John 17:2 ἔδωκας αὐτῳ (sc. τῷ Ἰῆσου ἐξουσίαν πάσης σάρκος… Cf. Rom. 3:20 ἐξ ἔργων νόμου ο δικαιωθήσεται πᾶσα σάρξ (also Gal. 2:16, same words). We thus have evidence that the phrase “all flesh” is not a Pauline coinage, but goes back probably to Genesis 6:12-13: “So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me…”
John 17:6 – σοὶ ἦσαν κἀμοὶ αὐτοὺς ἐδωκὰς καὶ τὸν λόγον σου τετήρηκαν — “They have kept your word”. A remarkable statement about the disciples. Pastors who read this blog, when’s the last time you said this about your flock?