John 17:1-10

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The First Section of the High Priestly Prayer

John 17:1-10

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Lesson Number 76

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God the Father was glorified in the finished work of Christ.
  2. God the Son was glorified in the ongoing lives of the apostles.
  3. God the Father and God the Son are now glorified together in heaven.

Practical Application

  1. Did you ever think of yourself as one of God’s personal possessions?


  1. Why is this portion of Scripture known as the Lord’s high priestly prayer?
  2. Outline this prayer.
  3. “Jesus said, ‘My hour has not yet come.’” To what “hour was He referring? What was the Lord’s desire for this hour concerning His Father?
  4. What does the finished work include?
  5. How was God the Father glorified by the Son’s work on the cross?
  6. How was the Lord Jesus glorified in the lives of the apostles?
  7. How are the Father and the Son now glorified together in heaven?


  1. Because most of it is intercessory prayer on behalf of His own. Incidentally, it is the longest recorded prayer of Christ.
  2. a. Prayer concerning Himself (John 17:1-5). b. Prayer concerning the apostles (John 17:6-19). c. Prayer concerning future believers (John 17:20-26).
  3. The time when He would go to the cross. Jesus’ desire – that the Father would be glorified.
  4. Both the Lord’s public ministry and His sacrifice on the cross.
  5. All that the Father had given the Son to do was accomplished.
  6. By the disciples’ salvation. See John 16:2, 6, 9.
  7. The Son has now resumed the glory He had in heaven before the world was made. That glory is enhanced because God’s plan of redemption for mankind has been accomplished.


  1. Do you think of yourself as one of God’s personal possessions? Review John 17:9-10. What does this mean?
  2. Think of what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross on your behalf. What does this mean to you? How does it show in your life?


  1. When you think of the lack of understanding of the disciples, does it remind you of yourself? Yet He is glorified in them, and in us.

Key Verses

  • “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You.” John 17:1
  • “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” John 17:4
  • “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.” John 17:9

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