Bible Passage:John 17:26
And I have made Thy name known to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith Thou didst love Me may be in them, and I in them.
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I have given them Thy Word (Jesus says), by which they have become acquainted with Thy name: how Thou art named, what Thou art, and how Thou does desire to be worshiped and honored. To know the Father is not only to know how He formed the heaven and the earth, or how He helps the good, or how He punishes the wicked; but to know that He sent His Son into the world and gave Him to us, who has taken away death, and has procured for us reconciliation with the Father. This is the true name of God, which opens to us His mind and will, and discloses to us His fatherly affection. But Christ adds: and I will make it known. That is, I will not be content with having merely begun to make Thy name known, but I will go on to make it more widely and clearly known, and will urge this knowing unceasingly both by the Word and by the Spirit, that my Christians may not seek after anything else, or anything greater, but may be occupied in this one thing, that Thy name may become the more illustrious, and that they may the more firmly retain it in their minds. That the love wherewith Thou didst love Me may be in them, and I in them. This, then, is the main thing to be achieved; that we know the will and heart of the Father, here by the Word preached unto us, and hereafter, in the life to come, by open vision, whereby we shall behold how He loved us, and will love us forever, but only through His Son Jesus Christ. When we come to this, then shall we be in possession of the whole treasure of our consolation and salvation. Then shall we dwell in Him and He in us, so that we shall remain forever united in one.
O bliss! In Jesus' name I've tendered
My prayer; He pleads at Thy right hand for me,
Yea and Amen in Him is rendered
What I in faith and Spirit ask of Thee.
O joy for me! And praise be ever Thine
Whose wondrous love has made such blessings mine!
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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