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Summary: Thru prayer, Jesus sought to secure the success of His mission. How does prayer secure the success of Jesus’ mission? 9 acquisitions securing the success of Jesus’ mission. Part 2 of a 2-part sermon.

SECURING THE SUCCESS OF JESUS’ MISSION-II—John 17:1-26

Thru prayer, Jesus sought to secure the success of His mission.

The success of Jesus’ mission is secured thru prayer.

How does prayer secure the success of Jesus’ mission?

4 acquisitions securing the success of Jesus’ mission are....

1. JESUS’ GLORY(:1-5, 6a)

2. JESUS’ DISCIPLES(:6-10)

3. JESUS’ PROTECTION(:11-12)

4. JESUS’ JOY(:13)

5—An acquisition securing the success of Jesus’ mission is....

JESUS’ HATRED(:14-16)

—Explanation/Argumentation:(:14-16)

“14—“I have given them Thy word; & the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

“Hated”——

Jn. 7:7—“7 “The world cannot hate you; but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.”

:15—“I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”

—If they fall into the influence of the evil one where will Jesus’ mission be?

2Cor. 11:2-3—“For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity & purity of devotion to Christ.”

:16—“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

Disciples do not belong to the world even though they are in it. They are dead & immune to its influences.

Rom. 6:5-13—“For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

—?In what ways is Jesus “not of the world”?—His devotion to His Father.

—Illustration:

—Application:

?You sought/found JESUS’ HATRED in prayer?

?You help to secure the success of Jesus’ mission?

6—An acquisition securing the success of Jesus’ mission is....

JESUS’ SEPARATION(Sanctification)(:17-19)

—Explanation/Argumentation:(:17-19)

:17—“Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.

“Sanctify”—??????—To render or acknowledge, or to be venerable or hallow; To separate from profane things & dedicate to God; To purify.

Accepting the truth is what sanctifies the saint.

:18—“As Thou didst send Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”

Mat. 10:16—“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents, & innocent as doves.”

:19—“And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.”

—Jesus does not ask for His disciple’s sanctification two-facedly for He claims to always be in process of sanctifying Himself.

—Jesus sanctifies Himself for the sake of His disciples. Without Jesus’ example, they would have no need themselves of being sanctified for it would be an empty obligation.

—Illustration:

—Application:

?You sought/found JESUS’ SEPARATION in prayer?

?You help to secure the success of Jesus’ mission?

7—An acquisition securing the success of Jesus’ mission is....

JESUS’ UNITY(:20-23)

—Explanation/Argumentation:(:20-23)

:20—“I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;”

—Though Jesus is asking for the sanctification of His disciples present with Him at the time, He is also asking for the sanctification of those disciples who will trust God thru their word. This word of testimony is intended to be a declaration of trust in Jesus to & thru every generation. In every generation the gospel will be shared.

:21—“that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, & I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.”

—All believers of all ages are bound together in Christ.

:22—“And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one;”

—Jesus’ glory can & should be our glory!

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