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Rebekah's Veil

by Rev. Kirby Williams

How Jesus glorifies Himself and His Father by fetching His Bride and filling Heaven with spiritual children!

Text: John 17:2-5
Date: 01/12/2020, the Contemporary service.
Series: "John: Encountering Love" Part 161

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As Jesus commences His High Priestly prayer, He asks for His own glorification so that the Father likewise will be glorified by His work while on earth. In doing so, He maps out His entire sojourn on earth and the reason for that visit-- to find and fetch His Bride (the church) and purify her so that He can take her back to present her to His Father. As we analyze the words of His prayer, we will find them full of deep Theological principles, (like divine authority, saving knowledge, and eternal life). To help make this clear, we will illustrate the redemptive work of Christ with a fanciful (but biblically-based) story about a prince and his "less-than-worthy" choice of a bride and how that bride was made acceptable to the high standards of the prince's father (the king). Based on the stories of Rebekah and the "woman at the well", we will create a symbol out of Rebekah's veil representing the righteousness of Christ-- a righteousness that is absolutely necessary for sinners like us to be made acceptable to His Father. With this symbolism in mind we will realize the vital and eternal importance of standing before the judgment seat of God, wrapped in "Rebekah's veil".

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I. Introduction: the story of "Rebekah's veil".
II. Exposition of the text, John 17:2-5.
A. Context
1. The sojourn of glory, John 16:28.
2. Wrapped in splendor, John 17:1b.
B. The Providential return to glory.
1. The authority to redeem, vs. 2.
a. The grounds for the petition.
b. The authority given to Christ.
i. The gift of the Father.
ii. The structure of authority, Rom. 13:1.
iii. The authority in view.
• Universal authority, Matt. 11:27, 28:18; John 5:27; 1Cor. 15:27-28.
• A specific authority, John 3:17-18.
c. The gift of eternal life.
i. Focus on the quality of eternal life.
ii. The sovereign election of the Father.
• The Doctrine of Election, John 15:16,19; Eph. 1:4; Rom. 8:29-30.
• The Doctrine of Limited Atonement, John 6:37,39,44, 10:29.
iii. Summation
2. The gift of knowing God, vs. 3.
a. Defining "eternal life", John 1:4, 3:14-15,36.
b. Quantifying "eternal life".
i. Defining "to know".
ii. Only the One True God, John 5:44.
iii. Knowledge through revelation, John 1:1,14; Heb. 1:1-2; Matt. 11:27; 1John 5:20.
iv. "Eternal life" in the "here and now", John 5:24, 1John 5:13.
3. Glory through the finished work, vs. 4.
4. Return to glory, vs. 5.
a. Focus on the Father, Heb. 12:2.
b. Verification of pre-existence, John 1:1, 8:58, 16:28.
c. Glory in the Coronation, Dan. 7:13-14.
5. Summation, John 16:28.
III. Fetching the Bride of the Son of Promise.
A. The story of Rebekah and Isaac, Gen. 24:16,63-67.
B. The story of the woman at the well, John 4:10,14-14.
C. Your story.
IV. Conclusion

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