John 10:30 states: “I and my Father are one.”
In three places in John 17, Jesus prayed for unity among his disciples and in all three places he compared the unity that he desired among his people to the unity which exists between himself and God the Father.
Note his words in the following passages:
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. . . 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. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one (John 17:11, 21, 22).
Nobody would be foolish enough to suggest that Jesus wanted his disciples to become one person or even one being. His meaning is that he wants them to be united, to be in perfect harmony, to enjoy a unity of thought, purpose, and action such as he enjoyed with his Father.
This text no more indicates a unity of substance between the Father and the Son, than the unity between Christians suggests that all Christians are of one substance.
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