- I have an eternal relationship with God (3).
- I am sent into, hated by, and kept in the world (14-18).
- I am set apart by and dedicated to God's truth (17).
- I have joy when I understand these truths (13).
"Eternal life, then, consists in the knowledge of God. ... Nor is this knowledge a matter simply of intellectual apprehension: it involves a personal relationship."
F. F. Bruce, The Gospel and Epistles of John, 329.
"The word know here ... is often used in the Septuagint and some times in the Greek New Testament to describe the intimacy of a sexual relationship. Thus a person who knows God has an intimate personal relationship with Him.
Edwin A. Blum, Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, 331.
"Like Daniel in Babylon and the saints in Caesar's household (Phil. 4:22), God intends for His followers to be witnesses to truth in the midst of satanic falsehood. ... Christians must not take themselves out of the world but remain in meaningful contact with it, trusting in God's protection while they witness for Jesus."
Edwin A. Blum, Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, 332-33.
"As the disciples lived for God day by day, the application of God's truth to their lives would have a purifying effect as it would call sin to their attention, and cause confession and restoration to follow. By this means they would be set apart from sin and consecrated to the ministry to which Christ had called them."
Homer A. Kent, Light in the Darkness, 192.
"The words of comfort spoken by Jesus to His disciples were of great benefit to them. Following His Passion, they would recall his words and experience the full measure of joy. Joy came to them because they knew from His words that He had conquered the evil one and brought eternal life to them."
Edwin A. Blum, Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, 332.