Jn 17:11 and the Trinity

This is something which has been bugging me for a while now:
If the Father and the Son are ontologically one (which is clear if you read the whole prayer and what Jesus said to His apostles before it), then how can we be one as They are? Will we be multiple persons in the same being? :confused:

Haydock Bible commentary:

  • …That they may be one, as we also are*. These words cannot signify an equality, nor to be one in nature and substance, as the divine persons are one, but only that they may imitate, as much as they are able, that union of love and affection. See St. Chrysostom, St. Cyril, and St. Augustine on these words. (Witham) — Here Jesus Christ prays especially, that the apostles and his Church may be kept in unity of religion, and free from schism.

Aquinas says this in his commentary: “He adds, even as we are one. This causes a problem. The Father and Son are one in essence. And so we also will be one in essence? This is not true. The solution is that the perfection of each thing is nothing but sharing a likeness to God; for we are good to the extent that we resemble God. Accordingly, our unity contributes to our perfection to the extent that it shares in the unity of God.”

I have always thought it meant that God is love, and there is perfect union between Father and son because of their love. And we should be in perfect union with them thru love; love of Father and Son, and love between one another. That is the union.

Jehovah’s Witnesses misuse John 17:11 to read its meaning into John 10:30. This is an exegetical word study fallacy. Basically, a word gains its meaning from its context.

In John 17:11 they are basically one in agreement or purpose.

In John 10:30 Jesus and the Father are one in nature.

If Jesus told the people that he and the Father were one in purpose or agreement than they would have said, amen, so are we. They would not have picked up stones to kill Jesus.

Look for the book by D.A. Carson Exegetical Fallacies

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