Sermon 2331. Christ's Pastoral Prayer for His People
INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD'S-DAY, OCTOBER 22, 1893.
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON LORD'S-DAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 1, 1889.
"I pray for them: Ipray not for the world, but for them which You have given Me; for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours,and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them." John 17:9,10.
To begin with, I remark that our Lord Jesus pleads for His own people. When He puts on His priestly breastplate, it is forthe tribes whose names are there. When He presents the atoning Sacrifice, it is for Israel whom God has chosen, and He uttersthis great Truth of God, which some regard as narrow, but which we adore, "I pray for them: I pray not for the world." Thepoint to which I want to call attention is this-the reason why Christ prays not for the world, but for His people. He putsit, "For they are Yours," as if they were all the dearer to Him because they were the Father's-"I pray for them: I pray notfor the world, but for them which You have given Me, for they are Yours." We might have half thought that Jesus would havesaid, "They are Mine and, therefore, I pray for them." It would have been true, but there would not have been the beauty ofTruth about it which we have here. He loves us all the better and He prays for us all the more fervently because we are theFather's. Such is His love to His Father, that our being the Father's sheds upon us an extra halo of beauty! Because we belongto the Father, therefore does the Savior plead for us with all the greater earnestness at the Throne of the heavenly Grace.
But this leads us on to remember that our Lord had undertaken suretyship engagements on account of His people- He undertookto preserve the Father's gift-"Those that You gave Me, I have kept, and none of them is lost." He looked upon the sheep ofHis pasture as belonging to His Father and the Father had put them into His charge, saying to Him, "Of Your hand will I requirethem." As Jacob kept his uncle's flocks-by day the heat devoured him and at night the frost-but he was more careful over thembecause they were Laban's than if they had been his own. He was to give an account of all the sheep committed to him and hedid so-and he lost none of Laban's sheep. His care over them was partly accounted for by the fact that they did not belongto himself, but belonged to his uncle, Laban.
Understand this twofold reason, then, for Christ's pastoral prayer for His people. He first prays for them because they belongto the Father and, therefore, have a peculiar value in His eyes. And next, because they belong to the Father, He is undersuretyship engagements to deliver them all to the Father in that Last Great Day when the sheep shall pass under the rod ofHim that counts them. Now you see where I am bringing you, tonight. I am not going to preach, at this time, to the world anymore than Christ, upon this occasion, prayed for the world, but I am going to preach to His own people as He, in this intercessoryprayer, pleaded for them. I trust that they will all follow me, step by step, through this great theme, and I pray the Lordthat, in these deep central Truths of the Gospel, we may find real refreshment for our souls tonight.
I. In calling your attention to my text, I want you to notice, first, THE INTENSITY OF THE SENSE OF PROPERTY WHICH CHRISTHAS IN HIS PEOPLE.
Here are six words setting forth Christ's property in those who are saved-"Them which You have given Me"-(that is one), "forthey are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them." There are certain persons so preciousto Christ that they are marked all over with special tokens that they belong to Him, as I have known a man write his namein a book which he has greatly valued and then he has turned over some pages and written his name again, and, as we have sometimesknown persons, when they have highly valued a thing, to put their mark, their seal, their stamp here, there and almost everywhereupon it! So, notice in my text how the Lord seems to have the seal in His
hand and He stamps it all over His peculiar possession! "They are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine." It isall possessive pronouns, to show that God looks upon His people as His portion, His possession, His property. "They shallbe Mine, says the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels." Every man has something or other which he values abovethe rest of his estate and here the Lord, by so often reiterating the words which signify possession, proves that He valuesHis people above everything! Let us show that we appreciate this privilege of being set apart unto God and let us each onesay to Him-
"Take my poor heart, and let it be
Forever closed to all but Thee!
