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John 17:20–24 ESV
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just 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 have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 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.
John 17:24 ESV
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.
We could easily spend months or more in . And maybe at some point we should…but as we follow along with our reading plan I find it fitting to end our time in the book of John with these verses.
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. ()
john 17 20-We could easily spend months or more in . And maybe at some point we should…but as we follow along with out reading plan I find it fitting to end our time in the book of John with these verses.
I strongly encourage you to spend time studying and meditating on Jesus’ prayer here in …go back to it often…a lot can be seen and learned from listening to the Lord pray...
He starts very personally…speaking of Himself and His relationship with the Father...
Then moves to praying for the disciples who are with Him in verse 6.
Then in verse 20 He transitions to what is almost unfathomable…this should make us pause and pay very close attention....Jesus very directly prays for us…
John 17:20–24 ESV
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just 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 have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 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.
and I find it very powerful where he starts that prayer…I preached on this April 22 but I want to remind us.
I find it very powerful where Jesus starts when He prays of us...I preached on this April 22 but I want to remind us.
He prays first and foremost...for our unity…unity in the body…and the power and importance of unity in the body.
That we should be so close…so unified…so all in for one another…and quick to forgive one another…and care for one another and lift up one another...that we are as unified…not just as much as good friends…or people with similar interests…or united when we like one another…or united when things are going the way we want them to…or even as united as family…no…much more....
We are to be united as the eternal Son of God is with God the Father…and I ask you how united is that?
Well Jesus goes so far as to pray for us that we would be perfectly one…
And Church I desire that and pray for that for us. And you should too because Jesus does…so much that He starts His prayer for us by praying for it for us…twice.
And...
and then...
He tells us why this is so important…feel the weight of this…when we are unified…and only when we are unified…will the world believe the gospel we preach.
If you want others to believe and be saved…they need to hear and believe the gospel...
And we need to also pray for…and strive for…and be part of...unity in the body...
When people look at your life they should ask 2 questions…why are you so in love with and devoted to Jesus? And Why are you so in love with and devoted to those people in the church?
John 17:21 ESV
that they may all be one, just 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 have sent me.
John 17:23 ESV
I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
The world will not believe what they need to believe to be saved…that Jesus is the Messiah…or that He loves us....if we are not unified in our love for one another.
The world will not believe if we are not unified…that can not be overemphasized.
That truth can not be overemphasized.
This morning I want to dig deeper…specifically into how this relates to God’s glory…and how living for Glory will bring you (us) victory and joy.
In Glory We find Victory and Joy...
Jesus said it like this...
Follow with me for a minute.
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Matthew 6:33 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Let’s see this in Jesus’ prayer...Follow with me for a minute.
This prayer of Jesus in is right before Judas comes to betray him and have Him arrested…in that context look what He says about glory in verse 5.
John 17:5 ESV
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
He is about to glorify the Father by overcoming sin and death…by going to the cross for us.
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John 15:13 ESV
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
and the inverse...
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1 John 4:20 ESV
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Again unity in the body. You can not say I love God but not the church…and the greatest love is to give your life for others.
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Ephesians 5:25 ESV
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
And all this why? for God’s glory…
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John 17:5 ESV
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
What was that glory that the Father and Son have had for all eternity...together from even before the earth existed? What did this glory look like…what is this glory?
What was that glory that the father and son have had together from even before the world existed?
Perfect unity…perfect love…displayed in perfect…infinite…power and glory.
The Glory that was then used to create the earth…the glory that raised Jesus from the dead…the same glory will one day replace the sun…that Glory!
Do you want to experience that glory?
Well later in the same prayer Jesus prays this for you and me…
And then when He is praying for us He says this...
FIRST HALF
John 17:22 ESV
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
Whoa! The glory of Christ…given to us! WHY? For what reason?
John 17:22 ESV
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
So that...
So that…it might say something about us that we need God’s glory in order to be unified...
But it also says something about the lack of unity in the American church…and what is the true church...because the church should have unity…Jesus prayed for it and how important it is to God that He has given us His glory for this reason...
And remember why...
John 17:23 ESV
I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
And this morning I want to take this a step further…and show how when we live as the body in unity. and trust that His glory is promised to us...
And then this...
John 17:20–24 ESV
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just 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 have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 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.
We can live eternally minded…seek first the kingdom...
And in that we will experience this glory…and victory…and joy…why?
The next verse...
John 17:24 ESV
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.
After praying for us specifically and that we would experince the glory He has given us by being unified as the body and loving one another so others would beilve that He is the Messiah...
His last plea for us in this prayer…His prayer for us...

The whole purpose of salvation is communicated in this verse. The foretaste of this is now, but the fullness of it lies beyond this present age. See represents the Greek word theōreō, “to observe with sustained attention,” and includes the idea of entering into and experiencing something. You loved me before the foundation of the world implies that love and interpersonal interaction among the members of the Trinity did not begin at any point in time but has existed eternally (cf. v. 5).

The whole point of the universe and especially of our salvation here in this verse...
You could even say…the whole point of the universe (remember HE is about to go to the cross)...
The point of your life and salvation…prayed for by Jesus for us the church and for you if you are saved…right here in this verse...
We come here, in verse 24, to a consideration of the last great petition of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his followers and disciples. It is actually the last of the petitions that he offered and is in many ways the end of the prayer. In the final two verses he again just reminds his Father of the character of these people for whom he is praying: “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 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” (vv. 25, 26). It is, then, the last of the great petitions, and at the same time in a remarkable and extraordinary way it sums up in itself the entire prayer, so that as we look at it we shall not only be considering the special new request, we shall also be reminding ourselves of certain things that we have been considering regularly as we have worked our way through this glorious and tremendous chapter.
