Reflections on John 14   Leave a comment

Jn 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. t He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
The Context of this verse is Jesus explicit explanation that there is no other way to God but through the Son. Jn 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth j and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me
It is not in given in verse 13
Jn 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask u in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
That the Christian will be able to do what he pleases. It is a given that he will be able to do what is in the will of God. Now this is not a mystery, since the Scripture is quite plain that
Jn 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. l
Since the teaching of Jesus is what Jesus did to do the will of the Father, that is “to seek and save the lost. The wole of the Context of John 14:1-14 in specific is concerned with this question.
Jn 14:5 Thomas g said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

How can we know the way to the Father. Its like Christian in Bunyan’s Progress that had to “follow the path” The way to God, by His Word and His promise. Jesus is the means and the way. He supplies the Word and the Spirit ( next chapter 15)
It would seem that the “greater works” that Jesus had in mind for His disciples and essentially to us is that we would “take the gospel out into all the world.
Ac 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; o and you will be my witnesses p in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, q and to the ends of the earth.” r

The charismatic error in the past has often pondered on whether this may mean that they “may do greater miracles than Jesus. This is not what the verse says it implies that we as the followers of Jesus would fullfil His Commision. And the way we do it is by “keeping to the path” like “Christian” in Pilgrims Progress did. The greater works are then not a result of our effort but of the power of God working in us and through us.
Jesus is adamant here to show that He is the way, and we are to emulate Him. Not by doing “miracles but by obedience.
Here is what I think is the crux of the matter.
1Sa 15:22 But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, s and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

It is easy to get lost in activities and lose sight of Jesus who is the way, so to do the “greater things” or works. Would be entirely reliant on the empowerment of the Spirit. (Chapter 15.) But these are just my thoughts around the text. “greater things” imply obedience and living by faith upon the Christ we cannot see yet believe.

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Posted January 7, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

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