Kenneth Copeland - Jesus' Prayer For You
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Kenneth Copeland: Hello everybody, I'm Kenneth Copeland. This is the believers voice of victory broadcast. I'm just so thrilled Greg with what we've learned last week and this week. It's amazing. And I want to thank you for shedding so much light because of your... How long have you been in the ministry? Well, just take from the time that you pastored in San Diego.
Greg Stephens: Well, we started pastoring in San Diego in 2000. Before that I served brother Hagin for many years. '91 is when I got right with God.
Kenneth Copeland: But in San Diego is the way I understand it is where you became so in love with... Now, I've been, man, I'm telling you, all of my born again life, I've been so in love with the Jewish people, man, I'm telling you, I love them. And when they get attacked, I'm attacked, but man, you studied it. I wasn't called to study that. Then I want to thank you for the, the study time in the Hebrew language and all of these things that you've learned from rabbis and how all of these connections are made, brother. And I'm a... Woah! You, you guys are the same. I know good and well. And so are you because of the connection with that old covenant. Praise, God, it ever, and I knew it, but to see it tied together, verse by verse by verse is more than exciting. It is life to my spirit, man. Hallelujah.
Greg Stephens: When I was younger, I tried to convert. I went to the rabbis and said, I want to become Jewish. I want to convert. And they didn't take me, cast me away two times both occasions. I tried and I was a very young man, but I, my, my heart wasn't right about it. The reason I was doing it. And so, but that love had been in there. And then as I became an adult and really made Jesus Lord of my life, then all of a sudden revelation began to come. Amen.
Kenneth Copeland: Yeah. Okay, let's get back in here now.
Greg Stephens: We talked last time that Judas has left the room. We know what's about to happen. Jesus is going to the glory of the Lord ia going to come in the room, cause they're going to start singing what they always do. Psalm 136.
Kenneth Copeland: What he did in the temple... He had to cleanse the temple before the glory could come in. He had to clean that room before the glory could fall. That's just...
Greg Stephens: That's a revelation right there. I didn't know that.
Kenneth Copeland: He had to clean the room.
Greg Stephens: Yes he did. There was still a little heaven in there.
Kenneth Copeland: Had to get the devil out of there. Cause you said when Judas, as he was leaving the room, the devil entered him.
Greg Stephens: Yes. That's right.
Kenneth Copeland: So, Jesus said get on. Get out of here. When he got out the glory fell and his prayer was...
Greg Stephens: Well, he preaches, he preaches a last instructions to him, beautiful instructions. Chapter 14, 15, 16. Now we get to hear him pray this prayer.
Kenneth Copeland: And it ain't no our father in heaven. Our father...
Greg Stephens: And because of the new covenant, that, that old Testament prayer, our father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name that thing's fulfilled now. The Lord answered that prayer, but chapter 17... You need to just get your Bible and, and spend some time alone and read chapter 17 because you're listening to Jesus pray to the father about you. Um, these words, spake Jesus. He lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, father, the hour is come glorify thy son that thy son may also glorify thee. As thou has given him power over all flesh that he should give eternal life to as many as thou has given him. And this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom now sent notice the name and the title.
Kenneth Copeland: The anointed one
Greg Stephens: The anointed one.
Kenneth Copeland: He right there in front of them. He, he they've already had the meal. He's already chosen Messiah's cup and they ha they've drunk the wine out of Messiah's cup.
Greg Stephens: Already broken his body. All of it.
Kenneth Copeland: My Lord, my God.
Greg Stephens: Now he's revealing it. He's praying. Verse 4.
Kenneth Copeland: You have to deal with that word Christ. He's like, this is life eternal. That they might know thee the only true God and that they might know Jesus, the Messiah. That they might know me as Messiah. The anointed one.
