Bible Passage:John 17:2
even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life.
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He did not pray for Himself, that He might have all the glory to Himself, but that He might benefit and serve us unto our attainment of eternal life. And it is on this account that He glories, that power is given to Him by the Father over all flesh; that is, over all who are on the earth, the great, the mighty, the possessors of wealth, and the highest in honor; and that His design is to honor His miserable followers who cling to Him and who are burdened with shame and disgrace, so highly as to bring them to the enjoyment of an eternal and immortal life. Here, then, centers all our hope, consolation and trust; that we, who believe in Christ and cling to His Word, are His own, whom the Father gave to Him as His unique portion. And Christ has undertaken the care of us to defend and keep us. These words, "As Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that He may give eternal life," etc., will not admit of the conclusion that He is only man; for such power, even of ruling over all flesh and of giving eternal life, can be given to no creature. To give eternal life unto others is the work and power of God alone, When therefore Christ confesses that He has the power to give eternal life unto His own, and that He has received this power from the Father, He indicates with sufficient clearness that He is of the same power and essence of the Father.
Soon will the saints in glory meet,
Soon walk through every golden street,
And sing on every blissful plain, —
To live is Christ, to die is gain.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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