John 15:21

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

Read John 15:21 Using Other Translations

But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.

What does John 15:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.

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