That we would see His glory…this is huge.
Do you remember what happens to sinners who enter into the presence of God’s glory...
And what God said to Moses...when Moses asked to see His glory...
Exodus 33:18 ESV
Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
Show us your glory…God reply...
Exodus 33:19–20 ESV
And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”
ex 33 19
God shows His glory in His name…and by saving whom He will save and showing mercy on whom He will show mercy...
And no one can experience His glory face to face and live...
Unless…we could be made righteous and pure and be reconciled to God...
And if you are saved and sit here this morning as one whom He has shown mercy…you have been justified…and...
Romans 5:11 ESV
More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Therefore we now live for His glory and have been given His glory…and will see His glory.
What if we lived with that truth on our hearts and minds?
That we are to love for the glory of God by knowing and engoying Him now and forever.
That we are to live for the glory of God by knowing and trusting and enjoying Him now and forever.
Individually as those whom He has shown mercy and as the body of Christ to whom He has given His glory.
That we who have been given a foretaste of His glory…have been promised that we will someday be in the full presence of His glory forevermore...
And not because of us or what we have done but because of Him and who He is…that we have been chosen and given to Jesus by the Father…and that is based on the rock solid love of the Father and Son…which existed before the foundation of the world…so we WILL see His glory.
That is exactly what Jesus prays for us before going to the cross...
John 17:24 ESV
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.
And I want us to see what it should mean and would mean and what it will mean...for us if we could grasp this glorious truth about ourselves…and about the church.
And I want us to see this moring what it should mean and would mean for us if we could grasp this gloruous truth about ourselves…that we will be with Him where He is…to see and experience the fullness og His glory…because of the love of the Father and the Son before the foundation of the world...
We come here, in verse 24, to a consideration of the last great petition of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his followers and disciples. It is actually the last of the petitions that he offered and is in many ways the end of the prayer. In the final two verses he again just reminds his Father of the character of these people for whom he is praying: “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 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” (vv. 25, 26). It is, then, the last of the great petitions, and at the same time in a remarkable and extraordinary way it sums up in itself the entire prayer, so that as we look at it we shall not only be considering the special new request, we shall also be reminding ourselves of certain things that we have been considering regularly as we have worked our way through this glorious and tremendous chapter.
That we will be with Him where He is…to see and experience the fullness of His glory…because of the love of the Father and the Son before the foundation of the world...
And because He has prayed this for us…and chosen us to give us His glory to show this world that He is the Savior…the Son of God.
I know in this life there are problems and troubles and trials and difficulties, but what if most of our problems (or perceived problems) could be overcome or even arise from the fact that we do not fully realize or grab hold of or understand or appreciate the real truth about us and what we have been called to…and given...as God’s people.
What if we truly believed glory was coming and possible…and not just possible…but promised to us...
What if we daily lived in the truth of the exceedingly glorious promises of the Bible as though they were all for us. They are meant for us; they were spoken for us. And the word of God does not come back void!
I think we are only scratching the surface…or do not realize the truth or know how to to apply these promises to ourselves! And the church...
In a daily...practical...life giving way.
What if we knew and understood and read these promises, then talked about them and meditated on them and then took a a firm grip of them.
Lived every moment in the light of them for ourselves and truly believed that these truths are truths for us. Not just random truths about some people but truly for us.
Our entire lives would be revolutionized, our whole demeanor would be entirely changed. Or attitudes would change…our worries would fade…our hope would be secure...
We would see victory and be a people with exceeding, serious, inexpressible joy…and love for one another that would make this world say…they have been with Jesus.
We would see victory and be a people with exceeding, serious, inexpressible joy…and love for one another that would make this world say…the have been with Jesus.
You cannot read the New Testament without coming to the conclusion that God’s people are meant to be full of the Spirit of joy and rejoicing. Confidence and boldness…love and unity…and did I say...joy!
Even through sorrow…always rejoicing!
And in our verses this morning....some of Jesus last words…He chose to pray specifically for us...
And pray what? That we would love one another in complete unity and live in the light of the glory given to us and promised to us!
Live in unity and live eternally...
So that in living that way...we would know His joy and peace…and experience the victory of His glory.
So if joy and peace or power and victory are missing or you just want more…the answer is right here for you…unity with the body…and living eternally because we have been given and promised glory.
Not surprisingly this is repeated in the NT letters...
I wonder how many of us can truthfully say that we are rejoicing with “joy unspeakable and full of glory” () in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are exhorted to “rejoice in the Lord always,” says the great apostle in , “and again I say, Rejoice.” I suppose the final charge that will be brought against us all is the way we have so misinterpreted our blessed Lord by giving the impression that we are living a weary and laborious life, struggling hard against difficulties and obstacles. Indeed, far too often the impression is given that those who are outside Christianity and the church seem to be much happier. Now we know that is merely a matter of appearance and that in reality such people are not happy at all but profoundly miserable, but by appearance alone you might often gain the impression that they are happier than many of God’s people. And the answer to all that is to realize the truth about ourselves, to realize who we are, to realize what we are, to realize everything that the New Testament tells us about ourselves.
Peter says we should be a people who are rejoicing with “joy unspeakable and full of glory”.
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1 Peter 1:8–9 ESV
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8 ESV
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
Paul exohrts us to “rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.”
Paul exhorts us to “rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.”
And even when in troubled times we are to be ”sorrowful yet always rejoicing.”
It is a sad fact that so many people young and old have walked away…unsaved…from the church…to look for joy and fulfill their desires…in broken cisterns that can not fill…and in things and stuff and in people that will not last.
And we have the answer…live in unity with the body and live eternally…because Jesus is the only source of true and lasting joy and is showing us the way to glory and happiness.
