If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."
Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
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.
Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
[John 14:7-11 NKJV]
‘Father’ appears in John’s Gospel more than any other book in the Bible, and we are shown Jesus speaking of His relationship with The Father in a unique way; no wonder the disciples did not immediately grasp the truth that Jesus was revealing. They often must have felt — and on occasion voiced — that Jesus spoke in riddles.
Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? Without the Holy Spirit guidance, (or indeed, without any spiritual understanding) this sentence can seem odd in the extreme, even a bit creepy. But hearing these words with the power of the Holy Spirit and they are incredible and beautiful beyond measure.
Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." ‘Philip’ means ‘fond of horses’, and it was he who became known as ‘the Evangelist’ — a preacher of the Gospel (good news). He seems to have been looking for a visible sign of The Father — maybe in the same way as the disciple Thomas would do — physical ‘proof’ of the truth of what Jesus proclaimed.
Essentially, Jesus’ truth could only be known in an individual, through faithful belief in Jesus’ word. The proof of ‘the truth’ is only realised in experiencing ‘the life’, something which Jesus stated as "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”, just a short moment before. John’s Gospel shows us profound and life-affirming truth, in words that bring comfort and hope, even if, like the disciples when those words were first uttered, we fail to fully understand the enormity of the promise laid before us.
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