It is Christ’s prerogative to convey the saving knowledge of God to the mind; it is our privilege to seek that knowledge from Him. Never , never, lose sight of those most precious words of Jesus, when he said; Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. Secondly, “Let them have the taste and relish of that love for their consolation; let them not only be interested in the love of God, by having God’s name declared to them, but, by a further declaration of it, let them have the comfort of that interest; that they may not only know God, but know that they know him,” 1 John 2:3. Need I dwell for one moment on the fact that that name is only declared by this Son? And if He does this, then ‘he that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit’; and the Christ in me receives the sunshine of the divine love. It is an everlasting love. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. These words present it, I. His three petitions—that for His personal glorification, that for the consecration of His apostles and that for the glorification of the Church, are indeed the sentiments which must have filled His soul in view of the blow which was about to put an end to His earthly activity. Having followed our Lord's thoughts through this sublime prayer, we may exclaim with Peter who, upon another occasion, said, "Lord ... we have believed and know that thou art the Holy One of God.". So that believers should never doubt that whensoever they pour out their hearts for what this prayer teaches them to ask of the Father in Jesus' name a double pleading for the same things enters into the Father's ready ear-theirs on earth and Christ's in heaven; in their case the Spirit making intercession with groaning which often cannot be uttered (see the note at Romans 8:26), and so, as the Spirit who takes of the things of Christ and shows them unto us, making our cries to chime in with the mightier demands of Him who can say, "Father, I WILL.". [2.] It is an invaluable privilege of faith, that we know that Christ was loved by the Father on our account, that we might be made partakers of the same love, and might enjoy it for ever. So dear, so very dear to God, More dear I cannot be; The love wherewith He loves the Son -. 17:26 I have declared to them thy name - Thy new, best name of love; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me - That thou and thy love, and I and my love, may be in them - … To show that these disciples need the aids of special grace, both because of the necessity of their work—they were to bring a world that knew not God to the knowledge of him; and also, because of the difficulty of their work—they must bring light to those that rebelled against the light; therefore keep them. "Commentary on John 17:26". John 11:42) that they may have the support of knowing that He who had kept them while with them, had solemnly committed them to … This God has provided for, that we may not only be satisfied with his loving kindness, but be satisfied of it; and so may live a life of complacency in God and communion with him; this we must pray for, this we must press after; if we have it, we must thank Christ for it; if we want it, we may thank ourselves. John 7:24; Revelation 16:9; Ephesians 2:4 : this love is to rule in their hearts as a guiding principle, without which they cannot receive the knowledge here promised; ‘he that loveth not, knoweth not God (1 John 4:8). cit., II, p. 340. And is it not an interesting fact, that this "keeping" is the burden of some of the most precious promises of God to His ancient people, of many of their weightiest prayers, and of some of the chiefest passages of the New Testament; as if it had been designed to provide believers of every age with a Manual on this subject? 'With this lofty thought,' says Olshausen, 'the Redeemer concludes His prayer for His disciples, and in them for His Church through all ages. Here is, I. The Lamb is the light of the new Jerusalem, Rev. Note, Ignorance of God overspreads the world of mankind; this is the darkness they sit in. He has compressed into the last moments given Him for conversation with His own the most sublime and glorious sentiments ever uttered by mortal lips. (11) Does Jesus so emphatically represent the Father's "word" as the medium through which He asks Him to sanctify them, and the very element of all true sanctification? and will declare it—in yet larger measure, by the gift of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost and through all succeeding ages. In 3:21 the idea of “practicing” (literally “doing”) the truth was introduced; in 8:32 Jesus told some of his hearers that if they continued in his word they would truly be his disciples, and would know the truth, and the truth would make them free. IV. And will not His faithful servants learn from Him to value and cherish the first fruits of their labours in His service-however few and humble they may be-according to His valuation? Knowledge. The conflict in Gethsemane has the character of a sudden crisis, of a violent shock, in some sort of an explosion, after which calmness was re- established in the soul of Jesus as quickly as it had been troubled. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. and nowhere is this more apparent than in Jesus’ absolute uses of the phrase ejgwv eijmi without a predicate (8:24, 8:28, 8:58, and 13:19). They will do so later on account of his disciples’ continuation of his ministry. It is just as in Luke 4:26 Luke 4:27 , where we are not to suppose that the woman of Sarepta (in Sidon) was one of the widows of Israel, nor Naaman the Syrian one of the lepers in Israel, though the language--the same as here--might seem to express it. I have glorified thee on the earth--rather, "I glorified" (for the thing is conceived as now past). His whole teaching had been a making known of the name, character, will of God, to them. 26.And I have declared to them thy name, and will declare it. 1914. (c) Merciful; “Who is a God like unto Thee.”. Clarity of mind gives birth to zeal in devotion. This theme was mentioned earlier in 16:15. dedovxasmai The theme of glory with which Jesus began this prayer in 17:1-5 now recurs. He lives within you. Reuss well renders the admirable thought contained in the words: And that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them: "The love of God which, before the creation of the physical world, had its adequate object in the person of the Son (John 17:24), finds it, since the creation of the new spiritual world, in all those who are united with the Son."