• Jesus Prays for Our Unity

    John 17:20–21

    The unity for which Jesus prays in today’s passage is not an organizational or bureaucratic unity. Instead, Jesus is praying for unity in truth, love, and mission, just as He and His Father are united in truth, love, and mission. ...Read More

  • God’s Means of Sanctification

    John 17:17–19

    John Calvin comments that “the truth, by which God sanctifies his sons, is not to be found any where else than in the word.” We cannot be sanctified apart from the Word of God, and so we must strive to ...Read More

  • The Love You Had at First

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  • Staying in the World

    John 17:14–16

    John Calvin writes that Christ “promises to his disciples the grace of the Father; not to relieve them from all anxiety and toil, but to furnish them with invincible strength against their enemies, and not to suffer them to be ...Read More

  • The Efficacious Prayers of Christ

    John 17:10–13

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that “we rest on confidence in the efficacy of the prayers of Jesus, not our own consistency as Christians.” If we had to trust in ourselves for our perseverance, we would ...Read More

  • The Focused Prayers of Christ

    John 17:9

    Right now, if you are a believer, Jesus is praying for you. Few truths could be more encouraging. After all, Jesus prays only perfect prayers. He knows exactly what we need and what to ask the Father to give us ...Read More

  • What the Disciples Knew

    John 17:7–8

    We can be saved without fully understanding all that Jesus has accomplished for us. However, our assurance of salvation will be stronger and we will be more thankful to God the more we know about who Christ is and what ...Read More

  • The Father’s Gift to Christ

    John 17:6

    Though Jesus focuses primarily on His first disciples in today’s passage, His teaching on divine election also applies to all believers, for He prays for all His people (John 17:20). God’s choice of us reminds us that we cannot take ...Read More

  • Prepare to Teach

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  • Jesus Prays to be Glorified

    John 17:4–5

    Returning to the presence of God, Christ had to be glorified in His humanity in order to dwell before God’s face as the incarnate Mediator (John 17:5). His humanity had to participate in glory in order to see God in ...Read More

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