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n this third article on John 17, we note   “Neither pray I for these alone, but for
            that the Father sent the Son to reveal   them also that shall believe on me through
        IGod’s character to men. In verse 18,   their word” (v20).  This prayer of the Lord
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        the Lord Jesus knew that once He went   Jesus not only embraces all believers from
        to heaven, He would no longer be doing   the time of His prayer, but He is also
        that Himself. But those who would reveal   showing that all the requests that He has
        God’s character in the future would need   made for the eleven are also for us. Every
        some witness from God. This work of   child of God can say, “He prayed for me!”
        revealing God’s character is to be done   Notice also in verse 20 that He does not
        by believers enabled to do so by the Holy   pray for those which believe on God. He
        Spirit. We can never represent God as well   says, “them also which shall believe on
        as the Holy Spirit or as Christ did while   me.” He does not say those that believe in
        here because none of us could ever be   the Word of God, but “them … which shall
        equal with God. But believers are called   believe on me through their word.” “Faith
        to represent God here just the same. When   cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
        our Lord expressed His purpose for us, He   word of God” (Rom 10:17). “Of his own
        conferred His highest honour upon us as   will begat he us with the word of truth”
        being sent, as the Father sent Him.   (Jas 1:18; see also 1Pe 1:23).
          To “sanctify” (v19) does not necessarily   “That they all may be one; as thou,
        mean to make holy. The Lord Jesus was   Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they
        the only person who was ever born holy.   also may be one in us: that the world may
        His character was perfectly holy. Here on   believe that thou hast sent me” (v21).
        earth He set Himself apart for the work   The unity of this verse was partially
        that His Father sent Him to do – His   fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost: “And
        sacrificial work on the cross for sin. W.E.   all that believed were together, and had
        Vine says, “His sanctification is the pattern   all things common” (Act 2:44). This unity
        of, and power for, ours.” All of us should   is especially in view of the salvation
        be set apart from the world and find our   ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from
        portion in Him.                       the KJV.

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