Submitted In Christ,  by Tom Gaston
The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus (John 17)
 “Jesus spoke these things; and <sup value="(A)”>lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come;<sup value="(B)”>glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as <sup value="(C)”>You gave Him authority over all flesh, that<sup value="(D)”>to all whom You have given Him, <sup value="(E)”>He may give eternal life.  This is eternal life, that they may know You, <sup value="(F)”>the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom <sup value="(G)”>You have sent.  <sup value="(H)”>I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.  Now, Father, <sup value="(J)”>glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had <sup value="(K)”>with You before the world was.
 “<sup value="(L)”>I have manifested Your name to the men whom <sup value="(M)”>You gave Me out of the worldthey were<sup value="(N)”>Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have <sup value="(O)”>kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You;  for <sup value="(P)”>the words which You gave Me <sup value="(Q)”>I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that <sup value="(R)”>I came forth from You, and they believed that <sup value="(S)”>You sent Me. I ask on their behalf ; <sup value="(U)”>DO NOT ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom <sup value="(V)”>You have given Mefor <sup value="(W)”>they are Yours and <sup value="(X)”>all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.  I am no longer in the world; and yet <sup value="(Y)”>they themselves are in the world, and <sup value="(Z)”>I come to You. <sup value="(AA)”>Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name <sup value="(AB)”>which You have given Me, that <sup value="(AC)”>they may be one even as We are.While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name <sup value="(AD)”>which You have given Me; and I guarded them and <sup value="(AE)”>not one of them perished  but <sup value="(AF)”>the son of perdition, so that the <sup value="(AG)”>Scripture would be fulfilled.

 But now <sup value="(AH)”>I come to You; and <sup value="(AI)”>these things I speak in the world so that they may have My <sup value="(AJ)”>joy made full in themselves.  I have given them Your word; and <sup value="(AK)”>the world has hated them, because <sup value="(AL)”>they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one <sup value="(AN)”>They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  <sup value="(AO)”>Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As <sup value="(AP)”>You sent Me into the world, <sup value="(AQ)”>I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I <sup value="(AR)”>sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be <sup value="(AS)”>sanctified <sup value="(AT)”>in truth.
 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone ( His disciples ), but for those also who believe in Me through their word ( All those “that belong to the Father” that are yet to be saved );  that they may all be one; <sup value="(AU)”>even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, <sup value="(AV)”>so that the world may believe that <sup value="(AW)”>You sent Me.

Their Future Glory

The <sup value="(AX)”>glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that <sup value="(AZ)”>You sent Me, and <sup value="(BA)”>loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that <sup value="(BB)”>they also,whom You have given Me, <sup value="(BC)”>be with Me where I am, so that they may see My <sup value="(BD)”>glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before <sup value="(BE)”>the foundation of the world.
  “O <sup value="(BF)”>righteous Father, although <sup value="(BG)”>the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that <sup value="(BH)”>You sent Me; and <sup value="(BI)”>I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that <sup value="(BJ)”>the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

 The content and theme which is contained and presented within the “high Priestly prayer” of Jesus is a continuation, a confirmation, and a clarification of what Jesus had been teaching His disciples all along in the following Scriptures “prior to” His “high Priestly prayer.

John 6:37 – 39……”All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  For <sup value="(AZ)”>I have come down from heaven, NOT to do My own will, but<sup value="(BB)”>the will of Him who <sup value="(BC)”>sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of <sup value="(BD)”>all that He has given Me I <sup value="(BE)”>lose nothing, but <sup value="(BF)”>raise it up on the last day.


John 6:43 – 44…….”Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves.  Noone can come to Me unless the Father who sent me draws them ; and I will <sup value="(BP)”>raise him up on the last day.
John 6:65………”And He was saying, “For this reason I have <sup value="(DB)”>said to you, that no one can come to Me unless <sup value="(DC)”>it has been granted him from the Father.”

The “high priestly prayer ” of Jesus therefore reveals and clearly shows by its “content ” and “repeated emphasis” the doctrine of foreordiationpredestination, and election in the calling out ( through Christ ) all those all who belonged to God the Father before the foundation of the world.
In Christ, Tom Gaston