Prayer Matters (Saved and Safe)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saved and Safe

John 17:9-12 ~ “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

 

We are living in the enemy territory, so, beware!

 

What does this sentence mean? The world system hates Christ while pretending to honor God. Satan prowls about as a roaring lion. The church world has decided that we must not offend anyone, so that we can win by being “non-offensive” and in doing so, we have allowed the world we live in to define we are, instead of us living the life we should and showing who we are!

 

The very atmosphere that we breathe is poisoned with the “lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life.” (1 John 2:16). How is a dedicated believer to remain safe and secure in such a dangerous world?

 

Our security is in Jesus Christ! When you have trusted Him as your Savior, you have a spiritual security that nothing can destroy. I know, it seems too good to be true; but even salvation itself is too good to be true!

 

Our personal relationship to the Father through Jesus Christ is unchanged and unchangeable, even though our fellowship with Him may change from day to day.

 

Let’s consider several truths presented in verses 9-12, as well as in previous verses, that indicate and affirm that the believer is secure in Christ.

 

  1. Christ prayed for us
    1. Verses 9 & 12 ~ “I ask on their behalf … Holy Father, keep them in Thy name …”
    2. It is unthinkable that our Lord would pray for that small body of believers and ignore the needs of the whole church, including today.
    3. The Father always answered the prayer of the Son.
    4. John 11:41, 42 ~ “Father, I thank Thee that Thou heard Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always …”
    5. If Jesus asked the Father to protect and guard the believers, that request would be granted.
    6. The word ‘keep’ means to watch over, to care for, to preserve. It affirms safety and security.
  2. Christ is now praying for us in heaven
    1. Verse 11 ~ “An I am no more in the world”
    2. The redemption work of the Son has been finished. The unfinished work is interceding for His church, us today.
    3. We must not imagine our Lord’s heavenly intercession as the constant repeating of prayers before the Father. Nor should we imagine that the Father is against us and the Son must calm Him!
    4. The very presence of Jesus Christ at the through of heaven is His intercession for us. He represents us!
    5. We pray to the Father through the authority of the name of the Son.
    6. Hebrews 4:16 ~ We come to the High Priest at the throne of grace, and He give us “grace to help in time of need”
  3. We are the Father’s gift to the Son
    1. Christ is not praying for the lost world. He is praying for “those who Thou [the Father] has given Me” (verse 9).
    2. The church prays for the lost (1 Timothy 2:1; Matthew 5:44), but the Savior prays for the church.
    3. Ephesians 2:8, 9 tell us that salvation is wholly of God’s grace.
  4. God is glorified in believers
    1. Verse 10 ~ “I have been glorified in them”
  5. The unity of the church
    1. Verse 11 ~ “Holy Father, keep them in Thy name … that they may be one, even as we are”
    2. The individual believer becomes a part of the Body of Christ, the church; and his life from then on must reflect this great fact.
    3. The spiritual unity of believers is an important theme in this prayer.
    4. Several illustrations of this great truth given in Scripture:
      1. John 15:1-10 ~ the Vine and the branches
      2. 1 Corinthians 12 ~ the Body and the members
      3. 1 Peter 2:4-10 ~ the stones of the Temple
    5. We are related to Christ, we are related to each other, we belong to each other and we need each other.
  1. The finished work of Christ
    1. Verse 4 ~ “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the word which Thou hast given Me to do”
    2. Our security in Christ is not an excuse for carless living. It is a basis for communion with God, unity with God’s people, and ministry to a lost world.
    3. Revelation 5:12 ~ “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing”
 
Next Sermon in the Prayer Matters Series ~ What? In the World?
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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