He still Is Our Father

“Before Jesus Christ began teaching his disciples, they never understood God as a Father, and that not only was God his Father, but that He was going to become theirs. Today when we hear the words ‘our Father’ in reference to God, it does not faze us at all because we commonly know this term, but back then it was an incredible mind-blower. Jesus’ life showed God in a new light as our heavenly Father, and He still is Our Father!” ~LMJ~

He That Believeth on Me

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 14:9 – 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, Shew us the Father?

In a past Bible Byte, we looked at this verse, but now we go to the heart of the question. Philip and the rest of the Apostles wanted more proof that God was real, and Jesus in explaining the question more fully says “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Jesus was God’s Ambassador, God’s Son acting on God’s behalf, so that Christ was the epitome of God’s love in practical living, for he was the incarnate Word (John 1:14a). Jesus had the power of attorney to act in his Father’s stead, and the works that Christ had done were literally done by the power of God in him.

John 14:10-11:
-10: 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.
-11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

In verses 10 and 11 we have Jesus explaining to his disciples that believing was the very key to recognizing and experiencing God (the Father). He further explains that if his words were not enough for them to believe, then they would be able to believe because of the very sake of the works that Jesus Christ had done, for they were the very proof of God Himself.

John 14:12 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do {of which God Himself energized} shall he {you} do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

This verse is almost unbelievable, yet Jesus says that it is so, and when we believe it, it will be so. Many have speculated about what these “greater works” really are, some believe it is the receiving of the holy spirit, but others think that the “greater works” are speaking in tongues, and others think being born again are the “greater works.” However, “greater works” is all of this and more, much more! It is receiving with God’s divine grace everything that Christ made available by his life, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Today, we can be receiving and living the more abundant life, and it is so much greater because it is currently ours.

The “greater works” is the life that Jesus made available and gave to us in grace. It is spiritual freedom to personally as well as passionately walk with God as our Father, and with Christ as our Lord and Savior. It is your believing to receive the greatness of all the good works the Church Epistles (Romans through II Thessalonians), reveals to you in divine grace.  When you receive the Word of God and believe it, you will absolutely begin walking in the fullness of all Christ made available to you, and you will be living in and enjoying those greater works!

I Have Declared Your Name

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 17:1:
THESE WORDS spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come {for Jesus to redeem humanity with his life}; glorify thy Son, {in order} that thy Son also may glorify thee:

John chapter 17 is a prayer, and Jesus first asked his Father to glorify him, so that he would have the power to reciprocate glory back to his Father. Jesus went through a horrendous torture; thankfully, we today do not need to face what Jesus went through. But notice that he prayed first so that he would be able to glorify the Father. The Scriptures show that God indeed glorified Christ, and Christ still glorifies his Father. Any prayer that will glorify God blesses our heavenly Father’s heart, and He will always, in His glory, answer your prayers.

John 17:24:
Father, I will {wish} that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Jesus, in the closing moments of this prayer, prays that we can behold his glory that the Father gave to him. Then Jesus says, “for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” This love that God loved him with has been in the heart of God since before the foundation of the world. This love has passed the test of time and is what allowed Jesus to redeem humanity.

John 17:25:
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

It is sad but true that so many people do not know the righteous Father; however, we can be so humbly thankful that we do know Him, and that we do know the Savior whom God sent to us.

John 17:26:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: {here is the purpose for Jesus declaring the name “righteous Father” to us} that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Jesus detailed to his Apostles and disciples (and it is recorded in the Scriptures for us), the Father’s wonderful name, “Righteousness.” Jesus had shown that God was the Creator, that He was the Lord in His personal relationship with us, and that God is our righteous Father. Jesus Christ did all this in his ministry with a purpose, to show us the Father’s love, and the love with which He has loved Jesus since the beginning of time is extended and given graciously to us.

Did Jesus’ prayer get answered? Oh yes it certainly did (Ephesians 1:3-4)! God’s love is now a part of your life, and is now inseparable from your heart (Romans 5:5). In Romans 5:8 we read, “But God commendeth {introduces} his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ has given so much for you (his very life), so that the Father could introduce His love into your heart and give you a spiritual relationship in divine righteousness with Him Who is your heavenly Father.

Heirs of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Galatians 4:6-7:
-6:  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
-7:  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if {since you are} a son, then an heir of God through {by the work of} Christ.

Today we are the sons of God.  “Son” is all-inclusive for every child of God whether they are male or female (Galatians 3:26-28) and we are all the children of God because we have the spirit of Christ with our very hearts. “Crying, Abba, Father” literally means saying daddy in the same way a child first speaks out to his parents saying momma or dada. Receiving the spirit of Christ has made us the children of God, and thus the biblical expression of “being born again of incorruptible seed” (I Peter 1:23).

Therefore, we are not servants of God, but emphatically, we truly are the sons of God! God has made us heirs of heavens throne and all that is therein; the majesty, the power, and the glory of heaven itself is to be ours because of the work of Christ. He gave his life for this, that we may genuinely know and experience the greatness of our heavenly calling, and of our eternal heavenly inheritance (Ephesians 1:18-19).

When the children of Israel (the Old Testament servants of God) were delivered from the bondage of Egypt, they definitely had the release of a major burden of cruel slavery, yet they became servants to the Law, and the Law itself became for them an emotional internal bondage of rigorous mandates, actions, and commandments. However, today in God’s divine grace we are no longer servants, but sons and daughters, and heirs of His Majesty’s wealth because we accepted Christ, rather than on account of any works, laws, or commandments we may do (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Romans 8:14-17a:
-14:  For as many as are lead by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
-15:  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption {a sonship spirit that brings to the heart and soul of the children of God true inner spiritual freedom}, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
-16:  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
-17a:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; . . .

A joint-heir shares fully, we will not divide up Christ’s inheritance among all of the children of God but rather we will all partake completely in everything that belongs to Christ!  If you can get a moment this evening, look up at OUR heavenly amphitheater that passes through the night’s sky and grasp for one moment the true spiritual reality that we are heirs to all of it, and allow the Spirit of God to show you it is yours, and He will bless you thoroughly.