Muslims cite John 17:3 in their attempt to deny His divinity. They say the verse points to the "only true God" and that Jesus was only one who was "sent" by God. So, they say Jesus is not God.
John 17:3 does not deny the Jesus is God. On the contrary, it proves that Jesus is God.
A. MUSLIM ERROR
The Muslim does not understand the verse because he has taken it out of context. He ignored the other verses before and after it, namely John 17:1-2 and John 17:4-5.
John 17:3 says, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Eternal life is not only in knowing God, but it is also in knowing Jesus Christ.
Who is Jesus?
B. JESUS, SON OF GOD
John 17:1-2 tells us that the one God is the Father of Jesus. Meaning, Jesus is the Son of the Father. Jesus is the Son of God.
As the Son of God, Jesus is also God, because the Son takes His nature from His Father.
The nature of the Father is that of God. Therefore, the nature of the Son is also the nature of the Father, who is God. So, Jesus is also God.
C.JESUS EXISTED BEFORE CREATION
John 17:5 proves the divinity of Jesus because it shows Him existing with God the Father “before the world was” created. In fact, Jesus already had glory with God the Father before the world’s creation.
Jesus said, “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
D. SON OF GOD SENT ON A MISSION
John 17:4 tells us that God the Father sent God the Son on a mission. And Jesus said He was already accomplishing that mission.
So, instead of denying the divinity of Jesus, John 17:3 proves that He is God.
Muslims have a wrong understanding of the verse because they do not know how to read text.
And having a wrong understanding of the verse, Muslims mislead themsleves and those who believe them.