Because Jesus is the source of true and lasting joy and is showing us what the way to that happiness is...
And in showing us wht the way to that happiness is i wand to look at Jesus prayer for us...
In working through this chapter we have been doing that constantly, and now we are going to look at one of the most extraordinary and glorious things of all. Here is our Lord’s last petition for his people: “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.” He is about to leave these followers of his; he is going to the cross, to its agony and its shame; he is going to death and to burial, to the resurrection and to the ascension, but his concern is about them, and that is what he prays for. So let us look together at this summary of the main teaching of the entire chapter.
Again remember when He prays this...
John 17:24 ESV
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.
our Lord’s last petition for his people: “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.” He is about to leave these followers of his; he is going to the cross, to its agony and its shame; he is going to death and to burial, to the resurrection and to the ascension, but his concern is about them, and that is what he prays for. So let us look together at this summary of the main teaching of the entire chapter.
He is about to leave; he is going to the cross, to pain and suffering and shame; to death and burial...
And to resurrection and ascension…and glory and joy.
As he is praying this…the devil in Judas is approaching...
And His concern is for us...
Remember also who is praying for us?
Who is praying for us?
First of all, let us look at the One who prays for us. This is the first thing always, the thing we need to grasp before everything else. Here is someone praying to God for us; we people are being prayed for. So who is this who is praying for us? Well, the very terms that he himself uses in this verse tell us who he is. He does not hesitate to address the almighty and eternal God as “Father,” suggesting at once an intimate relationship. In the first verse also he begins by saying, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify Thee.” “Father”: he is indeed none other than the Son of God. The next word we must look at is the word “will.” “Father,” he says, “I will”—a most astounding word. He does not say “I request” or “I petition” or “I desire,” and it is unfortunate that the Revised Standard Version has translated it as “desire,” for that is not the word, it is much stronger. He says, “Father, I will,” and we must not reduce that. In other words, here is someone who can come into the presence of the eternal God and say, “Father, I will that these may be with me where I am,” at once suggesting, of course, an equality with God; with reverence he says “I will” to the almighty Father.
John 17:1 ESV
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
He addresses the almighty God of the universe as “Father,” as the one in perfect unity…perfect eternal infinite love...
First in He addresses the almighty God of the universe as “Father,” as the one in perfect unity and an intimate relationship..
First He addresses the almighty God of the universe as “Father,” suggesting at once a unity and an intimate relationship.
The one praying for us is the Son of God.
John 17:1 ESV
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
Then verse 5...
So as we have talked about throughout the book of John…He is indeed the Son of God.
John 17:5 ESV
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
And then, of course, the other phrase that tells us something deep and profound about him is this phrase “before the foundation of the world”: because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
And then, of course, the other phrase that tells us exactly the same thing about him is this phrase “before the foundation of the world”: “for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” He has said that before, earlier in this prayer: “And now, O Father,” he says in verse 5, “glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” We must not stay with this now, but unless we grasp it, we shall not be able to learn the great lessons of this phrase. He is praying there for us, because, remember, he is not only praying for his immediate followers: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (v. 20). He is praying for Christians in all places and at all times, and the One who is praying there for us is none other than the eternal Son of God. That is the whole basis of our standing and our position; we are Christians today because he came from heaven to earth and took upon himself the likeness of sinful flesh and did all that is recorded of him in the Gospels. A Christian, therefore, primarily, by definition, is one who is being prayed for by the eternal Son of God.
The one praying for us is eternal…in glory before the world existed...
Like verse 5...
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
So He is the eternal one…the creator God…
John 17:5 ESV
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (, ESV)
He is praying for Christians in all places and at all times, so He is praying for us...and the One who is praying there for us is none other than the eternal Son of God…the great I am.
Praying for Christians in all places and at all times, so He is praying for us...and the One who is praying there for us is none other than the eternal Son of God…the great I am.
Jesus…praying for us…the eternal Son of God…the great I am.
“for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” He has said that before, earlier in this prayer: “And now, O Father,” he says in verse 5, “glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” We must not stay with this now, but unless we grasp it, we shall not be able to learn the great lessons of this phrase. He is praying there for us, because, remember, he is not only praying for his immediate followers: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (v. 20). He is praying for Christians in all places and at all times, and the One who is praying there for us is none other than the eternal Son of God. That is the whole basis of our standing and our position; we are Christians today because he came from heaven to earth and took upon himself the likeness of sinful flesh and did all that is recorded of him in the Gospels. A Christian, therefore, primarily, by definition, is one who is being prayed for by the eternal Son of God.
The one who was with God because He is God…the one who created all things…and holds them together…the only one who can overcome the enemy and put Him to death…is praying for us...
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.We must not stay with this now, but unless we grasp it, we shall not be able to learn the great lessons of this phrase. He is praying there for us, because, remember, he is not only praying for his immediate followers: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (v. 20). He is praying for Christians in all places and at all times, and the One who is praying there for us is none other than the eternal Son of God. That is the whole basis of our standing and our position; we are Christians today because he came from heaven to earth and took upon himself the likeness of sinful flesh and did all that is recorded of him in the Gospels. A Christian, therefore, primarily, by definition, is one who is being prayed for by the eternal Son of God.
That is foundational to who we are…if you are saved…if you are a follower…if you have been born again...the whole basis of your life and salvation is this...
He came from heaven to earth and took upon the likeness of sinful flesh and did all of the perfection and miracles recorded in the Gospels and many more...Christ came for you…and is praying here for you.
He is concerned for us…and is praying for us.
And is concerned for us.
Why? We are being attacked by the devil and sin and temptation!
And will face difficulties in the Christian life and troubles…and sickness and pain…and the enemy wants us to feel alone and like no one understands…or like there is no hope…or victory or joy.
