Discipleship requires preparation!

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 
13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 
14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 
15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 
16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 
17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 
18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 
19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

This prayer is Yehoshua petitioning YHVH God, the Father, to watch over and protect the men that will serve as His disciples. He has kept them safe thus far, in the name of the Father, so that none are lost except Judas.

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” (Vs 12)

It’s as if He’s saying that He was sacrificed, so that scripture could be fulfilled.

“But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” (Vs 13)

Here we have the Manifestation of the Living Word of YHVH God speaking into the World those things that he would have manifest. That His joy would come to rest on these men, His disciples. That they would find happiness in the knowledge that they are serving God. And that they will fulfill their calling secure in this knowledge. They know that everlasting life outweighs all other concerns and is a cause for great joy!

Consider this, by the time Yehoshua will ascend into Heaven, they will have witnessed the resurrection first hand. For they will see Christ killed, only to return to them three days later in His resurrected body.

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (Vs 14)

He has given them power, the Word. And they are living in a place where there is constant danger because of who and what they know. These men are not of this world, they are like Christ and will do the things that Christ did and more.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
(John 14:12-14)

His disciples will operate in the power of Yehoshua, and because He is with the Father, He will make it so! All they have to do, is do it in His name, Glorifying God.

“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” 
(Vs 15, 16)

They must remain on Earth, because there is much work to be done. Some He prays for their protection. For they will be living in opposition to their environment. They like us, are living in enmity, and even though they made many disciples, one by one they were all killed because of their witness. Except for John who lived many years in exile. Not that the enemy didn’t try to kill Him, they boiled Him in oil, but it failed to do the job. So, they sent Him to the Isle of Patmos to live out the rest of His days.

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 
As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 
And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”
(Vs 17-19)

Here is what makes us an effective disciple of Christ the Messiah, The truth is visited upon us by the Spirit of Christ Himself. Here is how we are sanctified and made holy. We are sanctified by the truth, not by doctrine, and not by the traditions of men.

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 
And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
(John 15:26, 27)

And when we know and speak God’s Word in truth, understanding the whole of scripture, then we can say that we have achieved our calling and will also face the same fate as the original disciples, the Apostles of God.

Did Christ not say, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 
If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 
Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”
(John 15:18-20)

So now is the time to decide, are we, or are we not, His witnesses?

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 
And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
(Luke 14:26-30)

Consider whether or not we have been sanctified and truly set apart from the world. Consider also what Yehoshua has called you to and embrace it, even if it causes your physical death.

Are you ready?

Shalom my friends,

Chuck Greever

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