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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I and the Father Are One

The Unbelief of the Jews

John 10:22-42 NIV

22Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24The Jews gathered around Him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for Me, 26but you do not believe because you are not My sheep.
27  My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.
29 My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
30  I and the Father are one.
31Again the Jews picked up stones to stone Him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone Me?”
33“We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.
34Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? 35If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the Word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— 36what about the One Whom the Father set apart as His very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse Me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son? 37Do not believe Me unless I do what My Father does.
38But if I do it, even though you do not believe Me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.39Again they tried to seize Him, but He escaped their grasp.
40Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here He stayed 41and many people came to Him. They said, “Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true.”
42And in that place many believed in Jesus.



Verse 30: I and my Father are one.
Greek Text

ἐγὼ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ἕν ἐσμε (ego-I  kai-and  ho-article pater-Father hen-One  esme-are). One : εἷς-male, μία-female, ἕν-neuteral

The word translated “one” is not in the masculine εἷς, but in the neuter gender ἕν. It expresses union.  It may express any union, and the particular kind intended is to be inferred from the context of the given passage.

By this Jesus had said that He and His Father were united in the same object, that is, in redeeming and preserving His people.

But not in Person, for the Father must be a distinct person from the Son, and the Son a distinct person from the Father; and which is further manifest, from the use of the verb plural ‘are’ ἐσμε, “I and my Father”, “we are one”; that is, in Nature and Essence, and Perfections, particularly in Power; since Christ is speaking of the impossibility of snatching any of the sheep, out of His own and His Father's hands; giving this as a reason for it, their Unity of Nature, and Equality of Power; so that it must be as impracticable to snatch them out of His Hands, as out of His Father’s, because He is equal with God the Father, and the One God with Him.


Let’s meditate on verses 28, 29

28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.

29 My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.


The Apostle Paul confirms the security of saints in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:35, 37-39

“Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Thank You Lord Jesus,

We now believe that no one can snatch us out of Your Hand and out of Your Father’s Hand and nothing can separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen and amen.

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