John 17:1-24 - A Study of Jesus' Prayer - 

Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify YOU: 

 
Jesus came to glorify Father, not Himself... He came to lead us to our Father... to reconcile us to our Father according to Father's will, Father having sent HIM to do so ... giving us the ministry of reconciliation. (please read 2 Cor 5:18 below).  As a child of God... through being born of His Spirit, Father glorifies us ... that we may glorify HIM and His Son through our union.

Jesus prayed: Father, the hour is come; glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify YOU: As You have given me power over all flesh, that I should give eternal life to as many as You have given me.  And this is life eternal, that they might know YOU, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom YOU sent

Jesus continued: I have glorified YOU on the earth:
 
Jesus never came to place emphasis on HimSelf, so we would worship Him... it was His desire to do His Father's will, that we honor His/our Father first, (please read John 4:24 and John 4:34 below)) He said when we see HIM we see our Father. (please see John 8:19, 8:55 and John 14:7, 14:9 below). To know Jesus... is to know Father!

Jesus continued: I have finished the work which YOU gave me to do.  So Father, glorify me with Your Spirit/Self ... with the glory which comes from YOU and which I shared with YOU before the world was.
 
When Father spoke as recorded in Mat 3:13-17 (you can read this scripture below), He acknowledged Jesus as HIS SON, in Whom HE is well pleased.
 
Jesus affirms this as He continued: I have manifested YOUR NAME, all which represents Your will, Your nature, Who You are, Who I am as Your son/offspring, in whom You are well pleased. I have manifested Your Name to those YOU gave me to be sanctified for such: Yours they were, and YOU gave them to me as part of the fulfillment of Your redemptive plan; and they have kept Your word, please preserve them when I leave this world. They were given the faith to believe, and act upon that which was alive in them, not only for the sake of those of this generation but for those in generations to come.

Jesus continued: Now they have known that all things whatsoever YOU have given me are of YOU.  For I have given them the words YOU gave me to speak; and they have received and have known through Your revelation knowledge imparted into them, surely that I came out from You; I am Your offspring, I reflect Your nature and will by who I am being through our union!   Thus they have believed that You indeed send me

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for those who YOU have given me; for they are Yours. And all mine are Yours, and Yours are mine for we are one in spirit and truth; and I am glorified in them, through that which has been imparted and revealed as truth

And now I am no more in the world for my time to return to You has come, but these are in the world. Holy Father keep through Your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one, as we are one

We are created to be one with the nature/will of Creator God/our Father... manifesting to the world the family of God, like Jesus Christ represents the Name/nature of our heavenly Father... because His will/Spirit/words dwell/abides within us revealing HIS truth, according to HIS unfolding plan.... and before Jesus goes to the Father to sit at His right Hand ruling and reigning as King and Priest, living to intercede for us/through us, as we too have been seated with Jesus in Heavenly places, as Kings and Priests, through the works of Calvary, Jesus is asking Father to continue to keep us in HIS Own Name... and continues to do so inspiring many to stand in faith even today (please see Eph 1:15-23, Eph 2:4-10, Heb 12:2, Heb 1:15, Rom 8:34 below for scripture references) It is Father God in/with Christ, within us today, Who ever lives to intercede for/through us! (For we are no longer at war with HIM or His intention.)

Jesus continues: While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your Name: Thus... the name and Gospel of Jesus is the name and Gospel of His/Our  God and Father. (please consider Rom 1:1, Rom 1:16, Rom 15:16, 1 Pet 4:7 below)

Jesus continues: Those that You gave me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; (Judas: please cross reference Psalm 41:9 with John 13:8-21, (especially vs. 18) and Matthew 26:2-24 for further insight) that scripture be fulfilled as prophesied in days of old. I come to You now; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them YOUR word; (Jesus is the word of God made flesh, who dwelt among mankind, but those of the world did not recognize Father, although those ordained recognized Father's word in Him, manifested through Him, that Father sent Him. Please consider John 1:10 and John 1:14 below) and those of the world have hated those You gave Me, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I am of one mind with You and not one mind with those of the world, for I am in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  I pray not that You should take them out of the world, but that You would keep them from evil. They are not of the world but are of You, even as I am not of the world, but of You.  Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth. Father's word fulfilled/revealed/acted upon/spoken through Christ and His Spirit filled/controlled disciples today, imparts life and truth.

