Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 21, 2019

“He who has seen Me has seen the Father”

Today’s devotion comes from John 14:7-14.

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also;  from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”  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 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 initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me;  otherwise believe because of the works themselves.  Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also;  and greater works than these he will do;  because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”  John 14:7-14.

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We all know that it is not unusual for a son to look like his father and even do things alike.

When I was a boy, people would tell me all the time that I looked like my father.  I loved it and was proud of it.

So, today’s Scripture should not surprise us:  “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” and “The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works”.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”  Colossians 1:15.

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,”  Colossians 2:9.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14.

Last week, as my middle son and I were walking down the hall, a lady in my office building said that my son and I walked alike.  I kind of liked the comment, but I did not have total confidence in myself that I was walking well.

More important than my son walk well physically, it is important that my three sons walk in truth.  “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”  3 John 1:4.

Other doctrine places its hope in the natural father.

But, Reformed Doctrine places its hope in God, our spiritual Father.

Abraham had two sons, Jacob and Esau, and although Abraham walked in the truth and raised both sons in the truth, God stated:  “Just as it is written, JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.”  Romans 9:13.  “for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”  Romans 9:11-12. 

Article 10.  The good pleasure of God is the sole cause of this gracious election;  which doth not consist herein, that out of all possible qualities and actions of men God has chosen some as a condition of salvation;  but that he was pleased out of the common mass of sinners to adopt some certain persons as a peculiar people to himself, as it is written, “For the children being not yet born neither having done any good or evil,” etc., it was said (namely to Rebecca):  “the elder shall serve the younger;  as it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated,”  Romans 9:11,12,13.  “And as many as were ordained to eternal life believed,” Acts 13:48.  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

The following Scriptures show the work of God, our spiritual Father.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also;  and greater works than these he will do;  because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”   Verses 12-14.


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