THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
LESSON FORTY-TWO


John 17:6-10
    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.
    7.   Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
    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.
    9.   I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
    10. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

    [A]
Verse six - 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.
            [1] I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest
                    [a] Christ had taught the disciples about God
                    [b] He manifest God to them in such a manor that God was a part of their life
            [2] The men which thou gavest me out of the world:
                    [a] The disciples were not randomly chosen – God picked them and God ordained them for the word they
                            were to do.
                    [b] We are chosen by God as well – he picks us, we do not pick him – His Spirit knocks at our heart and
                            desired entrance – we must open the door, but he does the picking.
                    [c] I feel that God also picks certain people to do certain things, Just like the disciples, he chooses         
                            ministers, teachers, evangelist, and witnesses to carry his message to others. He chooses them and
                            he ordains them even before they are born. Those who are chosen have the opportunity and the
                            choice of accepting the calling or denying it. If they deny it, God will choose someone else.

    [B]
Verse seven - Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
            [1] The disciples understood who Jesus was and where he was from
            [2] They knew that all the power Jesus had came from the Father and all the power they were
                    given was received from the son

    [C]
Verse eight - 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.
            [1] The disciples understood that everything Jesus told them was what he Father told him to tell them                
            [2] Jesus only said what the father told him to say, and only showed them what he father told him to show them
                    [a] Wouldn’t we be much better off in the church today if our ministers and teachers would do the same
                            thing
                    [b] I feel we have too many standing in the pulpits of today, preaching what he people want to hear
                            instead of what Thus Saith the Lord says
                    [c] It is as though many have torn pages from their bible and decided not to believe certain parts of it
                    [d] It is as though man have made themselves God instead of trusting the one true God who sent Jesus
                            into the world        
            [3] Jesus said that the Disciples heard him and believed what he spoke,
                    [a] They had the word of God in them,
                    [b] All they lacked was the Spirit of God which was yet to come who would give them understanding of all
                            Jesus had told them        
            [4] They believed that God had sent Jesus
                    [a] Again here is a problem we are faced with in the church today,
                            [1-a] Far too many of our Clergy no longer believe the Jesus is the son of God
                            [2-a] Far too many no longer believe the bible to be the inerrant word
                            [3-a] Far too many do not believe that Jesus was born of a virgin
                            [4-a] Far too many mix secular beliefs and biblical teaching together,
                            [5-a] Far too many are not what they claim to be, but are indeed students of Satan Instead students
                                    of students of God and they are preaching his doctrine in the pulpits of our churches
            [5] I have given most of you this information before but I want to share it with you again because it shows you
                    the problems we are having in the church today
                    [a] Ten thousand surveys were sent out to clergy members in the mainline churches across America and  
                            four questions were asked, questions which every preacher and believer in Jesus ought to believe
                            and adhere to. 7,431 were returned.
                    [b] The answers are as follows
                           
 Question # 1        Do you believe in Jesus’ physical resurrection, that he arose from the dead and
                                                          now sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven?

                                    Answer:        Fifty-one percent of the mainline church leaders said “No”

                            Question # 2        Do you believe in the virgin birth of Jesus?

                  
                  Answer:        Sixty percent of the mainline church leaders said “No”

                            Question # 3        Do you believe in the Devil and Demon presence in the world?

                                    Answer:         Sixty-two percent of these mainline church leaders said “No”

                            Question # 4        Do you believe that the Bible is the true inspired word of God?

                                   Answer:         87% of the Methodist Clergy said “No”
                                                          82% of the Presbyterian Clergy said “No”
                                                          95% of the Episcopalian Clergy said “No”
                                                          67% of the Baptist Clergy said “No”
                                                          77% of the Lutheran Clergy said “No”

    [D]
Verse nine - I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
            [1] I pray for them
                    [a] Jesus realized how the disciples would feel when he was crucified
                    [b] He knew that they would face hardships and disappointment
                    [c] He knew that they would have persecution after he was going
                    [d] He was placing on their shoulders the weight of carrying the gospel into the world                        
                    [e] He prayed for them
            [2] I pray not for the world
                    [a] He was not praying for the wicked in the world
                    [b] He is praying for his disciples and those who chose to accept their calling

John 17:11-16
    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.
    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.
    13. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
    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.
    15. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
    16. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

