“How Do We Ask the Father?”
John 16:23-17:5 Instructions on prayer and a demonstration.
Verse 23 uses our English word ask twice but two different Greek words are used:
1. “erotao” – _____________________________________________________________
2. “aiteo” – ______________________________________________________________
The NIV identifies this distinction the best as it renders the verse: “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
So verse 23 talks about a different way of asking and now verse 24 gives a new direction in our asking, “in My name.” ______________________________________________________
No need for “figurative language” anymore (verse 25) because the life of Christ will be in us when we receive the Holy Spirit. We will know the will of the Father because Jesus knows the will of the Father. __________________________________________________________
Verses 26-28 magnify the glory and the power of this relationship we now possess.
1. Verse 26 – _____________________________________________________________
2. Verse 27 – _____________________________________________________________
3. Verse 28 – Jesus is fulfilling His mission – ____________________________________
So the disciples get all excited and claim that now they believe and are not confused by lessons that came before using imagery. ________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ The testing of our faith is part of the process of gaining endurance and becoming stronger. It will happen, in fact, it must happen. In this regard, Jesus lets them know that very shortly they will all disperse because their faith will be so sorely challenged.
From this lesson Jesus immediately transitions to prayer. This 17th chapter is referred to as Jesus High Priestly prayer. It begins with Jesus praying for Himself, specifically for His glorification and through it, the glorification of the Father.
Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You – In this gospel, John has constantly revealed that the role of the Son was to bring glory to the Father.
1. In living, ____________________________________.
2. In dying, ____________________________________.
Verse 2 has two keys concepts:
1. Authority – _____________________________________________________________
2. Eternal life – ____________________________________________________________
Verse 3 seems to be a quick commentary by John on verse 1 & 2.
A little reminder, eternal life = fellowship with God through Jesus the Son.
Verses 4 & 5 are the summation of Jesus prayer for Himself.
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