“Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word” (v. 20b). W. Hall Harris III is Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and is also the Project Director and Managing Editor for the NET Bible … Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.,The Last Supper Discourses ), The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Text. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. Even disciples must pray for sanctifying grace. At the center of the prayer in John 17 is the relationship that the first and second members of the Trinity share and the work of the Son, as a result of the Father’s sending (verse 8), to draw everyone into that relationship. Thank you. He had declared and would further declare the name or character of God, by his doctrine and his Spirit, that, being one with him, the love of the Father to him might abide with them also. This is a prayer for the unity of believers. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me. Jesus entirely devoted himself to his undertaking, and all the parts of it, especially the offering up himself without spot unto God, by the eternal Spirit. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 17:1-11 EXEGESIS: JOHN 13-18. In this Gospel, Christ’s glory is made fully manifest in his death, resurrection, and ascension (thought of as one continuous action in this Gospel). 1 The Son is “close to the Father’s heart” (John 1:18), or as the KJV puts it, “in the bosom … He left homilies on most of the books of the Old and the New Testament. The disciples are about to experience great trauma at Jesus’ death. “I made known to them your name, and will make it known” (v. 26). “There is neither Jew or Greek, there is neither slave or free man, there is neither male and female; for all of you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Note his optimism. Carson Sep 30, 2006 18 Shares Conference Message . Our Lord prayed as a man, and as the Mediator of his people; yet he spoke with majesty and authority, as one with and equal to the Father. Beasley-Murray, George R., Word Biblical Commentary: John (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1999), Brown, Raymond, The Anchor Bible: The Gospel According to John XIII-XXI (Garden City: Doubleday, 1970). It was the reason for the former prayer, ‘keep’; it is the reason for the new petition, ‘sanctify.’ Keeping comes first, and then sanctifying, or consecration. may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me. This prayer, prayed by Jesus just prior to his death, is often called his High Priestly Prayer, because he intercedes with God in behalf of the disciples, present and future. Gospel of John 15:9-17 Resources. Theodore's commentary on St. John's Gospel, in Syriac, has recently been published, with a Latin translation, by a Catholic scholar. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. As a farewell address, one might question its place in the wedding Lectionary. Commentary on John 13:1-17 View Bible Text “Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Cousar, Charles B.; Gaventa, Beverly R.; McCann, J. Clinton; and Newsome, James D., Texts for Preaching: A Lectionary Commentary Based on the NRSV—Year C (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1994), Craddock, Fred R.; Hayes, John H.; Holladay, Carl R.; and Tucker, Gene M., Preaching Through the Christian Year C (Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 1994), Gossip, Arthur John and Howard, Wilbert F., The Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 8 (Nashville: Abingdon, 1952). “that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they may also be one in us” (v. 21a). 1 After Jesus finished saying this, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Jesus knows these disciples’ weaknesses, but he also knows that God will take care of them. John 17 is the real Lord's prayer. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17. Scripture John 17 Sort Bible Verse. We ought to think of this prayer, rather than the “Our Father,” as the Lord’s Prayer, because it is the prayer in which Jesus pours … Sanctify them, set them apart for thyself and thy service. The union of the disciples with Father, Son, and Spirit makes the impossible possible. * [ 15:22 , 24 ] Jesus’ words ( spoken ) and deeds ( works ) are the great motives of credibility. Eternal life could not be given to believers, unless Christ, their Surety, both glorified the Father, and was glorified of him. But he prayed that the Father would keep them from the evil, from being corrupted by the world, the remains of sin in their hearts, and from the power and craft of Satan. Lindberg, Paul H., Lectionary Bible Studies, “The Year of Luke,” Lent-Easter, Study Book, (Augsburg-Fortress, 1976). 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. John 17:7. Sep 30, 2006. The Son owns none for his, that are not devoted to the service of the Father. All mine are thine. The means of giving this grace is, "through thy truth, thy word is truth." This prayer, prayed by Jesus just prior to his death, is often called his High Priestly Prayer, because he intercedes with God in behalf of the disciples, present and future. Nothing can separate a true believer from the love of Christ. “that they may be perfected into one” (v. 23b). The glory and love that Jesus gives the disciples are the same glory and love that he received from the Father. This prayer gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ trauma as he prepares to leave them. Exegetical Commentary on John 18; 22. Christ does not pray that they might be rich and great in the world, but that they might be kept from sin, strengthened