Bible Passage:John 17:6b
Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me; and they have kept Thy Word.
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Thine they were, says Jesus. He who hears the Word, opens his heart and ears, and receives the revelation concerning the Father no longer belongs to the world, but is Mine. And it is certain that they are Mine, and that I am their Lord, Master, and Savior. This also is certain, that they are also Thine, nor are they thine now only, but were Thine also from the beginning, and came now from Thee to Me. Know this, that there is not in all the world a greater consolation than this which Christ here opens up and puts into your hands; namely, that you are God's and His beloved child, seeing that His Word is your pleasure, and your heart is sweetly devoted to Him. For if Christ is sweet to you, and your Friend, and comforts you, then God the Father Himself comforts you. Therefore you do not have an angry God, but one full of fatherly love and grace. And Thou gavest them to Me; and they have kept Thy Word. Here He binds both in one bond—that they are both the children of the Father and the portion of Christ. They are My disciples (says He) , and yet they were Thine from all eternity. And how are they known to be so? Because "they have kept Thy Word." Why does He not say, rather, they have kept My Word? Christ wishes to make the Father and Himself one, and to draw Himself wholly unto the Father, and speaks as though He would say; "In that they are My disciples and hear Me. they hear and keep not My Word but Thine." From this we are certain that no words proceed out of the mouth of Christ but those of our heavenly Father.
Divine Instructor, gracious Lord!
Be Thou forever near;
Teach me to love Thy sacred Word.
And view my Savior there.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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