The Lord Our God Is One | The Institute for Creation Research
The Lord Our God Is One

“I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30)

In this short but profound verse, Jesus claims deity and oneness with God the Father. The Jews who had encircled Him in the temple had said to Him, “If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly” (John 10:24). Instead, Jesus gave a discourse on who the true followers (sheep) of Christ were, claiming unity in the work of salvation with the Father. He said, “Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (v. 28), and “no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (v. 29). This is followed with “I and my Father are one,” which prompted the crowd to try and stone Him.

Their heated response was rooted in the writings of Moses, specifically Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD.” A more literal rendering of the Hebrew is “hear, Israel [imperative command]: Yahweh our Elohim [is] Yahweh—One.” Yahweh is the unique name of God, and Elohim is the grammatical plural of God (El), giving veiled reference to the Trinity toward which Jesus is now making a startling revelation.

When Jesus claims unity with the Father, we have the added bonus of its specificity being written in Greek, in which the word for “one” is hen, which is neuter as opposed to the masculine form heis. This distinction preserves the trinitarian aspect that is one in purpose and will with the distinction of its individuals.

And of God’s Son, John tells us in his gospel that Jesus is the Word made flesh, the Lamb of God, the Light of the World, the True Vine, the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, and that all things were made by Him, our Creator. JPT

Days of Praise Podcast Days of Praise Podcast is a podcast based on the Institute for Creation Research quarterly print devotional, Days of Praise. Start your day with devotional readings written by Dr. Henry Morris, Dr. Henry Morris III, Dr. John Morris, and others to strengthen and encourage you in your Christian faith.


The Latest
These Animals Are Masters of Disguise | The Creation Podcast:...
From the leopard's spots to the butterfly's wings, many of our planet's creatures possess the ability to hide in plain sight. Where did...

Do Fish Skulls Show Evolution?
Fish never learned to walk. Regardless, an evolutionary paleontologist suggested an undocumented scenario of how fish gradually evolved into four-legged...

Honoring Pioneers of Creation
It’s always fun to catch up with old friends. We recently asked some pioneers of the creation movement to share with us where they are in their...

Henry M. Morris and Duane T. Gish: Advancing the Cause of Christ
    The following excerpts by Dr. Henry Morris and Dr. Duane Gish were taken from the first issue of the Creation-Science...

Creation Pioneer Don DeYoung
I first met Dr. Henry Morris in 1973 when he spoke in chapel at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. With a growing interest in creation studies,...

Creation Pioneer Larry Vardiman
Larry and Jeannette Vardiman   During my second year in graduate school at Colorado State University, I received a phone call...

Creation Pioneer David Coppedge
David Coppedge   I’ve lived in Santa Clarita, California, since 1992, but I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. My parents...

Creation Pioneer Russell Humphreys
Russell Humphreys   After I retired in 2008 from being an associate professor for the Institute for Creation Research, I moved...

Creation Pioneer Gary Parker
Gary Parker   In rural south Florida where I grew up (Arcadia, DeSoto County), where my wife, Mary, and I had the first of our...

Creation Pioneer John Baumgardner
My wife, Mary, and I currently live in central Virginia near Lynchburg and Liberty University, where I serve as research professor emeritus in the School...