I And My Father Are One (John 10:30)
I And My Father Are One – How?
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 and the same God, or is he saying they are unified in purpose and mind?
Historically, many of our early American church forefathers, those who helped establish churches most commonly known as “Oneness” (Apostolic) churches, all used this scripture (John 10:30) in an attempt to support the understanding and teaching, at that time, that Jesus was God. A problem, however, immediately arises; How do we explain God as being his own Son and Jesus as being his own Father if, as they claim, the Son and the Father were literally one and the same God. Today, we have more information available to us than they had and are more knowledgeable in the translation/transliteration of these early writings.
“One” in the Bible
does not always mean a numerical quantity
Depending on the Scripture, “one” often means unity. Jesus was “one” with the Father not because Jesus was God himself but because he had the Spirit of God (the Father) dwelling in him; “I speak not of myself: but the father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:19).
The correct understanding is Jesus and “his Father” were united (by Gods’ Spirit) having one purpose (which was to save fallen mankind), and were in one accord. This was possible because of Jesus’ perfectly submitted will; Jesus surrendered his human will to the will of his Father (God).
(Luke 22: 41-44) “And he (Jesus) was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine,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 6:12) “And it came to pass in those days, that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
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.
There are many biblical illustrations that reflect this manner of speaking:
This verse is spoken in the same context as several other verses that speak of others as being one (united).
Our Marriages – two bodies shall be one (Mark 10:7-8);
Our Churches – although many members we are all one body in Christ (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:18-20; Galatians 3:28)
Our Purposes – all having the same resolve (counsel, consent, etc.), one mind, one purpose, will:
(1 Peter 3:8) “Finally, be ye all of one mind”
(Romans 15:6) “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
See also: (2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 1:27, 2:27; Revelation 17:13) (John 17:22; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 3:8, 10:17; 1 John 5:7)
Note: 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 use it that way in several verses.
(John 17:11) “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.”
When we become one with God
Jesus then asks his Father, not himself, to keep the church and to allow them to be one, as they were one. 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.
(Acts 2:1) “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Clearly, the church body was unified, and when we become unified (especially as a church body of Christ) things happen. This particular passage leads us to that momentous experience when the Holy Ghost fell on them (Acts 2:4).
(Acts 5:12) “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.”
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.
(Philippians 2: 1-3) “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.”
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