John 17:26 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "And I have declared unto them thy name," (kai egnorisa autois to onoma sou) "And I have made known your name directly to them," Mat 6:9, by His Words and by His deeds; In all that He did He reflected the character, image, or attributes of His Father, Joh 4:34; Joh 6:38; Heb 1:3; Col 1:15; Col 2:9.
2) "And will declare it;" (kai gnoriso) "And I will make it further known," to them, in future sufferings, the resurrection, and giving them the Great Commission, and in sending the Holy Spirit to bear witness of me as your Son, who has come to redeem the world to your glory, even to the restitution of all things, Joh 16:13; Rom 8:17-23; Act 3:20-21.
3) "That the love wherewith thou hast loved me," (hina he agape hen agapesas me) "In order that the love with which you have loved me," in sending, teaching, and sustaining me, Joh 3:35; Joh 5:20; Mat 3:17; Joh 13:34-35.
4) "May be in them, and I in them," (en autois e kago en autois) "May exist in them and I also may be or exist in them," Heb 13:1, as a church body, my House, and my bride, as well as in them as individual believers, Joh 10:28-29; Joh 14:16-18; Mat 28:20; existing in the midst of His churches, wherever they are assembled in covenant fellowship and service, Mat 18:20; Rev 1:12-20. The nearer Jesus came to death the nearer He seemed to come to His church. It appears the same would be proper for every child of His. He lives in His church today, Mat 18:20.
NEARER TO CHRIST
A few years since, a Christian company visited a Southern plantation. Among the slaves was an old man, with whom the following conversation was held: "You are an old man, will you not die soon?" "Yes, I know I must." 'Where do you expect to go?" "I think I shall go to the good land." "Why do you think you will go there?" "I cannot tell, but the nearer I come to death, somehow Jesus and I get nearer together."
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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.