John 17:1-19 After Jesus said this, He looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me. “My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
Jesus is praying….
1-To be our comfort
2-To be our Joy
3-That we be set apart for him
How truth sets us apart:
1- Establishes Authority
Truth: the true or actual state of a matter.
Ephesians 6:14 (NASB) Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH…
2- Defines our identity
Our authority is dictated by our identity.
“It is important for us to be grounded in truth because everything the enemy does is a lie. He will lie about your identity, your security, and your destiny. “
“When we believe the lie we empower the liar.”- Bill Johnson
3. Advances our liberty
“If our holiness is not rooted in purity of heart it feels like bondage not freedom.”
John 8:31-32 (NLT) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
HERE IS THE KEY: The influence of truth in continent upon exposure to it.
Mark 7:32-35 (NLT) A deaf man with a speech impediment was brought to him, and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Jesus led him away from the crowd so they could be alone. He put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man’s tongue. Looking up to heaven, he sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “Be opened!” instantly the man could hear perfectly, and his tongue was freed so he could speak plainly!
"When we encounter Jesus we encounter the truth."
John 14:6 (NIV) Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.”