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Mull this over with me for a few minutes:

I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; - John 17:6

A few weeks back we saw from John 16 that the Holy Spirit gives us everything there is to get via disclosure or revelation. [read about that here]

I have talked much about the wonderful name of Jesus and the names of God – all those magnificent “I AM”s of the Old and New Testaments.

Here in John 17:6 we find that Jesus’ method of discipleship was to walk through life with these boys and manifest – demonstrate – the name of the Father to them. Jesus demonstrated what it looked like to be “in the name.”

The Father’s name – revealed in all those “Jehovah …” statements and Jesus’ name – revealed in all His “I AM” statements paint for us a picture of the character and nature of God. [I AM healer … provider … righteousness … banner … door… way … truth… life … resurrection … vine … door – you get the idea]

But it does not end with seeing the character and nature of God in Christ.

I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. - John 17:6, 11-12 NASB

We are “kept” IN the name.

Jesus demonstrated the name – a full disclosure or revelation.

The revelation of truth by the Spirit makes it ours.

Not only do we now own it – we are drawn into it.

The Name of the Father is given to us as a dwelling place. He abides in us, we abide in Him – and the “how” is by the revelation of His name to our spirit.

As we understand the nature and character of the Father – we live in that truth. We trust in it. We make life choices counting on His character to back us. His name becomes our life collateral.

Then check out the end of it – Jesus says that when He was “keeping them in Your (the Father’s) name – he guarded – protected – covered them.

It turns out that the Father’s name – and by extension the name of Jesus – the name above all names, given to Jesus – the name at which every knee shall bow – that name – is the safest place on earth. [Tweet This]

Father, this day, help me live my life completely in Your great name.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by today.

You are a huge blessing to me.

Ben

 

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John 17:1, 9, 24 

Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, ...

I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; ...

Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

John 17:1, 9, 24 NASB

Jesus’ prayer - gives us a window into Our Savior’s heart. Here, we glimpse His deepest longings. The word “glory” appears nine times. “I glorify You, Father.” “You have glorified me, Father.” “I have given them the glory that You gave me, Father.” Glory seems to be the love-language between the Father and the Son, and in God’s embrace of us, we too have a share in that glory. Isn’t that glorious?

Well, what does the Glory of God look like? Evidently, glory takes on a different appearance on earth as it does in heaven. In heaven, Jesus shared the majestic manifest glory of His Father, as King of heaven, worshiped by angels from everlasting to everlasting. In coming to earth, He traded this manifest glory for a different kind of glory – the glory of obedience to His Father’s will. Was He any less glorious when He lay in a feeding trough, when He touched lepers, when He knelt to wash men’s filthy feet, when He was spit upon, beaten and nailed to a cross? No. This is the glory of obedience.

This is the glory we get to share here and now: Giving glorious pleasure to Our Father’s heart as He watches us walk this earth in obedience to His Word and His Will, glorifying Jesus Christ before men. God’s glory was the deepest longing of Jesus’ heart. May His glory be the deepest longing of our hearts as well.

By Christa Grajcar, PBC Small Group Leader

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This is another entry from our 47 day pre-Easter prayer guide. Christa is a dear sister in the Lord, and a wonderful servant of Jesus. She models to the body of Christ what it means to die to self and live for Him.

There is a deep revelation in her word, - simple (not to be confused with easy) obedience demonstrates the glory of God in us.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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