John 17:24 KJV
Father, I will that they also,
whom thou hast given me,
be with me where I am;
that they may behold my glory,
which thou hast given me:
for thou lovedst me
before the foundation of the world.
Berean Literal Bible
Father, those whom You have given Me, I desire that they also may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory that You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
New King James Version
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
New American Standard Bible
Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given to Me [as Your gift to Me], may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Father, I will
He asks as one having a right to be heard; and prays, not as a servant, but as a Son.
Jesus no longer says, “I pray” but “I will.”
This expression is found nowhere else in the mouth of Jesus.
It is generally explained by saying that the Son thus expressed Himself, because He felt Himself on this point so fully in accordance with the Father.
But this He felt in every prayer, and this unique expression must be taken in its relation to the unique character of the situation.
It is the saying of a dying man: “Father, My last will is…” It is truly His testament which Christ thus deposits in His Father’s hands.
That they also whom thou hast given me
Not only my apostles and first disciples, but all my believing, loving, and obedient people;
May be with me where I am
Namely, in that heavenly world to which I am now moving.
As if he had said, Since no improvements, either in holiness or comfort, can completely answer the purposes of my love and the promises of my grace to them; therefore I request felicity for them in another and more perfect state of things;
That they may behold
May contemplate with everlasting and delightful admiration;
My glory, which thou hast
By thy sure appointment;
And art just ready to bestow upon me;
For thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world
And didst then decree for me that mediatorial kingdom with which thou art now about to invest me.
Observe, my friend, the happiness of heaven chiefly consists in beholding the glory of the Father and of the Son, Matthew 5:8; 1 John 3:2.
What an unbelievable collection of high powered phrases of truth and promise!
- We are a gift from the Father to Jesus.
- Jesus wants us to be with him in the glorious presence of God.
- Jesus wants us to see his glory and experience it.
- Jesus has been loved by the Father from before the Creation.
Think about these things.
Ask God to show you how powerfully they reveal our importance to him.
Dream of the day you will share in God’s glory as one of his children! (cf. 1 John 3:1-3)
Now, let’s go live based on the view God has of us.
- Ask God to forgive you for the mundane and earthbound view that you have of yourself and His other children.
- Ask God to stir in you a more profound appreciation of Jesus’ disciples and how much each of us means to Him.
- Ask God to empower you to be more patient, tolerant, forgiving, and respectful to your Christian brothers’ and sisters’ imperfections.
- Acknowledge your own imperfections
- Acknowledge your longing for the day that we all are united in perfection before His holy throne of grace.
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