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John 17:8

for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.
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Nave's Topical Bible - Gospel;   Jesus Continued;   Prayer;   Wisdom;   Word of God;   Thompson Chain Reference - Ask;   Believers;   Christ;   Christ's;   Church;   Divine;   Faith-Unbelief;   Family;   God's;   Importunity;   Messenger, Divine;   Mysteries-Revelations;   Oracle of God, Christ;   Prayer;   Revelation;   Secret Prayer;   United Prayer;   Unwise Prayers;   Wicked, the;   Words of Christ;   The Topic Concordance - Belief;   Belonging;   Declaration;   Disciples/apostles;   Giving and Gifts;   Glory;   Hate;   Jesus Christ;   Judas Iscariot;   Knowledge;   Losing and Things Lost;   Love;   Manifestation;   Sanctification;   Sending and Those Sent;   Truth;   Unity;   Word of God;   World;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Christ, the Prophet;  
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Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Election;   Holy spirit;   Jesus christ;   Teacher;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Mediator, Mediation;   Obedience;   Word;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Commentary;   Covenant;   Intercession of Christ;   Pre-Existence of Jesus Christ;   Predestination;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Hypostatic union;   Holman Bible Dictionary - John, the Gospel of;   Unity;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Children (Sons) of God;   Ephesians, Epistle to;   Logos;   Prayer;   Sanctification, Sanctify;   Trinity;   World;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Attributes of Christ;   Communion (2);   Consciousness;   Consecrate, Consecration (2);   Death of Christ;   Faith ;   Immanence ;   Kenosis;   Love (2);   Man;   Merit;   Prayer (2);   Prophet;   Sincerity;   Son of God;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - 14 Word Words;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Body;  
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Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;   Twelve Apostles, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Intercession;   James;   Person of Christ;   Prayers of Jesus;   Trinity;   Word;  
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Adam Clarke Commentary

I have given - them the words - I have delivered thy doctrine to them, so that they have had a pure teaching immediately from heaven: neither Jewish fables nor fictions of men have been mingled with it.

And have known surely - Are fully convinced and acknowledge that I am the promised Messiah, and that they are to look for none other; and that my mission and doctrine are all Divine, John 17:7, John 17:8.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The words - The doctrines. Christ often represented himself as instructed and sent to teach certain great truths to men. Those he taught, and no others. See the notes at John 5:30.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

For the words which thou gavest me I have given them; and they received them, and knew of a truth that I came forth from thee, and they believed that thou didst send me.

The words that thou gavest me ... The revelation brought to men by Christ was a revelation of "words," not of thoughts or ideas. This consideration is of the most extensive importance in understanding the inspiration of the Scriptures. Everything in the Bible points to the verbal nature of holy revelation. Jesus made an argument for immortality to rest on a single two-letter word, the verb "AM" in Exodus 3:14, and the mere tense of a verb at that! (Matthew 23:32). Paul likewise trusted the number of the noun "seed" (Galatians 3:16), as the definitive argument for the calling of all the saved in Christ. Jesus brought God's words to men. Therefore, let men heed the words, for they shall judge all creation at the last day (John 12:48-50).

I have given unto them ... This made the apostles custodians of the sacred revelation from God, thus endowing the New Testament with plenary authority for determining God's will for mankind. This is true because only in the New Testament does one have the actual teachings of the apostles of Christ. Men need to learn how "not to go beyond the things which are written" (1 Corinthians 4:6).

And they believed that thou didst send me ... The use of the past tense here is prophetic and refers to the ultimate fidelity of the apostles to their divine commission, passing over the little season that very night when the Shepherd would be smitten and the sheep scattered.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 17:8". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-17.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For I have given unto them the words,.... 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:

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 UzzielF12Targum Jon. in Deut. xviii. 18. paraphrases the text in Deuteronomy 18:18; concerning that prophet, the Messiah, God would raise up, after this manner;

"a prophet will I raise up unto them from among their brethren, in whom the Holy Spirit shall be, like unto thee; ואיתן פתגמי, "and I will give the words", of my prophecy into his mouth, and he shall speak with them all that I have commanded.'

And so the Messiah Jesus did:

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:

and have known surely that I came out from thee; which is meant, not of his eternal filiation, 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:

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.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 17:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-17.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

have known surely that I came out from thee — (See on John 16:29; see on John 16:31).

