JESUS THRU THE EYES OF JOHN
©Copyright 1997 Randall D. Hughes
John the beloved. The closest friend the man Christ Jesus had on this earth. He was at his trial. He was at the cross. He was instructed to care for the Mother of Jesus. It seems John had greater insight to who Jesus really was than the rest of the Gospel writers, or at least it seems he expresses his knowledge in an easily understood way. He was the one writer that God gave vision of the future to in a revelation like no other. A close examination of the writings of John will leave us with a greater understanding of who Jesus really is!
In the writings of John we find a incredible link between the Father and the Son that is not expressed so greatly by the other writers. We will examine this link and see if we can come to the same understanding John longed to express.
The words of Jesus revealed by John show us who Jesus really is! Jesus tells us "the Son can do nothing of himself." John 5:19. This is repeated in verse 30. "I can of mine own self do nothing." This thought is expressed in John 5:17, 19, 30, 36; 8:28, 29; 9:4; 10:25, 32, 37; 14:10,11, 31; 17:4; Fourteen times John records this fact, the works Jesus did were not his own, but they were the Fathers!
Jesus tells us the words he spoke were not his own. In John 12:49, Jesus says, "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak." This thought is expressed in John 7:16-18; 8:28, 29, 38; 12:49, 50; 14:24,31; 16:15; Nine times John records Jesus revealing the words he spoke were the Father’s!
Jesus goes on to reveal the Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is stated in John 8:16; 10:38; 14:10, 11, 20; 16:32; 17:21; Seven verses record such a claim.
Jesus said, if you knew the Son you would know the Father also. This is recorded in John 8:19; 14:7, 9; 16:3; 17:3; Five verses record this information.
Jesus said to see the Son was to see the Father also. John 12:45; 14:7, 9; Three verses record this fact.
Jesus declares he came in the Father’s name. John 5:43; 12:28; 17:6, 25-26;
John records Jesus claimed to have been sent by the Father. John 8:42; 10:36; 13:16; 17:8, 18, 21; 20:21; Seven times.
Jesus declares the Father gives him all things. John 5:26; 16:15; 17:7, 11;
It should be getting easier to understand just who Jesus really is. The most remarkable statement Jesus makes in the book of John, really shouldn’t be surprising. In light of all the truths Jesus has declared about himself to this point. But in John 12:44, Jesus says, "He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me."
Is it any wonder? The works were the Father’s. The words were the Father’s. Know the Son know the Father. See the Son see the Father. John 13:20, receive the Son, receive the Father. The name was the Father’s. 1 John 2:22, 23, indicates that in denying the Son you deny the Father also, and in acknowledging the Son you have acknowledged the Father also. 1 John 3:1, indicates that the world did not know the Father. The only opportunity was through Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:1, indicates in loving the Son you love the Father also. Jesus is the "Everlasting Father" prophesied by Isaiah 9:6. God manifest in flesh. 1 Tim. 3:16. "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead." Col. 2:9. Jesus is "God with us," Emmanuel. "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life." 1 John 5:20. "He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." 2 John 9.
Something incredible to notice while reading through the above verses, is the Holy Ghost is not mentioned once! Also, if there is a trinity of persons in the Godhead, co-equal, co-eternal, then why didn’t Jesus come as "God the Son?" It is obvious from the writings of John he was the manifestation of the Father. This is also consistent with the Bible as a whole. If the above mentioned verses do not expose the error of three co-equal beings, John tells us "the Father is greater than all." John 10:29, 13:16; 14:28; So much for co-equal!
The primary reason the Holy Ghost is seemingly overlooked is this: 1. God is a Spirit, John 4:24. 2. God is Holy, 1 Peter 1:15-16. 3. There is only ONE Spirit, Eph. 4:4. So to try and make the Holy Spirit a separate person is not possible. It is simply another way God has manifest himself to us.
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"And this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3 If you know Jesus, you know the ONLY TRUE GOD! "I and my Father are one." John 10:30
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