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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:
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.
17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
17:20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
17:24 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.
17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
17:26 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.

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Everything King James Bible:John

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: John
Book: John
Chapter: 17

Christ's Prayer for himself. (1-5) His Prayer for his
disciples. (6-10) His Prayer. (11-26)

1-5 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. Eternal Life could not be given to
believers, unless Christ, their Surety, both glorified the
Father, and was glorified of him. This is the sinner's way to
eternal Life, and when this knowledge shall be made perfect,
Holiness and happiness will be fully enjoyed. 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. 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.

6-10. Christ prays for those that are his. 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. 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. Christ offered this Prayer for his people alone as
believers; not for the world at large. Yet No one who desires to
come to the Father, and is conscious that he is unworthy to come
in his own name, need be discouraged By the Saviour's
declaration, for he is both able and willing to save to the
uttermost, all that come unto God By him. 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. They are thine; wilt thou not provide for thine own?
Wilt thou not secure them? Observe the foundation On which this
plea is grounded, All Mine are thine, and thine are Mine. This
speaks the Father and Son to be one. All Mine are thine. The Son
owns none for his, that are not devoted to the service of the

11-16 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. The prosperity of
the soul is the best prosperity. 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. 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. 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. So that they might pass
through the world as through an enemy's country, as he had done.
They are not left here to pursue the same objects as the men
around them, but to Glorify God, and to serve their Generation.
The Spirit of God in true Christians is opposed to the Spirit of
the world.

17-19 Christ next prayed for the disciples, that they might not
only be kept from evil, but made good. It is the Prayer of Jesus
for all that are his, that they may be made holy. Even disciples
must pray for sanctifying Grace. The means of giving this Grace
is, "through thy Truth, thy Word is Truth." Sanctify them, set
them apart for thyself and thy service. Own them in the office;
let thy Hand go with them. 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. 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. 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

20-23 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. The more they dispute about lesser things, the
more they throw doubts upon Christianity. 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. Thus shall we convince the world of the Truth and
excellence of our religion, and find more sweet Communion with
God and his saints.

24-26 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. 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. 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.

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