John 17:15 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "I pray not," (ouk eroto) "I do not request," appeal
to you, Holy Father, in your care for them. Joh 17:11.
2) "That thou shouldest take them out of the world," (hina ares autous ek tou kosmou) ''in order that You should take them up and out of the world,' as you are soon to take me up and out of the world, in your bringing me forth from the grave, and returning me away from them, Rom 8:11; Act 2:24; Act 2:32; Act 3:15; Act 3:22; Act 3:26.
3) "But that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." (alla hina tereses autous ek tou ponerou) "But (I do request) in order that you may guard or keep them (as a good shepherd or sentinel-soldier) out of the (power of) the evil one," the Devil, 1Jn 2:13; 1Jn 4:4; 1Jn 5:17; Mat 6:13; Joh 8:44. He was praying especially and definitively for His church disciples who had been chosen by Him, from the beginning, to be witnesses and a witnessing agency to carry on His church work, after they were empowered, after He was gone. This is and was the heart of His sermon, Joh 14:1 to Joh 16:33 and the heart of His prayer here, Joh 14:1-3; Joh 15:16; Joh 15:26-27; Joh 20:21, Act 1:8-11; Act 2:4; Act 10:38-42.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
The Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary of the Whole Bible was originally published as a 23-volume set by Albert Garner (principal author) along with J. C. Howes, G.F. Crumley, and Eugene Garner in 1985. The Blessed Hope Foundation has released this digital edition into the public domain.