When Jesus said "I and the Father are one", he didn't mean that he and the Father have one substance or essence. To suggest that he did would be to introduce ideas that were not in existence in the minds of anyone in first century Christianity.Hi Aikido7 and writer,
There is no reason to pick a side, because there is no contradiction. After a lot of personal Bible study I have discovered a theory (which I believe is a true interpretation of scripture) that shows how both of these statements can be correct simultaneously.
This thread is not a discussion thread however ... so I won't begin here.
However, if either of you are interested in my explanation, let me know, and I'll share my theory on another thread.
Jesus simply meant that the Father and himself are working together and with harmony of purpose.
Jesus' oneness with the Father is no more mysterious than the unity of all true Christians. John 17:22 says: "that they may be one as we are one."