Bible Passage:John 17:25
O righteous Father, although the world has not known Thee, yet I have known Thee; and these have known that Thou didst send Me.
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Jesus in this hour looked back upon the world, which would not by any means endure the Word, but raged all the more against it the more it was preached. Whereas it ought to have been willing to run to the ends of the world to obtain such a Word, or ought to have sought it earnestly with bended knees, and not to have despised it ungratefully when thus graciously offered, nor to have repaid its preachers with every injury as their reward. Christ therefore is compelled to say, Thou art indeed a righteous God, and are doing righteously and justly, in making that distinction between the world and those whom Thou hast given Me. The world hath not known Thee, nor does it wish to know Thee. I tell and deliver all things to them that pertain to the true knowledge of God; including that nothing avails with Thee but a sole and simple trust in Thy grace and goodness as freely given, and, in addition, that they have all things in Me. But they will neither patiently hear Me, nor My Word, asserting that what is declared by Me is of no value at all. They are willing to have only their own wisdom, righteousness, and works to be available, and intend to approve themselves before Thee by trusting in these. Yet I have known Thee; and these have known that Thou didst send Me. That is, I am fully assured that I teach Thy Word as Thou wouldst be honored and believed on, that men may laud and praise Thee for Thy grace. My Christians, whom Thou hast given Me, receive that grace and goodness and know Thee thus: that Thou hast sent Me — in which the whole knowledge of the Father consists.
Jesus, our only Joy be Thou!
As Thou our Prize wilt be;
Jesus, be Thou our Glory now,
And through eternity!
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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