Understanding the Scriptures
|Before the world was, before the foundation of the world (v. 5, 24)||Before the earth was created|
|Manifested (v. 6)||Made known|
|Sanctify them (v. 17, 19)||Make them holy|
John 17:11–17—How Can You Be “in the World” but Not “of the World”?
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, an Apostle, said, “Perhaps all of us sometimes would like to withdraw and isolate ourselves from the storms of life and from the fiery darts of Satan. However, we must be in the world but not of the world, meaning to go forward in the midst of the sin, evil, and corruption that are in the world but resisting and rejecting them” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 84; or Ensign, May 1993, 68).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study John 17.
Scripture Mastery—John 17:3
It is the intention of most Latter-day Saints to obtain eternal life, which is the kind of life that God lives.
Explain the difference between “knowing” the only true God and just “knowing about” Him.
Explain how becoming like Them can help us to know Them better.
“That They All May Be One”
For each reference, identify who Jesus was praying for and what He desired for them.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 38:27 and share what it adds to the importance of the Lord’s prayer.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 88:67–68, explain what having “an eye single” might have to do with the Lord’s prayer, and describe the blessings that would come into your life because of it.
A Prayer for a Friend
Imagine that you have moved to a new city. After several months you receive a letter from one of your closest friends. This person has new friends and is participating in inappropriate activities. List at least two ideas from the Savior’s prayer in John 17:11–17 that you could include in your own prayers for your friend. Explain how they could help your friend.