Greg Stephens: That's what connects you to the truth right there. He's talking largely to them. But he's also talking to people that don't have our golden verse. They're strangers to the covenant and strangers to the promises. Yeah, there it is. Verse five. And now, Oh, father glorify thou me with thine own self, With the glory which I had with the, before thee world was. Now, this is why John will write that he was there at creation. I said, look at six now at verse six. Oh my goodness. Put your seatbelt on. I have manifested thy name unto the men, which thou has given me out of the world. Thine they were and thou gavest them to me. And they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever that I was given me are from thee. For I have given unto them the words which you gave me, they have received them and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou did send me the one guy who didn't believe that's already going out.
Kenneth Copeland: He's gone out.
Greg Stephens: All of these guys here believed it. Yes. Look at this verse nine. I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them, which thou has given me for, they are my, we always think that for God so loved the world that he gave... Jesus is saying, you so love me. You gave me. God so loved his son. Jesus, that he gave him Greg Stevenson.
Kenneth Copeland: He was not the prodigal son. Yes, sir. Which represents the father. God, we know that. Yes. He came in with his little speech...
Greg Stephens: To be a servant.
Kenneth Copeland: To be a servant. Yes, sir. And his daddy didn't let him finish. He was not looking for a servant, he was looking for his son back. God's, not looking for servants. He's looking for sons.
Greg Stephens: Be not deceived. God is not mocked for whatsoever. A man sows that shall he also reap. He sowed a son to reap sons.
Kenneth Copeland: The book says so.
Greg Stephens: Yes, sir.
Kenneth Copeland: To bring many sons, many sons to glory.
Greg Stephens: Let's see where did I leave off?
Kenneth Copeland: I don't know. I tell you what, I'm so thrilled in my spirit. I don't see how we just sit here.
Greg Stephens: Verse 10 and all mine are thine and thine are mine and I am glorified in them... You want to see the glory? Look in the mirror. Yeah, that's it. You're the glory of God. Yeah. Now some people, boy, they'll get mad at that. The minute you say that. There's days I've gotten up and looked in the mirror and said, there's the glory. And he loves me as much as he loves Jesus. What am I doing? I'm building myself up. And I'm not saying anything that's not written right here in the prayer of Jesus. Uh, verse 11. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world. And I come to the Holy father. Keep though thine own name, Those who thou has given me that they may be one as we are. While I was with them in the world I kept them in thy name. That's big. Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition that the scripture might be fulfilled. Talked about it yesterday. And now come to the, and these things I speak in the world that they might, um, that they may, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word and the world has hated them because they're not of the world. Even as I'm not of the world. I pray not that that they should take them out of the world. You got some people, all they pray is Lord, just take me out of this. Well, you're going against what Jesus said. He says, I'm not taking you out of here, but that thou should keep them from the evil. They're not of this world even as I'm not of this world, sanctify them through thy truth. Thy word is truth.
Kenneth Copeland: Now, back up here just a minute, Greg. Cause I, yeah. Uh, we won't say this in a, in a minute anyway, but I point this right here. I pray not that thou should take them out of the world, but that they now should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world even as I am not of the world. Keep them from the evil of the world. That is just as much mine as it was Peter and John's. And that's it... Hey, you need to be, you need, you need to set your self in agreement with that. According to what Jesus said in Matthew 18 in the 19th 20th verses. Yes, sir. Set yourself in agreement with that. Anyway, go ahead.
Greg Stephens: You got to realize going back here to verse 12, I've kept them in thy name. You got to understand that Jesus, there was name exchanges with Abraham Jesus. There was a name exchange when you accepted him. You may not see it, but it's there and you have been sealed, you've got a covenant cut in you now. That the spiritual world can see it. You're named in him. You're son of now. And Jesus represents all of the covenant names of God. Every last one of them. Bodily in him. Yeah. And he will even say that body that thou has prepared for me, every covenant name is in Christ. Jesus. So I don't have to have this covenant or that covenant, because even as a Gentile, I'm partaker all the covenants because they were all fulfilled in this one, man named Jesus. And this is why knowing him as, as Jesus and as Messiah is critical because that's all the covenant names. That's the El names. El Shaddai. El is the creative, Elohim. Those are the creative names of God, the Yah names or uh, Yahweh uh, Yehovah all of those names are the redemptive names. So the creative and the redemptive names of God all come together in one phrase. I am. It means I will be. Here's an interesting thing. I'm studying this right now. I can't find where there's any future tense or past tense with him, with his name.
