I believe with all my heart that Jesus is still praying for His disciples – those who are following Him – today. The Lord’s Prayer of John 17 is such a wonderful and powerful prayer. It is an assuring prayer, and should be a motivator to inspire us as we pray.
Last time as we looked at verse 15 we saw that Jesus prayed that His followers not be taken out of this world, but that the Father “Keep them from the evil”. Jesus intended His followers to be an example of godliness to the world, and we cannot do that if we become isolated and separated from everyone else.
The request we look at today is quite simple and somewhat of a statement completing the last request:
“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:16 (KJV).
Jesus came into the world in the likeness of sinful men, but yet, without sin. He came into the world as one of us, but not of the world. He came from another place. A place of glory and splendor. He left all of that to come and redeem us unto Himself. He is not of this world
In the Revelation of Jesus Christ there is a phrase which is used several times, …them that dwell upon the earth” (3:10; 6:10; 11:10; 13:8, 12, 14; 14:6;) and another similar to it, …the inhabiters of the earth” (8:13; 12:12). These references are of course speaking of those who have no heart for God and His Son Jesus Christ.
Those who follow Him, Jesus says, ‘are not of the world’. Not of this world we have been born again to walk in a new life, a changed life, no longer tied to the temporal things. The heart of a believer is tied to the things of the glory of Jesus. We are not of this world; we are still in this world, and for the purpose of showing forth the glory of Jesus our Lord and Savior.
-Tim A. Blankenship