“To Know Him is to Love Him”
“I and the Father are one.” This statement is a dividing line even today. (verse 30)
1. An atheist rejects the idea of a Heavenly Father (God) and completely rejects the idea of Jesus being both God and man.
2. A deist believes in God as an entity, perhaps not in a personal sense, but rejects the claims of Christ as being the Son of God.
3. A theist believes in the God of the Bible, a three person God-head, distinct yet unified.
Jesus offers this statement as a sort of conclusion identity statement relating to all that has taken place since He has come up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. ________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________ Through pronouncements with applicable teaching and examples as well as convincing signs Jesus summarizes it all: “I and the Father are one.”
We see the reaction of the religious Jews to Jesus statement in verse 31, “took up stones again to stone Him.” This is not the first time in these few days that they have tried to seize Him to kill Him.
Jesus addresses their judgment of Him by asking which good work will be the reason they choose for stoning Him. What reason does the world use today for rejecting Jesus? ________________________
Blasphemy is their charge against Him so He points to something in the LAW and their tradition that they have understood in the past but now desire to claim ignorance. The context of verses 34 -38. Let’s take a careful look at Jesus argument:
The source of Jesus quote is generally recognized to come from Psalm 82. “God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? Selah. Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. They do not know nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, “You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High. “Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes.” Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.” Verse 6 is what Jesus quotes but placed in the context of the entire Psalm we see Jesus living out this text in His confrontation with the religious Jews.
The context of the statement has to do with the preeminence of humanity. Genesis 1:27-28 says, “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Jesus uses the illustration of Psalm 82 as the foundation that His claim as the Son of God is not something that can’t be understood. They have the LAW and the Prophets that have foretold of Messiah and Jesus has stated who He is and then gives them the criteria for proper judgment on the matter, verse 37: “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me.” Jesus understands what an obstacle to faith He is to certain types of people so He points to a process by which this bias can be overcome: Verse 38: “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” The nature of God is love and the ministry of Jesus is the ministry of reconciliation.
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