Container of God

July 1, 2016

John 14:9-14

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Container of God

Philip asks a rather superficial question of Jesus that evokes a response from Jesus that unveils all that He is.  “Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Philip, like so many of us, is only focused on the outward and so he, like so many of us,  misses the real truth.  The truth was the Father had been there all of the time in the person of Jesus.   Their lives and identity are woven as one and you can’t have one without the other.  

What is the relationship  that Jesus Christ is communicating to His disciple in these last hours that He has with them.  Their is such a powerful truth here that we so often read over it, but like Philip, we really haven’t grasped its reality.  Jesus tells Philip (paraphrasing), “I am the expression and the manifestation of my Father.  He who is Spirit is revealed to you through my flesh.”  What we see in Jesus, His life, His words, His love and His expression is Father’s nature and character expressed through humanity, into humanity.  No one had ever gotten closer to touching and seeing  God than when they beheld and touched the life form of the Father in Jesus.  What Jesus expresses here and through his Spirit anointed prayer in John 17 are truths that we seldom dare to truly believe and embrace.  In John 17:20-23 Jesus prays, ““My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”” 

Jesus came into the world hidden from the world’s view, because He was nothing significant or important as the world views it.  Those who truly know their identity in Christ are most often like Jesus, insignificant in the world’s eyes.  What sets the true people of God apart is that they are embracing the reality and truth that as the Father was in Jesus, so Christ is in us.  Even as Jesus grew up obscured from public view.  Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”  God is maturing Sons (both men and women) that are the expression of His divine character and nature.  These Sons are not their own.  They have relinquished self for sonship, even as Jesus was not His own.  What He heard the Father speak, He spoke and what He saw the Father do, He did.  As the Father had expression through the Son, so the Son has expression through us as we will yield our beings to Him.  Jesus relinquished His will for God’s will, just as we must also relinquish our will for His.  Jesus, through His prayer to the Father and later through the giving and imparting of the Holy Spirit into us as believers, He came into us with the purpose of being one with us.

Can  we hear that today or are we like Philip who could only see the superficial relationship, but hadn’t truly grasped that Jesus Christ and the Father were one?  We see and often view the Father and Christ as up in heaven and if we keep looking up we will see him come back some day.  That is a Philip mentality.  The Christ is right here with you.  He is residing in you.  Many of us have just lacked the revelation of who we are in Christ.  We are still identifying ourselves in an old Adam mentality.  We are still looking into the natural mirror and seeing Adam reflected back rather than looking into the mirror of God’s Word and seeing Christ reflected back.  Who are you going to embrace and believe?  

Ephesians 2:5-6 declares, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Why are we looking up to heaven when we are already seated their in Christ?   Even as Jesus Christ was the kingdom of God come into the earth, He wants to establish His kingdom through a many membered Christ.  Unless the His kingdom is come and His will is done in you first how can it be made manifest to the world?  

Has the Son been with you all this time and yet you have not seen Him?  Jesus makes an almost incomprehensible statement here in John 14:12-14, “12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”  If you have the spiritual eyes to see and the faith to receive, then Jesus is telling you what He has just demonstrated through His life, you can do in like manner through yours if you know who you are in Him.  This not about you being God or having a God complex.  This is about you being dead and Spirit of Christ being released to live through you. It is all right there, resident in you now if you be in Christ.   Embrace the identity you have in Him, for He created you and purposed you to be a container of God.  

Blessings,

#kent

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