John 15:21

21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

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John 15:21 in Other Translations

KJV
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
ESV
21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
NLT
21 They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.
MSG
21 "They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me, because they don't know the One who sent me.
CSB
21 But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don't know the One who sent Me.

John 15:21 Meaning and Commentary

John 15:21

But all these things will they do unto you
Christ here signifies, that all the hatred and persecutions raised against his people by the world, would not be on their own account, for any evil actions done by them; they would not suffer as thieves, murderers, and evildoers, but as Christians; or as he says,

for my name's sake:
because they were called by his name, and called upon his name; because they professed his name, and confessed him to be the Messiah and Redeemer; because they loved his name Jesus, a Saviour, believed in his name, and hoped in him for eternal life; and also preached him, and in his name salvation, and encouraged others to believe in him; and therefore they had no reason to be ashamed, but rather to rejoice; as they afterwards did, that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name: besides, this malice and hatred of theirs arose from ignorance of the Father of Christ:

because they know not him that sent me;
they did not know that Jesus was the Christ, and sent of God; they did not acknowledge him to be so, or the Father to be the sender of him; and because Christ and his disciples asserted this, therefore they were the objects of their hatred.

John 15:21 In-Context

19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 66:5; Matthew 5:10,11; Matthew 10:22; Luke 6:22; Acts 5:41; 1 Peter 4:14; Revelation 2:3
  • 2. John 16:3
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