And as Jesus about to go to the cross, knowing what is before him…suffering then glory…pain and then joy.
and also the difficulties that we have with ourselves and with other people, our tedency is to feel that we are quite alone and that no one understands. But to all that the answer is that here is the Son of God under the very shadow of the cross, knowing what is before him, and yet his great concern, his primary concern, is for his people. You would have thought he would be spending all his time praying for himself, but if you look at this prayer you will notice that only the first five verses are devoted to himself; the remainder are devoted entirely to this intercession of his on behalf of his followers. There is nothing that is more important for us to grasp than the fact that our Savior is the eternal Son of God, that he prayed for us on earth, and that at this moment he is interceding for us at the right hand of God’s glory and power in heaven.
Jesus about to go to the cross, knowing what is before him…suffering then glory…pain and then joy.
He is praying for us…His people.
And don’t forget…still at this moment he interceding for us at the right hand of God’s glory and power in heaven.
He knows Judas is coming…and instead of praying for himself...only the first five verses are for to himself…and even thouse are primary focused on the Glory of God.
The rest…devoted to the great intersessor praying for us…His on followers. Our Savior is the eternal Son of God, and he prayed for us on earth, and still now at this moment he interceding for us at the right hand of God’s glory and power in heaven.
What does he say about us in His prayer for us? How does He define whom He is praying for?
Now that we know who is praying for us, the second question is who are we?
We are described by Jesus throughout this prayer by one overarching quality about us...
We are those whom have been given to Him.
John 17:24 ESV
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.
hast given me.” “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am.” Christian people are those whom God the Father has given to his Son. You remember how he puts it earlier when he says in verse 6, “Thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” I do not know of anything more comforting than this. I, as a Christian, am one of God’s chosen people. This is the great doctrine of the Scriptures; you find it everywhere, and our Lord actually repeats it seven times in this last prayer to his Father. These are the people whom God had chosen before the foundation of the world, people belonging to God, and he has given them to his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Is there anything more wonderful than this?
We are not just random people He is praying for....we are not just people who made a decision…we are not just people who follow some traditions or do good things…or or go to church...
No He prays for us because we are the church…and why?
Because....We are the ones whom God the Father has given to his Son.
John 17:6 ESV
“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.
Please put your confidence in that…not in your self...
I do not know of anything more comforting and rock solid than this. I, and all whom are born again are so because we have been given to Jesus by the Father...
This is so clearly important to Jesus about who we are...that in this ultimate prayer...He repeats it seven times to his Father. When He thinks of us…and prays for us…this is how He thinks of us…we are the ones given to Him by the Father.
This is so important to Jesus that in this prayer He repeats it seven times to his Father.
He was there before the foundation of the world and those whom He is praying for are not those who have earned their salvation...
He does not say…I am praying for those who made a decision…or did any act…
He is praying for us…those whom God had chosen before the foundation of the world, those belonging to God, and he has given them to his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is praying for us…and when He mentions us in His prayer it is as those whom God had chosen before the foundation of the world, those belonging to God, and those the Father has given to Him...
If you are here as a child of God this morning…this is who you are…your hope is secure…you have been given to Jesus...is there anything more wonderful than knowing this is who you are? Because this is not shaky ground…this is not ultimately dependent on you…this is life defining and eternal!
John 17:6 ESV
“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.
shaky emotional wandering faith...
Is there anything more wonderful than knowing this is who you are?
and
John 17:6 ESV
“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.
and
John 17:9 ESV
I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
and
john 17
John 17:10 ESV
All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
and
John 17:11 ESV
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.
and
John 17:12 ESV
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.
and our text from this morning…look at how He defines us.
joh n17 24
Then you note that we are the special object of God’s interest and concern. He knew us even before we were born. Before he ever made man or created the world, he had these people whom he had chosen, and he gave them to the Son. As we have seen, there was a great meeting of the Trinity in eternity, and the Father gave these people to the Son, and he sent his Son on this great mission of preparing them for the eternal enjoyment of God. That is what Christianity means, just that; that is why the Son of God ever came into this world. All mankind had sinned and had fallen away from God; all were outside God’s life and love. God sent his Son into the world to do certain things for these people whom he had given to him, and everything that the Son did in this world he did for these people, he did for us. God sent him for that purpose. As our Lord himself has already pointed out, “Thou [the Father] hast given him [the Son] power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him” (v. 2). So he is able to turn to his Father and say, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (v. 4), and now he says he is going back to the Father.
John 17:24 ESV
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.
If you are saved…you are the special specific one who was given to Jesus by the Father by name...if you are devoted to God is is because God is devoted to you…
If you are faithful it is because He is faithful...
If you love Him it is because He first loved you.
You are of God’s love and interest and concern. He knew you even before we were born. Before he even made Adam and Eve or created the world or the stars, he had chosen you, and he has given you to Jesus…saved…secure…in Christ!
The Father gave us…His people to the Son, and he sent his Son on a mission of preparing us for glory...for the eternal enjoyment of God.
When we say we are Christian…that is what we should mean…it is how we should think of ourselves…because it is how Jesus thinks of us and prayes for us...
This is why He came into this world.
All mankind had sinned and had fallen away from God; all were outside God’s love. God sent his Son into the world for those whom would believe…those whom the Father would draw in and call…the ones the Father had given to Jesus.
So everything that the Son did in this world he did for God’s glory and for those He had been given...for us…for you.
God sent him for that purpose. As our Jesus himself pointed out,
John 17:2 ESV
since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
And it is finished…it has been given…it has been accomplished.
John 17:4 ESV
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.
So he is able to turn to his Father and say, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (v. 4), and now he says he is going back to the Father.