As You have sent Me into the world, even so I also sent them into the world with the power You give Me to impart.  And for their sakes I sanctify MySelf, that they also might be sanctified through Your truth. 

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also (us) who shall believe on Me through their word/testimony/actions in days to come;  That they all may be one; as YOU, Father are in me, and I in YOU, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that YOU sent me.... through Your word becoming flesh in them, through the union/witness of our Spirit in them.  

As a fulfillment to this... I believe it has been revealed to me, very soon the eyes of the world will be open to HIS truth like never before, exposing lies, bringing about the greatest spiritual renaissance since Pentecost ... as believers become one through the Spirit of unity/truth, having been conformed to the image of Christ, in due season, revealing to those of the world, we are HIS... we are of His Spirit .... we are in the Spirit and not in the flesh. (Please read Romans 8:9-14 below).

Jesus continues: And the glory which YOU gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and YOU in Me, that they may be made perfect in one/unity; and that the world may know that YOU sent me, and have loved them, as YOU have loved me.  (please consider John 16:27 below)

Father, I will that they also, whom YOU have given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which You have given Me: for YOU loved Me before the foundation of the world. (please read Eph 2:4-10 again, to see one of the ways you are with Jesus in Spirit and truth and thus can behold His glory/within, can be aware of His abiding Presence)

Thank you for considering this study on John 17 and for taking the time to read it! 

Scripture References:
And all things [are] of God, Who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV
God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship [Him] (Father) in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24 KJV

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.
John 4:34 KJV
Then said they unto Him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
John 8:19 KJV

 

 

Yet ye have not known Him; but I know Him: and if I should say, I know Him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep His saying.
John 8:55 KJV

 

 

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.
John 14:7 KJV

 

 

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?
John 14:9 KJV
Note:  in the above Scriptures, Jesus is comparing HimSelf to Father as One who is one with their Father's nature/Spirit/will/power... because they are HIS Offspring, of HIS DNA, sent in HIS name)
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Matthew 3:13-17 KJV

Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saintsCease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Father):  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His (Father's) calling, and what the riches of the glory of His (Father's) inheritance in the saints (through Christ, whom He sent),  And what [is] the exceeding greatness of His (Father's) power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His (Father's) mighty power, Which He wrought in Christ, when He (Father) raised Him from the dead, and set [Him] at His own (Father's) right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And (Father) hath put all [things] under His feet, and gave Him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church,  Which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.
Ephesians 1:15-23 KJV

Note: when I was born of the Spirit of God in 1978, I was led to pray this prayer and the one in Eph 3:14-21 for myself, and later for the family of God... as I recognized Jesus in me living to intercede before our Father in our behalf. If you have not already done so... please consider praying this prayer before our Father and His son.

But (Father) God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ JesusThat in the ages to come He (Father) might shew the exceeding riches of His (Father's)  grace in [His] (Father's) kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of (Father) GodNot of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His  (Father's) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which (Father) God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:4-10 KJV

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 KJV



 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Hebrews 1:13 KJV


 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Romans 8:34 KJV

Note:  It is Father God in/with Christ who makes intercession for us, the two having become one!

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Romans 1:1 KJV

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16 KJV

That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Romans 15:16 KJV



 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1 Peter 4:17 KJV

He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.
John 1:10 KJV



And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten (offspring) of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 KJV

Note: Suggest you read all of John 1, asking the Holy Spirit for Father's discernment.

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.  And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:9-14 KJV



For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
John 16:27 KJV




These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.  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.  Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 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. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.  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].  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. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 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.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 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. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  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. 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.
John 17:1-24 KJV

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