The Prayer that No One Deserves, Part III
From John 17:6-10 we learn that Jesus prays the prayer that no one deserves so that the elect would treasure a grace that no one could destroy.
Our delight from this passage, how it applies to our heart, is that election is the good news that salvation is not just offered but effected.
Three times in our passage Jesus speaks of our salvation has being accomplished in the past tense:
- v.4 “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” Jesus’ death for God’s elect was so certain, that He spoke of it in the past tense before it happened—“I…accomplished.”
- v.6a “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world.” The effectual call or the new birth was guaranteed by Christ to all whom the Father gave Him. Again past tense—“I…manifested.”
- v.6b “Yours they were, and you gave them to me.” Past tense—“Yours they were...” Believers have always belonged to God. Their names were written in the Lamb's book of life before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). Election is the fountain of all other blessings, and this passage shows that it is an invincible reality. Not something that God will do, but something that God has done.
Therefore this truth of election makes the good news of Jesus Christ not merely an offer waiting to be received, but a reality that will invincibly be effected. That’s why Jesus was named Jesus: Matthew 1:21 “You shall call his name Jesus because He shall save His people from their sins.” Not that Jesus would merely offer salvation. Or that He would probably save. No, He was named Jesus because all that the Father gave Him, He will give eternal life to.
*This Blog post is an excerpt from the sermon, The Prayer that No One Deserves. For a complete written transcript or audio download of the sermon, please visit the sermon page HERE.*