Exposition of John 17, Thomas Manton, hard cover

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This exposition consists of twenty-six sermons on this precious chapter.

''This was, as it were, His dying blaze. Natural motion is swifter and stronger in the end; so was Christ’s love hottest and strongest in the close of His life; and here you have the eruption and flame of it. He would now open to us the bottom of His heart, and give us a copy of His continual intercession'' (p. 1)
The intercession of Christ, what is that to us, His elect? ''We are made an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ'' (1 Pet. 2:5). ''We communicate with Christ in all His offices; we are spiritual priests, . . . we are purified and cleansed in the laver of regeneration, and then offer to God these sacrifices. As Christ was temple, priest, and sacrifice, so are we. God dwells in us as in a temple: ''You are the temple of the living God'' (2 Cor. 6:16); ''As the Godhead dwelt in Christ bodily'' (Col. 2:9). We are consecrated to be priests to God, being sanctified by Him, cleansed in the laver of His blood, our persons received into favor. And then we offer ourselves, our bodies, services to God, and so we perform duties acceptable to Him; because when we act the priest, Christ acts it over again, presents our services to God in His censer'' (17:9, p. 143).

As you can see by those remarkable words, Manton is original in his thinking. He collects Scriptures together to show the meaning here, but he does more than that; he reveals the various ways in which we are indissolubly connected with Christ in all our actions, and He to us as our Intercessor.

''It is a great fault in Christians that they think so little of this act of faith. We are busy about applying Christ to ourselves. The great use of Christ is in dealing with God: ''Having therefore boldness, brethren, to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus'' (Heb. 10:19) Every prayer that you make with any confidence and liberty of spirit cost Christ His heart’s blood'' (John 17:20, page 351).

Many commentaries have been written on John 17, but none of them will contain so many unique revelations of the meaning of the 26 verses.

Manton (1620-1677) was a noted Puritan in the seventeenth century. He was a popular preacher. Besides his own pastorate, he shared a bi-weekly lecture with Richard Baxter on Sunday afternoons. He once called Baxter ''the greatest preacher in England.  His expositions include this one on James, the most popular one; John 17, Jude, Psalm 119, Isaiah 53, and Matthew 25. 452 pages, blue linen hard cover

Product Code: 1589600606

 

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