Seal You my breast and let me wear
That pledge of love forever there." I call your attention, next, to the fact that, while there are these six expressions here,they are all applied to the Lord's own people. "My," (that is, the saints), are Yours, (that is, the saints), "and Yours,"(that is, the saints), are Mine, (that is, the saints). These broad arrows of the King of Kings are all stamped upon His people!While the marks of possession are numerous, they are all set upon one object. What? Does not God care for anything else? Ianswer, No. As compared with His own people, He cares for nothing else. "The Lord's portion is His people: Jacob is the lotof His inheritance." Has not God other things? Ah, what is there that He has not? The silver and the gold are His and thecattle on a thousand hills. All things are of God-of Him, and by Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things-yet He reckonsthem not in comparison with His people! You know how you, dearly Beloved, value your children much more than you do anythingelse. If there were a fire in your house, tonight, and you could only carry one thing out of it, Mother, would you hesitatea moment as to what that one thing would be? You would carry your baby and let everything else be consumed in the flames!And it is so with God. He cares for His people beyond everything else. He is the Lord God of Israel, and in Israel He hasset His name, and there He takes His delight. There does He rest in His love and over her does He rejoice with singing!
I want you to notice these different points, not because I can fully explain them all to you, but if I can only give you someof these great Truths to think about and to help you to communion with Christ, tonight, I shall have done well. I want youto note, yet further, concerning these notes of possession, that they occur in the private communion between the Father andthe Son. It is in our Lord's prayer, when He is in the inner sanctuary speaking with the Father, that we have these words,"All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine." It is not to you and to me that He is talking, now. The Son of God is speaking withthe Father when They are in very near communion, One with the Other. Now, what does this say to me but that the Father andthe Son greatly value Believers? What people talk about when they are alone-not what they say in the market, not what theytalk of in the midst of the confused mob, but what they say when they are in private- that lays bare their heart! Here isthe Son speaking to the Father, not about thrones and royalties, nor cherubim and seraphim, but about poor men and women-inthose days mostly fishermen and peasant folk-who believed on Him!
They are talking about these people and the Son is taking His own solace with the Father in Their secret privacy by talkingabout these precious jewels, these dear ones that are Their peculiar treasure. You have not any notion how much God lovesyou! Dear Brother, dear Sister, you have never, yet, had half an idea, or the tithe of an idea, of how precious you are toChrist! You think, because you are so imperfect, and you fall so much below your own ideal, that, therefore, He does not loveyou much. You think that He cannot do so. Have you ever measured the depth of Christ's agony in Gethsemane and of His deathon Calvary? If you have tried to do so, you will be quite sure that, apart from anything in you or about you, He loves youwith a love that passes knowledge! Believe it. "But I do not love Him as I should," I think
1 hear you say. No, and you never will unless you first know His love to you. Believe it! Believe it to the highest degree,that He so loves you that when there is no one who can commune with Him but the Father, even then Their talk is about Theirmutual estimate of you-how much They love you! "All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine."
Only one other thought under this head and I but put it before you and leave it with you, for I cannot expound it tonight.All that Jesus says is about all His people, for He says, "All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine." These high, secret talksare not about some few saints who have reached a "higher life," but about all of us who belong to Him! Jesus bears all ofus on His heart and He speaks of us all to the Father-"All Mine are Yours." "That poor woman who could never serve her Lordexcept by patient endurance, she is Mine," says Jesus. "She is Yours, great Father." "That poor girl, newly-converted, whoseonly spiritual life was spent upon a sickbed and then she exhaled to Heaven, like a dewdrop of
the morning, she is Mine, and she is Yours. That poor child who often stumbles, who never brought much credit to the sacredname, He is Mine and He is Yours. "All Mine are Yours." I seem as if I heard a silver bell ringing out! The very tones ofthe words are like the music from the harps of angels! "My-Yours. Yours- Mine." May such sweet risings and fallings of heavenlymelodies charm all our ears!
I think that I have said enough to show you the intensity of the sense of property which Christ has in His people- "All Mineare Yours, and Yours are Mine."
II. The next head of my discourse is THE INTENSITY OF UNITED INTEREST BETWEEN THE FATHER AND
THE SON CONCERNING BELIEVERS.
First, let me say that Jesus loves us because we belong to the Father. Turn that Truth of God over. "My Father has chosenthem, My Father loves them. Therefore," says Jesus, "I love them and I lay down My life for them, and I will take My life,again, for them, and live throughout eternity for them. They are dear to Me because they are dear to My Father." Have younot often loved another person for the sake of a third one upon whom all your heart was set? There is an old proverb and Icannot help quoting it just now. It is, "Love me, love my dog." It is as if the Lord Jesus so loved the Father that even suchpoor dogs as we are get loved by Him for His Father's sake! To the eyes of Jesus we are radiant with beauty because God hasloved us.
