Not of This World

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August 10, 2019 by directorfsm

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14 I have given to them Your word [the message You gave Me]; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world and do not belong to the world, just as I am not of the world and do not belong to it. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them and protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. 18 Just as You commissioned and sent Me into the world, I also have commissioned and sent them (believers) into the world. (AMP)

Here we have Jesus alone praying, He has prayed from himself and will later pray for all believers but here his prayer is dedicated to His disciples. While it is certain from the text that He is being specific to the Apostles, I do not think it bad hermeneutics to apply this to all modern day disciples. 

So what is a disciple that is being spoken of here? In simplest Biblical terms they are a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. (Also See) This is NOT someone who just goes forward to an alter call, says a prayer, gets there get outta hell card and moves on with life. No, a disciple is someone:

 

Note what our Lord and Savior asks for His Disciples; I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them and protect them from the evil one. What good would it do if every time a disciple was in trouble they were taken out of the world and into eternity. What testimony would that be for others to see? No Jesus understood that the best thing He could ask for, knowing that They {we}are not of the world, just as I {he was} am not of the world was for protection from Satan’s cunning temptations. One can not (rightly) claim to be a disciple of Christ Jesus and still live a life rooted in the world around them, that is living a sinful lifestyle. 

How can we be protected from Satan and his minions? Verse 17 tells us clearly Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. Part of the Sanctification process is growing or maturing spiritually. We can only do this one way, through the Word of God for His word is truth.  Daily bible readings regular church attendance and fellowship with like minded believers are just a few examples of how we help the maturing process. 

It is evident to me at least that Jesus knew from this prayer that life for His disciples would be a battle and as an ex-soldier I can testify that the worse thing one can do is go into any battle unprepared. Are you ready to fight the good fight today? 

 

 

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