Kenneth Copeland: He's now.
Greg Stephens: He's now, now faith is.
Kenneth Copeland: There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
Greg Stephens: In the future he is. In the past he is. And that name literally means I will be what I will be. If I need to be, man, I'll be man. If I need to be healing, I'll be healing. If I need to be whatever I need to be, I'll be.
Kenneth Copeland: To anyone that will accept it.
Greg Stephens: To anyone that will accept it. Glory to God. And it says, so right here, um, look at verse 20, neither pray I for these alone, but for them also, which shall believe on me through their word.
Kenneth Copeland: Either directly or indirectly every one of us came out of, out of the word in this book, man.
Greg Stephens: Cause it was written by the apostles of the lamb that we're sitting in there that he's just annointed to be ministers.
Kenneth Copeland: Now, what I received from, from the apostle Paul? The apostle to the Gentiles.
Greg Stephens: That's exactly right. Hey, because God called him for that purpose and taught Jesus, taught him, tells him, tells us that Paul tells us that what I received, I didn't receive a man. Our book from Jesus...
Kenneth Copeland: Got it from revelation, from Jesus.
Greg Stephens: For who? For us, for the Gentiles. So that we can understand this. He gives you further insight because what does that mean? Do we need to go and, and men become circumcised and do we need to observe this? Do we need to deserve that? How do we, how do we reconcile this? You didn't have a covenant. You weren't part of this. And so Paul helps us with that bridge. Now, did he throw the law out for us? No! Read that and you'll find out Paul said, God forbid. But here's how you're going to. Here's how you're going to be able to keep it. In Christ walking in love, keep love and you'll keep all of it. That's the greatest commandment. And so he gives us understanding of how the two people from two different groups become one in one person and it's still the word. And so he says, neither pray I for these alone, but for them also, which shall believe on me through their word, that they all may be one. I'm seeing a theme here of union.
Kenneth Copeland: One, one, one, one, stay in harmony, stay in, stay, stay this...
Greg Stephens: As thou, father art in me and I in thee that they also may be one in us that the world may believe that thou has sent me and the glory, which is gavest me. I've given to them. My Lord. That they may be one, even as we are one I in them, thou in me that they may be made perfect in one. Well ain't nobody perfect. Well, I am. If I'm in him, if I'm walking in love, if I'm in unity, you better believe it.
Kenneth Copeland: The spirits of just men made perfect. There it is. There it is right there.
Greg Stephens: And that the world may know that thou has sent me and has loved them as thou has loved me. That's a revelation.
Kenneth Copeland: That shook me to my core while I was a student there at Oral Roberts university. I read that and it frightened me. I mean now, it's just a little, I was shaking all over, Greg. Cause I, I, I decided from what I'd been learning from brother Hagin, the power of the prayer of agreement. So I thought, Hey, Jesus prayed this. I'm going to pray this. I'm going to agree with everything he said. And I got to that part. You mean, I can't believe that. And I said it out loud. If that wasn't written in red, I wouldn't believe it. But it is. And I said, I was going to agree with it and I'm going to say it. And the first time I said it, I'm telling you I was shaking. My knees were shaking. Do I dare say something like this? That God loves me as much as he does Jesus. And all I could think of is, but see I had a real, it wasn't one real big yet on being a new creature. Yes, I read it and heard brother Hagin. But it really hadn't really taken a hold of me yet. I just walked around that room, saying it out loud. God loves Kenneth as much as he does Jesus. And the first time or two, I said it, man... It frightened me so to say that, and the more I said it, I'm telling you my spirit grabbed hold of that. And by the time I got through saying that I'm shouting and laughing and crying and every other thing you can think of, God loves Kenneth as much as he does Jesus. He loves me as much as he loves Jesus. Then later I thought, well, you dummy, of course he did. He gave him to get me. Just like he did for you. That he might bring many sons into the glory. But I didn't know it back then.
