I And My Father Are One (John 10:30)
I And My Father Are One – How?
When I was growing up I realized my father was my father, and I was his son. We were two very separate and distinct individuals. When it came to being a family we were one family made up of distinctly different members. When it came to unity we were all united; different notes all striking the same cord having pitch perfect harmony.
When Jesus states, “I and my Father are one…” in John 10:30 we must determine, is he literally stating that he and his father are one in the same, or is he saying they are unified in purpose having one mind?
The oneness churches use this scripture to support their belief that Jesus is God. The problem then becomes how we explain that God is his own son and that Jesus is his own father. The more logical and scripturally supported explanation would be that Jesus and his Father were of one mind, having one purpose (to save fallen mankind), and were in one accord. This oneness or unity was possible because of Jesus’ perfectly submitted will; Jesus surrendered his human will completely without any reservation to the will of his Father.
This is recorded in the gospels, “And he (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22: 41-44
This scripture bears witness that Jesus struggled with his human will. He did not want to die, but submitted his will to the will of the Father so that they could be and remain one in purpose. It also bears witness to the fact that Jesus and his Father had two separate wills, “…nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” So being literally one seems to be ruled out.
This verse is spoken in the same context as a several other verses that speak of something (or someone) as being one. (John 17:22; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 3:8, 10:17; 1 John 5:7)
Whenever we have two or more people (places or things) indicated (listed) as being one , it suggests that they are in some way connected as a group or they have something in common (i.e., united in purpose)
More than one (Plural) titles can belong to one (Singular) person such as (Father, Word, Holy Ghost = God) or (Father, Man, Grandfather = Male); however
More than one (Plural) person is always equal to “more than one” person they could however be “One” as a group, a group who have something in common (i.e., united in purpose) and the bibles uses it that way in several verses.
“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.” (John 17:11)
Jesus then asks his Father, not himself, to keep the church and to allow them to be one, as they were one. Now, as the church when we become one with God, it is quite obvious we do not become God. There are numerous examples of scriptures that talk about being of one mind and in one accord. Unity yields results.
When we talk of the church, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” (Acts 2:1) Clearly, the church was unified and when unified things happen. This particular passage references what was going on when the Holy Ghost fell on the day of Pentecost.
“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.” (Acts 5:12) here again is an example of a unified church causing things to happen; a people being in one mind and one accord with the will of God.
When the epistle was penned to the church in Philippe they were reminded that unity was vital to spiritual success.
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2: 1-3)