So he is able to turn to his Father and say, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do” (v. 4), and now he says he is going back to the Father.
If you are a believer, that is true of you. Already true.
All along He has loved you so much that he sent his Son for you, even to the death of the cross, so that you would truly be one of his people, saved and secure.
That you would have a new heart, a new life, that you might be made righteous so you will stand before him and be called His child…and enjoy him for eternity.
And in that we boast…but not in our selves…for His glory.
And because of that we can live and should live differently…and He prays this as well...
John 17:9 ESV
I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.
and
John 17:25 ESV
O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.
We love Him and know Him…so we are no longer of this world...separated, set apart for Holiness...taken out of this present evil world…protected from the evil one…kept and guarded because we have been given to Jesus...
“They also, whom thou hast given me.” Then you notice that negatively we are contrasted with the world. Our Lord has done this throughout the prayer: “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me [out of the world]; for they are thine” (v. 9), and now he goes on in verse 25, “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee”—so he is not concerned about them at this point—“but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.” “These”—who are they? They are obviously not of the world, they are separated, taken out of this present evil world and are given to our Lord as God’s chosen and special people.
This should give you great comfort! And great joy because of His amazing grace shown to you.
Now the aspect of this that I would stress at this point is the comfort of it all, the comfort of knowing for certain that we are in this wonderful and blessed relationship to God. Do we meditate upon this truth? Do we think about it? Do we rejoice in it as we should rejoice? Let me repeat, we see here the very Son of God just before the end, and this is the thing that is uppermost in his mind, these people “whom thou hast given me,” these people for whom he is going to die, these people he is going to save by giving his life as a ransom for them. “Father,” he says, “I will” this thing concerning them. But the question is, do we recognize ourselves? Do we know ourselves in these terms? Is it not the case that far too often we think of ourselves as men and women who decide to be righteous or to be Christian? We have taken it up, and we are going to do this. But before you and I were ever born we were chosen of God and given to the Lord Jesus Christ. He came into the world because the Father had given you and all other Christians to the Son, in order that he might rescue and redeem them; and he has come and has done that, and you are one of his people purchased by his precious blood. Oh, the tragedy of failing to realize these things, the tragedy of trusting to ourselves and our own activities so much that we lose sight of the most precious truth of all!
Don’t trust in yourself...and in doing so lose sight of the most precious truth of all!
Think about that…often...
It should cause you to rejoice…and agin I say rejoice...
Jesus says in verse 24 He desires this for us...
“Father,” he says, “I will” this thing concerning them. But the question is, do we recognize ourselves? Do we know ourselves in these terms? Is it not the case that far too often we think of ourselves as men and women who decide to be righteous or to be Christian? We have taken it up, and we are going to do this. But before you and I were ever born we were chosen of God and given to the Lord Jesus Christ. He came into the world because the Father had given you and all other Christians to the Son, in order that he might rescue and redeem them; and he has come and has done that, and you are one of his people purchased by his precious blood. Oh, the tragedy of failing to realize these things, the tragedy of trusting to ourselves and our own activities so much that we lose sight of the most precious truth of all!
Do we desire it and recognize it for ourselves? Do we know ourselves in this way?
Or do we put oursalvation upon ourselves…or take the burdens upon ourselves...
Or do you see yourself as the one for whom Jesus came into the world because the Father had given you to the Son, in order that he might rescue and redeem you; and he has already come and has done that for you, and you are one of his people purchased by his precious blood.
Don’t trust in yourself...and lose sight of the most precious truth of all!
Finally with this life defining assurance and hope we ask…what does he pray for us?
He prays...
That we may be kept from the evil that is in this world and from the Evil One, that we may be kept from the devil and his schemes and temptations and distractions, that we may be kept from his earthly power and attempts to distract us and deceive us and strip us of the glory and power given to us…to do everything that he can do to separate us. And keep us isolated and powerless…and weak and worried...
That we may be kept from the evil that is in this world and from the Evil One, that we may be kept from the devil and his schemes and temptations and distractions, that we may be kept from his earthly power and attempts to do everything that he can do to separate us from God. And keep us isolated and powerless....
To not experience the unity of the body and the power of God’s glory.
Then He prays that we would live in the power and glory of God to be sanctified, that we may be made more and more righteousness…and into His image…that we would be Holy…because without holiness no one will see the Lord. He prays that we would be sanctified by the word…by the truth.
John 17:17 ESV
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
And then as I have already said...he prays that we have and maintain perfect unity with one another...
T, positively, he prays that we may be sanctified, that we may be made more and more fit for God. And that is the way to look at our lives in this world as Christians. This world is a preparation for the next; we are being prepared for glory—that is sanctification. We are being separated from the world and sin; we have been separated to God and brought more and more into fellowship and communion with him: “Holy Father, sanctify them through thy truth.” And then he prays that we may maintain the spiritual unity into which he has brought us by the rebirth and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is not a mechanical, external unity but an inner, spiritual, vital, organic unity, and he prays that it may be preserved. And having prayed all that, he comes to this last and most glorious prayer of all in which he expresses his will.
Why?
This world is a preparation for the next; we are being prepared for verse 24…for glory—that is sanctification. We are being separated from the world and sin; guarded from temptation and selfinshness…and we have been separated to God and brought more and more into fellowship and communion with him by the word and Spirit.
John 17:17 ESV
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
And then he prays that we have and maintioan ultimate...unity with one another...
And that we would be sent out into the world to proclaim of His glory and Lordship....
“Holy Father, sanctify them through thy truth.” And then he prays that we may maintain the spiritual unity into which he has brought us by the rebirth and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is not a mechanical, external unity but an inner, spiritual, vital, organic unity, and he prays that it may be preserved. And having prayed all that, he comes to this last and most glorious prayer of all in which he expresses his will.
