I. The Translation and Doctrines we noted in the third part of this prayer, vs. 20-26, where Christ is praying for His Church includes:
Vs. 20, “Now I am not only asking (petitioning) concerning these (disciples), but also concerning those who will believe in Me through their word, (preaching the gospel).”
Doctrine of the Church. Dispensational Orientation. Importance of the Local Assembly.
Vs. 21, “That they all may keep on being one (the Church), just as You, (God the) Father, are in Me (Jesus Christ) and I in You, that they also may keep on being in Us, so that the world (unbelievers) would believe that You sent Me.”
The petition for Positional Sanctification of the Body of Christ. The unity of the Trinity. The Biblical and Logical order of the Divine Decrees.
Vs 22, “And the glory which You (God the Father) have given to Me (Jesus Christ) I have given to them (the Church), in order that they may keep on being one just as We are one.”
The Doctrines of: Positional Truth (Retroactive and Current Positional Truth). Glory (given to the Son and to the Church). Indwelling of Jesus Christ. Veiled and Unveiled Person.
Vs. 23, “I (Jesus Christ) in the sphere of them (Church Age believers) and You (God the Father) in the sphere of Me, in order that they may be perfected in unity (with God), so that the world (unbelievers) would know that You sent Me and You loved them even as You loved Me.”
Personal Love of God the Father toward the Believer, (including Divine Discipline, and Prayers being answered).
Vs. 24, “Father, whom you have given to Me, I desire that where I am they (the Church) may be with Me, so that they would keep on beholding (with understanding) My glory which You have given to Me because You loved Me before the foundation (creation) of the world.”
Numerology and application of the phrase, “You have given to Me;” (Especially the #’s 7 and 8).
2 Cor 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
James 1:17, “Every good gift given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
Mat 7:11, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”
The Session of Jesus Christ. Beholding (THEOREO) the Glory of Jesus Christ. Principles of God the Father’s Love for His Son Jesus Christ.
Vs. 25, “Righteous Father, the world (unbelievers) has not known You but I (Jesus Christ), have known You, and they all (believers of the Church Age) have known that You sent (commissioned) Me (our Lord’s First Advent).”
Doctrine of God the Father as Righteous, (the Integrity of God).
The seven fold mention of APOSTELLO: The Process, Precedent, Perpetuation, and Principle of God’s Plan of Salvation for all unbelievers of this world, plus…
The Prayer: (Jesus Christ’s petition to the Father - to satisfy His desire that all of mankind come to know God the Father for salvation.)
Vs. 26, “And I have made known (during His 1st Advent) Your name to them (believers for the Church Age) and I will make it known (post resurrection), with the result that the love, which love, You loved Me with may be in them (Church Age believers), and I in them.”
The same love which exists within the Godhead is extended to believers of the Church Age.
This Prayer includes: 1. Salvation, vs. 2-4. He has power to give eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him.
2. Manifestation, vs. 6. He revealed the First Person of the Trinity to the world and gave Him a name, “Father”, even calling Him “Holy Father” and “Righteous Father”.
Gal 4:6, “Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”
3. Representation, vs. 9. He is our Priest and Advocate. Rom 8:34; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 7:25; 1 John 2:1
1 John 2:1, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
4. Identification, vs. 21. We and all His saints are one with Him. The Church is His body, an organism and not an organization. That is, one with God, not one organized church.
5. Preservation, vs. 11, 12, 15. He prayed for the keeping of His own. He commits them into His Father’s hands.
6. Sanctification, vs. 17-19. In Him we are sanctified positionally. We are also sanctified experientially by the Truth (Bible Doctrine), walking in it in obedience.
7. Glorification, vs. 22, 24. This is partially answered. Positionally “in Christ” we are glorified, Rom 8:17, 28. One day it will be fully answered in resurrection form.
Eph 5:8, “For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.”
Needs: $250 - Computer Equipment $250 - Fredrick’s family Kenya $100 - Bibles for Pastor Oendo’s Church - Kenya $ 50 - Pastor Gideon’s daughter severely burnt $ 50 - Pastor Joshua roof of church $ 50 - Pastor/Evan Kingsley - Nigeria $ 50 - Pastor Mike Olusegen - Gambia $ 50 - Pastor John Quaicoe – Ghana Needs: $250 - Computer Equipment $250 - Fredrick’s family Kenya $100 - Bibles for Pastor Oendo’s Church - Kenya $ 50 - Pastor Gideon’s daughter severely burnt $ 50 - Pastor Joshua roof of church $ 50 - Pastor/Evan Kingsley - Nigeria $ 50 - Pastor Mike Olusegen - Gambia $ 50 - Pastor John Quaicoe – Ghana
Grace Fellowship Church Sunday, July 15, 2012 Tape # 12-080 Summary and Conclusion to John 17 Great High Priestly Prayer, Part 127 John 17:1-26; Rom 8:15-30, 34; 1 John 2:15-17 James H. Rickard Bible Ministries 2012