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!

Having the Faith of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Mark 11:22 – And Jesus answering saith unto them {his disciples}, Have faith in God.

In the margin of the King James Bible it reads “have the faith of God.” The word faith means to have the believing faith of God. In Hebrews 11:3 we read that through the believing faith of God “the worlds {the ages} were framed by the word of God.” The ages represent periods of time or administrations in time that have been, that are, and that will be. So God’s believing is quite powerful, and here Jesus gives us access into God’s own faith, His believing faith.

Mark 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

This is a powerful verse of Scripture. Jesus was literally pointing to a mountain to show how powerful believing can be, and when believing is activated according to the will of God, literally anything will come to pass.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

The mountain was used by Jesus only as an example. We were never given (by God or Jesus) the power to be destructive, rather Jesus was teaching that whatever power it takes, no matter how much might we may need to get an answer to our prayer, the faith of God can be activated to help us. Is there power in believing? There most definitely is! Is there power in prayer? Most definitely yes! Obviously we will not be removing any mountains; however, sometimes simply making it through the day is as much of a task as it is to remove a mountain. As we believe when praying, it is perfectly acceptable to put our trust and confidence in the actual faith of God Himself, rather than resting that responsibility solely upon ourselves (II Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 1:19).

God wants to answer your prayers even more than you may what to pray them. So today when you pray, please have not only faith in God, but have on your side the actual believing faith of God, and watch how God answers your prayers, as you believe that you have already received from Him.