• 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

  • Jesus Prays That He Might Glorify the Father

    John 17:1–3

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that “when the Son is exalted and honored, the Father is honored as well, because the Father and the Son are one.” It is impossible to glorify the Son of God ...Read More

  • Overcoming the World in Christ

    John 16:33

    In his commentary on today’s passage, John Calvin exhorts us not to avoid the hard path of suffering for Christ. He reminds us that ultimately, we are safe in Christ’s hands, that “fighting under the banner of Christ, we are ...Read More

  • Jesus Predicts His Desertion

    John 16:29–32

    It is easy to be critical of the disciples for overestimating their own knowledge of God. Truthfully, however, we all tend to think we know more about the Lord and His Word than we actually do. We cannot afford to ...Read More

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