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Christian Lifehacks 3: Jesus

Eric Nelson


Eric Nelson

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga



  • February 1, 2014
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the physiology here before we start our message for this afternoon when we review little bit about what we've learned so far this weekend in this weekend I'm Shane Christian life things to make the Christian life easier or effective and hopefully will be helpful to you as they have been to me our first meeting Friday night I shared two different life at the first one was what not to do what was that love not the world I was what not to do don't let the world and what was what we were supposed to do how the love of the father in our hearts and John chapter two fifteen through seventeen shared the message that we should love the world and we talked nothing practical ways that well made we do love the world Jesus Costello this morning at as an almost eleven o'clock hour we talked about letting the first one was what to do what we're supposed to do give thanks how often all the time for you for everything that's right you think all the time for everything and that's harder than you might think as I look over this room you know there's a lot of things in probably each one of our life that is difficult to give thanks for you know but that's the command of God give me all the time for everything and in what were we not supposed to do don't worry don't be anxious be anxious for what nothing don't be anxious anytime for anything so to complete opposites this afternoon were going to share one more like only one from John chapter seventeen my goal is afternoon is not only to share that one life hacks who were going to paint the bigger picture I'm extremely excited about this message because I believe John seventeen is one of those chapters that all of us need to understand better I know that I want to understand it better and so were going to try to make it through the entire chapter straight before we do why don't we our heads for prayer I like the buyer has apparently dear God I ask that the Holy Spirit will be present here this is an important message an important chapter for the prayers that you prayed for us gathered right here now I ask that the Bible will speak and that as we read through these verses of this prayer each person here will learn something new about Jesus something new about ourselves and hopefully something that will make the Christian walk easier I pray these things in Christ's name and John seventeen is an important chapter this is from a wonderful book called the eighth volume of the testimonies and I put it up on the screen there you can follow along the instruction given me by one of authority is that we are to learn to the answer to prayer recorded in the seventeenth chapter of John we hear to make this prayer are what our first study important something we should study first every gospel minister every medical missionary learning medical missionaries in the crowd today and are not just talking medical students either every gospel minister every medical missionary is to learn the science of this prayer prayers of science in the spring specifically my brethren and sisters I ask you to heed these words and to bring to your study a call humble contrite spirit and the healthy energies of a mind under the control of God those who fail to learn the lessons contained in this prayer are in danger of making one-sided developments which no future training will ever fully correct fascinating paragraph John seventeen is worked and I hope that we'll all learn more about it your estate today so again were going to focus only on one lifetime this afternoon I'll pointed out when we get there but my goal is to paint a big picture of Johnson scenes I want all of you to be able to read John seventeen in the future and understand the outline of the entire chapter John seventeen has a lot of good information in fact the careful study John seventeen thousand justification talk about sanctification talk about glorification unity you although Johnson is not about unity talk about perfection John seventeen talks about the great controversy prayer how to have a relationship with God and many other huge concepts all of which we could spend the entire sermon series on so I apologize in advance if you're the kind of person that likes picking one thing and studying it very carefully this presentation maybe a little bit frustrating for you because our goal is to paint the big picture and that's what were going to do were going to study the entire chapter verse by verse but I'll be skipping over a lot of excellent information and I realize that I'm sorry I apologize in advance what I like to do with the setting is something we don't do very often as a church family and I would like to read scripture together what I've done on the screen is simply puts the passages every single passage from John seventeen on the screen and I might almost read together help save my wife and I think there's some value to corporately reading Scripture together so I forwarded it let's reverse one these words say cheese and lifted up his eyes to heaven and said father the hour is come glorify thy son that I find also may glorify the meeting importance a libel in contact it is an especially true when the Bible itself called attention to the context it's fascinating to me that this passage the prayer of Christ in John seventeen which as many of you know the call for unity in several places comes in a very specific context if you look at John chapter sixteen the end of the chapter Jesus has just told the disciples about what's going to happen to them and are they can be unified no infected and he scattered Jews tell them you're all that I know this way that way in a you don't believe me there could be scattered that's fascinating to me there's a couple of things remembered at least one of them is that this prayer of Christ is prophetic it's not looking it