This week, Michael proclaims us that God calls his people to stand firm in order to advance in the midst of the spiritual battle – Ephesians 6:14. The Lord says that apart from me you can do nothing – John 15:5. According to Psalm 46:1, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. In John 17 is the account of our Lord's high priestly prayer. This prayer reveals the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ as our high priest. The High Priest is the one who is ordained to speak directly to God on behalf of God's people. Jesus' high priestly prayer is His prayer of intercession on behalf of those whom God elected in His foreknowledge to be “Disciples of Christ”.
John 171-23 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. that they may be one as We are. 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. 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. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. ”
Let's continue this excellent message "Behind Enemy Lines" by Michael tomorrow.
In Christ, Brian