. N.A.S.B. Quotes available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. This statement also shows Christ's unbelievable love for us. John 17:23. ἵνα ὦσιν ἕν of John 17:22 becomes in John 17:23 ἵνα ὦσι τετελειωμένοι εἰς ἕν, “that they may be perfected into one”. John:17:23 See All... reads, “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” The comparison is that since Jesus is “in them” and the Father is in Him, thus the outcome is that “they may [all] be made perfect in one.” The world still lies in wickedness; and the friends of Jesus, bound by the cords of eternal love, should advance together against the common enemy, and spread the triumphs of the gospel around the globe. ; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words, In order that (denoting the purpose or the result), (may, might, can, could, would, should, must, etc. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Throughout His earthly life the Lord Jesus was demonstrating to His disciples that He was fully God yet fully Man. God loves us all at the same incredible, beyond-our-comprehension level. ), And that the world may know that thou hast sent me.—Better, . He has been with God forever, yet the Son feels no animosity that our Father loves us Johnny-come-latelies just as much, unlike the elder brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It would be intimate beyond our comprehension. Notice how many time He says "may be." John 17:23, ESV: "I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you … ", Are we to be careful to live by every word, not to overlook even one of them, no matter how small? The work of Christ is accomplished when men are one by Christ dwelling in them. 24  Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. That question deserves a resounding, “Yes!”. Ideally—and none of us is there yet—it should be impossible to distinguish our mind from Christ's. Christ is preeminent in position and responsibility—but not in the Father's love. What does this verse really mean? 25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. Use the buttons below to get details on the Greek word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word. The contentions and strifes of Christians have shown his knowledge in foreseeing it. This verse also shows Christ's unbelievable love for us. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Follow the buttons on the right to get more detail. He was the One that was physically thirsty by the well in Samaria and yet He could cry, if anyone is spiritually thirsty, let him come to me and I will give him the water of Life – I will give You rivers of living water welling up into eternal life. The Nature of God: Elohim. While no analogy is perfect, these two do serve to point out the sort of unity that exists between God and the true Christian. If you are outside the U.S. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. Question: Some believe Jesus is Michael the Archangel in Daniel 12:1 and other verses of the Bible. Note on John 3:16.). To get what John 17:23 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context  and relative popularity. One definition is "to the same extent or degree; equally." In Galatians 3:27, Paul says we "put on" Christ at our baptism. God's Word—His very Logos—answers those questions for us in John 14:20. He had before said, “I pray” (John 17:9, and Note on John 17:20), but the thought of the union with the Father, expressed in John 17:23, leads to the fuller expression of His confidence that the prayer will be answered. It takes faith to believe this simple statement of fact. In fact, in His prayer Christ is asking God to broadcast this fact to the world! That they may be made perfect in one.—Better, . . The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). ", » I John 3:24: John writes: "Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. What does this verse really mean? When we put on the new man, we put on Christ. John 17:20-23. It is a thorough commingling of minds. So when they marry, their union is a "maybe." That they all may be one; as thou, Father. The nature of this love is, that it is from eternity; is a love of complacency and delight; it is special and peculiar, unchangeable and inseparable, and will last for ever: now God has loved his people, as he has loved his Son; he loves them not merely as creatures, as the descendants of Adam, or as considered in themselves, but as in Christ. It means we can truthfully say that there is not a being in the universe—including Jesus Christ—whom God loves more than us. 1 John : The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Videos cannot be added to the listen queue at this time. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. ", » Romans 8:10: Paul tells us, "If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin. What does Jesus mean by "Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You" (John 17:1)? The prayer is that the world, seeing in its midst the power which binds men together in unity, may believe and know that this is of God, who sent Christ into the world, and may accept for themselves the message of love which the “Sent of God” has brought unto them. The thought which has been introduced here of the conviction of the unbelieving world, seems to be opposed to the context. He was the eternal Word Who was fully Deity that had been made flesh by being conceived of the holy Spirit, born of Mary – and suffered and died on a cruel Roman cross. By what authority is that claim made? 2. (Part Three). Is it impossible? Our Lord prayed as a man, and as the Mediator of his people; yet he spoke with majesty and authority, as one with and equal to the Father. As means "equal to"! All emphasize the equality of the Father's love. Just as Christ's life witnessed of His Oneness and unity with the Father - so His prayer for you and me is that our lives are be one with Him and in unity with each other - so that the world may know that You sent Me and that You have loved them as you loved Me. We cannot be perfect apart from others. John : Used by permission. But those that are to become His own children are to be equally one with Him, just as He is one with the Father - we are to be one IN Christ. Our Savior is preeminent in position and responsibility—but not in the Father's love. John 17:20-23. That last element is not easy, as it takes a lot of experience with Him to know that He loves us, and that He loves us every bit as much as He loves Jesus Christ. And throughout His life the Lord Jesus sought to demonstrate that He and the Father were ONE – one in nature – one in Spirit – one in unity with each Other - one God in three Persons. They use words like "even as," "just as," "in the same way," "with the same love as," "as much as," and "just as much as." After all, they have been working together side-by-side for literally countless years—all eternity—in perfect harmony. And I will execute great vengeance upon them, love the Lord your God with all your heart, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative, And, also, even, so then, too, etc. Follow either of the two large buttons below to see these verses in their broader context of the King James Bible or a Bible concordance. Picture water from bucket A being poured into water in bucket B. 'The Power of One' — John 17:22-23. We are willing to send the newsletter to you by regular mail but encourage you to read it online to save printing and mailing costs. Question: What does “complete unity” mean in John 17:23? Who gets "everlasting life" (John 17:2)? III. Now, that is unity!