I. "ALL MINE ARE THINE, AND THINE ARE MINE."
A. This is another claim for equality and unity with the Father.
1. What is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine.
2. This is a way that marriage is supposed to be. It is not yours or mine, it is ours.
a. There are times where I make a semantic error, and when my wife asks me how I am going to get there, I respond, that I am going to drive my car. She will say, "Whose car?" Of course the answer is "our car."
b. The Bible speaks concerning marriage, "And the two shall become one."
c. This is known as a compound unity.
d. The Godhead is a compound unity.
B. He is talking to the Father concerning the men that the Father had given to Him out of the world.
1. We belonged to the Father, and the Father has given us to His Son so the Father did not lose them by giving them to the Son, for they still belonged to the Father. "All Mine are Thine."
2. You fathers may walk down the aisle with that beautiful young lady by your side, and when the minister asks, "And who gives this woman to be married to this man?" You may respond, "Her mother and I." Though you have given her in marriage to that young man standing there, she will not cease being your daughter.
3. It should also be this way in the things that God has given you. They should still belong to Him. To squander them on ourselves is to violate the things that God has entrusted to us.
C. "And I am glorified in them."
1. Notice the preposition, it is not "by" them, but here it is "in" them.
2. How is Christ glorified in you?
a. As Paul is writing to the Galatians, he speaks of how when they heard that the one who was once persecuting the church was now preaching the gospel, he declared, "And they glorified God in me."
b. The root of the Greek word for glorified is Doxa, which is to praise, we sing the doxology.
c. As Jesus is glorified in us, others will be lead to praise Him for what He has done in us.
d. The idea is also to be exalted.
e. Paul speaks to the Thessalonians of the day when Jesus is coming to be glorified in all His saints, and to be admired in all who believe in Him. He also prayed for them that our Lord Jesus Christ might be glorified in all of them.
f. God was glorified in Jesus by the complete obedience of Jesus to His will.
3. Sometimes people bring a reproach on the name of Jesus Christ.
a. They represented themselves as Christians, and then they cheated a person, or ripped someone off. The name of Jesus is cursed or reproached because of them.
b. May we seek to so live that the name of Jesus will be glorified.
II. "AND NOW, I AM NO MORE IN THE WORLD."
A. John tells us that He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, but the world knew Him not.
1. He was as a stranger in the very world that He created.
2. He was looked upon as an alien.
3. He had come to a world that had gone so far from God that they did not even recognize God when He came.
4. He came to a world who had crowned another as prince, even Satan himself.
B. He had made it clear to His disciples that He was going to be leaving this world and where He was going they could not come now.
C. He told them that in a short while the world would see Him no more.
D. He then told them that He was going to the Father, and if they loved Him they would rejoice.
E. He told them that He was leaving this world and going to the Father.
F. His ministry to the world has come to a close.
1. No more will He be walking around the villages healing all their sick.
2. No more will the multitudes hear His voice as He speaks to them of the kingdom of God.
G. "But these are in the world."
1. Living in an alien world without Him by their side is not going to be easy.
2. Living in a world in rebellion against its Creator is going to be very hard for them.
3. The world is going to hate them and persecute them.
4. The world is going to imprison them and even kill some of them.
F. His two requests for them:
1. "Keep through Your own name, those You have given Me."
a. "The name Jehovah is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it and is safe."
b. The name of God expresses the character of God. Jehovah, Jehovah God Merciful, gracious, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth.
c. Keep them in your mercy and grace. Be longsuffering and forgiving, and let them know Your goodness and truth.
2. "That they may be one, as we are."
a. One of the great desires and prayers of Jesus for His church is that we might be one.
b. The Bible tells us that God hates those who sow discord among brethren.
c. Paul called upon the Romans to mark those who caused divisions.
d. Paul rebuked the Corinthians for the divisions that had developed in the body of Christ there in Corinth.
e. To the Ephesian church Paul speaks of the oneness of those in the body of Christ.
Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
[There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.
f. Notice one as We are. Again the compound unity. Many members, one body.
g. We need to come to an acceptance of the whole body, and realize that God has a purpose for each part of the body.
h. It is so easy to get the feeling that we are the best, or we are the only true, or are the most spiritual.
i. My way is best for me, but it may not be the best for someone else.
j. So other parts of the body do not have the same function that God has called us to perform. That does not make us superior to them or better than them. It just means that we have a different function.
k. Let us learn to accept the differences, and learn to even appreciate the differences.
l. People do not have to believe as you do, think as you do, or even agree with you.
m. Divisions come when we try to force others into our molds.