x231.......John 17

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 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. 12 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. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 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. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:1-26, KJV).

This is the prayer that Jesus spoke to God the Father.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

Jesus says that He prays that they will be "sent" into the world--just in the same way that he was "sent". But this word "sent" in the Greek is this--

apostello {ap-os-tel'-lo} v

----- send 110, send forth 15, send away 4, send out 2, misc 2; 133

1) to order (one) to go to a place appointed 2) to send away, dismiss 2a) to allow one to depart, that he may be in a state of liberty 2b) to order one to depart, send off 2c) to drive away

This is the root word for "apostle" Someone who is sent, is an apostle. Jesus was saying that--"as I was sent by God the Father as an apostle--so I send these--in the same way--as apostles."

Now of course, we know that Jesus was directly speaking to the apostles of His day--He was speaking to the people who had followed Him, when He was teaching them they were called disciples (students)--when they did the same work He did, they were called apostles (as we see in verse 1 of chapter 18)-- 1 ¶ When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

The conclusion that has always been made--and the one that the Bible bears out is that He was speaking to those people--at that time and place, and of course that is true. Those people at that time certainly became apostles--and are our Biblical examples of apostles--being sent out by Jesus to do the work of God in the World--to bring people into the Kingdom of God--to get people saved, healed, delivered--fed and released also.

but Jesus was not only talking to those people--in those days--back then! AS He Himself said--

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

Jesus clearly says that the prayer He makes--part of which is the command that they be "sent"--that they be "apostles" was not just for the people He was talking to in that day--but also --20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

We believe in Jesus not by His direct words-but rather we beleive in Jesus by the words of the apostles. -(think of this: Jesus Himself never wrote a word--it shows the trust He had in others and the free release that He gave that He entrusted the writing of His own words to others!!) The prayer that Jesus makes in his chapter of John is also speaking to us today--we are the ones who believe in Jesus through the words of the apostles. So the call to be apostles is certainly for us today also.

Jesus operated His ministry by a freely released network of apostleship.

What excuse do we have for doing anything else with our time here in the earth??