THE PERFECT REVELATION OF GOD (THE FATHER) IN CHRIST (THE SON) (17)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:6-10).

LIGHT FOR NOW: It is only in the son that the Father can be accurately revealed or known.

It is clear from our previous investigation, that to have a perfect view of God, the approach is not science, psychology, philosophy but Jesus. Recall the word, “cometh” (in verse 6) of the above text which was translated from the Greek word “erchomai” implies to approach, to know, to see. Hence, in Jesus, we rightly approach God; we know God, we see God. That is why he explained further in verse 7, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (John 14:7). So, the revelation of Jesus that a man has is equivalent to the revelation of God that he has. That is, when you know Jesus, you know the Father. After Jesus answered Thomas’ question in verses 6 to 7, Philip asked him another question which is typical of the mindset that some have today, “Philip saith unto him, Lord shew us the the Father, and it sufficeth us” (John 14:8). Observe Jesus’ response in verses 9 and 10, “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works”. The statement Jesus made above “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?” implies there is no other greater revelation of the Father outside the person of Jesus. The son reveals the Father.

In other words, when he said in verse 7, “…no man cometh to the Father but by me…” what he meant was, “this is how to know the Father”; the Father is only known in the son, “knowing the Father is knowing Him in the son”. Outside the son, any revelation you have of the Father is not accurate, why? It is because it is only in the son that the Father can be accurately revealed.

INSTRUCTION:Know God in Christ.

Prayer: Thank you Father for Jesus in whom I know you and know you accurately, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The “how” to knowing the Father is in the son.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 8; EVENING: 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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