    [A]
Verse eleven - 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.
            [1] And now I am no more in the world.
                    [a] Jesus was saying that he had finished his work among men,
                    [b] He was about to leave this world
            [2] These, his disciples are in the world now and they would be after he was gone.         
                    [a] They would be loft to face wicked men and great persecution
                    [b] They would be subject to great trials and persecutions.
                    [c] They would need the same protection Christ would give them if I he were with them.
            [3] Keep those you have given me
                    [a] Preserve them,
                    [b] Defend them
                    [c] Sustain them in trials
                    [d] Keep them from falling away
            [4] That they may be one.
                    [a] That they may be united.
                    [b] Here is one of the biggest problems in the church, it seem that the majority of people, cannot agree
                          and sadly the thing they disagree on the most is what the bible says  
            [5] As we are.
                    [a] It is Christ desire that believers be to each other as he and the father were
                    [b] If that is the case, how does he want us to be towards each other?

    [B]
Verse twelve - 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.
            [1] While I was with them in the world
                    [a] While Jesus was here on earth with the disciples, he was able to keep them on the right path.
                    [b] Christ led by example, never asking anyone to do something that he was not willing to do himself.
                    [c] While he was with them not only denotes, his being on earth with the disciples, it denotes the fact that
                            he was indeed with them, down in the trenches, among the evils of the world, facing the same trials
                            and temptations they did. He was not only with them, he was one of them.
            [2] I kept them.
                    [a] While Jesus was here, he kept the disciples together
                    [b] He led them by example,
                    [c] He instructed them
                    [d] He gave them power to work miracles
                    [e] He kept them from the evil one
            [3] In thy name.
                    [a] In everything Jesus did, he focused the attention of the disciples on God.
                    [b] All he did, he did in the name of the Father
            [4] Those that thou gavest me
                    [a] Even the disciples he picked, he gave God the credit for.
                    [b] God gave him his followers and Jesus was careful to look after them and see that none would be lost
            [5] The only one he lost was the son of perdition
                    [a] Who was the son of perdition?
                            [1-a] Judas
                    [b] What is perdition?
                            [1-a]  Perdition is defined as eternal damnation – or hell
                    [c] Judas is so called the son of perdition because he had the character of a destroyer.
                            [1-a] He was a traitor and a murderer.
                            [2-a] Jesus who knows the heart of all man, knew that Judas had the character as that of a wicked
                                      man--one whose could be aptly named the son of hell.

    [C]
Verse thirteen - And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy
            fulfilled in themselves.
            [1] What do you think that Jesus was referring to her as his Joy?
            [2] How can one have Christ joy fulfilled in themselves?

    [D]
Verse fourteen - 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.
            [1] While Jesus was with the disciples, he gave them all that the Father wanted him to give them
                    [a] He gave them the word of God
                    [b] He showed them the will of God
                    [c] He instructed them in the way of God
            [2] Because they followed Jesus, the world hated them even as it hated Jesus
                    [a] If we are followers of Jesus, the world will hate us as well
                    [b] Remember what we looked at in the previous chapter, Jesus promised that we would receiver
                            tribulations
            [3] Then Jesus went on to say that his disciples were not of this world
                    [a] What does this mean?
                    [b] How can on be in the world, and not be a part of the world?
                    [c] This is how a Christian is supposed to be, their heart and mind is not to be on the world and on worldly
                            things, but instead on Heaven and Heavenly things.        
            [4] Question
                    [a] How can one turn their back on the world and not be a part of it?
                    [b] How can we become a part of heaven instead of a part of the world?
                    [c] Why is it important that we are not a part of the world?

    [E]
Verse fifteen - I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them
            from the evil.
            [1] Jesus prayed not that God should take them out of the world.
                    [a] Even though the disciples would have to face trials and persecutions, Jesus did not pray for them to
                            be removed from them.
                            [1-a] It was better that they should endure the persecutions and by doing so, spread abroad the
                                    knowledge of  Jesus in the world.  
                            [2-a] It would be easy for God to remove his people and take them to heaven, but it’s better to
                                    remain, and show the power of Christ in the life of the Christian as they stand the trials of life,
                                    and to spread his gospel among men.
                                    [a-1] This does not mean that we should not yearn for Christ to come,
                                    [b-1] This does no mean that Jesus is not coming – for indeed he is, just like he said he would.
            [2] Keep them from evil
                    [a] Jesus may have meant to keep his disciples from the devil
                    [b] He may have meant to keep them from doing evil.
                    [c] Whichever the case is, he taught us to pray, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. We
                            do not want to face evil or temptation unless we have too, and then only if we have the power of the
                            Holy Spirit in us to help fight the battle

    [F]
Verse sixteen - They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
            [1] Verse sixteen says the same thing as Verse fourteen