Summary: We are going to see one of the most astounding claims ever made and that is that Jesus Christ is the very embodiment of God Himself.
Let’s note the point Jesus was making. The proof that He was the embodiment of God, that He was the One who came to earth to reveal God, is clear: God’s presence is not only WITH Him; God’s presence is IN Him. He Himself is God. He Himself—His Person, His Being, His nature, His character, His love, His care, his just dealings, all that He is—revealed exactly what God is.
Note, too, that Jesus asks Philip a question. “Don’t you believe that I am in the father, and that the Father is in me?”
Jesus’ words were proof that He was the embodiment of God. His words were the very Words of God which God Himself wanted to say to man. When Jesus spoke, it was the father who was speaking through Him. Look at His words, His teaching, and his doctrine, and know that He was who He claimed to be: the Son of God Himself, the very embodiment of God.
READ 11. Jesus’ challenge is pretty forceful—believe the claim of Jesus. He was in the Father, and the Father was in Him—perfectly. Jesus was the One whom God sent into the world to show men who He is and what He is like. He was the revelation of God to man, who came to the world to show man that God is “the Father.”
The challenge is to believe Jesus—believe in Him as a person, as the Son of God Himself, and believe in His claim, that His testimony and witness to Himself is absolutely true.
What Jesus says is basically, “If anyone has a problem with believing My claim, that person should look at My miraculous works.” Believe Jesus because of His phenomenal miracles; do whatever is needed to secure the evidence, but believe and accept His claim.
Did you notice the purpose for Jesus’ miraculous works as it is revealed in verse 11? His miraculous works were performed to stir the belief that He is the Son of God.
READ 12-14. Two promises to the believer. And Jesus stresses these promises by saying, “I tell you the truth.”
1. The first promise is the power to do great works: the power to do the very same works that Jesus did and even greater. Let’s clarify. Jesus is saying that the genuine believer will work hard for the very same purpose as He did—to show the love and justice of God, to help those in need, and to lead others to believe in Jesus as the Son of God. Our works will be greater means that the true servant of God will reach more people than Jesus did.
2. The second promise is the answer to all prayers. This is one of the most powerful promises in the Bible. God hears the prayers of the believer.
Note that the only prayers heard and answered are those asked “in Jesus’ name.” What does that mean to pray “in Jesus’ name?”
It means that the believer prays knowing that:
• The only acceptance to God is IN JESUS. God hears the believer only because Jesus is acceptable to Him and the believer comes in the name of Jesus.
• The only Mediator between God and men is Jesus.