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mystical manner, as ye have thought, through the weakness of your apprehension: but henceforth, &c.
XVI. 26. And I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you.
I shall not need to encourage you with the assurance of my praying for you; for such is the gracious propension of my Heavenly Father toward you, that he will, in his wonderful mercy, prevent you with his goodness, and give you all blessings unasked.
XVII. 1. Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.
O Father, as thou hast hitherto mightily declared me for thy Son, by those wonderful miracles that have been wrought by me; so now, that the hour of my suffering and death approacheth, do thou more glorify thyself by me, in that, by this bitter passion of mine, mankind shall be redeemed, Satan and all the powers of hell defeated: even while I must undergo this pain and ignominy, do thou shew forth thy almighty power, in acknowledging and magnifying the infinite virtue of this my allsufficient redemption; that herein I, thine Eternal Son, the Mediator betwixt thee and mankind, may also glorify thee in this work of atonement, which I shall make betwixt thee and men, and the full glorification of all mine with thee.
XVII. 3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
And this is the sure and certain way to attain eternal life : even this, to know thee, who art the Only True God; and Jesus Christ thy Son, whom thou hast sent into the world, to be the Redeemer thereof.
XVII. 4. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
I have, by my doctrine and miracles, made thee known to men on earth; and now I am upon the point of finishing that work of man's redemption, by my death and passion, which thou hast enjoined me to do.
XVII. 7. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
And now they have known, both by my information and by their own experience, that all the power that I have, and all the great acts that I have done, are from thee, and from that perfect and indivisible union which I have with thee.
XVII. 9. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
O Father, I require nothing of thee, but what I know may and doth well stand with thine eternal counsel: I pray not therefore for the world of unbelievers, and rebellious wicked men; I pray for that special charge, that peculiar flock, which thou
hast committed unto me: they are thine; and thou hast professed to have a dear interest in them, and an infinite care of them.
XVII. 10. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
There is that perfect union between thee and me, that those, which pertain to the one, are no less peculiarly proper unto the other: our right in all the elect is inseparable: all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am, together with thee, glorified in them.
XVII. 11. Keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Keep thou, through thy mighty power and gracious protection, those, whom thou hast given me, that they may be joined together in the unity of the Spirit; and may be so of one heart, as thou, O Father, and I, are of one nature and es
XVII. 12. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
While I was visibly with them in the world, I was ready upon all occasions to sustain, and comfort, and instruct them; and, as by the personal execution of that power of a Mediator, which thou hast committed unto me to preserve and keep them even all those, whom thou gavest to my peculiar charge and attendance, have I yet more specially watched over and kept from the peril of temptations; so as not one of them is lost only Judas, who was of old ordained to this condemnation, miscarrieth; not through any neglect of mine, but through his own wilful wickedness; so as in him is that Scripture fulfilled, which the Psalmist said of him long ago, Let his days be few, and let another take his office. Psalm cix. 8.
XVII. 17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Sanctify thou them, O Lord, and purge them from all evil and corrupt affections, by the power of thy Gospel: which is the word of truth, and the power of God to salvation to every believer.
XVII. 19. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
For their sakes I have sanctified and consecrated myself to this work of mediation, to become a holy and all-sufficient sacrifice unto thee; that the holiness of my perfect obedience might be derived unto them, that they, through this my word of truth, might be sanctified unto thee.
XVII. 21. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art
in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
That they may be perfectly joined in the unity of faith and love, and may make up one entire body, whereof I am the Head; even as thou, O Father, art one with me, as I am Mediator betwixt thee and men: and, by the virtue of this union, all, that I have received from thee, is communicated unto them, and they become one with us; that by this full accord and unity, that is between them, the world may be convinced of the efficacy of my coming into the world, and of my divine power and authority, putting me upon this great work, and effecting it by me.
XVII. 22, 23. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one.
The glory, which thou hast put upon me, as Mediator, I have not so received for myself, or so reserved to myself, as not to communicate it unto them, which are the members of my body: I have stamped them with the same glorious impression, that they may be one in themselves and in me; as we are one, not only by an eternal communication of essence, but by an inseparable conjunction of the Manhood with God: Thou, O Father art in me, as Mediator; and I, as such also, am in them by my Spirit, working effectually in them, to unite them perfectly in one, both with themselves and with us.
