Believing Works

John 14:6–21; John 21:24–25 (read online ⧉)
Often, we operate as if following is just the thing to do. If you were raised in the , as a (at least a theoretical) Christian, the “” and “Christian” thing “sort of” happens. It is a “sort of, as our whole should be each day taking one step closer to being like .
The disciples, especially the 12 closest, should have really gotten this themselves, but just as we are often blind with what is right before our eyes, they were too.
’ question to Philip, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me?” That is a really amazing condemnation of Philip, and probably the other disciples, as well. They were not getting it.
Now, the reality is that was saying that he was equivalent to the Father. This was a very bold statement. It is only through the doctrine of the Trinity that these s make any sort of sense. The disciples, however, didn’t have a framework to use to understand.
So, skips the belief (doctrine) part and says believe the s. Truly, this is an inteing statement. If you don’t believe the s of , look at s. Then the really hard part comes.
Those who believe in will do the same works. That list of works includes: helping the mute speak, casting out demons, healing internal injuries, healing the lame, and raising the dead. John also says that did a lot more miracles, but John chose to not record them, as the ones written of were enough to believe. Were they, though?
If we are supposed to be able to do the same works? How’s that for high s? Raised anyone from the dead recently?
Now, there are those that say we aren’t all ed to do these miraculous things. Partially, it’s trying to explain away the lack of miracles (outside of medical science). There is also the reality that while did miracles, it wasn’t a constant thing.
※ Prayer ※
, you said that we would do works like yours, if we believed. Help our unbelief! Amen.
※ Questions ※
1) What miracles have you seen?
2) What is the difference between believing in and loving ?
3) Why do you think that John chose not to write more on ’ works?
Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.