20 “I do not r ask for these only, but also for those s who will believe in me through their word, 21 t that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that u they also may be in v us, so that the world w may believe that you have sent me. 22 x The glory that you have given me y I have given to them, t that they may be one even as we are one, 23 z I in them and you in me, a that they may become perfectly one, b so that the world may know that you sent me and c loved them even as d you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be e with me f where I am, g to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me h before the foundation of the world. 25 i O righteous Father, even though j the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 k I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love l with which you have loved me may be in them, and m I in them.”
20 Οὐ περὶ τούτων δὲ ἐρωτῶ μόνον, ἀλλὰ καὶ περὶ τῶν πιστευόντων διὰ τοῦ λόγου αὐτῶν εἰς ἐμέ, 21 ἵνα πάντες ἓν ὦσιν, καθὼς σύ, πάτερ, ἐν ἐμοὶ κἀγὼ ἐν σοί, ἵνα καὶ αὐτοὶ ἐν ἡμῖν ὦσιν, ἵνα ὁ κόσμος πιστεύῃ ὅτι σύ με ἀπέστειλας. 22 κἀγὼ τὴν δόξαν ἣν δέδωκάς μοι δέδωκα αὐτοῖς, ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν καθὼς ἡμεῖς ἕν• 23 ἐγὼ ἐν αὐτοῖς καὶ σὺ ἐν ἐμοί, ἵνα ὦσιν τετελειωμένοι εἰς ἕν, ἵνα γινώσκῃ ὁ κόσμος ὅτι σύ με ἀπέστειλας καὶ ἠγάπησας αὐτοὺς καθὼς ἐμὲ ἠγάπησας. 24 Πάτερ, ὃ δέδωκάς μοι, θέλω ἵνα ὅπου εἰμὶ ἐγὼ κἀκεῖνοι ὦσιν μετʼ ἐμοῦ, ἵνα θεωρῶσιν τὴν δόξαν τὴν ἐμήν, ἣν δέδωκάς μοι ὅτι ἠγάπησάς με πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου. 25 πάτερ δίκαιε, καὶ ὁ κόσμος σε οὐκ ἔγνω, ἐγὼ δέ σε ἔγνων, * καὶ οὗτοι ἔγνωσαν ὅτι σύ με ἀπέστειλας• 26 καὶ ἐγνώρισα αὐτοῖς τὸ ὄνομά σου καὶ γνωρίσω, ἵνα ἡ ἀγάπη ἣν ἠγάπησάς με ἐν αὐτοῖς ᾖ κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτοῖς.
Jesus prays for everyone who will believe in him Intro 'If Christianity is true, how come the church is so divided?' Church unity: what is it? Why does the world have a problem with church unity? Recap of chapter 17 so far. 1. Jesus prays that all his people would be one (v20-23) 'Mutual coinherence' again. v20-21 where the unity comes from, and what its effect is. v22 what is the glory which Jesus has given? How does it lead to the church becoming 'one'? v23 Recap and develop the 'world'. Proof is the Pharisees. You can be extremely unlike the pagans, but still be worldly. The Father's love for his people and his union with them through Jesus leads to unity, which leads to a clear evangelistic effect. I.e., since we have union with Jesus we have union with the Father and with one another. And this leads to more people from the 'world' coming to know the Father's love in Jesus. 2. Jesus prays that we would be with him and see his glory (v24-26) v24 Jesus' desire that his people be with him; we struggle to accept the sincerity of his love for us. v24 what is the glory to see when we are 'with' Jesus? v25 why does Jesus say this about 'knowing' the Father? v26 concludes the prayer with mentioning the Father's 'name' again. He will 'continue' to make it known. Knowing his name is bound up with knowing the intra-trinitarian love of the Father for the Son; which is the grounds of all our life. God's glory : his name is glorious, and he has given his glory to his Son who has revealed him in the world. He desires union, relationship, intimacy, since he is a self-giving God (not a needy God). FCF . Division, disunity, squabbling, tribalism - comes from pride. Our super-narcissistic age like the talk of community but is entrenched in self-righteousness and self-absorption, which actually creates distance rather than intimacy. H1 . Outright selfish ambition and factions. H2 . Formal outward unity but no functional unity. Person of Jesus. He reveals the Father, who is in him (perichoresis). He gives his glory to his people. That we might be one - through union with Jesus and fellowship with the Father through him (v23). He desires his people to be with him and to see his glory. Work of Jesus. He died and rose to enable and guarantee full access to the Father, and to break down the dividing wall of hostility among humanity. Union with Jesus. Through union with Jesus we have union with the Father and with one another. Invitation. Come and see the glory of Jesus and know the Father's name. Confrontation. Turn from self-righteous pride in all its forms, which creates distance and disunity. Consolation. Know that in Jesus the Father loves you as he loves him (v23). Wrap up : Jesus prays for all his people, that they may be one. Church unity: what is it? Union with the Father through union with Jesus - and thus, union with one another. Love relationships all round, flowing from the Father's love for the Son.