The Gift of Words

John 17:8 - For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

 

1.      Gave the Words.

2.      Received the Words.

3.      Believed the Word (Jesus) came from God.

4.      Believed the Word (Jesus) was sent from God.

 

I.    Gave the Words.

Verse 8. For I have given unto them the words, &c.] Not commands, but doctrines; and these not the doctrines of men; nor any of the divers and strange doctrines; but what are called in Scripture the doctrine of God, of Christ, of the apostles, are agreeably to the Scriptures, and according to godliness; and are styled the word of truth, of faith, of righteousness, of peace and reconciliation, of life and salvation, and of the Gospel; and which Christ gave to his disciples, and gifts along with them to preach them, and abilities to help them:

 

Given - God is the initiator of our salvation - men do not initiate their own salvation.

Salvation comes directly from Jesus Christ, even if it is a man who preaches the word to us.

 

which thou gavest me; for the words and doctrines which Christ, as the great prophet in Israel spoke, were not his own, but his Father's; and these were given him to speak and deliver to others, and in which he was faithful; so Jonathan ben Uzziel {l} paraphrases the text in #De 18:18; concerning that prophet, the Messiah, God would raise up, after this manner;

 

John 12:49 - The Words Jesus spoke were given to Him of His Father.

Deut. 18:18 - I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

 

Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and men.  It is through Jesus Christ that we come to God.  There is no other way.

 

II.   Received the Word.

and they have received them; willingly and gladly, with reverence and meekness, with love, and thankfulness; so as to understand them and believe them, and so as to be affectionately and closely attached to them:

 

There must be a receiving of the Word before there can be a believing of the Word.

Luke 19 - Zacchaeus gladly received the Word of God.  He was ready, shown by climbing up into the Sycamore tree to see the Lord.

John 3 - Nicodemus gladly received the Word of God.  He was ready, shown by coming to the Lord at night to learn more about who He is.

 

III. Believed the Word (Jesus) came from God.

and have known surely that I came out from thee; which is meant, not of his eternal filiation, (The condition or fact of being the child of a certain parent[1]) but of his constitution and commission, as Mediator by his Father: of which they had certain knowledge, full assurance of faith, and sincerely owned and confessed being fully persuaded he was the true Messiah, and no impostor:

 

John 1:1-5, 14 - Jesus is the Word.

 

It is not that the believers searched through genealogical records and determined that Jesus came from God.  They knew this by faith, but they trusted why Jesus came into the world - to seek and save those that were lost.

 

IV. Believed the Word (Jesus) was sent from God.

and they have believed that thou didst send me; into this world, to seek and to save lost sinners, to redeem all the chosen ones, and perform everything necessary to their salvation.

 

John 8:42 - “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”

Gal. 4:4 - God sent forth his son in the fulness of time.

 

John 3:16 - They believe God sent His Son and Jesus came for the sole purpose of seeking and saving the lost.



[1]Excerpted from American Heritage Talking Dictionary. Copyright © 1997 The Learning Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.