(Witham) --- The prayer I now offer up to thee, O my Father, is all in behalf of my disciples, it is not for the world. Learning and loving should lead to living. He was not praying for the world but for the disciples’ protection (v.11) and sanctification (v.17). It is not for the world that I pray, but for those whom you have given me because they are yours. Stier remarks, that the Lord here begins to fulfil His promise Matthew 10:32. οὐ περὶ τ. κόσμου ἐρ.] Of the world in this sense, we read in ch. Greek. That all believers, all the children of God in general, are under the fruit and benefit of Christ's intercession. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. The great Scottish Bible expositor Alexander MacLaren, once wrote: ‘We may have as much of God as we will. —For the world, as such, and while it stays such, (in the sense used here and in, ,) is not a possible object of the mercies and blessings he is now imploring; and so cannot be the object of his, , for the world, that it may be brought under the scope and cover of his prayer, by conversion to faith in him. So fully, too, are His thoughts occupied with them, that the whole energy of His prayer is devoted to them alone. Probably none of them! 34. But for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). ", He does not say, "I pray not not for the world," nor "I pray not in the same sense;" but generally, "I pray not for the world." I pray for them — Who have attended me as my apostles. The disciples themselves were won from the world. Certainly most of them, maybe even all of them! What clearer example could we have? ch. Solomon denied his mother’s request, 1 Kings 2:22; God will not deny Christ’s. He enjoyed people, weddings, and parties enough to be accused—falsely, of course—of being "a glutton and a winebibber." Now, we are commanded to pray for all, (Titus 2:8) and Christ himself afterwards prayed indiscriminately for all, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do, It may indeed be asked, Why mention it at all? From the manner of his intercession: not by way of entreaty, but meritorious claim. The Lord uses this word eight times in these chapters: John 14:16; John 16:5, John 16:23, John 16:26; John 17:9, John 17:9, John 17:15, John 17:20. вать в них молитвенное усердие, как учит этому Христос. They are the Father’s, for all things which are the Son’s are the Father’s, and all things which are the Father’s are the Son’s (John 17:10). There is only this difference between the two cases, that we pray for the salvation of all whom we know to have been created after the image of God, and who have the same nature with ourselves; and we leave to the judgment of God those whom he knows to be reprobate. They were the Father’s before they were given to the Son. 18-19). Luther well says: “At other times one should pray for the world, that it may be converted.” Comp. God the Father glorifies God the Son (John 13:31-32). Luke xxiii, 34. Besides, we learn from these words, that God chooses out of the world those whom he thinks fit to choose to be heirs of life, and that this distinction is not made according to the merit of men, but depends on his mere good-pleasure. They are thine—The Father gave them, yet still retained them. I pray for them - not here as apostles, but as the following words show, as the representatives of those "chosen out of the world. Christ prays for all those, who should believe in him. Luther gives us what is in all essentials the right view: "But how can the two be reconciled. Christ afterward prays for the world, John 17:20; that is, for such who, though they at present were unbelievers, yet should be brought to believe by the apostles’ ministry. (Comp. 9.I pray for them. 2. As the son of a carpenter, He interacted with the public constantly. This does not mean that Christ is unconcerned about the lost. In fact, how many of those whom Jesus prayed for and healed were "in the church" or had God's Spirit? His not praying for the world here, and His commanding us, in Matthew 5, to pray for our enemies? How many were worldly sinners? 3. Accordingly He adds, 9. And through them glory has been given to me. First, there is the susceptibility of grace, which, despite the depth of the sinful depravation of Adam's race, still remains in it. (EntityRef: expecting ';' at line 49, column 103) in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/magpie6-1/rss_fetch.inc on line 230 2. He says praying for people outside the church is part of what defines us as children of our Father in heaven! The Lord does pray distinctly for ὁ κόσμος, John 17:21; John 17:23, that they may believe and know that the Father hath sent Him. It is not enough to just study the Bible and learn a lot of doctrinal truth. He openly declares that he does not pray for the world, because he has no solicitude but about his own flock, which he received from the hand of the Father. Now, Christ expressly declares that they who are given to him belong to the Father; and it is certain that they are given so as to believe, and that faith flows from this act of giving. The mistake would be at once precluded for English readers by the paraphrase, I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world. But to teach us to distinguish in our prayer, our Saviour here distinguishes, and prays for some things for his chosen ones, which he doth not pray for on the behalf of others: these he describes to be such as his Father (whose they were) had given him, either by an eternal donation, or by working faith in them. What a statement! That is, "I now offer up a prayer particularly, 1. John 17:9-19 Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples. For soon after He says Himself: ‘Neither pray I for those alone, but for them also who shall believe on me’.”. I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, for the words which thou gavest me I have given unto them; and they received [them], and knew of a truth that I came forth from thee, and they believed that thou didst send me, For the words which thou gavest me I have given unto them; and they received [them], And knew of a truth that I came forth from thee, and they believed that thou didst send me. If we are supposed to pray only for converted brethren but not for our unconverted countrymen, how can we follow Jesus' many other examples and commands about this topic? The Word gives us joy, love, and power to live a holy life (vv. But we should not be like those "who say, 'Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am holier than you!'" 9.] Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing John 17:9: The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox.