All Mine Are Thine. In this prayer of Jesus it is evident that we are not the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are not God!
have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the
world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy
7. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
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.
9. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
John 17:6-10, King James Version
In reading a Bible passage such as this one from John 17, one thing becomes very clear. We are not the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are not God.
If you will remember in yesterday's devotion, Jesus said, I have finished the work you have given me to do. That was not the end of the prayer, however. Look at John 17:6
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
In obedience to his Father, God, Jesus manifested the Father to all of the people God gave to Christ. We cannot do that, can we? We do not know who will or will not become Christians. Therefore, our job is to present Christ to everyone around us.
Now Jesus never said to the people, "I know that you, you, and you, will respond to my teaching, but you, you, and you will not." Nor did He attempt to only speak to those who would come to Him.
We are a funny people; we know that God saves all manner of men, women, and children in this world, but we tend to believe that those unbelievers with whom we interact every day will never come to Christ. However, we do not really know that, do we?
Now, look at John 17:10.
And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
Let us be careful that we do not despise other believers, especially if they do not hold to the exact same tenants of the faith that we do. All true believers are God's children, and Christ is glorified in every one of them.
Oh, how He loves you and me!