John 17:25

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

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John 17:25 in Other Translations

KJV
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
ESV
25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.
NLT
25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.
MSG
25 Righteous Father, the world has never known you, But I have known you, and these disciples know That you sent me on this mission.
CSB
25 Righteous Father! The world has not known You. However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me.

John 17:25 Meaning and Commentary

John 17:25

O righteous Father
God is righteous in all the divine persons: the Father is righteous, the Son is righteous, and the Holy Spirit is righteous: he is so in his nature; righteousness is a perfection of it; he is so in all his purposes and promises; in all his ways and works of providence and grace; in predestination, redemption, justification, pardon of sin, and eternal glory. Christ makes use of this epithet, as containing a reason why he might justly expect that all his petitions and claims, on behalf of himself and people, would be regarded:

the world hath not known thee;
the unbelieving Jews, and idolatrous Gentiles, wicked men, one or another, know not God: as not the Father, so neither the Son, nor Spirit; though deity may be known by them, or that there is a God, yet they know not God in Christ, nor as the Father of Christ, or as their Father in him, nor what it is to have communion with him; nor do they know any of the things of God in a spiritual way; which shows the darkness and blindness of men by nature, the necessity of a divine illumination, and the miserable state of men without one:

but I have known thee;
his nature, perfections and glory, his secret thoughts, purposes and designs, his covenant, promises and blessings, his love, grace and good will to his people, his whole mind and will; as he needs must, since he was one with him, and lay in his bosom;

and these have known that thou hast sent me;
meaning his disciples and apostles, whom he distinguishes from the world; these knew the Father that sent him, and that he was sent by the Father; they knew the love of the Father in sending of him, the manner in which he was sent, and the end, man's redemption, for which he was sent; and acknowledged all this, and which laid them under an obligation to trust in him, love him, and magnify his grace; and is used by Christ as an argument with the Father to be concerned for them.

John 17:25 In-Context

23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
26 I have made youknown to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. John 15:21; John 16:3
  • 2. ver 3,8,18,21,23; S John 3:17; John 7:29; John 16:27
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