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

The words (τα ρηματαta rēmata). Plural, each word of God, as in John 3:34, and of Christ (John 5:47; John 6:63, John 6:68), while the singular (τον λογον σουton logon sou) in John 17:6, John 17:14 views God‘s message as a whole.

Knew (εγνωσανegnōsan). Second aorist active indicative of γινωσκωginōskō like ελαβονelabon in contrast with εγνωκανegnōkan (perfect) in John 17:7. They definitely “received and recognized truly” (αλητωςalēthōs). There was comfort to Christ in this fact.

They believed
(επιστευσανepisteusan). Another aorist parallel with ελαβονelabon and εγνωσανegnōsan The disciples believed in Christ‘s mission from the Father (John 6:69; Matthew 16:16). Note απεστειλαςapesteilas here as in John 17:3. Christ is God‘s

Apostle
to man (Hebrews 3:1). This statement, like a solemn refrain (Του διδστ σενδ μεThou didst send me), occurs five times in this prayer (John 17:8, John 17:18, John 17:21, John 17:23, John 17:25).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 17:8". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-17.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

The words ( τὰ ῥήματα )

Compare thy word ( λόγον ), John 17:6. That signified the gospel message in its entirety. This, the message considered in its constituent parts. See on Luke 1:37. Compare John 5:38, John 5:47; John 6:60, John 6:63, John 6:68; John 8:43, John 8:47, John 8:51; John 12:47, John 12:48; John 15:3, John 15:7.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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.

They have received them — By faith.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

И они приняли. Христос говорит о том, каким способом достигается это познание. Ученики приняли переданное Им учение. Но дабы кто не подумал, что Его учение человеческое или земное, Христос называет его автором Бога, говоря «слова, которые Ты дал Мне, Я дал им». Он выражается в Своей манере от лица Посредника и служителя, когда говорит, что научил их лишь тому, что принял от Отца. Ведь Его положение во плоти оставалось еще уничиженным, и божеское величие еще скрывалось под видом раба. Посему, желая сказать о Боге, Христос указывает нам на лицо Отца. Кроме того, надобно верить в то, что Иоанн говорил с самого начала: поскольку Христос есть вечное Слово Божие, Он всегда был тем же, что и Отец. Итак, смысл следующий: Христос был верным свидетелем Божиим перед учениками, дабы их вера основывалась лишь на истине Божией, поелику в Сыне к ним обращался Сам Отец. Отсюда и происходит то принятие, о котором Он говорит. Ведь через Дух Христос действенно открыл им Отчее имя.

И уразумели истинно. Христос повторяет сказанное ранее другими словами. Ведь то, что Он исшел от Отца и послан от Него, означает то же, что и фраза: Все, что Я имею, происходит от Отца. Итог таков: правая вера должна взирать на Христа, но так, чтобы не видеть в Нем ничего земного и презренного. Наоборот, она должна вознестись к Его божественной силе и твердо познать: во Христе в совершенстве пребывает и Сам Бог, и все принадлежащее Богу. Следует отметить, что в первой части Христос пользуется глаголом «уразуметь», потом употребляет глагол «уверовать». Так Он научает нас, что Бога можно правильно познать только через веру, но в самой вере содержится такая определенность, что она заслуженно зовется знанием.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

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.

Ver. 8. For I have given unto them] A sweet and precious gift. It was the Jews’ primary privilege that unto them were committed the oracles of God. There is a "chiefly" set upon it, Romans 3:2, πρωτον, Primarium quiddam et res magni momenti.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

As if Christ had said, "The message by thee my Father committed to me, I have communicated to them my disciples, and they have received it, and will communicate it from thee to the world; being sufficiently assured that my coming and preaching was all by commission from thee."

Hence learn, 1. That the doctrine of the gospel, which was revealed by Christ, was received from the Father.

2. That faith is a receiving of the word of Christ, and of Christ in and by the word. Receiving is a relative term, and presupposes an offer. God offers on his part, and we receive on our part, the whole word with the whole heart. That the ministers of the gospel are to preach that, and only that, which they have out of the word of God: I have given them the word which thou gavest me.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

8.] Notice particularly here, as indeed throughout, the marked difference between the aorists and the perfects.

τὰ ῥ.… δέδ. αὐτοῖς, and the similar sayings ch. John 15:15 alli(233)., seem to be a reference to Deuteronomy 18:18-19, where it is said that the Prophet “shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him.” The imparting to them of these ῥήματα was the efficient cause of their faith:—see their confession ch. John 6:68-69, where πεπιστεύκαμεν and ἐγνώκαμεν are connected as here.

