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Jesus didn’t say what He wanted to. His words were from our Heavenly Father. The origin of what He said was focused on what He saw His Father doing, what His Father was saying and who His Father is.  This is an amazing way Jesus, the anointed Messiah, lived before His death, resurrection, and ascension to power.

How often are my words my own versus words from my Heavenly Father?

May my words reflect what my Heavenly Father who is living in me is doing.

Philip said to him, “Master [Lord], show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  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 authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. [1]

John 14:8-11 (ESV)

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The Greek construction of the question in Jesus answer indicates that the Master expected a yes answer from Philip: he did believe that Jesus was in the Father and the Father in Him.

  • That being the case, Philip should have realized that the words of Jesus, as well as His works, came from the Father and revealed the Father.
  • Believers today have not seen the Lord Jesus in the flesh (1 Peter 1:8), but we do see Him and His works in the Word.
  • The emphasis throughout John’s Gospel is that you cannot separate the Messiah’s words and works, for both come from the Father and reveal the Father.

The “believe” is singular, for Jesus was addressing Philip; but after that, it is plural and He addresses all of the disciples. The tense of both is “go on believing.” Let your faith grow!

Four hundred years before the Messiah was born, the Greek philosopher Plato wrote, “To find out the Father and Maker of all this universe is a hard task, and when we have found Him, to speak of Him to all men is impossible.” But Plato was wrong! We can know the Father and Maker of the universe, for Jesus Christ revealed Him to us. Why should our hearts be troubled when the Creator and Governor of the universe is our own Father?

The very Maker of heaven and earth is our Father. There is no need for us to have troubled hearts, for He is in control.[2]

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[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 14:8–11). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 351). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.