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. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 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. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. John 17:6-10
Here in Chapter 17 we see Jesus said 3 prayers, today we are taking a look at the second prayer for the Apostles. First thing to notice is these Apostles were chosen by God as Jesus said “The men which you (Father) gave me” These 12 Apostles were not randomly chosen , just as you are not randomly chosen. When God calls you by name, its for a reason and purpose
Jesus prays for the Apostles and not for the world, why? Because the world doesn’t abide in Christ, the world rejects Christ. We need to understand unless you are Born Again, you are in total separation of God. You are dead in your sins and don’t have a mediator with the Father. This is why you need to become Born Again!
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. 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. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 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. John 17:11-14
Notice Jesus said “None of them is lost except the Son of Perdition (Judas), so that the scripture might be fulfilled” Many people use Judas as an example we can “lose our salvation” but Jesus says he purposely allowed Judas to stray to fulfill prophecy. Jesus said “He did lose anyone that was given to him”
We see people “lose their faith” all the time but its clear they were never “In Christ” to begin with. Jesus doesn’t lose any of his sheep , and his sheep don’t reject their Shepherd. Process that as you will
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. John 17:15-19
Jesus said “The world will hate us because of him” but asked they we are not taken out of the world but be protected by evil. Now when we look at the Apostles lives, it didn’t end well for any of them. As all but John were killed for their faith, and historians say they tried to kill John but was miraculously saved, most likely to write the book of Revelation
Speaking of Revelation , Jesus says “ They will not be hurt by the Second Death” (Revelation 2:11) This is probably what Jesus was talking about in this prayer here. We look at this from a temporal perspective and say “The Apostles were persecuted and killed therefore God has failed” however to keep the Apostles from the first death was never his intention to begin with, as we all are going to die the first death regardless if we are persecuted or not
Jesus is talking about the eternal Kingdom of God, keep the Apostles from the Second Death which is eternal Hell. We need to look at things through Gods eyes and not our own eyes Amen!