I framed this picture of John Calvin and put it right outside my office door. His chin beard is most impressive, don't you think?
As you have probably surmised, I am studying and preaching through John 17, the High Priestly Prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please consider John Calvin's comments about John 17:6 as it relates so closely to what I posted a few days ago-
John 17:6 I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
Christ declares that the elect always belonged to God. God therefore distinguishes them from the reprobate, not by faith, or by any merit, but by pure grace; for, while they are alienated from him to the utmost, still he reckons them as his own in his secret purpose. The certainty of that election by free grace lies in this, that he commits to the guardianship of his Son all whom he has elected, that they may not perish; and this is the point to which we should turn our eyes, that we may be fully certain that we belong to the rank of the children of God; for the predestination of God is in itself hidden, but it is manifested to us in Christ alone.