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Lesson # John 14:7-11
Study Material - John 14:7-11
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7 If [ei] ye had known [ginosko] me [me] , [an] ye should have known [ginosko] my [mou] Father [pater] also [kai] : and [kai] from [apo] henceforth [arti] ye know [ginosko] him [autos] , and [kai] have seen [horao] him [autos] .
8 Philip [Philippos] saith [lego] unto him [autos] , Lord [kurios] , shew [deiknuo] us [hemin] the Father [pater] , and [kai] it sufficeth [arkeo] us [hemin] .
9 Jesus [Iesous] saith [lego] unto him [autos] , Have I been [eimi] so long [tosoutos] time [chronos] with [meta] you [humon] , and yet [kai] hast thou [ginosko] not [ou] known [ginosko] me [me] , Philip [Philippos] ? he that hath seen [horao] me [eme] hath seen [horao] the Father [pater] ; and [kai] how [pos] sayest [lego] thou [su] then, Shew [deiknuo] us [hemin] the Father [pater] ?
10 Believest thou [pisteuo] not [ou] that [hoti] I [ego] am [esti] in [en] the Father [pater] , and [kai] the Father [pater] in [en] me [emoi] ? the words [rhema] that [hos] I [ego] speak [laleo] unto you [humin] I speak [laleo] not [ou] of [apo] myself [emautou] : but [de] the Father [pater] that dwelleth [meno] in [en] me [emoi] , he [autos] doeth [poieo] the works [ergon] .
11 Believe [pisteuo] me [moi] that [hoti] I [ego] am in [en] the Father [pater] , and [kai] the Father [pater] in [en] me [emoi] : or else [ei de me(ge)] believe [pisteuo] me [moi] for [dia] the very [autos] works [ergon] ' sake [autos] . KJV-Interlinear
7 'If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.' 8 Philip said to Him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' 9 Jesus said to him, 'Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 'Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 'Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves. NASB
God is one in essence and three in personality. The Father, Son, and Spirit are all co-eternal, co-equal, and co-infinite. No one of them is greater nor lessor than the others. In Christ, the manifestation of the entire Godhead indwells within Him, Col. 2:9.
If you view one member of the Godhead, then you are in effect viewing all three members.
We are introduced to only one member of the Godhead, Jesus Christ for several reasons. The foremost reason is because that is the Plan of God, which allows us to draw near to Him through only one door, Jesus Christ. This eliminates all religious attempts to circumvent Gods plan.
None of the members of the Godhead are in competition with each other. All serve perfect righteousness, and perfect justice. All seek the very best destiny for each one of us. Jesus Christ did not come to earth to carve out a separate empire for Himself, but to fulfill the perfect divine plan of the Father. All three members of the Godhead are operating from the same play book.
Philip has been with Christ for over three years. He was one of the first to be called, and even identified Jesus as the Messiah from the very beginning, even before Peters great 'rock' discovery at a later date.
So how is it that Philip or anyone for that matter can live with the God of the universe for over three years, and miss so many points of doctrine, especially the very basics of Gods plan for the human race - that man sinned in the Garden and fell from grace, that by one man (Adam) all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, that the serpent (Satan) will deliver a blow to the foot of the Savior, but the Savior will deliver the decisive and victorious blow to the serpents head.
Of course you can ask that very same question about people in our present day. How can anyone live in this world, and knowing about Jesus Christ, even those who attend their church fairly often, or even those who read their Bibles daily, and still miss the point of the spiritual life?
And that question is easy to answer. People see with their eyes, but do not see with their mind (understanding). People are influenced by two opinions in life - Gods and Satan's. From those two, people discern, evaluate and invent their own version of truth for life. That is where compromise's in various forms come into human society. We grow up learning certain things, and we become comfortable with those beliefs. We grow up with certain insecurities, and we pursue that which is more obvious to us in providing the best security for our weaknesses.
Faith is a very difficult reach for our soul. A leap if you will, and not many are willing to make that leap. But then people only view faith as a leap into the unknown because they lack understanding, they lack spiritual growth.
Once a person grows up spiritually, then their perspective of uncertainty changes into confidence. And confidence is not a leap into the unknown with hope attached, but an attitude of trust based on solid knowledge from demonstrated faithfulness by God to each one of us.
Remember what Jesus told the apostles? That they already knew where He was going and they already knew what to expect. Yet they had not converted that knowledge into the reality of their daily lives because they were comfortable with the way things were. Sure it is much easier to get up each morning and do what Jesus tells you. Go out and heal people and eat the fish and bread. Pass the basket which is never empty. How would you feel if you had a money belt that was never empty? Each time you reached into it, you would pull out a fist full of cash? But, don't you have that already?
Doesn't God provide all you have. Doesn't God provide everything for you in life. What is it that you provide for yourself? But, you say, I got an education, got a job, bring home a paycheck. Hummm! But you miss the point, just as Philip did.
God has a plan for your life. God has a plan for human history. In the divine decrees, He considered every aspect for human history, every possibility, which included the determination of when to place you and everyone else into history. You are here now in history, along with everyone else who you would interact with - at home, at school, at work. Those who would buy from you, those who would sell to you, those who would be your friends, those who would be your enemies - everything in your life.
God provided the air we breath, the gravity that holds us down, of course that is obvious, but there is much more in life that God does for us all, that we probably take for granted and do not see. Once you realize, or begin to realize this truth, then your faith and confidence will begin to grow.
This does not excuse you of your responsibilities. Those are fulfilled as a result of your free will volition to decide to do or not do that which is right or wrong or expected of you in life. You can allow greed, selfishness, or some form of comfortable compromise into your life if you wish, but then isn't that saying that you just haven't crossed the line of trust in God yet?
We can look to Jesus Christ to see all three members of the Godhead, and if that presents a problem then we can look at the works of the universe around us through the telescope or through the microscope, and see the infinite wisdom of its design and forethought of planning. Nothing could have occurred by accident - well we could try to explain away one or two things from the perspective of the accidental, but not everything that exists. Even the most recent theories of evolution recognize that the history of planet earth presents insufficient time for life to have evolved, have been destroyed and then re-evolve as it exists today. So the next great idea is that an asteroid carrying life ventured by accident to our little planet and crashed into our planet to kick start life again and again. Why not just believe that there is a God and that He started life here on earth during those six days of our restoration?
We have Bible doctrine to teach us. We have examples of life all around us to teach us. Everything with its limits suggesting that we have our limits as well - birth and death, and after death, then what? So if man cannot solve death, then we look to a higher power for that solution, and that higher power is through Jesus Christ. We can demand to be shown, but then, we do not need to be shown that which we have already seem.
The proof was standing right there in front of Philip. Your proof is in writing within the covers of the Bible. Unfortunately too many will drift away from their potential destiny of infinite prosperity and more, because they just do not want to take the time to see it. They are comfortable with what they have, or they are seeking something better, something which is more agreeable with what they already believe.
Remember Philip was expecting the Kingdom of God to be set up any day now and He was to be a big part of that event. He was ready to move in to his new office with a secretary, and then begin the daily process of healing folks, and feeding them and so forth.
So look into your mirror and ask yourself, what is your comfort zone which is preventing you from advancing in your spiritual life? Philip studied with God Himself everyday for over three years and missed a lot. What is your excuse?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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