Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony. I highly encourage you to read God’s Word for yourself and share your thoughts!
In Jesus’ opening lines of this chapter long prayer, we learn much about Jesus’ relationship with the Father. Essential Christian doctrine such as the monotheistic view of one God, the fact that Jesus existed before the world, and that faith leads to salvation, can be found here.
Jesus states that he revealed the Father to those given to Him. Christians can read about Jesus, and learn much about God through His life. Statements Jesus made about himself and God also teach us more about God’s eternal and holy nature. Interestingly, Jesus says, “I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me.” This supports the idea of God choosing His people and calling them out. (The more I study, the more support I see for this point of view).
He asks God to protect them by the power of His name. Numerous churches would say that blessings, and even keys to salvation, baptism and more, come from a priesthood. But, as we study the New Testament from cover to back, we do not see that. Jesus, Peter, Paul and more, used the name of God or Jesus whenever they were invoking a name for power… not claiming any priesthood authority. (I believe Hebrews 1 talks more about this subject).
I love how Jesus extends this prayer to all future believers in verse 20. Absolutely amazing. He faces a cross soon, but His mind are on his sheep/children. We really see the heart of Jesus and God in these final verses, where Jesus speaking of revealing the Father, via love, and how we can know Him through His indwelling. Amazing.