THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
LESSON FORTY-THREE

John 17:17-19

    [A] Verse seventeen - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
            [1] Sanctify them.
                    [a] What does the word sanctify mean?
                            [1-a] It means to render pure
                            [2-a] It means to cleanse from sins
                    [b] Jesus prayed that the Father would cleanse his disciples and make them pure
                    [c] Sanctification in the heart of a Christian is progressive.
                            [1-a] It consists of becoming more like God and less attached to the world;
                            [2-a] It has to do with in his getting control over evil thoughts, passions, and our impure desires;
                            [3-a] It has to do with becoming weaned from earthly objects, and attached to things which are
                                    unseen and eternal.
            [2] The mode of cleansing was to be through God’s word which is truth
                    [a] When Jesus was on trial in front of Pilot, Pilot asked him, What is truth? That is the question I have for
                            you today, What is truth?
                            [1-a] Truth is defined as  
                                    [a-1] TRUTHFULNESS : HONESTY
                                    [b-1] The real state of things  : FACT
                                    [c-1] The body of real events or facts  : ACTUALITY
                                    [d-1] A true or accepted statement or proposition  “the truths of Science”
                                    [e-1] An agreement with fact or reality  : CORRECTNESS
                                    [f-1] My bible dictionary says that truth is that which is opposed to falsehood.
                                    [g-1] Jesus said that he was truth
                            [2-a] What is truth?
            [b] The Word of God was the truth with which Jesus asked God to cleanse the disciples
                            [1-a] How does the word of God cleanse a person, and sanctify them?
                            [2-a] How do we know that the word of God is true?
                            [3-a] What makes you think that the bible we read is the correct word and the Koran and other
                                    religions bibles are not?

    [B]
Verse eighteen -  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
            [1] God sent Jesus into the world for a special purpose
                    [a] What was that purpose?
                    [b] Did he fulfill all that he was supposed to do?
            [2] Jesus sent his disciples into the world on a special mission
                    [a] What was their mission?
                    [b] Did they fulfill all that they were supposed to do?
            [3] As disciples of Jesus, we are sent into the world as well
                    [a] What is our mission?
                    [b] Are we fulfilling it?

    [C]
Verse nineteen - And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
            [1] Jesus said “I sanctify myself.”
                    [a] Did Jesus need to be sanctified?        
                    [b] What does this mean?
                            [1-a] Jesus consecrated himself exclusively to the service of God.
                            [2-a] The word sanctify here is not mean as personal sanctification, for Christ had no sin,
                            [3-a] What it means is Christ set himself apart entirely to the work of redemption.
            [2] That they also might be sanctified through the truth.
                    [a] That they would have an example to follow
                    [b] That they might be made pure by what I am doing

John 17:20-23

    [A] Verse twenty - Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
            [1] Neither pray I for these alone,
                    [a] Up to this point in his prayer, Jesus has been praying for his disciples,
                    [b] At this point, Jesus begins praying for all who believe the words that the Apostles preach about him.
                            [1-a] All who would be converted under their preaching
                            [2-a] All who accept in faith that Jesus is the son of God
                            [3-a] All who accept Jesus as their savior
                            [4-a] All who become followers, (disciples) of Jesus.
                    [c] It is at this point that Jesus begins praying for you and I, the future disciples.
                            [1-a] Because we are followers of Christ, we can reflect on the fact that we were remembered in
                                    prayer by the one who God hears always.
                            [2-a] We value the prayers of our pious friends. How much more should we value this prayer made
                                    for us by the Son of God?
            [2] Those who believe in me through the word of the Apostles
                    [a] Everything we know about Jesus was delivered to us through the Apostles
                    [b] It was to them that the Holy Spirit gave inspiration to write the bible
                    [c] The only factual evidence of Jesus existing comes to us through them

    [B]
Verse twenty-one -  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.
            [1] That all may be one.
                    [a] The all may be united as brethren.
                    [b] That all may know that Christians are redeemed by the same blood, and are all going to the same
                            heaven.
                    [c] As Christians we are to have the same wants, the same enemies, and the same joys.
                    [d] Even though we are divided into different denominations, the true believers will all be together in the
                            glory of heaven some glad day.  
                    [e] Even though we are different denominations, we all belong to the same family, and are all children of
                            the same God.
                    [f] Question
                            [1-a] I wonder what Christ must think when he looks down at us, and sees so many different beliefs
                                    and so many different ideas floating around?        
                            [2-a] I wonder what he must feel when he sees the different denominations, thinking they are the
                                    only ones that are going to make it?
                            [3-a] For that matter, I wonder what he thinks when he sees the distention within the body of
                                    believers, with people hating each other even in the same congregation?                
            [2] We are to be one even as Jesus and the Father are one.
                    [a] Questions
                            [1-a] Are we one with each other?
                            [2-a] What is the problem with us?
                            [3-a] Why do we have fighting and trouble in the church among so called believers?
                            [4-a] What can we do to change this?
                    [b] To be as Christ and the Father would mean to be as one with each other
                    [c] That they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
                            [1-a] We are to be one with each other, so that we can be on with God
                                    [a-1] What this implies is when we are not one with each other, we are not one with God
                                    [b-1] Maybe this is why there are so many congregations struggling
                                    [c-1] Maybe this is why there seems to be no Spirit in so many Churches today
                            [2-a] When we are at one with each other, and one with Christ, we are showing the world that God
                                    sent Jesus.
                                    [a-1] Remember what Jesus said, he told the disciples to love one another so that all men would
                                            know that the were his disciples
                            [3-a] As a disciple we must:
                                    [a-1] Love Jesus
                                    [b-1] Love God
                                    [c-1] Love one another
                                    [d-1] Be at one with each other
                                    [e-1] Separate ourselves from the world
                                    [f-1] Be in tune with other believers regardless of their denomination, as long as they are
                                            believers in Jesus and teaching the truth.

