Chapter Fifteen – John 17:22-23

From “Studies in the Lord’s Prayer,” by Pastor K. David Oldfield John 17:22-23 Let’s say that next Sunday we have a visitor. He is without a doubt one of the most handsome men that you have ever seen. But, he loves the Lord “with all his heart, with all his soul, with all this strength, and with all his mind.” He has a winning personality that cannot be stopped. He has lots of money, perfect health, a great job . . . and no wife. What’s more, he is convinced that this is the city and church where the Lord wants him to serve Him. He is, as they say, a perfect catch. And all the young ladies of the church are instantly attracted to his all his charms, but especially to his godliness and spirituality. All the Moms wish that their daughters could have a man like this one. All the Dads are glad to be able to call him their friend. There is not one girl in the church satisfied in just being his acquaintance. There aren’t any of them who are happy just to know that he’s in church and serving in the Lord. They will not be satisfied until he has asks one of them to be his wife, especially “me, me, me” These young ladies want nothing less than to be united to this young man in holy matrimony: “To have to hold, til death do us part.” Anything less than marriage would be a disappointment. May I suggest that there is something more wonderful, more beautiful, and more fantastic than a perfect earthly...

Chapter Sixteen – John 17:24

From “Studies in the Lord’s Prayer,” by Pastor K. David Oldfield John 17:24 It was many years ago that Judy, the kids and I were driving through the Canadian Rockies back to Calgary. I can’t remember if we were returning from Vancouver Island, or just out for a day’s drive, but on this occasion, we turned off the Trans-Canada Highway at a sign that I had often seen but never investigated. The sign bore an Indian name of a waterfall. We drove off the Highway a mile or so and parked the car, then began to walk. I can’t remember how far or how long we walked, but it wasn’t more than half a mile. Shortly after we began our little hike, we could hear the sound of the waterfall. It began inauspiciously enough, but soon became a all-engulfing roar. And then finally, we burst out of the trees and before us stood a huge, roaring waterfall. This was not the water of a little creek, but a fairly good-sized river. And from our vantage point, it looked like it just leaped from a fissure between a cliff and the sky. It seemed to come out of no-where. It seemed that God created that water out of nothing just as He did for the Israelites in the wilderness. We got drenched with the spray and deafened by the sound, but we were awestruck. That waterfall, had probably been pouring off that cliff for several thousand years. It was glorious before we were ever born. It was there every time that we drove past on that busy highway. It was...

Chapter Seventeen – John 17:25

From “Studies in the Lord’s Prayer,” by Pastor K. David Oldfield John 17:25 If I brought a Minah bird to church tonight and told you that he could talk, you might be curious. Perhaps if I told him to say “hello,” and he said, “Hello, everyone,” you might be amazed. But it’s not unusual to be able to teach some birds to appear to talk. They aren’t really talking, however; they are only mimicking sounds that human’s make. They certainly don’t communicate among themselves with “hello, how are you?” If I brought in one of our Pomeranians and told her to pretend to be a cat, you might be dubious. I have never heard of a dog who completely and permanently stopped barking and wagging its tail. I have never heard of a dog which began to meow, purr, use a litter box, and sleep all day. (Well, maybe the “sleep all day” part.) Dogs behave like dogs, Minah birds behave like Minahs, and cats behave like cats. And likewise, if I exhorted a wealthy man like Bill Gates to pay off all the mortgages of all the scriptural Baptist churches in North America, he might have the capital to do that, but just because a man has wealth, doesn’t mean that he’s going to be generous. His wealth is not a part of his nature or his character; it is external to who he really is. He isn’t going to pay off all those mortgages unless he is wealthy, generous and a Landmark Baptist. (Bill Gates is a generous man, but not a Landmark Baptist). Money and generosity...

Chapter Eighteen – John 17:26

From “Studies in the Lord’s Prayer,” by Pastor K. David Oldfield John 17:26 John 14 begins with one of the sweetest and most comforting passages in all of the scriptures. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Isn’t it interesting that the blessing of these words are immediately disturbed by the lack of faith and the lack of understanding of two of the Lord’s disciples? “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? And Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us” – 14:5 and 8. The blessings of the first three verses are absolutely dependent upon the Lord Jesus. “He is the way, the truth and the Life, no man cometh unto the Father” – and the mansions of the Father – “except through Christ. And no man is going to see God the Father except by way of the Lord Jesus” – verses 6 and 9. He that hath seen Christ Jesus has probably seen all of the Father that he will ever see or need to see. So obviously, there is no way that Islam or any other world religion can coexist with John 14 – one of the most precious...