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MARCH: Jesus' Prayer for Us

March 7

GOD’S PEOPLE

And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
John 17:10

Why are Christian people not of the world? It is because they are God’s people. “I have manifested thy name”—to whom?—“unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me” (John 17:6). That is the answer. That is the first and indeed the ultimate explanation, the one that includes all the others.

The importance of this doctrine can be seen at a glance in John17. Whenever our Lord repeats a thing, we can be quite sure that He regards it as absolutely vital. We are familiar with the fact that whenever He introduces a statement by saying, “Verily, verily” we ought to pay unusual attention to it. So if He repeats a statement frequently in a short space, we can be equally certain that it is something that we should lay hold of very firmly.

Now you notice how He repeats this thought in John 17:6-19. We have noted it in verse 6, but we have it again in verse 9: “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” In verse 10 He says, “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them,” and then again in verse 11, “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”

Finally, in verse 12 He says, “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” Nothing, then, ought to establish in our minds the all-importance of this doctrine and teaching more than that.

A Thought to Ponder
Why are Christian people not of the world? It is because they are God’s people.

From Safe in the World, pp. 33-34.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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