Jesus Prayed Specifically for Me

It’s time to make it personal . . . really personal.

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John 17:20-21 – Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  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.

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Let’s make it plain from the beginning of today’s writing.  If Jesus is your Lord, He ever lives to make intercession for you.  He’s praying for you right now, and in that statement, “YOU” refers to the Church as a whole, and to YOU as an individual.  We should know that according to the Word, and we should certainly believe it with all our heart.  Jesus loves you, for as a member of the God-head, He, too, is LOVE.  He is the Word made flesh, and the love of God is to keep the Commandments (Word).

But the issue to which I speak today was a time long before you and I were even a consideration to the people who were our great (time 10) grandparents even gave consideration to being parents.  In our Text for Today, we read the words of Jesus, the Messiah.  He said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their (My disciples’) word.”  Dear one, when our Jesus uttered these words to the heart and ear of Father, He was praying specifically for you and me.  You see, whether we realize it or not, every person who has ever come to make Jesus Lord in their life, did so because of the words, both written and/or spoken by those disciples who surrounded Him at the time of this prayer in Jerusalem, now more than 2,000 years ago.  I was born again by faith in Christ, by confessing with my mouth Jesus as Lord, and believing in my heart that God had raised Him from the dead.  That message came through the Word of God, and the Word of God we have is the message that is “their word” to which Jesus referred in our Text for Today.  Not only have I been saved in that manner, but so has anyone else who has come to Christ.  I fully understand that there may have been some variables involved, and that not everyone’s testimony is identical on this point, but the fact still remains, the Word of God is true.  And according to the Word of God, people are saved when someone who is sent speaks the Word of God into their life and they believe and act on that Word.  In short, every believer today has come to Christ through the Word that has been set forth in the earth by Jesus’ disciples.  No, I never heard Peter, James, John, or even Paul preach.  I never heard Timothy or Barnabas or John Mark.  I never heard John Wesley, Charles Finney, Savonarola, Alexander Dowie, William Seymour, or Smith Wigglesworth either.  But the message I heard came from the Scriptures that were penned by the early Apostles.  And it is for that reason that I rejoice that Jesus prayed for me….specifically me! 

Manna for Today – John 17; Hebrews 7:25

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As He Is

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Like father, like son.”  Well, with God, it is true.

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John 17:19 – And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

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From the farthest eternity, it has been in the mind of our unchanging Jehovah to make man in His image, and to give that man, His man, authority over all His handiworks.  He demonstrated that work and its intent with Adam in the garden of Eden.  He demonstrated it again when He raised His only begotten Son from the dead, making Him the First Begotten of many brethren, and set Him on His Own right hand in heavenly places.  And He further demonstrated that plan and eternal desire when, through that work which He wrought in Christ Jesus, He brought forth His Church, being made of us, individual living stones who have been born again, made heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ, and members in particular of the body of Christ, His Church in the earth.

I am a husband, father, and grandfather.  My sons carry half of my physical DNA in their genes.  While they are not identical to me, they are enough like me that when people see them, and especially if they see them with me, they know immediately that those handsome gentlemen are my sons, obviously carrying my genes.  As the old adage says, “Like father, like son.”  But today I am not writing about physical DNA, nor am I writing about carrying half of someone’s DNA.  I am referring to the identity of spiritual sons (children of God), having been born again by the Spirit and through the Word and blood of Jesus, by faith in His Name.  Spiritually, EVERY son (and daughter) of God carries the full spiritual DNA of Jehovah God, for we are His sons, and His sons alone.  There is no other person involved in the impar-tation of that DNA and the results it is designed to produce.  If you are a Christian, you are fully the spiritual DNA of Jehovah God, re-created in His image, after His likeness, and endued with His full authority to rule and reign in this earth.

What I write to you today is in complete harmony and agreement with the Word of God, and if God said it, that settles it.  As a child of God, you have been invested with the full authority (exousia) of a child of God to use the Name of Jesus in this earth to do all the works Jesus did, and even greater.  Furthermore, as a child of God, you have available to you, Holy Spirit, a member of the triune God-head, to dwell in you and endue you with His power (dunamis; ability) to live as a king and priest in this present life, and to rule and reign in this life.  Go to His Word, study it, learn it, meditate upon it, obey it, and live it out through your life, for as His Word declares, “As He is, so are we in this world.”  And “this world” is the one in which we live NOW.  Rise up, child of God, and live as Father intends. 

Manna for Today – John 17; 1 John 4:17; Hosea 4:9; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Genesis 1:26-27

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