The result of Christ’s rule over the disciples is also given in His report to His Father in this chapter (John 17). Godly rule in their lives produced fruit, as it always will in the lives of those who want to live in the kingdom.

First, they recognized His authority over them as from God and willingly received it and submitted to it (vs. 7, 8). They did not resist His leadership, because if they had, they knew that they would be resisting God. They knew Jesus had been sent by His Father (vs. 8).

Obedience to Jesus was not something the disciples ought to do, needed to do, and should do but really didn’t want to do. His rule caused them to want to obey Him, for they knew that obedience to Him and His teaching brought life, so obeying was something that was not difficult for them to do but natural and spontaneous. When given the opportunity to leave Him, and reject His rule, Peter spoke for the twelve as he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

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