On the two last clauses we may notice that παρὰ σοῦ ἐξῆλθον is more a matter of conviction from inference (see ch. John 3:2),— ἔγνωσαν:—whereas the other side of the same truth, σύ με ἀπέστειλας, the act of the Father unseen by us, is more a matter of pure faith,— ἐπίστευσαν. In the first, the ἔγνωσαν ἀληθῶς stamps our Lord’s approval on their knowledge, and distinguishes it from such knowledge as the bare οἴδαμεν [ch. John 3:2] of Nicodemus and his colleagues.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 17:8. ἔλαβον, they have received) by faith.— ἐπίστευσαν, they have believed) Thrice in this prayer faith is mentioned; that of the apostles in this place; that of those who are about to believe through their word, in John 17:20; that of the world, John 17:21.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Our Lord here doth both justify himself, and commend those whom in this former part of his prayer he is commending to his Father. He justifieth himself that he had not delivered any thing to them but what he had from his Father; thereby teaching all those who claim the name of his ministers what is their duty, viz. to give to their hearers no word but what God hath given them. If Christ confined his discourses to words which his Father had given him, certainly we ought to do so also. We are not to speak what we list, nor what men would have us we are tied up to God’s word. He commendeth these his disciples, that they had

received them; not only the sound of them in their ears, not only the notion of them in their understandings, but they had embraced and believed them; and had, from the force and, authority of them, given credit to him as the true Messias, who came out and was sent from God. Though they were not yet come up to a perfect faith in him as the eternal Son of God, yet they believed him one that came from God, and was sent of God as the promised Messiah; which seemeth to have been that degree of faith which Christ most insisted upon as to his disciples, until by his resurrection from the dead he declared himself to be the Son of God with power; though all along this Gospel, his discourses, and the miracles which he wrought, had a particular tendency to prove himself one with the Father, and the eternal Son of God; and the disciples had some weak persuasion of this also.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

уверовали Божий Сын подтвердил, что у Его учеников была истинная спасающая вера.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

The words which thou gavest me; the instructions which he was commissioned to impart. The reception of the doctrines revealed, and the performance of the duties required by Jesus Christ, are evidences of our being given to him of the Father; they increase our knowledge of him and love to him as a Saviour, and awaken expectations which will not be disappointed, of dwelling with him for ever.

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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on John 17:8". "Family Bible New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/john-17.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8.They have believed—They were selected and given by God with full foreknowledge that they would believe. The final taking of effect, both of their election and the giving, was conditioned on their faith and perseverance as free agents.

 

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 17:8. Because the words which thou gavest me I have given them, and they received them, and learned to know truly that I came forth from thee, and believed that thou didst send me. These words explain the fact stated immediately before. The disciples had received a consciousness similar to that of Jesus, because He, on His part, had implanted His words in them; and they, on their part, had responded, receiving what He gave. They ‘received,’ ‘learned to know,’ ‘believed:’ the three verbs, closely following each other in the same tense, correspond to the solemnity of the statement. Again, however, we see that far more is meant than the reception of particular truths: the main thought is, that He has transferred His own mind to His disciples, that He has taught them His own truths and thoughts, and that they, while retaining their own proper individuality (the word they before ‘received’ being equivalent to ‘they themselves’), have fully made them their own.

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 17:8. . The result achieved, John 17:7, was due to the fidelity of the messenger, , and to the receptiveness of those prepared by God, , etc. cf.John 16:30. . He desires solemnly to commit to the Father’s keeping those who have believed. He prays for them in distinction from the world, and for the present sets the world aside, . The petitions now presented are only applicable to disciples, not to the world. Melanchthon says: “vide horrendum judicium Christi de mundo, cum negat se orare pro mundo, damnatque quicquid est mundi, quantumvis speciosum”. But Luther more justly says: “To pray for the world, and not to pray for the world, must both be right and good. For soon after He says Himself: ‘Neither pray I for those alone, but for them also who shall believe on me’.” He prayed too for His crucifiers, Luke 23:34. His reason for praying for those who have received Him is , “because they are Thine”. God’s interest in them and work upon them have already been manifested, and are the promise of His further operation.

 

 

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

words. Greek. rhema. See Mark 9:32.

have received = received.

have known = knew,

surely = truly. Greek. alethos. Compare App-175.

from. Greek. para, as in John 17:7.

have believed = believed. App-150.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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.