And having prayed all that, he comes to this last and glorious prayer...
He expresses his ultimate will and desire for us.
He us a glimpse of what awaits us.
The past shall be forgotten,
Perfect unity with one another and with Jesus...
A present joy be given;
A future grace be promised,
What is the future that awaits us? What is it that awaits us when we die?
A glorious crown in heaven.
oswald allen (1816–1878), “today thy mercy calls me”
What is the future that awaits us? What is it that awaits us when we come to die?
Perfect unity with one another and with Jesus...
So says the hymn, and here our Lord is now, looking into the future, looking in through the veil, and giving us a glimpse of what awaits us. You see how in every respect he has catered for us. He has interceded on our behalf while we are still alive in this world, but he does not stop at that; he goes on, and as he wills this for his followers, he incidentally teaches us with respect to our own glorious and wondrous future. What, then, is the future that awaits us as Christians? Let me remind you again of our tragic failure to realize the truth about ourselves. What is it that awaits us when we come to die? I want to put this message to you by way of contrast at this point. As I was preparing this very message I happened to read a passage in a daily newspaper under the heading “These great words.” And the “great words” were these:
Let me remind you again of our tragic failure to realize the truth about ourselves. What is it that awaits us when we come to die? I want to put this message to you by way of contrast at this point. As I was preparing this very message I happened to read a passage in a daily newspaper under the heading “These great words.” And the “great words” were these:
We will be with Him…forever…where He is...
I love to consider a place which I have never yet seen, but which I shall reach at last, full of repose, and marking the end of these voyages, and security from the tumble of the sea. This place will be a cove set round with high hills on which there shall be no house or sign of men, and it shall be enfolded by quite deserted land; but the westering sun will shine pleasantly upon it under a warm air. It will be a proper place for sleep. The fairway into that haven shall lie behind a pleasant little beach of shingle, which shall run out aslant into the sea from the steep hillside, and shall be a breakwater made by God. The tide shall run up behind it smoothly, and in a silent way, filling the quiet hollow of the hills, brimming it all up like a cup—a cup of refreshment and of quiet, a cup of ending. Then with what pleasure shall I put my small boat round, just round the point of that shingle beach, noting the shallow water by the eddies, and the deeps by the blue colour of them, where the channel runs from the main into the fairway. Up that fairway shall I go, up into the cove, and the gates of it shall shut behind me, headland against headland, so that I shall not see the open sea any more, though I shall still hear its distant noise. But all around me, save for that distant echo of the surf from the high hills, will be silence; and the evening will be gathering already. Under that falling light, all alone in such a place, I shall let go the anchor chain, and let it rattle for the last time. My anchor will go down into the clear salt water with a run, and when it touches I shall play out four lengths or more, so that she may swing easily and not drag, and then I shall tie up my canvas and fasten all for the night, and get me ready for sleep. And that will be the end of my sailing. (Hilaire Belloc)
In Glory!
You see the contrast—the Christian desire is not to be alone, regarding that as supreme bliss, it is to be where Christ is—“where I am.” Oh, how I thank God for the Christian gospel!
John 17:24 ESV
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.
This is a plea for us to base our hope and our thoughts and our lives on eternity...
Where are we going?
Where are we going? Are we going into some silent place surrounded by wonderful hills and the shimmer of the light upon the waves? No, that is not the gospel! We are going where Christ is: “to be with Christ; which is far better” (). To the Christian death does not mean being alone; it means going on to be with Christ. That is what he said, you remember, to the thief dying by his side upon the cross: “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (). You are not going into some little eddy and there be alone and put down the anchor and fall asleep but rather “to be with Christ; which is far better.”
To be with Christ…which Paul says…is not just kinda better than this world....far better!
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Philippians 1:23 ESV
I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
“to be with Christ; which is far better” ().
So eternal joy and glory forever with Christ and together.
To the Christian death means going to be with Christ. That is what he said, you remember, to the thief dying by his side upon the cross:
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Luke 23:43 ESV
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
And you notice it is plural…and He is praying for all who believe through the gospel…so we in unity will be with Him.
And you notice that our Lord is very concerned here to impress upon us that not only shall we be with him but that we shall all be with him: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, shall be with me where I am.” I believe this actually means the total aggregate of Christians, the whole company of the redeemed. All of us together will be with him; we do not look forward to being alone at last, no longer buffeted by other people and thinking, “Thank God, at last I’m alone!” That is a travesty of the gospel that merely appeals to the natural mind because of the beauty of its language. What the Christian looks forward to is this:
Ten thousand times ten thousand
In sparkling raiment white,
The armies of the ransomed hosts
Throng up the steeps of light.
’Tis finished, all is finished,
So eternal joy and glory forever and together.
Their fight with death and sin,
Fling open wide the golden gates,
And let the victors in.
henry alford (1810–1871),
“ten thousand times ten thousand”
Seeing and experiencing Him in all of His glory.
John 17:24 ESV
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.
And what will we be doing there? Well, this is what he says: “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.” It is a great word, that word “behold”; to behold means to gaze upon as a spectator, but it also means to gaze upon some extraordinary sight, something quite exceptional and unusual. We often have that kind of experience, do we not? Maybe we are out walking, and suddenly we turn a corner and see some marvelous sight; we behold, we gaze, we stand and look—it is there, in our Lord’s phrase, multiplied by infinity. But this word goes even further than that. It is a continuous word—“that they may continually behold my glory”; we go on beholding! That is not the whole of heaven, of course, but it is perfectly clear from the Scriptures, and especially from the book of Revelation, that this is one of the main things in heaven—to look at the Lord Jesus Christ, to gaze and gaze upon him, to behold him, yes, and especially, he says, to behold his glory.
