John 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me?
John 14:11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me;
John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
John 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
Throughout the 14th chapter of John, we see Jesus continuously mentioning the Oneness between he and his Father. This teaching starts in verse 8 when Philip says to him, “show us the Father” and Jesus responds with incredulity in verse 9, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Apparently, Jesus hasn’t yet taught his disciples in detail about He and the Father being One, otherwise Philip’s question would have been foolish. However, we feel for Philip because we recognize that we have desired the same thing (to see the Father) and have asked the same question. Therefore, knowing that Philip’s question is not a foolish one, we can understand that this is a new teaching from Jesus. Although it was only hinted at before (such as John 10:30, 13:20,31-32), it is obvious that he had hoped that they would have fully grasped it at this point. This would not be the first or the last time that Jesus was disappointed in the knowledge and faith of his disciples (Matt 14:31, Matt 17:17, John 13:10, Luke 22:48, Luke 22:61-62).
So what is this teaching? What does Jesus mean that he and His Father are one? First, we must go back to John 1:1-3. Here we learn that Jesus, who is the Word, was with God in the beginning and, in fact, is God. He existed in the Beginning. He was before anything had been created. He was the Creator through whom all things have been made. So in these verses, we read that Jesus was God. Yet, though he is God, he is not the only person who is God for we read that he was with God in the Beginning (we usually don’t refer to ourselves as being with ourselves –“I’m with me”). Though he was part of creating all things, it is through him, not simply by him. In other words, there was Someone else who was creating and He created through the Word. When we go back to Genesis, where we read about the Creation of all things, we read in Genesis 1:1-2 that the Spirit of God was also there. Later on, during the creation of man, we read in Genesis 1:26-27 that God is a multi-person being as He speaks to Himself in the plural – he says “let us create man in our image”. Both Genesis and John show us that there is more to God than a single person. We see this in other places as well (for example, Jesus as the Angel of the LORD in Genesis 18, Exodus 3, Joshua 5:13-15, Judges 6:11, Judges 13).
Jesus, is the LORD , but yet the Father is the LORD. The Holy Spirit is also the LORD (Genesis 1:1-2, Acts 5:3-4). So we see that, though God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4), He is also three. He is three persons within one being. Father, Son and Holy Spirit is One God. It is here that we can start to understand what Jesus meant by saying that he and the Father are one. We can see why in John 13:31-32, Jesus explains that the Glory of Jesus is the Glory of God.
We know that God is love (1 John 4:8). The Christian God is the only God who can actually say this. All other gods by definition cannot be love. This is why: To be God, He must never change because change needs Time and Time only exists after God has created it as part of the physical universe. Therefore, to be God and Love, He must love and exist prior to creation (Eternal – no beginning or end). Jesus and the Father, with the Spirit, are eternal – they were together in the Beginning, before there was anything created (John 1:1-3). As God, they chose to create all things for their own glory. However, they did not need to create. He could have existed forever without ever creating anything. All other gods must create if they are Love, for there is no one to love except themselves until they create, and loving oneself of necessity is not love but is vain, narcissistic, egotistic and self-centered. Hence all other gods cannot have been both Eternal and Love for there would be a time when they could not love. However, the Christian God is the only God who could be Love from Eternity past. For before anything was ever created and there was nothing but God, the Father loved the Son and the Spirit, the Son loved the Father and the Spirit and the Spirit loved the Father and the Son. A Circle of Love. Complete and full love existed in the God who is Love for Eternity. It will continue to exist for Eternity.
This brings us to why the Oneness of the Father and the Son is so important to us. Not only can we know that God is Love, but that same God has given us the opportunity to join Him. John 14:20-23 shows us that God and Jesus are one. However, it also shows that by receiving Jesus, we are invited to become one with them. This Lovefest of God, which has been in existence for eternity, has been opened up for us to join in. The Circle of Love of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit has been opened up so that we are invited to come in and enter into that love. How awesome is the Love of God! How amazing is it that He would invite us to be a part of that. Selah. It is the psalmist’s way of saying “pause here – understand the greatness of what has just been said”.
The great Christians of days past have understood this. Great Christians today understand it. It is God’s will that we all understand this. Christianity is not about what we do nor is it about who we are. Christianity is about relationship – specifically, our relationship with the One True God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and their marvelous invitation to join them in their Circle of Love. Once a Christian truly understands that though they are sinners, God’s Grace has welcomed them to come into His presence, has invited them into His Circle, they should be so overwhelmed by this thought that their hearts pound in their chest, they fall to their knees and they weep over the truth that is the Love of God. It is out of this relationship with God that we will become what we are to be and will do what we are to do. But first comes the relationship.
Let us be amazed at the awesome love of the One True God. Then let us be overwhelmed that we are invited to become one with Him and to join in the Circle of Love that is the Christian God. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ, our LORD!