Answers for the Gospel of John Chapter 17

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Questions and Answers

1. It says in verse 1 of the Gospel of John Chapter 17 Jesus prays after "These words spake Jesus”. What words are being referred to?

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2. List 5 of the 8 things that Jesus states in the prayer that he has accomplished while on earth.

  1. Verse 4 - I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
  2. Verse 6 - I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.
  3. Verse 8 - For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.
  4. Verse 12 - While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me.
  5. Verse 14 - I have given them your word…
  6. Verse 18 - As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
  7. Verse 22 - I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:
  8. Verse 26 - I have made you known to them, …

3. Is there a common theme or idea in these 8 accomplishments listed by Jesus?

Yes, are relate to God’s commandments to Jesus or his empowerment of Jesus.

Questions and Answers

1. List the 8 things that Jesus specifically asked God the Father to do in his prayer in the order they appear in this chapter of the Gospel of John.

  1. “Glorify your Son” – Verse 1.
  2. “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence” – Verse 5.
  3. “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name” – Verse 11.
  4. “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” – Verse 15.
  5. “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” – Verse 17.
  6. “May they also be in us” – Verse 21
  7. “May they be brought to complete unity” – Verse 23
  8. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory” – Verse 24

2. Who is being referred to with the use of the word “they” or ”them” in all of the the first 20 verses in this chapter of the Gospel of John?

  • From verse 3 – “all those you (the Father) have given him (Jesus)…”
  • From verse 6 – “those whom you (the Father) gave me (Jesus) out of the world.”
  • From verse 9 – “those you (the Father) have given me (Jesus), for they are yours.”

3. Who is being referred to with the use of the word “they” or ”them” in verses 21 through 26 of Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John?

Focus shifts in verse 20

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”

Either those the Father has given and/or will give Jesus

Questions and Answers

1. What does Jesus tell God the Father about “they” or “them” in the following verses from Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John?

  • Verse 3: They can know Him and therefore have eternal life
  • Verse 6: They had God revealed to them by Jesus, they were God’s and He gave them to Jesus, they obeyed God’s Word
  • Verse 7: They know that everything that God gave Jesus came from God
  • Verse 8: They were given Words by Jesus that God gave him and accepted them, they knew with certainty that Jesus came from God and believed that God sent him
  • Verse 10: Glory went to Jesus through them
  • Verse 11: They are still in the world and need protection, they can be one as Jesus and The Father are one
  • Verse 12: They were protected and kept safe by Jesus, none were lost except Judas, so that Scripture would be fulfilled
  • Verse 13: They can have the full measure of the joy of Jesus Christ
  • Verse 14: They were given the Word of God, the world has hated them, they are not of the world any more than Jesus was

2. What is eternal life?

To know the only true God and His son Jesus Christ (see verse 3).

Questions and Answers

1. What do we learn about God the Father’s power and abilities from the following verses from Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John? Complete the sentences

  • From Verse 11 – He can protect by the power of His name
  • From Verse 15 - He can take people out of the world and protect people from the evil one
  • From Verse 17 – He can sanctify people by the truth
  • From Verse 23 - He can love people
  • From Verse 24 - He can give people to Jesus, give glory, and love people

2. Cite the verses from Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John that tell us the following about the world and those in it from Jesus’ prayer.

  • Jesus has authority over them -- Verse 2
  • The Father has not been revealed to them by Jesus nor given to him by God -- Verses 6, 9, and 25
  • The world can bring harm to believers but God can protect them -- Verses 11 and 12
  • The world hates believers and they are not of the world nor is Jesus Christ -- Verses 13 and 14 and Verses 15 and 16
  • The disciples are sent into the world but yet are set apart from it -- Verses 18 and 19
  • The whole world can believe that God sent Jesus Christ -- Verses 20, 21, and 23
  • God loved Jesus before the world was created -- Verse 24

Questions and Answers

1. Jesus mentions glory or glorify 9 times in this prayer. He asks the Father to glorify the Son so that the Son can glorify the Father; Jesus states he has glorified the Father, and then asks the Father to glorify Jesus in His presence with the glory Jesus had before the world began; Jesus states that the disciples have brought glory to him and he has given them glory of the Father; and finally, Jesus asks the Father to let the disciples see Jesus’ glory that the Father gave him.

What does glory mean?

According to Nelson's Bible Dictionary, glory is defined as beauty, power, or honor; a quality of God's character that emphasizes His greatness and authority.

The word glory is used in three senses in the Bible:

1. God's moral beauty and perfection of character. This divine quality is beyond man's understanding (Ps 113:4). All people "fall short" of it (Rom 3:23).

2. God's moral beauty and perfection as a visible presence. While God's glory is not a substance, at times God does reveal His perfection to man in a visible way. Such a display of the presence of God is often seen as fire or dazzling light, but sometimes as an act of power. Some examples from the Old Testament are the pillar of cloud and fire (Ex 13:21), the Lord's deliverance of the Israelites at the Red Sea (Ex 14), and especially His glory in the tabernacle (Lev 9:23-24) and Temple (1 Kings 8:11).

Since the close of the Old Testament, the glory of God has been shown mainly in Christ (Luke 9:29-32; John 2:11) and in the members of His church. Christ now shares His divine glory with His followers (John 17:5-6,22), so that in their lives Christians are being transformed into the glorious image of God (2 Cor 3:18). Believers will be fully glorified at the end of time in God's heavenly presence (Rom 5:2; Col 3:4). There the glory of God will be seen everywhere (Rev 21:23).

3. Praise. At times God's glory may mean the honor and audible praise which His creatures give to Him (Ps 115:1; Rev 5:12-13).

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2. Why did Jesus offer this prayer to God the Father?

So that the disciples might have the full measure of Jesus' joy within them (see verse 13).

Questions and Answers

In verse 3 Jesus tell the Father that he has glorified him by completing the work that God gave him to do. What work has God given to you that will glorify God when you complete it?