only if the immediate circumstances the crisis facing that he is looking to the future there's a few interesting lessons from this verse as well that I invite you to study further that is less about prayer how well positioned as Jesus and when he's praying is not instead he just walking by the way were the disciples of the team and not only that he lifted outside the heaven the others at least seven different positions of prayer that you've I was playing in the Gospels and of the very fascinating study I invite you to a study that further the rest of this verse were going to study along with verse five let go on verse two is ready as thou hast given him power over all flesh that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him what you think the keyword is in the if the glory of God to give were told by the spirit of prophecy and perhaps the ultimate expression of what God can give is to give eternal life mean what greater gift could God did someone put an eternity of bliss the first part of this verse is a mechanism whereby Jesus gives eternal life the Seattle numbers that thou hast thou hast given him power over all again were not spent a lot of time studying this but I invite each of you to read Romans chapter eight especially verses one through nine about the word flesh there you'll find that the flesh and spirit are opposites were two young lives were not to live according to the flesh would live according to the spirit the word flesh doesn't only refer to humans it refers to sinful humanity our carnal flesh is frequently translated in this verse tells us that Jesus has power over how much flesh all flesh there are two big salvation concept the first is that God gave Jesus control over his own flesh Jesus was the perfect human and because of that he was able to be the perfect sacrifice for you and I but not only that God has given Jesus control over your flesh and with your consent Jesus can so identify himself with your thoughts your aim you will be brought into captivity to the will of God that's the message of this person the mechanism both of those things together are the mechanism whereby Jesus brings eternal life verse three reading together and this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent do you see in this verse gives the definition of eternal life I had a patient it UC Davis which is where I did residency who told me that this was his favorite verse he was facing a a likely death in the very near future and he gave me some information about this first I thought was interesting I like to share with you this was his reasoning processes he read this verse the source of the definition of eternal life is what to know God and he said as he thought about it he said you know to know God is to love him and I think that's true Jesus said I finally lifted up will draw all men unto me as we truly know God as we learn more about him were led to love him more and more a week and he said you know to love God is to serve him I think that's true too Jesus said if you love me keep my commandments you truly love God will serve him and I haven't thought about the end to this he said to serve God is to legalize him because God is a God service as God leads us into such a love relationship with him that we serve God with all of our heart and we serve others the same way God would have us that is to be like God and that is the essence of eternal life heaven can begin here and of course continue in the hereafter verse four I have glorified thee on the earth I have finished the work which thou hast given me to do is give Raven 's birthright using a related or unrelated obviously I think your related carbon about the question in the question is how did Jesus glorify God the answer according to this verse by finishing the work that you must do if I have questioned how are you to glorify God we think the answer is the same answer don't you think it's like finishing the work that God gives us to do now notice in the finishing of the work that brings glory to God now I think it's true that each one of us as we surrender our lives to God and glorify God all the way along but Jesus said if the bringing to completion the perfecting that finishing of the work that brings most glory to God and what was Jesus referring to the late in this immediate context Jesus was looking at the La Crosse Garden of Gethsemane where he did say it is finished verse five very similar verse one one three together and now owe father glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with the before the world was very similar to verse one and both of these verses are similar to John twelve twenty eight and you probably Artie know you've heard the idea that God 's glory is his is his character now and Jesus is asking that God will glorify himself through Christ and God will give Christ in glory this afternoon I want you or this evening I watched or read John twelve twenty eight two thirty three and John sixteen thirty two through thirty three convince yourself for what I'm about to tell you is true Jesus prayer for glory in this context Jesus prayer that God 's character would be more fully knowing in this context is referring to the event immediately to follow Jesus is talking about the events of the garden of the seventy and the cross because truly that is the spot where God 's character was fully known see can reach on twelve twenty eight two thirty three and the end of John chapter sixteen and see what event prices referring to when he talks about his glory here at the end of his ministry what fun right now because again what were going to be doing is building a big picture of John chapter seventeen big picture verses one through five are talking about Jesus talk about his own ministry if you read those verses he's talking about himself the work is finished etc. I'm going to be building the summary as we go through verse six oh three together I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world they were and now gavest them the end they had kept thy word you