“Blessed Assurance: To The Praise Of His Glory” ( John 17: 20, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

Jesus prays for all believers before His death on the cross of Calvary. First He prays for His disciples, then He takes time to pray “for those who believe in [Him] through [the] message” of His disciples. He prays to His Father, requesting, “May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I Am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me.” (John 17:21)

“Holy Father, protect them by Your Name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one.” (John 17: 11) “I pray for them… for those You have given Me, because they are Yours. Everything I have is Yours, and everything You have is Mine, and I have been glorified in them.” (John 17:9-10)

Believers belong to God, the Father. We have belonged to God from “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), having been “predestined…to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace.” (Ephesians 1:5-6)

Believers are “also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession,” once again, “to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

Finally, “together with Christ Jesus [God the Father] also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6-7) “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

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