John 17:8 (KJV)
For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
Jesus makes three observations about those who are true disciples:
They have received the Word Jesus gave from the Father
They didn’t just hear Jesus, they took heed. The words that He spoke became meat for their meal. They ate it and it became part of them
They have known surely Jesus came out from the Father
I take this to be in reference to His Person. They were sure that Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament promise.
They have believed that God the Father sent Jesus
I take this to be in reference to His purpose. He was sent to seek and to save that which was lost.
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John 17:8 (KJV) True Disciples
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