Well, this is what he says: “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.” It is a great word, that word “behold”; to behold means to gaze upon as a spectator, but it also means to gaze upon some extraordinary sight, something quite exceptional and unusual. We often have that kind of experience, do we not? Maybe we are out walking, and suddenly we turn a corner and see some marvelous sight; we behold, we gaze, we stand and look—it is there, in our Lord’s phrase, multiplied by infinity. But this word goes even further than that. It is a continuous word—“that they may continually behold my glory”; we go on beholding! That is not the whole of heaven, of course, but it is perfectly clear from the Scriptures, and especially from the book of Revelation, that this is one of the main things in heaven—to look at the Lord Jesus Christ, to gaze and gaze upon him, to behold him, yes, and especially, he says, to behold his glory.
Seeing and experiencing Him in all of His glory.
That is what is awaiting you and me.
What our Lord wills here is this: he speaks to his Father and says in effect, “Father, I am looking forward to this.”
Now this is very important. He says, “that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me.” We must understand this clearly. Again, as we saw in our last study, it obviously cannot mean his inherent eternal glory as the Son of God, because that was not given to him. He is from eternity the eternal Son of God, coequal with his Father in glory and in everything else, so it cannot mean the glory that is inherent in the Son of God as the Son of God. The glory of which he speaks here must be the glory that was given to him after he returned from earth into heaven with his human nature. You see, he came out of heaven and took on himself human nature. He went back into heaven as the God-man. He did not leave human nature behind when he went back to heaven, he took it with him, so that one who is truly human is at the right hand of God’s authority and power in heaven. He went back as the God-man, and a special glory was given to him as the God-man and the Savior of his people.
Paul deals with that in , in his great statement about the incarnation. You remember how he tells us that our Lord had gone back to heaven, and then he says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him.” Paul has talked about how our Lord “made himself of no reputation” as a man, he humbled himself; “wherefore,” because of this, “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth.” That is the special glory that God has given to his Son because of what he has done for us men and women and for our salvation.
As the author of the epistle to the Hebrews puts it, “who for the joy that was set before him” ();
What our Lord wills here is this: he speaks to his Father and says in effect, “Father, I am looking forward to this.” As the author of the epistle to the Hebrews puts it, “who for the joy that was set before him” (); he knew what was coming. So here he turns to his Father and says, “Father, I will …” “They have seen me here in the flesh. They have seen me as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. They have seen me as one who had no place to lay his head. They will see me with the crown of thorns upon my brow, and they are going to look upon me with blood oozing out of my hands and my side. They have seen me in the days of my humiliation and have believed on me, Father, and I ask that they will also see me in my glory and will gaze and gaze upon me as I truly am and as I shall be.” That is what is awaiting you and me. But let me go on and complete this, for I find in that to see this glory of his also means to share it: “It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” In other words, you cannot look at this glory without its being reflected in you; to look at it means to be like it, to be transformed. Paul says the same thing when he says, “We look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (). In other words, we look forward not only to seeing and beholding him and looking at his glory but also to being changed into the likeness and image of his glory.
At this point he knew what was coming. So here he turns to his Father and says, I desire
They have seen me here in the flesh. They have seen me as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. They have seen me as one who had no place to lay his head. They will see me with the crown of thorns, and they are going to look upon me with blood oozing out of my hands and my side. They have seen me ain the days of my humiliation and have believed on me, Father, and I ask that what will drive them and keep them and bring them great joy even though sorrow…is that they will also see me in my glory.
That is what is awaiting you and me.
If you have been given to Jesus the you will be with Jesus. You will see his glory and enjoy His presence with us in glory forever and ever…in full joy for all eternity.
1 John 3:2 ESV
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
In other words, if we believe and live for His glory now…and trust Him and His promises…when we see and experience His glory and know of His glory we will be transformed. It changes everything.
In other words, you cannot look at this glory without its being reflected in you; to look at it means to be like it, to be transformed. Paul says the same thing when he says, “We look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (). In other words, we look forward not only to seeing and beholding him and looking at his glory but also to being changed into the likeness and image of his glory.
What should drive you every minute of every day is the fact that...
Philippians 3:20–21 ESV
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
In other words, we look forward not only to seeing him and being with Him and looking at his glory but also to being changed into the likeness and image of his glory.
And we are His chidren now and our citizenship is in heaven and we have eternal life now…and since Jesus has prayed this for us...
It is going to happen to us.
And still more wonderful of all is the very fact that our Lord wills this for us, which means that it is going to happen to us for certain. You see, it is at this point that we do not understand ourselves, how we can be what we are as Christians. Do you know that you, a humble child, an ignorant Christian, who may feel you are more of a failure than anything else, buffeted by the devil, tossed here and there, do you know that I can tell you now that you are destined to experience these things of which we have been thinking? When you come to die, you will be with Christ. You will see his glory; you will behold it and will become like him and enjoy the glory forever and ever. Paul puts it in this way in : “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” In the council of God this has already happened; it is certain. You and I, wherever we are at this moment, are going to look into the face of Jesus Christ in all his glory and be made like him and enjoy him through all eternity. That is his will for us, and because he wills it, it is absolutely certain.
Do you see this...you know that you who were saved while yet a sinner…you a sheep who was lost and wandering…you who even now are tempted and pulled by sin and the enemy...
What should drive you every minute of every day is not hose things but his fact...
When you die, you will be with Christ. You will see his glory; you will together with all the saints…all of us here who are saved...become like him and enjoy His presence with us in glory forever and ever…in full joy for all eternity.
Romans 8:29–30 ESV
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” In the council of God this has already happened; it is certain. You and I, wherever we are at this moment, are going to look into the face of Jesus Christ in all his glory and be made like him and enjoy him through all eternity. That is his will for us, and because he wills it, it is absolutely certain.