see were transitioning to a different subject now were we talking about the disciples that's right and this is as good a place as any to discuss a central theme of John seventeen and that the idea that God gave certain people to Christ you see that inverse is several times it also said that back in verse two it mentioned that several times in verse nine through twelve verse twenty four and a few others allude to it it sounds like only some people are shares in the grace of God government can you see how someone would remember something predestination but let's examine a little bit more closely now it does seem based on this verse with a certain group of people were predestined by God to be Christ's disciples think that might be a fair statement does that mean that they were all automatically fabled verse twelve with his first welcome about imagine someone who was saying it was part of that group doesn't mean that everybody else who wasn't part of his group with lots no certainly not in fact Christ tells the disciples what their job is what it does mean is that God shows a specific group of people to receive an extra manifestation of his character and you know God is always done that through history now we think of Noah Abraham the children of Israel Judah the disciples and you think of my picture again today you know according revelation is a certain group of people who receive an extra manifestation of the glory of God they understand his character more and their role in turn is to tell it to the world verse seven eight were written together now they have no one that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of the four I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me and they have received them and have no one surely that I came out from the end they have believed that thou didst send me notice there's parallel construction here in fact John seventeen has at least four chiasm that I've been able to find a show you at least one of them coming up here here's a parallel construction you see how the disciples are kept my word and they've given our word and that they receive some understanding based on that Jesus is emphasizing the fact that there is a prerequisite to understand the close connection between earthly things and heavenly things and you ever run across someone that you're trying to witness to the new trying to reach them and they just don't seem to get it they just don't seem to understand that there's any greater reality out there that is a healthy spiritual things they just don't seem to understand and it's tough to reach them these verses explain why there is a prerequisite to understanding the things and what is that well keeping Christ's word and receiving Christ's word in a word and obedience this agrees with what appears that in acts chapter five verse thirty two the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God and why would God give information to someone who would make good use of it why would God want to share information with someone that would simply increase the misery in the lake of fire cognizant like that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God Burstein and ten I pray for them I pray not for the world but for them which thou hast given me for they are sign an online Irvine and thine are mine and I am glorified in them how is Christ glorified and his disciples well we talked about a few verses back the same way that God was glorified in Christ it says we manifest the character of Christ that we bring glory to him understanding how our character can give glory to Jesus makes sense of the following quotation this is not the fired ages page seventy one this is chapter seventy three if the chapter discussing prayer in John chapter seventeen the honor of God the honor of Christ is involved in the perfection of the character of his people I highly recommend that all of you read chapter seventy three that goes over this prayer in John seventeen so right again taking a step back the first five verses talked about Jesus Jesus talked about his own ministry the next five verses Jesus is talk predominantly about the disciples and their ministry verse eleven in the first part of thirteen ready and now I am no more in the world but these are in the world of the city holy father he through thine own name those who now has given me that they may be one as we are well I was with them in the world I kept them in my name those without Davis me I have had and none of them is lost but the son of perdition that the Scripture might be fulfilled and now I to the is the first of those chiasm Steve is now speak of a time of separation where's he going to be going to be with God his disciples will unfortunately still be in this world before this Jesus bore the brunt of Satan assaults against the church and he personally guided and directed the disciples but now that his personal presence is going to be removed he prayed to God himself will keep then that is preserve and defend and sustain human trials and save them from apostasy so summarizing verse eleven through thirteen the first part of the verse Jesus says he is going back to God Jesus ascension we talk about youth ministry the disciples ministry and now Jesus is going back to heaven this is kind of a five note the last part of verse thirteen read with me and the things I see in the world that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves that God wants me happen you know he does and in this verse gives us the answer how to be happy how can you be happy according to disperse what the mechanism of happiness Jesus were these things I speak in the world that they might have my joy filled themselves was probably about a month ago I woke up in the morning and for whatever reason I think Michael my one -year-old will cover the dirty diaper or something like that I changed and it was about four thirty and can go back to sleep and so that particular morning I was able to heal spent quite some time reading the Bible and I think was the next morning I