“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy
Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be
one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou
gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture
might be fulfilled.” (KJV—John 17:11,12)
Ready to be sacrificed, Jesus prays to the Father in chapter 17 of John, mostly about the
In verses 1-5, Jesus speaks of His relationship with the Father. God had granted Jesus the
right to confer eternal life. What God gave Jesus to do, He did. Now was the time to retrieve
the glory Jesus had from before the beginning of the world with God.
In verses 6-12, Jesus speaks of what He gave the apostles while here on earth. Jesus
manifested the name (that is, the power, authority and glory) of God to the apostles. The
apostles were of the world, but they obeyed the word of God. They knew that the word of
God, and the teachings of Jesus were one in the same: Jesus’ words originated with the
Father. The words revealed the Father unto them, as well as revealing Jesus as the Son
and the Christ. Jesus’ prayer was in their behalf. Reminding them what the Son possesses
the Father possesses, and what the Father possesses the Son possesses, and the
apostles glorifies Christ, therefore they glorify the Father.
However, Jesus would no longer be in the world with the apostles, although the apostles
would remain in the world. He therefore asks for the protection of the apostles, when He is
no longer with them. “…Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast
given me, that they may be one, as we are one.” Keep them through thy power, keep them
through thy authority, keep them through thy glory. Keep them united. Keep them one.
While Jesus was in this world, Jesus kept and protected the apostles. Only one, “the son
of perdition,” to fulfill scripture was lost. Now, Jesus commits them into the care of His