Now turn that thought round the other way, the Father loves us because we belong to Christ. At first, the Father's love inelection was Sovereign and self-contained, but now, today, since He has given us over to Christ, He takes a greater delightin us. "They are My Son's sheep," He says, "He bought them with His blood." Better still-"That is My Son's spouse," He says."That is My Son's bride. I love her for His sake." There was that first love which came fresh from the Father's heart, butnow, through this one channel of love to Jesus, the Father pours a double flood of love on us for His dear Son's sake. Hesees the blood of Jesus sprinkled on us. He remembers the token and, for the sake of His beloved Son, He prizes us beyondall price! Jesus loves us because we belong to the Father-and the Father loves us because we belong to Jesus!
Now come still closer to the central thought of the text, All Mine are Yours." All who are the Son's are the Father's. Dowe belong to Jesus? Then we belong to the Father! Have I been washed in the precious blood? Can I sing, tonight-
"The dying thief rejoiced to see That fountain in his day! And there have I, though vile as he, Washed all my sins away"?
Then, by redemption I belong to Christ! But, at the same time, I may be sure that I belong to the Father-"All Mine are Yours."Are you trusting in Christ? Then you are one of God's elect! That high and deep mystery of predestination need trouble noman's heart if he is a believer in Christ. If you believe in Christ, Christ has redeemed you and the Father chose you frombefore the foundation of the world! You may rest happily in that firm belief, "All Mine are Yours." How often have I met withpeople puzzling themselves about election! They want to know if they are elect. No man can come to the Father but by Christ-noman can come to election except through redemption! If you have come to Christ and are His redeemed, it is certain beyondall doubt that you were chosen of God and are the Father's elect. "All Mine are Yours."
So, if I am bought by Christ's precious blood, I am not to sit down and say how grateful I am to Christ as though He wereapart from the Father, and more loving and more tender than the Father. No, no! I belong to the Father if I belong to Christ-andI have for the Father the same gratitude, the same love, and I would render the same service as to Jesus, for Jesus puts it,"All Mine are Yours."
If, tonight, also, I am a servant of Christ. If, because He bought me, I try to serve Him, then I am a servant of the Fatherif I am a servant of the Son. "All Mine, whatever position they occupy, belong to You, great Father," and they have all theprivileges which come to those who belong to the Father. I hope that I do not weary you. I cannot make these things entertainingto the careless-I do not try to do so. But you who love my Lord and His Truth ought to rejoice, tonight, to think that, inbeing the property of Christ, you are assured that you are the property of the Father! "All Mine are Yours."-
"With Christ our Lord we share our part In the affections of His heart. Nor shall our souls be removed
Till He forgets His First-Beloved."
But now you have to look at the other part of it-"and Yours are Mine." All who are the Father's are the Son's. If you belongto the Father, you belong to the Son. If you are elect, and so the Father's, you are redeemed, and so the Son's. If you areadopted, and so the Father's, you are justified in Christ and so you are the Son's. If you are regenerated, and so are begottenof the Father, your life is still dependent upon the Son. Remember that while one Biblical figure sets us forth as childrenwho have, each one, a life within himself, another equally valid figure represents us as branches of the Vine which die unlessthey continue united to the Stem. "All Yours are Mine." If you are the Father's, you must be Christ's. If your life is givenyou of the Father, it still depends entirely upon the Son.
What a wonderful mixture all this is! The Father and the Son are One and we are one with the Father and with the Son! A mysticunion is established between us and the Father by reason of our union with the Son and the Son's union with the Father. Seeto what a glorious height our humanity has risen through Christ! By the Grace of God, you who were like stones in the brookare made sons of God! Lifted out of your dead materialism, you are elevated into a spiritual life and you are united to God!You have not any idea, tonight, of what God has already done for you and truly, it does not yet appear what you shall be.A Christian man is the noblest work of God! God has here reached the fullness of His power and His Grace in making us to beone with His own dear Son, and so bringing us into union and communion with Himself. Oh, if the words that I speak could conveyto you the fullness of their own meaning, you might spring to your feet, electrified with holy joy to think of this-that weshould be Christ's and the Father's-and that we should be thought worthy to be the object of intricate transactions and inter-communionsof the dearest kind between the Father and the Son! We, even we, who are but dust and ashes at our very best, are favoredas angels never were! Therefore let all praise be ascribed to Sovereign Grace!