Greg Stephens: If you could have seen in the spirit realm, I guarantee your angels were like, there we go! He got it.
Kenneth Copeland: He finally got it!
Greg Stephens: He finally got it. Now we can build a ministry!
Kenneth Copeland: Back then man, I was so broke I couldn't pay attention but I mean really. But when I found that out, it, it started opening up the Bible. Yes, sir. And opening it up. Revelation began to come. Yes, sir. And I found out I was a spirit and I had a soul and I lived in a body and God loved me and he just loves me. He just loves me. That's all. He just loves me. And I was blessed to have a wife that was the same way. She just loved me. I could act like an idiot and she just loved me anyway.
Greg Stephens: I realized that there are seven times in this passage, in this prayer that Jesus will let us know that we are the father's gift to him. Seven different times.
Kenneth Copeland: Seven different times.
Greg Stephens: Completion. He'll let us know. See, cause I always, I never saw myself that way that I am a gift to Jesus. Never saw myself that way. I had always been taught, oh don't exalt yourself in that. Oh yeah. Exalt myself in that. And he loves me as much as he loved...
Kenneth Copeland: You're really not exalting yourself. All you're doing is agreeing.
Greg Stephens: I'm agreeing with that. He's already said it he's the exalted one, but Hey professor, we've been raised up to sit with him in heavenly places.
Kenneth Copeland: Yes. And where he owned the throne of grace, where he is at the right hand of the father, where at the right hand of Jesus. Amen. Amen. Glory to God.
Greg Stephens: And, and if you're at the right hand, when we lean, you're leaning right against him. There it is.
Kenneth Copeland: And I lean on him a lot.
Greg Stephens: And that's what we're supposed to do. And that's why it's so easy to roll your cares over. See it? Because You're so close.
Kenneth Copeland: Take this Jesus.
Greg Stephens: He's a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Never leave you, never forsake you.
Kenneth Copeland: When I was listening to that, like I was talking about yesterday and I caste that care over on, on, on, on God. Brother Hagin said, now you listened to me. God don't want you carrying any kind of care. He didn't create you to carry cares. And burdens brother Hagin said this, he's working on that problem while I'm asleep, he's working on it while I'm asleep, glory to God. And I woke up the next morning. I said he's working on that mess while I was sleeping. Glory to God. And just all kinds of information started coming. Do this and do that and do that. Yeah. Okay. I knew that. I can do that. Hallelujah.
Greg Stephens: So as he is, so am I in this world. If I'm going to believe this prayer that he's praying. Cause I'm, I'm named in it. So here's the thing. The angels were always ready. He, he even will make a statement in the next few hours. I, all I gotta do is say the word and they're going to be here. Enough to cleanse the planet if just say the word. So when I get an alignment with my righteousness and who I really am in this covenant, the spirit world is moving.
Kenneth Copeland: Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who are heirs of salvation, that there it is right there, right there.
Greg Stephens: And I am an heir of salvation. So guess what? When I stay in line with this in my position, seated next to him, leaning right on his chest, that's the position of rest. When I stay in that position, the ministry experience are unhindered.
Kenneth Copeland: Now, how do you do that? How do you lean over on him and depend on Jesus in that covenant meal? You have to know the covenant. You have to know what's promised. What's declared.The promises of the old covenant that have become facts in the new covenant, Isaiah prophesied that he's coming and by his stripes we're healed. Yes, sir. Peter takes it into the place which become a fact. By his stripes, we were healed.
Greg Stephens: And so therefore I am.
Kenneth Copeland: Therefore I am.
Greg Stephens: And when I say I am knowing the covenant. This is, this is a prayer for covenant partners.
Kenneth Copeland: Yes it is.
Greg Stephens: And you are a covenant partner with the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Kenneth Copeland: I heard you say this and I've become very, very cautious about it. Very, very cautious about it. I am sick. Well I went, no, no, no. I am part of the, I am. I was sick and I'm not taking that anymore.