John 17

John 17:23

I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

As You have loved Me. God loves you the same way he loves Jesus. When he looks at you, his heart is filled with tender affection. His words to you are the same words he spoke over Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. 3:17).

Although God is the Almighty Creator, the Maker of heaven and earth, he has chosen to reveal himself to us as a good Father who rescues us from sin and provides for our daily needs (Matt. 6:31-32, 1 John 4:9-10).

John 17:25

“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;

Righteous Father. The Jews knew God as a righteous judge (Ps. 7:11), but Jesus revealed him as a righteous Father. He is the Father who reproduces his righteousness in his righteous offspring. Because your Father is righteous, you are righteous too. You are not righteous because you act righteous; you are righteous because the Holy Spirit makes you so. See entry for Righteousness.

John 17:26

and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

(a) I have made Your name known. Jesus came to reveal a God who loves us like a father.

The name of God that Jesus makes known is Father (see previous verse). When Jesus prayed, “Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:28), he was saying, “May you be known as Father.”

What sort of Father does Jesus reveal? God is a loving Father (John 10:17, 14:21, 23, 16:27, 15:9, 17:23, 26), a caring Father (Matt. 6:8, 30, 32, Luke 12:30), a merciful Father (Luke 6:36), a grace-giving Father (John 1:14), a forgiving Father (Matt. 6:14, 18:27, Luke 7:47, 15:22, 23:34), a giving Father (Matt. 7:11, Luke 11:13, 12:32), a listening Father (Matt. 6:8), a responsive Father (Matt. 7:11, 18:19, Luke 11:13, John 15:16, 16:23, 26), a faithful Father (John 16:32), a holy and righteous Father (John 17:11, 25), a praiseworthy Father (Matt. 5:16), and a perfect Father (Matt. 5:48).

(b) The love with which You loved Me. The original word for love means to be well pleased or fond of or contented with. It describes the unconditional love God the Father has for his Son (John 3:35, 15:9), for the whole world (John 3:16), and for his children (Eph. 2:4, 1 John 3:1). God is indiscriminate with his love. Even if you are the worst sinner in the world, he loves you with the same sort of love he has for Jesus (see entry for John 17:23).

(c) May be in them. Everything begins with a revelation of the Father’s love.

It’s the unfailing love of God that inspires us to trust him (see entry for 1 John 4:16). Since the love of God is revealed in Jesus Christ (John 17:26), both faith and love are found in Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 1:14, 2 Tim. 1:13). “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (see entry for Rom. 10:17).

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