“…who has given them to me”

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” – John 10:27-29

The phrase “who has given them to me” begs the questions, Why? For what? What does this look like? As is typical, Scripture provides excellent commentary on itself. John 17, the Lord’s high priestly prayer, is helpful here.

The Father has given us to Christ:

– For eternal life (17:2-8)

– To testify of Christ’s deity by the keeping of his word (17:6-8)

– For Jesus’ glory (17:10, 24)

– For unification, which is a reflection of the Godhead (17:11, 21-23)

– For joy (17:13)

– For sanctification in truth, which Christ modeled by consecrating himself (declaring himself sacred and setting himself apart for God) (17:16-19)

– For evangelism (17:20-21)

– For love (17:26)

So I ask, “Shall not the Lamb receive the full reward for his sufferings?”

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