XVII. 24. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me.
O Father, it is the utmost of all my endeavours and desires, that all those faithful ones, whom thou hast given me, may enjoy the full participation of my glory; and that, for this end, they may be received up, at last, into that heavenly kingdom, whither I am going before them, and be there present with me for ever.
XVIII. 11. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
It is not for thee, to make opposition to this violence, which they are now going about to offer unto me: my Father's will must be fulfilled; and dost thou go about to prevent my sufferings? Since this passion of mine is set forth and determined unto me, by the decree of my Heavenly Father, shall not I cheerfully and resolutely undergo it? or, is it for thee to struggle against it?
XVIII. 28. Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not
into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the Passover.
Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas, unto the house of Pilate and it was early, even before day; and they themselves went not into the house of that heathen governor, lest they should be defiled by going in thither; as being careful to keep themselves from all legal pollution, that they might be capable of eating the Passover.
XVIII. 29. Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?
Since, therefore, out of this scruple, they would not come under the roof of Pilate, Pilate came forth unto them, and said, &c.
XVIII. 32. That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
That, hereupon, the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake concerning his lifting up to the Cross; foretelling what manner of death he should die: since this was an execution proper to the Romans, under whose sovereignty they were, of whom also he had clearly fore-prophesied, That the Son of Man should be delivered into the hands of the Gentiles.
XVIII. 36. My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, &c.
I am falsely accused to thee, as if I had challenged an earthly kingdom to myself, or made any opposition against the politic government of secular princes: I have indeed preached of a kingdom, which I have right unto; but it is a spiritual kingdom, to be set up in the souls of men, which doth not at all clash with these earthly dominions. Had I affected any such matter as a temporal kingdom, in all likelihood thou wilt imagine, that I would have set up my servants and followers, to gather forces and make head against the usurpers; but now &c.
XVIII. 37. Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a King. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
Jesus answered, I am, that which thy question implieth, a King indeed; but such a one, as I have formerly declared unto thee: I must deliver this truth unto thee, and to the world; for to this very end came I into the world, that I should inform the world of this saving truth: and, howsoever this seems harsh unto thee, yet every one, who is rightly enlightened with the knowledge of the truth, will receive it with all assent and reverence.
XVIII. 38. What is truth?
What is that Truth thou talkest of? Is there no body,
thinkest thou, that can discern of truth, but thou and thy followers?
XIX. 4. Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
Behold, since ye will not come in to hear his accusation and defence, I do therefore bring him forth to you, to let you know, that I cannot find any fault at all in him, for which I may justly proceed against him; only, since you have complained on him, as a man that affects a kingdom, I have here brought him forth to you, in a royalty fit for him.
XIX. 7. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
If thou, being a stranger in matters of religion, canst find no fault in him, yet we, that are Jews, know his offence to be capital; neither do we offer him to punishment, as out of our own spleen and malice, but in a conscionable obedience to our law for, we have a law, which inflicteth death upon a blasphemer; and we know and urge, that whatsoever mere man shall call himself the Son of God, blasphemeth: this man, whom we take to be no other than he seemeth, hath called himself the Son of God, and, therefore, by our law, ought to die.
XIX. 8. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid.
When Pilate heard this plea and pretence of theirs, he was more troubled in himself; out of a fear, lest, if he should not satisfy this vehement rage of the multitude, some tumult might follow upon it, to his danger and prejudice.
XIX. 11. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
I am indeed now, by my own voluntary dispensation, in thy power, and stand before thee, as my Judge: but, know thou, that this power of thine is not absolute and independent; but is committed unto thee from a higher hand, to which thou must be accountable: this authority is put into thy hand, by that God, whose tribunal is above thine; and, therefore, since all judiciary power is of his ordination, their sin is so much the greater and more heinous, who, to cloke their own malice, have had this recourse to abused authority, as seeking colourably to kill me under a false pretence of justice.
XIX. 26. Woman, behold thy son!
Hitherto, in my personal presence with thee, I have provided for thee, and comforted thee as a mother justly dear unto me; but now, that I shall no longer continue upon earth, I do commend thee to the love and care of this my beloved disciple.