Bible Passage:John 17:14a
I have given them Thy word.
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In these words Jesus again intimates what goodness the disciples shall experience in the world, so that they might see how much they will stand in need of this consolation contained in the Word, and of the joy which is given to them concerning Christ. And He more fully explains that which He had explained before: that the Word which He has given them is the Word of the Father, calling it "Thy Word," and for this purpose: that they might never desire or seek any other consolation, and that they might diligently work to magnify that Word, love it, and prize it as the greatest treasure they have upon earth. They are to treasure it as given unto them as a joy and consolation against all adversities. There is ( says He) no better treasure that I can give them but the Word which I received from Thee, and which I brought down from heaven with Me. This Word I have given unto them; and I have taught it to them with such diligence because I wish them to feel in their hearts that they have My solid, perfect, and eternal joy with them; and to be enabled to say after My death: "Here I have the Word of Christ, my Lord, yes, the Word of His Omnipotent Father. By keeping this Word I am sure that no power upon earth nor any gates of hell can hurt Me; for He holds me in His omnipotent hand, and defends me with His paternal protection, away from which the violence of no one can ever pluck me. He accompanies His Word with His love, and has determined to hold it fast in all things, and He will by the same power defend and protect all those who desire and love it". And this is wholly necessary, for we poor creatures greatly need this protection.
He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above,
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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