ὅτι σοί εἰσιν—in a fuller sense than σοὶ ἦσαν, John 17:6. He says praying for people outside the church is part of what defines us as children of our Father in heaven! 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. All that I have is yours, and all that you have is mine. —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. Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. οὐ περὶ τοῦ κόσμου] has no dogmatic weight, and is therefore not to be explained in the sense of the condemnation of the world (Melanchthon), or of absolute predestination (Calvin, Jansen, Lampe), or of the negation of such intercession in general (Hengstenberg), but refers simply and solely to this present intercession, which has in truth no relation to those who are strangers to God, but to His own, whom He has given to Jesus,—and this should all the more move Him to fulfil the prayers. It may indeed be asked, Why mention it at all? It is from its very nature applicable only to disciples. Hence the emphatic ‘I’ with which the verse begins,—‘I, who came forth from the Father, who am sent of the Father (John 17:8); I, who am the perfect expression of the Father, willing only what He wills,—I do not go beyond those whom He has given Me.’ This last thought then finds utterance. A.S.V.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. Against any limitation of the prayer of our Lord, see John 17:21, and His own prayer for His enemies, âFather, forgive them; for they know not what they doâ (Luke 23:34). Would we accept dinner invitations and attend social occasions? The Word gives us joy, love, and power to live a holy life (vv. NASB E-Prime God the Father glorifies God the Son (John 13:31-32). Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
John 1:29, John 3:17, John 4:42.
Not that the individuals composing the world were shut out from Christ's compassions (see the last clause of John 17:21), or ought to be shut out from ours; but they come within the sphere of this prayer only by "being chosen out of the world.".
(Isaiah 65:5). v. 21, 23, “That the world may believe—know—that Thou hast sent Me.”(370) But what is meant is that Jesus does not pray for the world at this time, and in this place, and with these words, which were applicable to believers alone, John 17:11; John 17:15; John 17:17. See the notes at John 10:28-30.
(11-26) Commentary on John 17:1-5 (Read John 17:1-5). That as all the members of Christ in general, so the ministers and ambassadors of Christ in special, have a particular interest in Christ's intercession: and great are the advantages of his intercession for them. They were the common property of God and of Christ. I pray for them - not here as apostles, but as the following words show, as the representatives of those "chosen out of the world. for = concerning. When Christ intercedes, as here, for his, it is that it may be, as here, preserved, sanctified, and glorified. JESUS' PRAYER FOR HIS DISCIPLES (John 17:9-19) 17:9-19 "It is for them that I pray. The tense is the strict present, referring to the prayer which He is at this moment uttering, and not to His general practice, which the Authorised version may be taken to express. kosmos = world-system. Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. 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. not. Then the world comes into the Church, and receives the blessing of Christ’s Church by intercession. . I ask concerning them; I ask not concerning the world, but concerning them which thou hast given me. Is this happening in my life? Greek. John 17:9.
What an idea this must give us of the world!". Christ says the same things in Psalms 16:3-4, “The saints that are in the earth, and the excellent in whom is all My delight;” and of the ungodly, “I will not take up their names into My lips.” He does not, however, exclude the world [from His prayers], when He commends the disciples chosen out of the world. Viewed under this aspect, the world is the object of Christ's intercession.
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