The Prayer of Jesus, Part 3

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For His Future Disciples (John 17:20-26)

In the two previous installments of this series, I looked at Jesus’ prayer for God’s glory (vv. 1-5) and for His present disciples (vv. 6-19). In this final article, Jesus’ prayer (vv. 20-26) for future disciples will be the focus, followed by some application from the whole chapter.
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Toward a Forum Philosophy for SI

From the beginning, the forums have been one of the most interesting and difficult things about SI. Their interesting yet troublesome character is due in part to elements of Internet culture inherent in them. But that character is no less due to the fact that we, as Bible-believing Christians, have truly unique motivations and restraints to consider in shaping forum Computer xsrc=life. So a clear forum philosophy is necessary as a basis for our forum policies.

This is the first of several articles that will appear over several weeks on the topic of forum philosophy. My goals for the series are several. For one, Dan Miller has worked hard and served well as Forum Director, but would rather return to a regular Moderator role. So we’ll need to fill the FD position sometime in the coming weeks. I’ll be laying some philosophical groundwork for the forums, partly with the goal of helping identify the right person to take that job. He and I will need to be much of the same mind on the major philosophical points.
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Of Cleanliness and Godliness

Note: This article was originally published at SI on August 20, 2007.
stainlesssteel.jpgIf cleanliness is next to godliness, it is because they are in such close competition. It is hard to be godly and to be clean, too. When a schedule already bulges with a full-time job, church ministries, activities, and raising a toddler, sometimes the choice becomes one of washing the pile of dishes or reading the Bible, of writing an exhorting letter to that wayward osborne_cleaning.jpgbeliever or fixing the faucet, of inviting that new family at church over for dessert or getting the boxes in the basement unpacked (since we bought our first house in May).

I am a clean freak. (My wife just glanced over my shoulder and corrected me. “You used to be a clean freak.” Touché). Having a toddler and all of these various responsibilities has constrained me to relax my standards, and it vexes my clean-freak soul. If asked what she does for a living, my wife tells people, “I fight entropy.” And entropy fights back so hard, you would think we’re living under some kind of curse.
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Compartment Rich, Discernment Poor

Note: This article was originally published at SI on November 8, 2006.
stainlesssteel.jpg“Mom, are you sure this is a Bible thing, or is it just an old thing?” As I sat with my son downloading previews of music he was asking me to evaluate, I suddenly yearned for the days when the only song in his musical repertoire that even faintly raised my eyebrow was one that involved a rather raucous garden escape by Peter Rabbit. Everyone needs an inquisitive, stratton_boxes.jpgstatus quo-examining teenager in his home. Teens are so adept at poking around in our neatly arranged boxes of rejection and asking those challenging questions about the items that interest them. It can be quite irritating at times, and I confess the inconvenience of it all has far too often driven me to seal the container shut and shoo away the grubby little paws that are daring to rummage through items I have proudly rejected for half a century.
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Imparted and Imputed Righteousness—What's the Difference?

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Warren Vanhetloo’s newsletter “Cogitation.”

The gift of a watch, which should last twenty years, is not the same thing as being sentenced to prison for twenty years. We find many differences and few likenesses. In like manner, the development today is to try to make clear the many differences we should be aware of between God’s impartation and His imputation. God freely gives us the gift of eternal life,Watch which begins as a new life the moment we put our trust in Him as personal Savior. His imputed benefits, however, are His judicial decisions or actions in the highest courts of heaven. We know about such only from what God tells us in His Word.

That which a watch and a jail have in common is the element of time, and even that differs. One similarity in our considering divine impartation and imputation is use of the word righteousness, but only in the use of the word; imparted righteousness is not the same as imputed righteousness. One use of the word, which is not involved here, is as an attribute of God. God is eternally, totally, absolutely righteous. His attribute of righteousness is nontransferable, neither imparted nor imputed. We do not “have a little bit of God,” as some suggest.
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How Did Jesus Perform Miracles?

Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at
That Jesus did perform a multitude of bona fide, undeniable, nature-superceding miracles is the clear and consistent testimony of the New Testament, most commonly noted in the Gospels and Acts. (For a convenient but not quite complete list of Gospel references to Jesus’ miracles, see A. T. Robertson, A Harmony of the Gospels, p. 294.) One question requiring attention is, “How did Jesus perform these miracles? In His own divine power, or by some other means?”

One crucial theological aspect of Christ’s incarnation was His “self-emptying” as described by Paul in Philippians 2:6-7.

Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. (NASB)

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