didn't wake up early I kind it was some of you are doing right now and I will call names and as I kind of landmark layoff I can open one eye and as I usually do I pulled on my cell phone it's a helpful those in the deed of assignment I was unaware that I checked my e-mail and from there I think I got on Facebook and was all downhill from there you know someone at sentence nice video of some cap doing some silly thing or you know whatever and so it was probably fifteen twenty minutes I was lying there that is smart phone and then I realized I got again jumped up when the shark and I think I made it out of the house maybe I prayed about the guy spent any time reading God 's word which one of those days you think I was happier now is that the only reason the first day you know what idiots we must be because Jesus tell us exactly how to be happy we don't take them up on it I mean how Duncan human yet but I class myself in that group I want to be happy don't you want to be happy Jesus tells us how to be happy verse fourteen and sixteen I put together this is the second of those chiasm that I told you about what's read them I have given them thy word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world even as I am not of the world they are not of the world even as I am not of the world so the focus of this section is on the hatred of the world for Christ disciples what is the world hate Christ's disciples him or not of the world exactly right we decided to sell you see from this passage that they are not of the world just like Christ was not of the world would you like to listen anything about you in their life Jesus is not wonderful but I that it also means the world is in a hate them it was kind of a side note as well you've all heard the phrase we need to be in the world but not of the world right frequently when people use that phrase what they mean is that we need to become so close to like the world that we can evangelize them in on a mean we need to run out dressed like them we need to eat like them we need to play music in church just like they might be useless and whatever it is we who become close to the world but will still not be of the world right well this is where that phrase comes from DC from this passage hit via the Austin is what Jesus is actually talking about were in the world but not of the world and the world just hate Dusty were not of the world now not saying that we should be purposely weird you could make a study from some of Paul's writings for instance about how to draw close to the world but that is a different phrase to describe because when you say in the world and out of the world you're talking about how the world might hate you because you like Jesus that's where the phrase comes from the verse right in the middle here is first fifteen three verse together I pray not that thou should take them out of the world but that thou should keep them from the evil one now this is a fascinating burst me this thing is fascinating about this verse only happens to times in the entire Bible both of those times are in a prayer by Christ and in fact both of them are in John seventeen how many you've ever prayed like this I like this I mean how many of you have ever got down on your knees and you're praying in your telling Jesus what it is you're not praying for your .net dear God today I'm praying for the president of the United States but I'm not Frank for the Senate or you know whatever it is you're telling God I'm praying for this but I'm not Frankford another thing it ever done that I never have been Jesus does it twice just in this one chapter why would Jesus need to do that why would Jesus need to tell God what it is even not praying for while I think the answer is in the immediate context we just read the verses before and after this and the disciple of Christ as we discussed have achieved something what they've achieved they are so much like Christ that the world hates them as seems only natural that God would come and rescue the Disciples of Christ doesn't seem logical that if the Disciples of Christ are like Christ in the world hates them what must be time to go and bring but Jesus doesn't pray for that in fact he tells God I'm not praying for that because as we'll see in the rest of the prayer there are some things that have to happen first summarizing the first five verses Jesus prayed about his own ministry the next five verses verses six through ten Jesus talked about the disciples in their ministry and then verse eleven through thirteen Jesus goes back to heaven to be with God verse Bobby and the verse thirteen through verse sixteen and if I don't get to go to heaven in fact they stay behind and there is a time of persecution about now in the sermon that those of you who studied Daniel Chapter seven for instance should start the season verse seventeen read with me sanctified them through thy truth thy word is truth this is an incredibly wonderful short bursts Myong father-in-law taught me a very simple way to get a Bible study one time used reverse and then you ask whoever you're siding with some questions based on the verse that they can easily answer and now they get the right answer because they can redirect their scriptures and used a Bible study it's really not that complex but that questions based on this person does Jesus wanted to fight beside just an attack user 's needs for that can people be sanctified in just any old way or another one mechanism that applies to everybody will clearly the latter although maybe the manifestations are different now what is the mechanism of scientific Asian truth is truth God 's truth and what is truth according to this verse God 's word is truth now why is that well I'm sure you offered sermons about this dog word is created our word is descriptive of God 's word is created the Bible says you member Isaiah fifty five eleven it accomplishes that which he says so now obvious example is creation God said let there be light boom years like because God 's word is created even if it wasn't