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John 17


 1 These (1) things spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, (2) Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee,


(1) Jesus Christ the everlasting high Priest being ready straightways to offer up himself, doth by solemn prayers consecrate himself to God the Father as a sacrifice, and us together with himself. Therefore this prayer was from the beginning, is, and shall be to the end of the world, the foundation and ground of the Church of God.
(2) He first declareth, that as he came into the world to the end that the Father might shew in him, being apprehended by faith, his glory in saving his elect, so he applied himself to that only, and therefore desireth of the Father, that he would bless the work which he hath finished.


 2  (*) As thou hast given him (♣) power over (a) all flesh, that he should give eternal life to all (♠) them that thou hast given him.


(*) Matthew 28:18 .

(♣) Christ hath all rule and dominion over men.

(a) Over all men.

(♠) Which are the elect.


 3 And this is life eternal, that they know thee to be the (b) only very God, and whom thou hast sent, Jesus (*) Christ.


(b) He calleth the Father the only very God, to set him against all false gods, and not to shut out himself and the holy Ghost, for straightways he joineth the knowledge of the Father and the knowledge of himself together, and according to his accustomed manner, setteth forth the whole Godhead in the person of the father; So is the Father alone said to be King, immortal wise, and dwelling in light which no man can attain unto, invisible, Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 1:17 .

(*) That is, that they acknowledge both the Father, and the Son to be very God.


 4 I have (*) glorified thee on the earth, I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.


(*) As well by doctrine as miracles.


 5 And now glorify me, thou Father, with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.


 6  (3) I have declared thy Name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world; (c) (*) thine they were, and thou (d) gavest them me, and they have kept thy word.


(3) First of all he prayeth for those his disciples, by whom he would have the rest to be gathered together, and commendeth them unto the Father, (having once rejected the whole company of the reprobate) because he received them of him into his custody, and for that they embracing his doctrine, shall have so many and so mighty enemies, that there is no way for them to be in safety, but by his help only.
(c) He sheweth hereby that everlasting election and choice, which was hidden in the good will and pleasure of God, which is the ground work of our salvation.

(*) Our election standeth in the good pleasure of God, which is the only foundation and cause of our salvation, and is declared to us in Christ, through whom we are justified by faith and sanctified, Romans 8:39 .
(d) He sheweth how that everlasting and hidden purpose of God is declared in Christ, by whom we are justified and sanctified, if we lay hold on him by faith, that at length we may come to the glory of the election.


 7  (*) Now they know that all things whatsoever thou hast given me, are of thee.


(*) John 16:27 .


 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 have believed that thou hast sent me.


 9 I pray for them; I pray not for (*) the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.


(*) That is, the reprobate.


 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them.


 11 And now am I no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy Name, even them whom thou hast given me, that they may be (e) (*) one as we are.


(e) He prayeth that his people may peaceably agree and be joined together in one, that as the Godhead is one, so they may be of one mind and one consent together.

(*) That they may be joined in unity of faith and spirit.


 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy Name; those that thou gavest me, have I kept, and none of them is lost, but the (♣) child of perdition, that the (*) Scripture might be fulfilled.


(♣) He was so called, not only for that he perished, but because God had appointed and ordained him to this end, Acts 1:16; Acts 4:27 .

(*) Psalm 109:8 .


 13 And now come I to thee, and these things speak I 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, as I am not of the world.


(*) But are separate by the spirit of regeneration.


 15  (4) I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou keep them from evil.


(4) He sheweth what manner of deliverance he meaneth, not that they should be in no danger, but that they being preserved from all, might prove by experience that the doctrine of salvation is true, which they received at his mouth to deliver to others.


 16 They are not of the world, as I am not of the world.


 17  (f) (*) (♣) Sanctify them with thy truth; thy word is truth.


(f) That is, make them holy; and that is said to be holy, which is dedicated and made proper to God only.

(*) Or, consecrate them to thyself.

(♣) Renew them with thine heavenly grace, that they only may seek thy will.


 18  (5) As thou didst send me into the world, so have I sent them into the world.


(5) He addeth moreover, that the Apostles have a vocation common with him, and therefore that they must be holden up by the selfsame virtue to give up themselves wholly to God, whereby he being first, did consecrate himself to the Father.


 19 And for their sakes sanctify I myself, that they also may be (*) sanctified through the (g) truth.


(*) Which thing declareth that Christís holiness is ours.

(g) The true and substantial sanctification of Christ, is set against the outward purifyings.


 20  (6) I pray not for these alone, but for them also which shall believe in me, through their word,


(6) Secondly he offereth to God the Father, all his, that is, how many so ever shall believe in him by the doctrine of the Apostles; that as he cleaveth unto the Father receiving from him all fullness, so they being joined with him, may receive life from him, and at length being together beloved in him, may also with him enjoy everlasting glory.


 21 That they all may be one, as thou, O Father, art in me, and I in thee, even that they may be also one in us, that the (*) world may believe that thou hast sent me.


(*) That the infidels may by experience be convicted to confess my glory.


 22 And the glory that thou gavest me, I (*) have given them, that they may be one, as we are one,


(*) I have shewed them the example and patron of perfect felicity.


 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.


 24  (*) Father, I will that they which thou hast given me, be (♣) with me even where I am, that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me, for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.


(*) John 12:26 .

(♣) That they may profit, and grow up in such sort that in the end they may enjoy the eternal glory with me.


 25 O righteous Father, the world also hath not known thee, but I have known thee, and these have known, that thou hast sent me.


 26  (7) 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.


(7) He communicateth with his by little and little, the knowledge of the Father, which is most full in Christ the Mediator, that they may in him be beloved of the Father, with the selfsame love wherewith he loveth the Son.

(*) For without him we cannot comprehend the love wherewith God loveth us.



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