John 17:21

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That they all may be one, as thou Father art in mee, and I in thee, that they also may bee one in vs: that the world may beleeue that thou hast sent mee.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

that they may all be one; even as You, Father, {are} in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, `art' in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou didst send me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me.
- Basic English Bible

that they may be all one, as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
- Darby Bible

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
- Webster's Bible

that they may all be one, even as Thou art in me, O Father, and I am in Thee; that they also may be in us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send me.
- Weymouth Bible

that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.
- World English Bible

that all ben oon, as thou, fadir, in me, and Y in thee, that also thei in vs be oon; that the world bileue, that thou hast sent me.
- Wycliffe Bible

that they all may be one, as Thou Father [art] in me, and I in Thee; that they also in us may be one, that the world may believe that Thou didst send me.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 17:21


17:21 As thou art in me - This also is to be understood in a way of similitude, and not of sameness or equality. That the world may believe - Here Christ prays for the world. Observe the sum of his whole prayer, Receive me into thy own and my glory; Let my apostles share therein; And all other believers: And let all the world believe.


People's Bible Notes for John 17:21


Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; . . . that they also may be one in us. This is a prayer for the unity of the saints. The Lord all through this discourse has shown the intimate union between the Father and himself. The Father is in him and he in the Father, all that is the Father's is his, and his is the Father's. They have no separate will, kingdom, or interests. Such a union is demanded among the disciples of Christ. Such union is impossible while they are divided into various denominations, with separate work, property and interests, separate churches, colleges, papers and missions. Denominationalism is utterly opposed to this prayer, and every apologist for it is disloyal to the spirit of the prayer. Nor is it fulfilled in any church where there are factions, where "all are not perfectly joined together, of the same mind and the same judgment" (1Co 1:10). If Christ abides in the heart, the one life will draw all who have Christ formed within them into the family. This unity is needful, and for it the Lord prays, That the world may believe that thou hast sent me. It must be a union that the world can see and recognize. It is therefore an organic union, one Body as there is one Lord. There is no other source of skepticism so fruitful as church quarrels and sectarian divisions.

Discussion for John 17:21

  • Mitch Withem for verse 21
    I believe God only sees two types of people on the earth. Those that know Him and those that don't know him. We that know Him truly have His Holy Spirit living within us. Because of His grace and Jesus sacrifice on the cross, we have God himself living within our spirits in this fleshly body. This transcends all the wall we have built and the labels and contentions over essentially trivial details of our different belief systems. If you know Jesus, you and I are one. We will never agree on everything. We both will never be totally correct in how we believe and worship, but when this flesh and our carnal minds are finally stripped away, what is left is pure. Just as God in the old testament called all men Adam, when he looks at us he sees Jesus.
  • Rev. Autrey for verse 21
    Verse 21 "My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father... " The basic tenant of the Christian religion is monotheism, the belief in one God. So how do you interpert Jesus ' revelation of the existence of another personality of God, the Father. It 's simple. They are the same God. As Jesus said, "You are in me, and I am in You, " meaning that God is one substance, with more than one personality. So God talks to us like this Hi, I d like to say good day to you, again. I am Jesus. The Father sends his greetings, too. And when we ask Jesus to show us the Father, he says, When you see me, you see the Father who sent me, meaning the Father and Jesus are the same God. Then Jesus says, By the way, The Holy Spirit says hi, too , meaning that the Holy Spirit is the same God that the Father and Jesus are. This is the point If we try to say that Jesus is separate from the Father, or that God is two or three separate entities, we are no longer practicing monotheism, but polytheism, or the belief in many Gods. This belief system is condemned all through the Bible, and no sincere Christian will do it. God is one, and always has been. But when he speaks to us, he says he is Jesus. May God bless you!
  • Ben weaver for verse 21
    V. 21. This may be the only recorded Lord's prayer for his church. He travails to God for us (believers) to be unified as one body as He and the Father are one, so that the world may believe that the Father sent Jesus. He was about to pay the ultimate price to restore us to God, and it seems that the oneness of believers was the key to the world believing. Have our religious divisions hindered the world from receiving God's grace provision? Let's practice our unity in Jesus and allow Him to disolve those differences. Religion is most often enemy to the cross of Christ; It crucified the Savior.
  • Ben Weaver for verse 21
    The PEOPLES BIBLE above says it so well. Too often, our cultured biases seem more important to us than our unity in Christ. If only we would differentiate between life in Jesus and religion, and live it out, our world would be more attracted to Jesus. Love ya!

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