III. And now I shall only detain you a few minutes longer while I speak upon the third part of our subject, that is, THE GLORYOF CHRIST. "And I am glorified in them." I must confess that while the former part of my subject was very deep, this thirdpart seems to me to be still deeper-"I am glorified in them."
If Christ had said, "I will glorify them," I could have understood it. If He had said, "I am pleased with them," I might haveset it down to His great kindness to them. But when He says, "I am glorified in them," it is very amazing. The sun can bereflected, but you need proper objects to act as reflectors-and the brighter they are, the better will they reflect. You andI do not seem to have the power of reflecting Christ's Glory. We break up the glorious rays that shine upon us. We spoil,we ruin so much of the good that falls upon us. Yet Christ says that He is glorified in us! Take these words home, dear Friend,to yourself, and think that the Lord Jesus met you, tonight, and as you went out of the Tabernacle, said to you, "You areMine. You are My Father's and I am glorified in you." I dare not say that it would be a proud moment for you, but I dare saythat there would be more in it to make you feel exalted for Him to say, "I am glorified in you," than if you could have allthe honors that all the kings can put upon all men in the world! I think that I could say, "Lord, now let Your servant departin peace, according to Your Word," if He would but say to me, "I am glorified in your ministry." I hope that He is. I believethat He is, but, oh, for an assuring word, if not spoken to us personally, yet spoken to His Father about us, as in our text,"I am glorified in them"!
How can this be? Well, it is a very wide subject. Christ is glorified in His people in many ways. He is glorified by savingsuch sinners-taking these people, so sinful, so lost, so unworthy. When the Lord lays hold upon a drunk, a thief, an adulterer.When He arrests one who has been guilty of blasphemy, whose very heart is reeking with evil thoughts. When He picks up thefar-off one, the abandoned, the dissolute, the fallen, as He often does, and when He says, "These shall be Mine. I will washthese in My blood. I will use these to speak My Word." Oh, then, He is glorified in them! Read the lives of many great sinnerswho have afterwards become great saints and you will see how they have tried to glorify Him, not only she who washed His feetwith her tears, but many another like her. Oh, how they have loved to praise Him! Eyes have wept tears, lips have spoken words-buthearts have felt what neither eyes nor lips could speak-of adoring gratitude to Him. "I am glorified in them." Great sinners,Christ is glorified in you! Some of you Pharisees, if you were to be converted, would not bring Christ such Glory as He getsthrough saving publicans and harlots! Even if you struggled into Heaven, it would be with very little music for Him on theroad, certainly no tears and no ointment for His feet, and no wiping them with the hairs of your head! You are too respectableever to do that. But when He saves great sinners, He can truly say, "I am glorified in them," and each of them can sing-
"It passes praises, that dear love of Yours, My Jesus, Sa vior: yet this heart of mine Would sing that love, so full, so rich,so free, Which brings a rebel sinner, such as me, Near unto God."
And Christ is glorified by the perseverance which He shows in the matter of their salvation. See how He begins to save andthe man resists. He follows up His kind endeavor and the man rebels. He hunts him, pursues him, dogs his footsteps. He willhave the man, but the man will not have Him! But the Lord, without violating the free will of man, which He never does, yetat length brings the one who was most unwilling to lie at His feet and he that hated most begins to love! And he that wasmost stout-hearted bows his knees in lowliest humility. It is amazing how persevering the Lord is in the salvation of a sinner-yes,and in the salvation of His own, for you would have broken loose long ago if your great Shepherd had not penned you up withinthe fold! Many of you would have started aside and have lost yourselves if it had not been for constraints of Sovereign Gracewhich have kept you to this day and will not let you go! Christ is glorified in you. Oh, when you once get to Heaven, whenthe angels know all that you were and all that you tried to be. When the whole story of Almighty, Infinite Grace is told,as it will be told, then will Christ be glorified in you!