And His desire for us as He prays here is for us to live right now…all of life...like it is going to happen…because it is going to happen.
In the mind of God this has happened...
Those who are His are going to look into the face of Jesus Christ in all his glory and be made like him and enjoy him safely and in full joy for all eternity. That is his desire for us, and because he prayed it for us it is absolutely certain…it is going to happen.
If we all realized that joy and glory are promised to us and that we can experience it now when we live in unity and live for His glory?
Would we be as concerned as we are about this world and its passing pleasures and its news and celebrities and fleeting temptations and distractions?
Would we give the our time to worldly things or eternal?
If we really realized what Jesus is saying and praying for us...
Would we be afraid or excited to tell people how much we love Jesus and why they should too?
If we want to experience joy and victory and glory…this prayer of Jesus tells us how...
Because if you are a follower of JEsus…if you have been saved by His grace...
Live in unity as the body and live for His glory (not for this world) because we have been promised…it is secure!
We will be in His presence and have been given His glory for this very purpose...
And because you have been given to Jesus by the Father...
This is going to happen; it is absolutely certain. It is more certain than anything under the sun today that we shall one day see Him and His glory and become like him and enjoy Him in victory forever.
Never let a day pass or even a morning pass without reminding yourself of who you are and what you have been promised if you are in Christ.
What if you lived in a way that this was at the forefront of your mind;
Think about this…remind each other about this…teach this to our chuildren...
Never let a day pass or even a morning pass that you remind yourself of who and what you are if you are in Christ.
You have been given to Jesus.
And will be with Him where He is…seeing and experiencing His glory…and experiencing indescribable and glorious joy for all time…in complete victory because He is victorious…and has prayed this for us.
Put that in front of your mind…and let that lead you into each day and situation...
With no unfilfilled desries because He is the trasure of all trasures.
Put that in front of your mind…and let that lead you into each day and situation...
Colossians 3:2 ESV
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
that before yourself day by day, start your day with it, remind yourself of it constantly. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (), “for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look [we gaze steadfastly] not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” ().
because
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2 cor 4 17
2 Corinthians 4:17–5:1 ESV
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 4:17–18 ESV
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 cor 4:1 that before yourself day by day, start your day with it, remind yourself of it constantly. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (), “for our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look [we gaze steadfastly] not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” ().
Give Him all the glory…live in unity with His body the Church…and trust His promise that no matter what this world throws at us…we have been given to Jesus by the Father...He has given us His glory and we will soon be with Him and see His glory…and His love…with all who are saved…forevermore.
So let us always “nightly pitch our moving tents, a day’s march nearer home.” Oh, do not think of the end of your life in this world as sliding out of the ocean into some little eddy where at last you can be alone. Rather, think of it as going to be with him and with all the ransomed saints, to see and meet people again who were pilgrims with you in this world, and to join with them in singing praises unto him who loved you to the extent of dying for you and rising again to save you. Think of yourself among the ransomed hosts, the ten thousand times ten thousand, singing forever and ever the praises of the Lamb who once was slain and who has redeemed us. What a heritage! What a promise! What a hope! What a glory! Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.[1]
Know that joy is coming and experince it now.
[1] Lloyd-Jones, M. (2014). With Him in the Glory. In E. Catherwood & C. Catherwood (Eds.), The Christ-Centered Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Classic Sermons for the Church Today (pp. 247–259). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.
Rely on his grace through any trial, pain, sickness or attack.
Therefote if we know that glory is coming we can:
Rely on his grace through any trial, pain, sickenss or attack.
1 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
3. Live with peace and assurance instead of fear and worry .
Live with peace instead of fear, depression or anxiety.
1 Peter 5:6–7 ESV
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 ESV
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
and
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
4. Live righteously, kill sin, and be conformed into His image.
Live righeously, kill sin and be conformed into His image.
When the joy of the Lord is our strength…He will also be our Joy!
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
How do we do that? Behold His glory…put sin to death by seeing it for what it is…a broken cistern…and seeing Jesus for who He is…glory…joy…peace…forever...
5. Speak the gospel to all without fear...
Speak the gospel to all without fear...
Psalm 145:11–13 ESV
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.
We will experience His kingdom…and His glory…so we should tell everyone about it!
So what does this mean practically:

They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom

and tell of your power,

12  to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

6. Living and thinking eternally will bring true and lasting joy.
Are you sick or struggling…we in this together and glory is coming.
With creat Joy...
Tired or weary…we in this together and glory is coming.
1 Peter 1:8 ESV
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
This world seems to be falling apart around us...we in this together and glory is coming.
All of your fear, anxiety, concern, sadness, striving can cease…can be cast on Him…because we in this together and glory is coming.
7. And so we should live a life of worship.
Worship
Any temptation or sin can be overcome and put to death…why…because we in this together and glory is coming.
Revelation 14:7 ESV
And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
You can live boldly and love truthfully and speak the gospel at all times…with out fear of what may happen…persecution, shunning, or even death…why…because we in this together and glory is coming.
Give Him all the glory…because He has given us His glory and we will soon see His glory and be in the full presence of His glory…and His love…with all who are saved…forevermore.
We can love one another, and be quick to forgive one another, care for one another..give to one another, bear with one another, sacrifice for one another, love one another, be in unity with one another, exhort one another and encourage one another...why…because we in this together and glory is coming.
We can give sacrificially and live for others instead of ourselves and run this race…because we in this together and glory is coming.
We should like Jesus pray without ceasing and think eternally and live for the kingdom…because we in this together and glory is coming.
We can live in victory and experience joy inexpressible right now…because we in this together and glory is coming.
Amen.
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