I have heard a fellow preacher use in a public debate the conjunction “and” found in John 17:3 as proof in arguing for the deity of Christ. His line of reasoning is “that the conjunction ‘and’ connects two terms of equal rank.” He explained that thee are two persons named in the passage: the Father and Jesus Christ; that the Father is true God and it follows that the Son is also true God because the two are jointly mentioned and are connected by the conjunction “and.”
The explanation of our fellow preacher is confusing and is weak. First, the grammatical rule of the conjunction “and” refers to connecting or joining two “clauses of equal rank.” The conjunction “and” is used to connect or join two independent clauses. The two clauses should be both independent clauses, the same rank as clauses. This conjunction “and” should not be used to connect an independent clause to a dependent clause.
The “equal rank” refers to the rank of the clause. Not the rank or position or title or office or honor held by a persona.
I strongly appeal to Bible College teachers and older preachers to stop the above argument based on John 17:3 using the conjunction “and” as proof of Christ’s deity.
The argument is wrong. – E. Tanicala