conocer el nombre del Padre es revelarlo, manifestar su carácter, mostrar Sus perfecciones. Como se nos dice al comienzo de este Evangelio, "Nadie ha visto a Dios en ningún momento; el unigénito Hijo, que está en el seno del Padre, él lo ha declarado ". El Hijo solo es competente para esto. Cristo había manifestado las perfecciones del Padre en su vida perfecta, milagros maravillosos y enseñanza sublime. Pero solo aquellos que le fueron dados por el Padre pudieron recibir esta manifestación.
The ones that receive the manifestation are Jesus’ sheep.
Juan 10.22–27 ESV
22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
Juan 10.22–27 LBLA
22 En esos días se celebraba en Jerusalén la fiesta de la Dedicación. 23 Era invierno, y Jesús andaba por el templo, en el pórtico de Salomón. 24 Entonces los judíos le rodearon, y le decían: ¿Hasta cuándo nos vas a tener en suspenso? Si tú eres el Cristo, dínoslo claramente. 25 Jesús les respondió: Os lo he dicho, y no creéis; las obras que yo hago en el nombre de mi Padre, éstas dan testimonio de mí. 26 Pero vosotros no creéis porque no sois de mis ovejas. 27 Mis ovejas oyen mi voz, y yo las conozco y me siguen;
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Then in verse 29 Jesus talks about his sheep being given to Him by the Father.
Juan 10.29 ESV
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
Juan 10.29 LBLA
29 Mi Padre que me las dio es mayor que todos, y nadie las puede arrebatar de la mano del Padre.

2. They were taken from the world, but belonged eternally to the Father.

All those that have a saving relationship with Jesus, were once in the world. Back to verse 6.
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Colosenses 1.13–14 ESV
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colosenses 1.13–14 LBLA
13 Porque El nos libró del dominio de las tinieblas y nos trasladó al reino de su Hijo amado, 14 en quien tenemos redención: el perdón de los pecados.
Colosenses 2.13 ESV
13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
Colosenses 2.13 LBLA
13 Y cuando estabais muertos en vuestros delitos y en la incircuncisión de vuestra carne, os dio vida juntamente con El, habiéndonos perdonado todos los delitos,
Even so, they belonged eternally to the Father. Back again to verse 6.
Efesios 1.4 ESV
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Efesios 1.4 LBLA
4 según nos escogió en El antes de la fundación del mundo, para que fuéramos santos y sin mancha delante de El. En amor
Verse
Last part of verse 6 and verses 7-8
Juan 17.6–7 ESV
6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.
Juan 17.6 ESV
6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Juan 17.6 LBLA
6 He manifestado tu nombre a los hombres que del mundo me diste; eran tuyos y me los diste, y han guardado tu palabra.

3. Keeping His Word

A clear evidence of belonging to Christ is being obedient to His Word. Keeping God’s Word is the same as following and obeying it.
Juan 17.7 LBLA
7 Ahora han conocido que todo lo que me has dado viene de ti;
Juan 17.7–8 ESV
7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
Juan 17.7–8 LBLA
7 Ahora han conocido que todo lo que me has dado viene de ti; 8 porque yo les he dado las palabras que me diste; y las recibieron, y entendieron que en verdad salí de ti, y creyeron que tú me enviaste.

4. Truly knowing God

4. Truly knowing God

Another evidence of belonging to Christ is knowing and believing who He truly is and where He came from.
John 12–21: The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Because They Had Believed in Him as the Son

The disciples believed that Jesus worked by the power of God and did everything according to His Father’s will. This was in contrast to the Jewish religious leaders, who accused Jesus of operating through the power of Satan

Los discípulos creían que Jesús obró por el poder de Dios e hizo todo de acuerdo con la voluntad de su Padre. Esto estaba en contraste con los líderes religiosos judíos, que acusaron a Jesús de operar a través del poder de Satanás.
To know and understand where Jesus came from is to know:
He is the Son of God
Equal in essence and eternally coexistent with the Father
Creator of everything
The source of eternal life
Verses 9-10
Juan 17.9–10 ESV
9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
Juan 17.9–10 LBLA
9 Yo ruego por ellos; no ruego por el mundo, sino por los que me has dado; porque son tuyos; 10 y todo lo mío es tuyo, y lo tuyo, mío; y he sido glorificado en ellos.

5. Jesus’ special intercession for His own

Jesus’ ministry today for us is one of constant intercession.
Romanos 8.34 ESV
34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
rom 8 34
Romanos 8.34 LBLA
34 ¿Quién es el que condena? Cristo Jesús es el que murió, sí, más aún, el que resucitó, el que además está a la diestra de Dios, el que también intercede por nosotros.
Here on we have a sample of that prayer. That is why He says: “I am not praying for the world, but only for those that you gave me.”

6. Jesus glory in us

At the end of verse 10 Jesus says: “I am glorified in them”.
How is Jesus glorified in us?
We believe in Him - they trust in Him
We love Him - they exalt and worship Him
We obey Him - they submit to His rule
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