so lonely that it becomes so because God 's word is true for longer study this concept I highly recommend that book lessons on a by Joseph Wagner the entire first half of the book is a long exposition of this concept that God word is truth it's created let me those two thoughts on this verse first the were sanctified to the truth and the second thought is God 's word history so how are we sanctified we are sanctified by exercising faith in the promises of God 's word promises such as James for seventh and make yourselves therefore to God resist the devil and he will flee from you not the promise Jude one twenty four now to him that is able to keep you from falling and present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy Philippians four thirteen I can do how many things all things through Christ which strengthens me know we are sanctified by exercising faith in the promises of God 's word we read this morning first Thessalonians five twenty three and twenty four the very God of peace sanctify you wholly I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless under the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ -based loyalty who calls you also will do it that is a promise of God 's word of God that the books that the Christ outlet put away the thought that the promises of God are not for you they are for you and that is the mechanism of sanctification verse eighteen as thou hast sent me into the world even so have I also sent them into the world this verse is a continuation of the similarities between Christ and his followers and I think it should elevator and he is about Christian witnessing to realize that our ministry is simply a continuation of Christ I haven't heard of and hope for a while barometer make some guesses just based on my short observation here and that is that this is a problem in your church just like it is in my every now and then my church I will have some outreach and you will go door-to-door whatever it is and down trying to reach out from the people in our neighborhood and now even myself I go when I think unable to when I think is important what would it be like if next time out that hope was doing outreach in Jesus Christ himself in the flesh appeared at your podium and you know constant ear and said in a gentle manner and guys this afternoon on go out to the Loma Linda conference doors offer great people try to meet their needs anyone want to go with me would you respond differently if Jesus Christ personally was inviting you to go door-to-door because Frank that's really the way needs that's really the way it's our ministry is simply a continuation of the ministry of Christ in his presence goes with us on those errands verse nineteen and for their sakes I sanctify myself that they also might be sanctified through the truth did Jesus meets expectation it's an amazing truth of Scripture be very careful how you describe this Hebrews five verse eight nine explains this verse speaking of Jesus it says though he were a son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered and being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him the Jesus Christ now never give anyone an idea but did he learn obedience yes he did the exact same way that you and I must learn obedience did you does require sanctification yes he did the same way you and I require sanctification that's an amazing truth of Scripture and being very careful how you described the state but that's an amazing truth to what amazing depth the son of God 's student to be hung our example verse twenty one neither pray I for these alone but for them also which shall believe on me through their word by Gospel of John was as you probably know was written after the other Gospels it was written for a later generation of believers and therefore several verses are included that I think speak each one of us in according this verse Jesus prayed for you are you one of those who have believed based on the word of those who saw know each one of us are Jesus prayed for you and you need individually happily bottomless during this prayer let's summarize again the first five verses Jesus talked about his own ministry the next five verses he talked about the disciples in their ministry then Jesus went back to heaven but the disciples didn't get to go in fact there was a high of persecution versus seventeen through twenty first of all talk a lot about thanked vacation of it and then there is a transition here in verse twenty two later generations of believers keep that in mind as we go forward verse twenty one were getting to the heart of it is that they all may be one as valves father art in me and I in the that they also may be one in that the world may believe that thou hast sent me what is prayer for you I then we would be one now what does it mean to be one must say that we hire some fancy church growth church growth experts often become to admit hoping figure out how it is that you only unify more because Jesus wants this church to be unified well let's let's develop the metrics and will set some goals for him and hope according to this verse what is the measuring stick for the metric by which you decide whether or not you're unifying what the measure of unity in the very unity that exists within the head how unified that is that I hope unified by not measuring stick my church isn't I pray that this church will be looking ahead to verse twenty three the chain is as follows God in Christ and Christ in us and this is the way that unity happens no what's the purpose of unity according to disperse is witnessing Internet the purpose of church unity is witnessing it has nothing to do with decreasing number of arguments on the board meetings although that's helpful the purpose of church unity is so the world will believe something unity is tied to witnessing here we come to our life hack I didn't include the slides on the write-downs on when asked to write down versus if you want to study this further at the question how was God in Christ because this verse