Now This Is Eternal Life…


(John 16:30-33 NIV)  Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God." (Would you believe or would you think it’s a parlor trick?) {31} "You believe at last!" Jesus answered. {32} "But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. (This is an important truth that applies to us as well.)


{33} "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (Note that this is not “Future tense” but that it is stated as an accomplishment.)


 (John 17 NIV)  After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. (See how this works.) {2} For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.


{3} Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (Know doesn’t mean “Know of” but rather know in the sense of faith and obedience that comes with a pure heart.)


{4} I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. {5} And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. {6} "I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. (The others didn’t know the Father) They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.


{7} Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. {8} For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. {9} I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.


{10} All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. {11} I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one. (Note that oneness is not sameness.)


{12} While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. (The name above all names.) None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. {13} "I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. {14} I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. (So, our citizenship is otherworldly)


{15} My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. {16} They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. {17} Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. {18} As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. {19} For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.


{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. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (This is the kind of unity we should always strive for as sons of God)


{22} I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: {23} I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (There’s that unity thing again.)


{24} "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. (Does the phrase, “And so we will be with the Lord forever” ring a bell? 1 Thes. 4:17) {25} "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they (These in most translations.) know that you have sent me.


{26} I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."


In summary let me repeat, (John 17:3 NIV)  Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. And again I will repeat, (Know doesn’t mean “Know of.”


We must be open to God. We must be one with God. We must want the truth and not fairy tales. We must be ready to demonstrate our faith through our actions.


People sometimes say to another person they have been with for a long time, “You don’t know me.” Perhaps they are talking to a parent or a sibling or a spouse. They mean, “You know of me but you don’t understand me or appreciate me or even care about what is important to me.”


Let us be sure we KNOW God, lest some day He might say this of us,

*   (Mat 7:21-23 NIV)  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. {22} Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' {23} Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'