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img_1327God’s Gifts to Jesus

John 17:2

“For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.”

The second verse of the prayer recorded in John 17 gives a reason for Jesus’ request that is found in the first verse (the request to be glorified by the Father). The reason is that glorification and the authority over all flesh already granted to him go together. As I read this verse, however, the part that strikes me most is its repetition of the verb “to give” or “grant.” It occurs twice of the Father’s gifts to Jesus: the gift of power [or authority] over all flesh, and the gift of a people. It occurs once of Christ’s gift of eternal life to those whom God has given him. As we study this verse we will find that the three are connected…

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