tells us that we will be unified if you put this person verse twenty three together the way we need to be unified with each other is to have the exact laneway God was in Christ so ask yourself the question how was God in Christ inheres in verses read right now if you're taking notes John five first thirty John eight verse twenty six and twenty eight John twelve verse fifty John fourteen verse ten most of these verses are probably familiar to you they are the verses where Jesus says I have my own self do nothing as I hear a judge in my judgment is just the words that I speak you are not mine but his that sent me if you put them together Jesus did nothing spoke nothing heard nothing except on express will for him at that moment what about you what about me can we say that is the way Christ 's house it's exactly this way that we are to have Christ within the hope of glory Philippians two verse five Colossians one twenty seven Christ in you the hope of glory this is the mystery of the gospel Christ in us exactly the same way God was in Christ will come back to the first twenty two read with me and the glory which thou gavest me I have given them that they may be one even as we are one Jesus hammers it home again he wants us to be one what glory is God-given Christ will eventually of course in heaven all the glory of heaven will be Christ but at the time Jesus prayed this prayer what glory beauty health Sagan as fast as the newest glorify I know what Lori surrounded the poor Galilean you know we Artie said Christ's glory this character as Jesus followed God 's plan that we a beautiful character was revealed more and more as Satan 's attacks were sequentially defeated the ultimate expression of this of course was the cross it is this glory this complete surrender to God 's will which developed a beautiful character that God wishes to give to every follower of Christ that character and it's developed by complete surrender to God God in Christ 's glorious and Christ in us will be glorious in one specific outgrowth of this is unity according to this verse so in this verse we have a mechanism of unity describes not that we develop or focus groups so we can figure out what our disagreements are compromised to develop a consensus the neck and is an immunity for any group this group my church back in Tennessee the mechanism of unity is Christ in each person within the group if developed not so much here on father as it is every day during the week as we spend time in the part of our personal walk with Christ our devotional walk that's where the unity of a group of believers is developed summarizing verse twenty one twenty two first five verses Jesus talked about his ministry next five verses Jesus talked about the disciples in their ministry Jesus goes back to heaven in verse eleven verse thirteen to sixteen the disciples stay behind in fact there's a time of persecution verse seventeen starts talking about thank vacation verse twenty there is a transmission to later generations of believers in the context Jesus talks about unity and he is the mechanism whereby his church may be unified first twenty three read with me 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 have loved them as thou hast loved me this verse ties unity to a specific outcome God in Christ and Christ and leads to what Christian perfection I don't shy away from using the term because I believe the biblical Bible teaches right here now some of your Bibles if you have a more modern translation might dumbest out the perfect unity and asked her to the fact is it's talking about both Christian perfection and perfect unity to the same thing essentially they go together now notice perfection is not perfectionism steps to Christ chapter explains it very well it's not navelgazing were not looking all looking at her own belly buttons trying to figure out whether or not were perfect vacuum nine twenty one says even if you were you wouldn't know perfection doesn't come from legalism but perfection does lead to results the focus of the character development of life followers have nothing to do with them the folk day to results here number one the world is convinced of two things the unity of the church invented them that the mission of Christ was true Jesus is the Messiah Christ was heaven ordained but beyond this that was verse twenty one as well verse twenty three takes it one step further that as a unified group of believers at the end of time convinces the world that this group these are the ones that are loved by and in the entire world has a decision to make for or against Christ and the person of his followers summarizing verse twenty three it talks about perfection and as you might guess perfection in a unified group of believers leads directly to verse twenty four read with me father I will let 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 love me before the foundation of the world Jesus speaking as one who is already been glorified that was back in verse twelve and thirteen Cal that he will that his disciples being with him in heaven to Christ's object lessons for sixty nine Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of himself in his church when the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will come to claim them as his own first five verses Jesus talked about himself his ministry here on this planet the next five verses six through ten Jesus talked about the disciples ministry and then in verse eleven through thirteen Jesus goes back to have verse fourteen through sixteen the disciples don't get to go back to heaven at that time in fact may stay behind there's a time of persecution the world needs them verse seventeen through twenty talk about sanctification and in verse twenty there is a transition John specifically says that this orgy this is the prayer of his is not only for the disciples in front of him but he extends this prayer to those living all the way down to the end of time verse twenty one we sometimes think of this entire prayer is being about unity but