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Christ Talks To God About His Children

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

John 17:5-10 KJV
(5) And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
(6) I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
(7) Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
(8) For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
(9) I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
(10) And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

Jesus is clear he prays not for the world but for those that God has given him. Now that sounds strange because He comes to save the lost and dying world. Yet he only praying or talking to His Father about the oneís God has given him. Yet before the throne of God Jesus is seen as the intercessor the go between to the Father. If Jesus is the intercessor then he needs only to talk to God about those He saved and the Holy Spirit has sealed for promise of eternity.

Does this mean I pray not for the lost, or only that I pray for the lost to find Him, and they be delivered from sin. Only God knows what will convict the sinner. Jesus in this passage is playing the submissive role to the Father though they are equal to each other. It shows the power of the word of God and the one thing that holds us in check by obedience to God on the throne. Yet it when we fail we need a lawyer to God. Someone to say yes Lord I repent I know your are right and I am wrong, but I am human and that why Christ died for me. My job is to turn from sin. Yet Christ knows not sin of the world beyond what the world does to to Him because of sin. Sin is the twisting of the word of God to benefit our mistakes. To change the word is to change the power of God for a lie. If we read only what God said our eyes will be open to much of Godís laws and ways. We have to be careful not to mix the world with the things of God in our hearts and minds. Unfortunately until we go to heaven we live in the world, but we are called out of the world of sin. We are called out of the world of corruption to live an abundant life free of sin. Yet sin might have a hold on us, but it should not reign in us. As the word of God transforms us, then perhaps we will understand we no longer twist what God says or what Christ taught to benefit ourselves.

Jesus prayed for those that God gave him. He will not intercede for a world that refuses to repent. If God shows mercy to the heathen it only because His wrath will come. If his wrath comes, his mercy is shown to be far greater, but the heathen will not care when the wrath comes for there fait is sealed without repentance and in some cases even with repentance there is no mercy, because they already in their eternal resting place.

Jesus pleads for us by the very word already spoken by God. Jonah seen destruction coming to Nineveh Yet God showed mercy to the heathen because upon hearing the word of God they repented. They were still in the world and had a choice of repentance. It is only cases like Pharaoh when God uses someone to show his wrath by hardening the heart that we do not know if God will show mercy on judgment day. For God harden his heart because he might believe and repent. We must beware of what Godís mercy is about. It has to do with His word and His deliverance based on His word. He promised us all eternal life if we would believe, but the devil believes and trembles, so our works demonstrate who child we are, Proverbs paints a picture of God knowing the heart of my man and his intentions. Did Pharaoh heart desire change but could not. Only God knows. Yet the word of God did not intercede for Pharaoh heart because of possible change, instead it was so harden to deprive him of mercy. Our need of repentance comes not at the altar of a church but the altar of our hearts. God sees whether what He does for the purpose and benefit of others will cause deliverance or judgment. God looks at his intent and purpose for each life according to His will as well as knowledge and faith of His word and obedience to it. Yet Christ is only concern for the the believer, because the world might hear but will not necessarily obey it beyond what common decency among humans in general.

Dear Heavenly Father may you mercy, grace and truth for the believer come to the point of the knowledge of the fact your Son intercedes for us with mercy and grace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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