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John 17:20

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

Read John 17:20 Using Other Translations

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
"I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.

What does John 17:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 17:20

Neither pray I for these alone
Meaning his immediate apostles and disciples, for whose preservation and sanctification he had been particularly praying in ( John 17:19 ) ; and now, that it might not be thought that these were his only favourites, and the only persons he had a regard for, and to whom his intercession and sacrifice were confined; he adds,

but for them also which shall believe in me through their word:
Christ is the object of true faith; which faith is not a mere assent of the mind to any truth concerning Christ, as that he is the Son of God, the Messiah and Saviour of the world; but it is a spiritual sight of him, of the necessity, fitness, and suitableness of him as a Saviour, a going forth unto him, laying hold on him, and depending upon him for life and salvation; of which the preaching of the Gospel is the instrumental means: it is indeed a gift of God, and a fruit of electing grace, and which is secured by it; hence our Lord knew that there would be a number, in all successive generations, that would believe in him, through the ministry of the word; and for these persons, and their conversion, and the success of the Gospel, to the good of their souls, he prays.

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