“A Simple Request”
John 14:8-21 Life and faith are filled with questions.
A. So far, in this upper room scene, we have seen questions from Peter (multiple times), John (Lord, who is it?), Thomas (how can we know the way?), and now we hear from Phillip. “Lord show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” (vs. 8) Philip is basically repeating the request of Moses in Exodus 33:18, “Show me Your glory” which was translated in the Septuagint “Show me Yourself’. Phillip knows something of Jesus, after all he has been a disciple for more than two years. But there are still aspects of Jesus nature that Phillip does not fully grasp. They must be communicated and confirmed by the indwelling Spirit of God. Phillip is not there yet.
Jesus is challenging Phillip on his sight. The quality of sight that Phillip required was threefold:
1. Physical – _______________________________________________________________________
2. Intellectual – ____________________________________________________________________
3. Faith – _________________________________________________________________________
The main difficulty Phillip is dealing with is the mystery of the Trinity, especially in the light of Jesus statements. Phillip’s question arises from verse 7: “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” The Godhead – 3 individual persons yet supernaturally united. This is a difficult concept, not just for Phillip.
Jesus continues to unfold His relationship with the Father in verse 10: “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” ______________________________________
Verse 11: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me”. ________________________ The rest of the proposition is the second half of the verse: “or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
Now the conversation shifts to the disciples and you and I for a moment. Phillip was challenged for needing faith and now Jesus says we will be able to do works because of our faith: Let me combine several Scripture thoughts here about faith and works in unity in our lives:
1. Faith without works is dead. 2. Saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. 3. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (vs. 15) 4. They will know you by your love. Let me expand this last idea with John’s instructions from 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
These greater things – many theories on this. ____________________________________________
Let me be concise by using my own paraphrase concerning verses 13, 14, and 15. Paraphrase: Since you are obedient loving children when you ask for kingdom power to bring glory to my name, I will grant it so the Father will be glorified.
In today’s text Jesus takes us just a little deeper into our understanding of the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of Truth. Let’s make sure we get the meat of this since this is key to John’s theological contribution:
1. Jesus is the Truth but He will ask the Father to send the Spirit of Truth.
2. Verse 16 – Helper (NKJV), Counselor (NIV), Comforter (KJV) – Greek Parakletos – an adjective, meaning “called alongside” and showing the work of the one who is the Paraklete (noun). _________ ____________________________________________________________________________________
E. Verse 19 and 20 deal with timing. How long is a little while? _______________________________ The rest of us wait for His return, living with expectation and commitment which is the instruction of verse 21 – obedient love.
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