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Lesson # John 17:1-5
Study Material - John 17:1-5
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1 These words [tauta] spake [laleo] Jesus [Iesous] , and [kai] lifted up [epairo] his [autos] eyes [ophthalmos] to [eis] heaven [ouranos] , and [kai] said [epo] , Father [pater] , the hour [hora] is come [erchomai] ; glorify [doxazo] thy [sou] Son [huios] , that [hina] thy [sou] Son [huios] also [kai] may glorify [doxazo] thee [se] :
2 As [kathos] thou hast given [didomi] him [autos] power [exousia] over all [pas] flesh [sarx] , that [hina] he should give [didomi] eternal [aionios] life [zoe] to [hos] as many as [pas] [autos] thou hast given [didomi] him [autos] .
3 And [de] this [houtos] is [esti] life [zoe] eternal [aionios] , that [hina] they might know [ginosko] thee [se] the only [monos] true [alethinos] God [theos] , and [kai] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] , whom [hos] thou hast sent [apostello] .
4 I [ego] have glorified [doxazo] thee [se] on [epi] the earth [ge] : I have finished [teleioo] the work [ergon] which [hos] thou gavest [didomi] me [moi] to [hina] do [poieo] .
5 And [kai] now [nun] , O Father [pater] , glorify [doxazo] thou [su] me [me] with [para] thine own self [seautou] with the glory [doxa] which [hos] I had [echo] with [para] thee [soi] before [pro] the world [kosmos] was [einai] . KJV-Interlinear
1 These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, 'Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee, 2 even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life. 3 'And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. 4 'I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do. 5 'And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was. NASB
This entire chapter is Jesus' prayer first regarding himself, then a prayer for believers, and then for all of humanity.
He states that His time is now come. We know that Judas is simultaneously meeting with the chief priests and they are making their arrangements for going out and making the arrest of Jesus. They have been negotiating, paying Judas, issuing the orders for the arrest of Jesus, and getting ready to move out toward the Garden where the betrayal and arrest will actually be made.
In contrast Jesus has been giving instructions to the apostles, and preparing them for what is about to take place. Knowing that they would fail horribly in their decisions and actions they would take in the coming hours, He still knows that they will recover and advance successfully in their lives.
The time has come when the Plan of God will be fulfilled in this next increment of the angelic conflict. The Father designed and plan, and the Son will execute it. Both receiving the appropriate glory for the fulfillment of the plan just as it had been laid out in eternity past.
Jesus Christ has been given authority over all of creation and even in heaven. He has power, dominion, and authority to carry out His will. He has the right to rule and to judge. He has the authority to lay His own life down, and to take it up again, and to give anyone who believes in Him, eternal life.
Now the next few paragraphs have sexual implications, so if you are shallow and do not like the language, then you need to grow up or get something else to read.
And all of this is to give mankind the opportunity to 'know' God, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, the one whom God sent to do the work of the divine plan. Note that here the word for 'to know' 'ginosko' is one that carries a very intimate sexual connotation. It is used in the Old Testament in its Hebrew form 'to know' or 'to have union' as in the relationship between a man and a woman in its most passionate form.
This is the type of relationship that we are commanded to have with God. That is, when we strongly desire to grow up spiritually, then the Bible doctrine which we take into our soul is taking the most important aspect of Gods essence right into our very being - into our soul. Making it our most important and prized possession, His Word within us. The passion is the genuine and aching desire to want more, to get closer, to know, to understand, to possess, to become a part of, that which God gives to us, freely.
We, believers, are the feminine form of this relationship. We are the soul receptacle for receiving His Word. He is the masculine form, the insertion via the Holy Spirit of His Word into our soul. We lay aside our defenses and receive Him openly, surrendering ourselves entirely to His authority and command.
The combination of His word in our soul brings us to a form of completion. Whereas without His word in us, we are incomplete, a mere fragment of our being. The intent or objective for everyone is to bring them to a point of completion by advancing to spiritual maturity. The last component of completion will be the replacement of the physical body with a resurrection body which will live forever into eternity.
The Father and the Son have an inseparable relationship, an inseparable plan. There is only one God, one plan, one truth. The Father planned everything, and the Son executed all of the details of that plan. Jesus Christ came to earth and did that which was necessary to save mankind.
This theme is repeated throughout these five verses in order to make it very clear that there is no other philosophy, no other plan, no other alternative to which man can look or hope, for something better in their lives.
Verse five sums it all up. Jesus Christ possessed glory in eternity past, before anything in creation existed. That glory was perfect and complete, lacking nothing in its essence. However, when human history was unveiled, then Christ's glory was veiled. It was veiled within a cloud, within a tabernacle, within a human body that was not necessarily exceptional in appearance such that anyone would take notice of Him.
Even after the resurrection, He still appeared in His human body complete with the pierced hole in His side. Then He ascended to heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father, but is not yet visible to the nations here on earth. That time will come at the Second Advent. All of this will come to pass in due course.
Christ's glory is not dependent on our viewing it, however. He has been perfect forever and has never lost His state of perfection, save those three hours on the Cross, but that work in no way diminished His glory, which is eternal, but served to reinforce it in our behalf.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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