    [C]
Verse twenty-two - And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we
            are one:
            [1] And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them
                    [a] The honour which God conferred on Jesus
                    [b] That same honor he is giving his disciples
                            [1-a] Jesus the Son of God is sharing everything he has
                            [2-a] He is the Heir to the throne – yet we will reign with him
                            [3-a] He is the savior of the world – yet he allows us to word for him so that he can word through us.
                            [4-a] He reigns with the Father – we will reign with him
                            [5-a] The honor that was bestowed on him – he bestows on us
            [2] That they may be one, even as we are one:
                            [1-a] There is not more honor bestowed on one than there in on another
                            [2-a] In the kingdom, of God we are all equal
                            [3-a] There is no room for jealousy in our hearts
                            [4-a] You have the same honor as I
                            [5-a] I have the same honor as you
                            [6-a] Because we are all equal and all have the same honor, we should be able to live and act as
                                    one, even as Christ and the Father act as one

    [D]
Verse twenty-three 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.
            [1] Jesus is in us, and the father is in him, that allows us to have direct access to the Father
                    [a] Again, this is a way for us all to be equal – I have no more power, or no more of an access to God than
                            any of you
                    [b] In the eyes of God, all believers in Christ are his children.
                    [c] When he looks at the world, he only sees the lost and the saved – he does not see Denominations –
                            the way we dress, or the way we worship
            [2] That they may be made perfect in one;
                    [a] Christ did all these things so that his followers would have a perfect union and so their union could be
                            complete.  
                    [b] He desired that there be no discord, or contention.  
                            [1-a] A machine is perfect or complete when it has all its parts and is in good Order. When it is thus,
                                    it runs in good order and produces much goods, [2-a] When Christians are in union together
                                    much work for God can be completed.
                                    [a-1] This is one of the big problems we are faced with today – instead of working together
                                            trying to save souls we are in competition for church members
                                    [b-1] Instead of working together and trying to fill all the churches we are striving to build one
                                            church and have enough people to build a bigger building
                                    [c-1] Instead of working together to save the lost, we are driving them away, with our fighting
                                            and bickering amongst ourselves

John 17:24-26

    [A] Verse twenty-four – 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.
            [1] I will
                    [a] This expression, though it commonly denotes command, is used here as a desire.
                    [b] Jesus used it the same way we use if it is thy will, in a prayer
                    [c] It was the custom of Jesus to use language of command when he was addressing God.
                    [d] This type of prayer is used to express a strong and earnest desire, such as when praying for
                            something that we do not want denied,
            [2] I will that they also, whom thou hast given me,
                    [a] Here Jesus is continuing his prayer for all believers.
                    [b] It was his will and his hope that all believers would someday be where he would soon be in heaven with
                            the father        
            [3] Be with me where I am
                    [a] Christ is going back to heaven very soon back to the bosom of his Father
                    [b] He will be in heaven, and desires that his followers be there with him
                    [c] This answers the question as to where the soul goes when the body dies – it goes where Jesus is,in
                             the bosom of his father.
            [4] That they may behold my glory
                    [a] All the things that we  have been taught about Jesus and heaven
                    [b] All the things we are waiting to experience there
                    [c] The Glory of Christ and God Almighty, are those things that Christ wants us to see because he loves
                            us        
            [5] That they may behold my glory which thou hast given me
                    [a] Everything the Father had, he gave to the son
            [6] Before the foundations of the earth
                    [a] Christ who was with the father before the creation
                    [b] Christ who formed everything with his own hands
                    [c] Christ the only begotten son of the Father received his glory before the world ever existed – now he is
                            about to return to heaven and have it reinstated to him
    
    [B]
Verse twenty-five - O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have
            known that thou hast sent me.
            [1] What a sad statement for Jesus to have to make
                    [a] The world whom God created, did not even know him who created them
                    [b] Even though he had sent his only begotten son into the world to point them to him, the world still did
                            not know the Father
                    [c] Even those who professed to know him, had only a distorted view of him
                    [d] Unfortunately the same holds true today
                            [1-a] Those who profess to know God, has mixed the things of the world and religion together, to the
                                    point that their beliefs are corrupted and distorted
                            [2-a] Few recognize the voice of the good shepherd
                            [3-a] Few are actively preaching to the lost
                            [4-a] Few believe the bible is the word of God
                            [5-a] Few can be considered true followers of Jesus
            [2] The good thing was that Jesus knew the Father and the father knew him
            [3] Secondly, those who followed him, his disciples knew the Father as well                

    [C]
Verse twenty-six - 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.        
            [1] And I have declared unto them thy name
                    [a] Jesus spent the last three years of his life proclaiming God to his twelve disciples
                    [b] He proclaimed him through example to them
                    [c] He showed him to them through this own actions
                    [d] He told them about him
            [2] And will declare it
                    [a] Even though Christ is about to die, and about to return to heaven he will still proclaim the name of God
                            [1-a] Through the apostles empowered by the Holy Spirit, Christ proclaimed God.
                            [2-a] Through the true believers of today empowered by the Holy Spirit, Christ is still proclaiming
                                    Gods name
            [3] That the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
                    [a] Jesus is expressing a desire to God that he love Christ’s followers even as he loved Him.
                    [b] God would be able to express that love through Jesus, because Jesus would be in each of his
                            followers by the power of the Holy Spirit.