For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest ('hast given') 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, [ elabon (Greek #2983) ... egnoosan (Greek #1097) ... episteusan (Greek #4100)] - 'they received them, and knew surely that I came out from Thee; and believed that Thou didst send Me;' referring doubtless to their own explicit declaration, but a little before, "Now are we sure" - `Now know we' - "that Thou knowest all things: by this we believe that Thou camest forth from God" (John 16:30). How benignant is this acknowledgment of the feeble faith of those infantile believers! Yet unless it had been genuine, and He had seen in it the germ of noblest faith afterward to be displayed, He had not so spoken of it.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me.—Our Lord explains in this verse how the disciples attained to the knowledge He had spoken of in John 17:7, and lays stress in the first place on His own work in teaching them, “I, on My part, have given unto them,” and on the matter taught as that which the Father had committed unto Him (John 12:49).

And they have received them.—Not less emphatic is the work of the disciples themselves. “They on their part received them.” Others had been taught, and did not receive. The teaching was the same; the varying effect was in the heart of the hearer. (Comp. John 1:12; John 1:18.)

He has spoken of the teaching and the reception. He proceeds to the two-fold result.

And have known (better, and knew) surely that I came out from thee.—Comp. Notes on John 3:2; John 16:30.

And they have believed (better, and they believed) that thou didst send me.—The addition of this clause is in part to be explained as the Hebrew fulness of expression, and in part as an advance on the truth, “I came out from Thee.” That He came from God they knew by the harmony of His doctrine with the voice of God, which was already speaking in their consciences. But more than this, they believed Him to be the sent One, the Messiah, whom they expected (John 17:3).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.
I have
14; 6:68; 14:10; Proverbs 1:23; Matthew 13:11; Ephesians 3:2-8; 4:11,12
received
3:33; Proverbs 1:3; 2:1; 4:10; 8:10; 1 Corinthians 11:23; 15:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 4:1
and have
6,7,25; 16:27,30; 1 John 4:14
Reciprocal: Numbers 9:8 - I will;  Deuteronomy 6:4 - the Lord;  1 Samuel 20:2 - show it me;  Isaiah 51:16 - I have put;  Isaiah 59:21 - my words;  Matthew 12:49 - his disciples;  Matthew 13:23 - good;  Mark 1:38 - for;  John 4:42 - for;  John 6:33 - cometh;  John 6:37 - that;  John 7:16 - My;  John 8:14 - for;  John 8:26 - and I;  John 8:38 - speak;  John 8:42 - for;  John 10:14 - am;  John 10:36 - sent;  John 11:42 - that thou;  John 12:49 - GeneralJohn 14:7 - from;  Acts 5:20 - all;  Acts 10:22 - and to;  1 Corinthians 1:30 - wisdom;  Philippians 3:8 - the excellency

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on John 17:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/john-17.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

8.And they have received them. He expresses the manner of this knowledge. It is, because they have received the doctrine which he taught them. But that no one may think that his doctrine is human or is earthly in its origin, he declares that God is the Author of it, when he says, The words which thou gavest me I have given to them. He speaks according to his ordinary custom, in the person of the Mediator or servant of God, when he says that he taught nothing but what he had received from the Father; for, since his own condition was still mean, while he was in the flesh, and since his Divine majesty was concealed under the form of a servant, under the person of the Father he simply means God. Yet we must hold by the statement which John made at the beginning of his Gospel, that, in so far as Christ was the Eternal Word of God, he was always one God with the Father. The meaning therefore is, that Christ was a faithful witness of God to the disciples, so that their faith was founded exclusively on the truth of God, since the Father himself spoke in the Son. The receiving, of which he speaks, arose from his having efficaciously manifested to them the name of his Father by the Holy Spirit.

And have known truly. He now repeats in other words what he had formerly mentioned; for that Christ came out from the Father, and was sent by him, has the same meaning with what went before, that all things which he has are from the Father. The meaning amounts to this, that faith ought to cast its eyes direct on Christ, yet so as to form no conception of him that is earthly or mean, but to be carried upwards to his Divine power, so as to believe firmly that he has perfectly in himself God, and all that belongs to God.

And have believed. Let it be observed, also, that in the former clause he employs the verb know and now he employs the verb believe; for thus he shows that nothing which relates to God can be known aright but by faith, but that in faith there is such certainty that it is justly called knowledge.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 17:8". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-17.html. 1840-57.