Posts Tagged ‘ Gospel ’

John 14: 1-14

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. (John 14:9, 10 ESV)

Allow me the liberty to unpack this.

Jesus is having to ‘defend’ himself to the disciples who have witnessed amazing things! They witness these things and still ask for “The Father”?

How more blind could they be in this moment?

What I really want to focus on is that in the text above Jesus is in the Father and the Father in him, but there is no Holy spirit because He is about to be introduced in verse 15.

BUT…

verse 12 messes me up

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 ESV)

Wait, what?

We are going to do greater than you?
Is this with Just the Father and You, because the Holy Spirit isn’t here yet!
This must have been what the disciples were thinking

Now we know today that The Father, Jesus and The Holy spirit are all together all the time, but the way Jesus speaks of this Comforter coming doesn’t help us understand who you really are Jesus?

It really is amazing to know that we’ve been promised to do greater things on account of His name!

He has trusted us enough to carry His name to the nations and share the Good news of the death, burial and resurrection.

It is my…your… Responsibility to take this message to all who will listen!

Selah

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God Gets Too Much Credit

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This picture says it all for me.
This same thought that “God gets too much credit…” has been embedded into my mind for a couple of months now.
It grieves me that family of mine and other acquaintances choose not to fully believe in this God they have grown up hearing about because of us “Christians” constantly giving our God bad rep.
I know the scripture “All have sinned and fallen short..”. (Romans 3:23)
I also know that God is a God of grace and mercy. (HALLELUJAH)
Neither of these should excuse us of our daily decisions.

These decisions that are noticed more by those that are struggling to believe in our God, rather than us, the people who openly “worship” that God they are searching for.
I put the word worship from the previous line in quotations solely because the worship is primarily the basis for this next scripture, in my opinion.
Isaiah 29:13 says it this way: And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men..”

In the book of Matthew Jesus is having a discussion with a religious leader about how the religious leader, Pharisees, have taken the Word of God and made it convenient for what they needed for themselves in that moment. Jesus quotes Isaiah specifically this part “This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.”

Look, I know that the cross hairs are focused and dialed in on us as Christians, waiting for us to make a mistake, but know that if the mistake is made with true innocence then He will provide His grace or mercy appropriately.
Also know that if that mistake is made with no true evidence of a [fruitful relationship(Galatians 5:23-23)] with God, the consequences can be delivered by way of the public notification.

Let me leave you with this scripture Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

God does not hate fags!
God loves all people!
God does not make our choices for us, but instead allows freewill.
His will is for us to choose Him, and an eternal life with Him, all while leaving it up to us to freely make this decision.

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Selah