by Benjamin Munsell | December 2, 2018MORNINGTIME 2957
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because THEY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, EVEN AS I AM NOT OF THE WORLD. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. THEY ARE NOT of the world, EVEN AS I AM NOT of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As THOU HAST SENT ME into the world, EVEN SO HAVE I also SENT THEM into the world. And for their sakes I SANCTIFY MYSELF, that THEY ALSO might BE SANCTIFIED through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, BUT FOR THEM ALSO which shall believe on me through their word; That THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; as thou, Father, art IN ME, AND I IN THEE, that THEY also may BE ONE IN US: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And THE GLORY which THOU GRAVEST ME I HAVE GIVEN THEM; that THEY may BE ONE, even AS WE ARE ONE: I IN THEM, and THOU IN ME, that THEY may BE made PERFECT IN ONE; and that the world may know that THOU HAST sent me, and hast LOVED THEM, as thou hast LOVED ME. John 17: 14-23. How can this thing be? He is from above, we are from beneath. Here's an illustration. Two little boys playing together, one dressed really nice, the other pretty shabby. They didn't care, they were best of friends. (Rich family, poor homeless boy). The rich boy dies, his father's only son. Father hunts down the poor boy, and legally adopts him into the rich father's family. Poor little boy does his best to be like the other son and earn the love of his new father. He fails at this miserably. Finally, the Father tells the little boy, "You are now my son, I have adopted you legally, fully, and completely into my Family. You cannot earn my love, ALL MY LOVE IS NOW ALL YOURS. You now have all Rights to everything I have because I Love You and you are now a part of me. Little boy could not EARN what was already FREELY HIS. Just be His, just enjoy ALL THE RIGHTS that come to those in the Family Of God, and, Be Blessed.