it isn't until verse twenty one twenty two and twenty three that Jesus really starts talking about unity in earnest he not only talked about unity he desires that his church down at the end of time the unifying and he tells us how it is we are to be unified you give us a measure of unity so will know when we've arrived and were not there yet unity when achieved leads directly to a very specific results and Jesus says that is the perfection of the character of his followers at first twenty three and that leads immediately to verse twenty four Jesus says I will also look they also announced in the be with me where I am translation the last two verses are credited to Newman of the prayer it's almost as if Jesus thought return to the disciples in front of him and thought that reached far into the future to future generations of believers and in fact to a time when those future generations of believers will come to heaven to be with him and now he thinks about his disciples begin there already for the scenes that are about to awaken but he knows that discouraged people are not strong he ends with lots of love and assurance read with me verse twenty five and twenty six O righteous father the world has not knowingly but I have no in the end these of knowing that thou hast sent me and I have declared to them by name and will declare that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them and I in them only one life this afternoon I hope you seen a picture of John seventeen of the prophetic prayer of Christ in our life this seems in the great controversy and it is a prayer Jesus prayed specifically for you he prayed for this group the only life I want you remember from the only Christian life and what you remember from this is the mechanism whereby unity may be achieved the secret is Christ in you in exactly the same way God was in Christ that the secret to pretty much everything in the Christian life read those passages and John refused to explain how it was that God spoke through him that God performed miracles through him that God was in him because these passages are free you these passages explain how Christ wants to live through your life this one final quote that I'll leave you with your Adrian I talked this afternoon about a lot of things that one of the history that exists in this place in Loma Linda back many years and some of the history that he and I've been able to share together many of value in the audience and I've been able to share together and I think this passage talking about John seventeen is encouraging to me as we face momentous times ahead of us this is often the sixth volume of the testimonies page four one as trials thicken around us both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks some will in times of real peril make it manifest that they had not built upon the solid rock but on the other hand when the storm of persecution really breaks upon us the true sheet will hear the true shepherds voice self-denying efforts will be put forth to see date a lot and many who has strayed from the full will come back the people of God will draw together and present the enemy a united front strife for supremacy will cease there will be no disputing as to who shall be accounted greatest we began this time I say we need to answer the prayer of Christ well here's the answer of how that will be done the will be answered the prayer of Christ uttered just before his humiliation and death that they all may be one as thou father art in me and I in the that they also may be one in us that the world may be Lee that thou hast sent me the love of Christ the love of our brother will testify the world that we had been with Jesus and learned of him then will the message of the third Angels swell to a loud cry and the whole earth will be lightened with the glory of the Lord friends John seventeen has huge lessons we've been instructed to answer this prayer of Christ and this is how it can be done Christian life act number three Christ in you in exactly the same way that God was in Christ the secret to pretty much everything Christian walk it will answer the prayer of Christ in John seventeen and it will bring to fulfillment the message of the third angel it will bring the loud cry and you and I have the opportunity to be part let us pray I invited Neil A for you are him and dear God we are not unified we confess that their existence in each one of our hearts crying desire for supremacy there exist things that pull us we we do love the world in certain ways and probably each one of us in a different way dear God we need the love that you exemplify your character in our hearts please created us each one of us a new heart dear God help us to give thanks to you regardless of the circumstances which surround us help us to trust in you so completely and he so surrendered your wheel and realize that you need good for us that we will not worry about anything finally I pray that each person here will in a very practical way experience Christ within the hope of glory in exactly the same way in the same measure that God was in Christ when he was here on this planet we know that you promised to do these things for us and each of us now we surrender our lives to you and I ask that the Holy Spirit will go with us from this place and will confirm that surrender speak to us every moment of every day prompt us with the words you want us to speak just like you prompted Christ and gave him the words speak tell us where to go helpless in the decisions each one of us have to make to seek first your kingdom in your glory surrender our wills and they claim the promise that you make straight paths before feet and thank you for the specified Heather thank you for the message is wrong the reality is a this media was brought audio is a website dedicated to spreading God 's word through reading sermon audio and much more than he would like to know more about hothouse the more so than please visit www. .com universe .org


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