John 17:11-19

11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

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

17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Dad’s notes — The Son desires works (v. 6-19)

  1. Keep those given unto Him (v. 11)

  2. That they have His joy (v. 13)

  3. That they be kept from evil (v. 15)

  4. That they be sanctified by truth (v. 17)

In anticipation of the cross (v. 11) Jesus speaks as though it is already accomplished.

 Holy Father (v. 11) – The only place where the Son addresses the Father as Holy, perhaps because only the Holy Father can keep the disciples in an unholy world (1 Peter 1:14-17)

This speaks of the believer’s security (v.11). If they could be lost, then either the Father couldn’t keep them or He told the Son “no.” Christ would have died in vain.

that they may be one (v. 11) — one in fellowship, affection, aim

as We are (v. 11) — an unbreakable, spiritual, divine unity

son of perdition (v. 12) — Judas Iscariot, who was lost, but only so Scripture could be fulfilled. (Psalm 69:25: Psalm 109:8). And Judas didn’t lose his salvation — he never had it.

Why was Judas allowed to be part of the inner circle? Maybe so Christ could taste all our sorrows and/or as proof of Christ’s perfection. Judas was in a position to detect any flaws, but he proclaimed Christ innocent.

My joy (v. 13) — Christ is the author, giver and object of joy (1 John 1:3-4; John 15:11)

Your Word (v. 14) — same as in chapter 1 — Logos

not of this world (v. 14) — without this world’s guiding principles — lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life — therefore, He was holy. Our old natures are of the world, but we are given a new nature not of this world (1 John 3:19).

We are left on the earth 1) for our own sake so we can experience suffering and know our own sinfulness and thereby appreciate Christ more, and 2) so we can testify of Him for the world’s sake (2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 6:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:3).

keep them from the evil one (v. 15) — Satan. This isn’t referring to suffering and temptation.

sanctify (v. 17) — made saints, set apart — practical sanctification — a life of separation from the world, made possible by the truth of the Word.

The disciples were sanctified for their mission to the world (v. 18)

I sanctify Myself (v. 19) — His glorification leads us to sanctification until finally, at our own glorification, we will be like Him.

Our identity with Christ

  • life (v. 2)

  • unity (v. 11)

  • separation (v. 14)

  • mission (v. 18)

  • fellowship (v. 21)

  • glory (v. 22)

  • love (v. 23)

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