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n this second article on John 17, we   be one, as we are.” He addresses God as
            begin by noting the words of the Lord   “righteous Father” (v25), and also simply
        IJesus in verse 9: “I pray for them: I   as “Father” four times in His prayer. The
        pray not for the world, but for them which   names used for God in prayer requests
        thou hast given me.”  John 3:16 shows us   in Scripture are significant, often with a
        that the Father and the Son are concerned   particular relevance to the request being
        for the world, but in John 17 the Lord Jesus   made. For example, Romans 15:5 says,
        is only praying for the world indirectly;   “Now the God of patience [endurance]
        He wants each one of us to be a good   and consolation [encouragement, JND]
        testimony for Him to the world.       grant you to be likeminded one toward
          We have a threefold relationship to the   another according to Jesus Christ.” Paul
        world in John 17:                     obviously wanted the believers to be pa-
          • Salvation out of the world (v6)   tient and encouraging to one another. In
          • Separation from the world (vv14,16  Romans 15:13 he writes, “Now the God
                                              of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
            – “not of the world”)             believing, that ye may abound in hope,
          • Service in the world (v18)        through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
          Verses 6-10 show that John 17 should   We read in 2 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now
        not be used to support the ecumenical   the Lord of peace himself give you peace
        movement, characteristic of many so-  always by all means.” Here in John 17,
        called churches today, even evangelical   by addressing God as “Holy Father” He
        ones. Why not? Because ecumenicalism   reminds them, and us, of the holiness
        includes religious but unsaved sinners.   of the One with whom we have to do.
        The union which our Lord Jesus Christ   Psalm 97:10 says, “Ye that love the Lord,
        desires is the spiritual unity of fellowship   hate evil.”
        of genuine believers, which can only be   Verse 11 reads, “that they may be one, as
        based on conformity or obedience to His   we are.” Psalm 133 has a beautiful picture
        Word.                                 of unity: “Behold, how good and how
          Verse 11 says, in part, “Holy Father,   pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together
        keep through thine own name those     in unity … there the Lord commanded the
        whom thou hast given me, that they may   blessing, even life forevermore” (vv1,3).
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one in
        the KJV.                              Scripture to apply an epithet to God the

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