Beloved, we actively glorify Christ when we display Christian Graces. You who are loving, forgiving, tender-hearted, gentle,meek, self-sacrificing-you glorify Him-He is glorified in you. You who are upright and who will not be moved from your integrity.You who can despise the sinner's gold and will not sell your conscience for it. You who are bold and brave for Christ. Youwho can bear and suffer for His name's sake-all your Graces come from Him! As all the flowers are bred and begotten of thesun, so all that is in you that is good comes from Christ, the Sun of Righteousness! And therefore He is glorified in you.
But, Beloved, God's people have glorified Christ in many other ways. When they make Him the object of all their trust, theyglorify Him. When they say, "Though I am the chief of sinners, yet, I trust Him. Though my mind is dark and though my temptationsabound, I believe that He can save to the uttermost, I trust Him." Christ is more glorified by a sinner's humble faith thanby a seraph's loudest song! If you believe, you glorify Him. Child of God, are you, tonight, very dark, dull and heavy? Doyou feel half dead, spiritually? Come to your Lord's feet and kiss them-and believe that He can save-no, that He has savedyou, even you, and thus you will glorify His holy name. "Oh," said a Believer, the other day, "I know whom I have believed.Christ is mine!" "Ah," said another," that is presumption." Beloved, it is nothing of the kind! It is not presumption fora child to acknowledge his own father. It might be pride for him to be ashamed of his father-it is certainly great alienationfrom his father if he is ashamed to acknowledge him. "I know whom I have believed." Happy state of heart, to be absolutelysure that you are resting upon Christ, that He is your Savior, that you believe in Him, for Jesus said, "He that believeson Me has everlasting life." I believe on Him and I have everlasting life! "He that believes on Him is not condemned." I believeon Him and I am not condemned! Make sure work of this, not only by signs and evidences, but do even better-make the one signand the one evidence to be this-"Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I, a sinner, accept His great Sacrificeand I am saved."
Especially, I think that God's people glorify Christ by a cheerful conversation. If you go about moaning and mourning, piningand complaining, you bring no honor to His name. But if, when you fast, you appear not unto men to fast. If you can wear acheerful countenance even when your heart is heavy. And if, above all, you can rally your spirit out of its depths and beginto bless God when the cupboard is empty, and friends are few, then you will, indeed, glorify Christ!
Many are the ways in which this good work may be done-let us try to do it. "I am glorified in them," says Christ. That is,by their bold confession of Christ. Do I address myself to any here who love Christ, but who have never acknowledged it? Comeout and come out very soon! He deserves to have all the glory that you can give Him. If He has healed you, be not like thenine who forgot that Christ had healed their leprosy. Come and praise the name of the great Healer and let others know whatChrist can do! I am afraid that there are a great many here, tonight, who hope that they are Christians, but they have neversaid so. What are you ashamed of? Ashamed of your Lord? I am afraid that you do not, after all, love Him! Now, at this time,at this particular crisis in the history of the Church and the world, if we do not publicly take sides with Christ, we shallreally be against Him! The time has now come when we cannot afford to have go-betweens. You must be for Him or for His enemiesand, tonight, He asks you, if you are really His, to say it! Come forward, unite yourself with His people and let it be seenby your life and conversation that you belong to Christ! If not,
how can it be true, "I am glorified in them"? Is Christ glorified in a non-confessing people, a people that hope to go slinkinginto Heaven by the by-roads or across the fields, but dare not come into the King's Highway and travel with the King's subjects,and confess that they belong to Him?
Lastly, I think that Christ is glorified in His people by their efforts to extend His Kingdom. What efforts are you making?There is a great deal of force in a Church like this, but I am afraid that there is a great deal of wasted steam, wasted powerhere. The tendency is, so often, to leave everything to be done by the minister, or else by one or two leading people, butI pray you, Beloved, if you are Christ's, and if you belong to the Father, if, unworthy though you are, you are claimed witha double ownership by the Father and the Son, try to be of use to Them! Let it be seen by your winning others to Christ thatHe is glorified in you! I believe that, by diligent attendance to even the smallest Sunday school class, Christ is glorifiedin you. By that private conversation in your own room. By that letter which you dropped into the post with many a prayer.By anything that you have done with a pure motive, trusting in God in order to glorify Christ, He is glorified in you!
