My answers to BSF Bible Study Questions
John 17:6-10 John Lesson 23 Day 3
Jesus begins his prayer for his eleven disciples by describing their situation. (IVP)
6. Jesus prays for his eleven disciples.
The men whom you have given me out of the world.—They were God’s first.
Then God gave them (and us) to Jesus.
They know, have obeyed and kept your word.—Jesus said his disciples obeyed God’s word.
Now we know, everything God gave Jesus comes from him.
We know that Jesus is God’s Son.
Jesus asks God to guard them (and us) as they pursue this gift of life that comes through him.
God chose me and gave me to Jesus. How beautiful!
The disciples obviously weren’t perfect, as we’ve already seen, so keeping God’s word doesn’t mean we never sin, disobey, or deny him. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
7. a. In them, My glory is achieved.
They received, accepted, and understood God’s words Jesus shared with them.
The disciples believed God sent him, that he was the Messiah. His mission and his teaching were Divine. Jesus was God manifest in the flesh.
And great, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness, He [God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16 AMP
Jesus also spoke prophetically, anticipating the way his disciples would soon lift up his name and spread the gospel to the ends of the known world. Romans 4:17 “…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”
b. Community of Property (JFB)
It’s essential to grasp the concept of “community property” between God and Jesus—the Trinity, in fact.
I should daily remember that Jesus intercedes for me, just as he promised.
He doesn’t focus on my failures. Those reminders come from our Accuser. Jesus speaks my destiny into existence!