John 10:30<quoted text>
John 10:30 I and my Father are one .
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
In What Way Are Jesus and His Father One?
I and the Father are one, said Jesus.(John 10:30) Some quote this text to prove that Jesus and his Father are two parts of a triune God. Is that what Jesus meant by this statement?
Let us take a look at the context. In verse 25, Jesus stated that he did works in the name of his Father. From verses 27 to 29, he talked about symbolic sheep whom his Father had given him. Both statements by Jesus would have made little sense to his listeners if he and his Father were one and the same person. Instead, Jesus said, in effect,My Father and I are so close-knit that no one can take away the sheep from me, just as no one can take them away from my Father. It is much like a son saying to his fathers enemy,If you attack my father, you attack me. No one would conclude that this son and his father were the same person. But all could perceive the strong bond of unity between them.
Jesus and his Father, Jehovah God, are also one in the sense that they are in complete agreement as to intentions, standards, and values. In contrast with Satan the Devil and the first human couple, Adam and Eve, Jesus never wanted to become independent of God.The Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he beholds the Father doing, Jesus explained.For whatever things that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner.John 5:19; 14:10; 17:8.
This strong bond of unity, however, does not make God and his Son, Jesus, indistinguishable from each other. They are two individuals. Each one has his own distinct personality. Jesus has his own feelings, thoughts, experiences, and free will. Nevertheless, he chose to submit his will to that of his Father. According to Luke 22:42, Jesus said:Let, not my will, but yours take place. These words would have been meaningless if his will could not differ from his Fathers. If Jesus and his Father were really one person, why did Jesus pray to God and humbly admit to not knowing things that only his Father knew?Matthew 24:36.