Do not mistake my meaning with regard to serving the Lord. I think it exceedingly wrong when I hear exhortations made to youngpeople, "Quit your service as domestics and come out into spiritual work. Business men, leave your shops. Workmen, give upyour trades. You cannot serve Christ in that calling, come away from it altogether." I beg to say that nothing will be morepestilent than such advice as that! There are men called by the Grace of God to separate themselves from every earthly occupationand they have special gifts for the work of the ministry, but to ever imagine that the bulk of Christian people cannot serveGod in their daily calling is to think altogether contrary to the mind of the Spirit of God! If you are a servant, remaina servant! If you are a waiter, go on with your waiting! If you are a tradesman, go on with your trade! Let every man abidein the calling wherein he is called, unless there is in him some special call from God to devote himself to the ministry.Go on with your employment, dear Christian people, and do not imagine that you are to turn hermits, or monks, or nuns! Youwould not glorify God if you did so!
Soldiers of Christ are to fight the battle out where they are. To quit the field and shut yourselves up would be to renderit impossible that you should get the victory. The work of God is as holy and acceptable in domestic service, or in trade,as any service that can be rendered in the pulpit, or even by the foreign missionary! We thank God for the men specially calledand set apart for His work, but we know that they could do nothing unless the salt of our holy faith should permeate the dailylife of other Christians. You godly mothers-you are the glory of the Church of Christ! You hard working men and women whoendure patiently, "as seeing Him who is invisible," are the crown and glory of the Church of God! You who do not shirk yourdaily labor, but stand manfully to it, obeying Christ in it, are proving what the Christian religion was meant to do! We can,if we are truly priests unto God, make our everyday garments into vestments, our meals into sacraments and our houses intotemples for God's worship! Our very beds will be within the veil, and our inmost thoughts will be as a sweet incense perpetuallysmoking up to the Most High. Dream not that there is anything about any honest calling that degrades a man, or hinders himin glorifying God! But sanctify it all till the bells upon the horses shall ring out, "Holiness to the Lord," and the potsin your houses shall be as holy as the vessels of the sanctuary!
Now, I want that we should so come to the Communion Table, tonight, that even here Christ may be glorified in us. Ah, youmay sit at the Lord's Table wearing a fine dress or a diamond ring and you may think that you are somebody of importance,but you are not! Ah, you may come to the Lord's Table and say, "Here is an experienced Christian man who knows a thing ortwo." You are not glorifying Christ that way-you are only a nobody! But if you come, tonight, saying, "Lord, I am hungry,You can feed me"-that is glorifying Him! If you come saying, "Lord, I have no merit and no worthiness. I come because Youhave died for me and I trust You"-you are glorifying Him! He glorifies Christ most who takes most from Him and who then givesmost back to Him! Come, empty pitcher, come and be filled! And, when you are filled, pour all out at the dear feet of Himwho filled you! Come, trembler, come and let Him touch you with His strengthening hands, and then go out and work-and usethe strength which He has given you! I fear that I have not led you where I wanted to bring you-close to my Lord and to theFather-yet I have done my best. May the Lord forgive my feebleness and wandering, and yet bless you for His dear name's sake!Amen.
EXPOSITION BY C. H. SPURGEON: JOHN17.
Verses 1, 2. These words spoke Jesus and lifted up His eyes to Heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Your Son,that Your Son also may glorify You: as You have given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as manyas You have given Him. Here the Doctrines of a General and a Particular redemption sweetly blend, "As You have given Him powerover all flesh," they are all under Christ's mediatorial government by virtue of His matchless Sacrifice. But the object inview is specially the gift of everlasting life to the chosen people-"that He should give eternal life to as many as You havegiven Him."
3. And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. No man haslife eternal, then, who is in ignorance of God and of His Son, Jesus Christ. But once we know God and Christ, we have sureevidence that we possess a life that can never die-"This is life eternal."
4-6. I have glorified You on the earth: I have finished the work which You gave Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify You Mewith Your own Self, with the Glory which I had with You before the world was. I have manifested Your name unto the men whichYou gave Me out of the world: Yours they were, and You gave them to Me; and they have kept Your Word. Is not that sweetlyput on the part of our Divine Lord? These chosen men had been poor creatures at the very best-very forgetful and very erring-yettheir Lord brings no charges against them but He says to His Father, "They have kept Your Word."
