Unitarianism: One Person or Three?
NCW 72, July-September 2001
Q. I am a Unitarian. I am writing to inform you of your incorrect statements of the Bible. As far as I know it is written in the Bible that Jesus says, "I and my Father are one" (St.John 10:30). This means of course that they are one [Person]. And also it states" In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God and the Word was God". Which then ties God with the word of Him. "... and the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. The word is represented as the Holy Ghost which you should already know but if you want the scripture I will find it for you. Now what you must understand about the bible and Jesus is we must prove ourselves worthy of being called his children. I noticed these scriptures I stated were so casually left out. The bible is a puzzle that we must fit together and pray for complete understanding which we may or may not find. Now I am not a United Pentecostal but I believe there is only one person in the godhead that does three jobs. He is the father, he created all. He is the son, the lamb that was slain and the flesh form. He is the spirit because he allows a part of himself to live inside of anyone who wants him and seeks his face. His name is Jesus for he said he was (Acts 9:5) . And I will continue to believe that. I hope you receive my letter with an open mind and I pray that you will understand it. (Ashley M. Johnson, Bethel Apostolic Temple).
A. That is correct. The Father and Son are one (echad). But in His High Priestly Prayer in John's Gospel He clearly qualifies to us what "oneness" is, namely, one in purpose. How else could He say:
"I [Yah'shua/Jesus] will remain in the world no longer, but they [My disciples] are still in the world, and I [Yah'shua/Jesus] am coming to you [Heavenly] Father. Holy Father [Yahweh, a person], protect them [My disciples] by the power of your [as a Person] name [Yahweh] - the name you [the Person, Yahweh] gave me [the Person Yah'shua/Jesus] - so that they [My disciples] may be one (echad) [in spirit, mind and heart/purpose] as we [Yahweh and Christ] are one (echad) [in spirit, mind and heart / purpose]" (John 17:11).
A clearer exposition of the Biblical meaning of "oneness" you cannot find (see also vv.12, 21, 22 for EXACTLY the same concept). And there is no way you can read into these passages that there is one person doing two jobs any more than you can suggest that all believers are one person doing millions of jobs.
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