for their duty, and brought safe to heaven. “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17) matches perfectly the Ephesians idea of sanctifying the church “by the washing with water through the word ” (Eph. ( … Absent any elaboration in John of the meaning of the experience requested in Jesus’ prayer, the assist from other NT writings seems wholly in keeping with the sense of Jesus’ request in John 17. The danger in such an exercise, however, is that it might give the false impression that Jesus is praying for individual disciples rather than the community of faith at large. Dummelow called it "Christ's high priestly prayer, because in it he solemnly consecrates himself to be priest and victim in the approaching sacrifice." The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. (6-10) His prayer. Security from evil is … That testimony will stay alive through the witness of the disciples only if we manifest the love of God in our lives. No CEO would entrust a significant project to such an undistinguished group, but Jesus is leaving the future of God’s work in their hands—and in God’s hands. Such perfected unity is possible only by the grace of God. Krentz, Edgar and Vogel, Arthur A., Proclamation 2: Easter, Series C (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980). They are thine; wilt thou not provide for thine own? Home >> Bible Studies >> John >> John 17 These small group studies of John contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Thus we are taught that our glorifying God is needed as an evidence of our interest in Christ, through whom eternal life is God's free gift. 24“Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. Earnest convictions and desires, are hopeful tokens of a work already wrought in a man; they begin to evidence that he has been chosen unto salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. It is by taking up their crosses and following Jesus that his disciples share in his glory (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). Without the reference of the preceding twenty-three verses, it seems like a random sentiment. “that they may all be one” (v. 21a). Acts of the Apostles William S. Kurz SJ Feb 2014; E-Book. Observe the foundation on which this plea is grounded, All mine are thine, and thine are mine. Thus, being joined to Him by one Spirit, they might be filled with all the fulness of God, and enjoy a blessedness of which we can form no right idea in our present state. Howard-Brook, Wes, Becoming the Children of God: John’s Gospel and Radical Discipleship (New York: Maryknoll, 1994). If our views have not this effect on us, they are not Divine truth, or we do not receive them by a living and a working faith, but as mere notions. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. Jesus, the Eternal High Priest, is in direct conflict with Caiaphas, the Jewish High Priest in Jerusalem for that year. Seeing how Christians love the poor and needy is equally powerful. I cannot think of a single instance in many dozens of weddings through the years. The Prayer of Jesus.*. The means of giving this grace is, "through thy truth, thy word is truth." Even though Jesus has tried to prepare them for his coming death and resurrection, they have failed to understand. We tend to forget how revolutionary Paul’s words to the Galatians were for the time, twenty centuries ago, when they were first written. It is through his cross and open tomb that Jesus returns to the glory that he enjoyed with the Father before the creation of the world (17:5). Christ works to unite us. 5:25, 26). The John 17 prayer is also known as Jesus’ Last Will and Testament, because it represents Jesus’ provision for the disciples’ needs on the eve of his death. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Conference Message. 1 When Jesus had said this, he raised his eyes to heaven* and said, “Father, the hour has come. Those whom Christ loves, he loves to the end. Maybe the Johannine style is offputting. Their spiritual unity will make that proclamation highly successful. … 2 For you gave him authority over all humanity, so that he might give eternal life to all those you gave him. Thou gavest them me, as sheep to the shepherd, to be kept; as a patient to the physician, to be cured; as children to a tutor, to be taught: thus he will deliver up his charge. O’Day, Gail R., The New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume IX (Nashville: Abingdon, 1995), Sloyan, Gerald, “John,” Interpretation (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1988), Smith, D. Moody, Jr., Abingdon New Testament Commentaries: John (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999), Copyright 2007, 2010, Richard Niell Donovan, “that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me”. We should hear Jesus’ prayer as a prayer for us today. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 17:20-26 . Sort by You are viewing series from ... First, Second, and Third John Kelly Anderson, Daniel Keating Apr 2017; E-Book. Now he asks the Father to fulfill this promise. What will 2021 hold? The most powerful testimony to the loving character of God will take place on the cross, where the Father will give “his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (3:16). Now he widens the circle to include those who will follow. Christ prays for those that are his. We ought to think of this prayer, rather than the “Our Father,” as the Lord’s Prayer, because it is the prayer in which Jesus pours out his heart. Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! JESUS’ HIGH PRIESTLY PRAYER. The early church will experience doctrinal controversy and other conflict (Acts 15). We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. Like many biblical readings, what… It is the cry-of-the-heart of perfect love, and it is the prayer of perfect faith. Morris, Leon, The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel According to John (Grand Rapids: Wm. Furthermore, the disciples are nondescript and few in numbers. John 17 - In-depth verse-by-verse Bible study and commentary of John chapter 17 in plain English. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,a. It is a great satisfaction to us, in our reliance upon Christ, that he, all he is and has, and all he said and did, all he is doing and will do, are of God. Email. While the current model of competing denominations diminishes our witness, it is also true that our love for Christians across denominational lines offsets that, at least in part. Note the poetic interplay among the Greek words hina, hen, and en in the verses above. “so that the world (kosmos) may believe you sent me” (v. 21b). Own them in the office; let thy hand go with them. 6 “I have revealed you[ a] ( N) to those whom you gave me. He did not pray that his disciples should be removed out of the world, that they might escape the rage of men, for they had a great work to do for the glory of God, and the benefit of mankind. For John, association with Jesus’ name implies union with Jesus. He pleaded with his holy Father, that he would keep them by his power and for his glory, that they might be united in affection and labours, even according to the union of the Father and the Son. There is, in the original Greek, a lovely flow that cannot be conveyed in a translation. He began by washing the disciples’ feet, demonstrating to them the kind of servant ministry that he expected of them (13:1-20). • The love with which the Father loves the Son leads ultimately to a throne, but only by way of a cross. In this deeply moving experience he prays: first for himself, for his disciples, and for the whole world - all believers in all ages. The holiness and happiness of the redeemed, are especially that glory of Christ, and of his Father, which was the joy set before him, for which he endured the cross and despised the shame; this glory was the end of the sorrow of his soul, and in obtaining it he was fully satisfied. In verses 7-19, Jesus prayed for the disciples. I don't find it to be a frequent choice, which is unfortunate. That is powerful testimony. We desperately need to repent—and to hear Jesus’ prayer again and again (Beasley-Murray, 307). James and John requested, “Grant to us that we may sit, one at your right hand, and one at your left hand, in your glory” (Mark 10:37). John 17:16 - John 17:19 give the final petition for the immediate circle of disciples, with its grounds. 17. St. John therefore says, the day before, meaning after sunset on the 14th day of the month; but yet it was part of the same great feast, which was kept on the 15th … 25Righteous Father, the world hasn’t known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me. When he prays for his disciples, he prays, “I desire” (thelo) with no qualification. The “Our Father” would better be called The Model Prayer or The Disciple’s Prayer, because it is a prayer that Jesus gives us to pray. Our Lord especially prayed, that all believers might be as one body under one head, animated by one soul, by their union with Christ and the Father in him, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. Glory-Finding in the Gospel of John The War in Our Social Media Feeds (Part 2) May 7, 2020. B Sanctify them, set them apart for thyself and thy service. John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. Jesus prays, “that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me” (v. 21). He assumes that the witness of these disciples will be effective. (1-5) His prayer for his disciples. That is the key—in God’s hands. The disciples argued over who was greatest (Mark 9:34). The real holiness of all true Christians is the fruit of Christ's death, by which the gift of the Holy Ghost was purchased; he gave himself for his church, to sanctify it. Christ, as one with the Father, claimed on behalf of all that had been given to him, and should in due time believe on him, that they should be brought to heaven; and that there the whole company of the redeemed might behold his glory as their beloved Friend and Brother, and therein find happiness. 20“Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, 21that (Greek: hina) they may all be one; (hen) even as you, Father, are in (en) me, and I in (en) you, that they also may be one in (en) us; that (hina) the world may believe that you sent me. They are not left here to pursue the same objects as the men around them, but to glorify God, and to serve their generation. ), which the WEB has updated. This prayer could be full of despair, because the disciples have proven disappointing. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The Holy Spirit will accompany them—will strengthen them—guide them. However, we also need to recognize that Jesus’ prayer has been answered, at least in part. If we are sorry for the disunities that plague us, let us also be glad for the unity that blesses us. Commentary on John 17:17-19 (Read John 17:17-19) Christ next prayed for the disciples, that they might not only be kept from evil, but made good. As an interpreter of Holy Scripture he stands in the very first rank of the Fathers. Let us endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, praying that all believers may be more and more united in one mind and one judgment. All Rights Reserved. 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