7. Now they have known that all things whatever You have given Me are of You. "They have learned to link the Father and theSon. They know that though I am the channel of all blessing, yet You, O My Father, are the fountain from which
"Jesus, we bless Your Father's name! Your God and ours are both the same! What heavenly blessings from His Throne Flow downto sinners through His Son!"
8. For I have given unto them the Words which You gave Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I cameout from You, and they have believed that You did send Me. He is looking at them in contrast with the world which utterlyrejected Him-in contrast with that world, the disciples had received and known Christ. Oh, what a blessed distinction doesthe Grace of God make between men! We were all blind by nature, but now that we see, it is because the sacred finger of Christhas touched our eyes and opened them! Let Him have all the glory for it, yet let us note how well He speaks of His people."For I have given unto them the Words which You gave Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came outfrom You, and they have believed that You did send Me."
9. 10. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which You have given Me; for they are Yours. And all Mine areYours, and Yours are Mine; and I am glorified in them. Oh, the blessed union of interests between Christ and the Father! Howsurely do we belong to the Father if we, in very deed, belong to Christ! And what a holy unity is thus established!
11. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your own namethose whom You have given Me, that they may be one, as We are. Here is a prayer, then, for the preservation and the unityof the people of God-two very necessary petitions. Would God that they might be fulfilled in us, that we might be kept, andkept even to the end-and then kept in living union with all the people of God, and with the Father and with the Son!
12, 13. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name: those that You gave Me I have kept, and none of themis lost, but the son ofperdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to You and these things I speak inthe world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. In this wondrous prayer, note the special design of the Wordsof Christ-not only that we might have joy, but that we might have Christ's joy-and not merely have a little of it, but mighthave it fulfilled in ourselves.
14-16. I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of theworld. I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the Evil One. They
are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Jesus puts twice over this most special and important fact, which wemust never forget-"They are not of the world." Let us never live as if we were of the world, but where such a vivid distinctionhas been made, God grant that there may be an equal distinction in our lives! Now comes the prayer for sanctifi-cation.
17, 18. Sanctify them through Your Truth: Your Word is Truth. As You have sent Me into the world, even so have I also sentthem into the world. Christ was the great Missionary, the Messiah, the Sent One. We are the minor missionaries, sent out intothe world to accomplish the Father's will and purpose.
19, 20. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the Truth. Neither pray I for these,alone, but for them, also, which shall believe on Me through their word. That shows that Christ's prayer embraces us, also,who have been brought to believe on Him through the word which the Apostles declared. Christ, with prescient eyes, lookedon every one of us who believe on Him and prayed for each one of us as much as He did for John, and Peter, and James.
21,22. That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us: that the worldmay believe that You have sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We areOne. Unity is the glory of the Church of Christ! It shall be the very crown of the Church of the living God and when she putsit on, then will the wondering world acknowledge and accept her Lord!
23. I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me, andhave loved them as You have loved Me. Wonderful words! How shall we dive into their depths? To think that the Father shouldhave loved us even as He loved His only-begotten Son! Oh, the heights and depths of this wondrous love!
24, 25. Father, I will that they, also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My Glory, whichYou have given Me: for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world has not known You: butI have known You, and these have known that You have sent Me. Do you notice the division that there is here. There are twoparties-there is the world and there is the Church. What is it that divides them? Read these two clauses-"The world has notknown You." "These have known that You have sent Me." What stands between? "But I have known You." It is Christ, Himself,coming in between the two parties, like the cloudy-fiery pillar, black with darkness to the Egyptians, but bright with lightto the Israelites! Oh, to have Christ between You and the world! It is the best form of separation-"I have known You, andthese have known that You have sent Me."
26. And I have declared unto them Your name, and will declare it. I read it to you as it stands. Our good translators werealways afraid of using a word too often, for fear of falling into tautology. So, for what they considered the beauty of thelanguage, they used the word, "declared," instead of, "I made known." But why should they have done so? Who were they thatthey should have needed to improve on Christ's Words? It should be the same Word right on-"The world has not known You: butI have known You, and these have known that You have sent Me. And I have made known unto them Your name, and will make itknown."
26. That the love wherewith You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them. Oh, that this love may be in us, for Christ'ssake! Amen.