Don’t You Know Me?

Philip said,  “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered:  “Don’t you know me Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?  Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say,  ‘Show us the Father’?”  John 14:8, 9.

The Father and Son are alike.

This point should be taken to heart when reading the OT and NT for we seem to see two different Gods at work in these differing chapters of Biblical history.  God says of Himself,  “I am the same yesterday, today and forever…” so now we have a choice:  We can either call Him a liar then rant about how harsh He was in the OT times or we can search to find the message of grace in both places.

I guess what I’m saying is that Philip interpreted God by what he knew of Scripture as do we.  We take the presentation from another person’s perspective and forget to question their conclusions, which a vital mistake.  Sure there are plenty of examples of God dealing harshly with people, but before we think we can judge His actions, look at the circumstances surrounding His judgment.  I won’t go into all the specific examples where God destroyed whole nations or individuals to punish them for their sins because no matter how I present it, those who read will take what they want from it anyway.  My concern here is that if we plan to follow Jesus, we believe His words when He says,  “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

Do you believe the Father and Son are one?

If so, then what picture do you draw of God from Jesus’ portrait?

Do you see the Father as the disciplinarian and Jesus as the advocate pleading our case?

Here’s the truth of the matter:  All judgment has been given to the Son by the Father.  Jesus is called the only righteous judge and for good reason—He experienced life as we do yet without sin.  He knows our weaknesses and doesn’t fault us for our fallen nature only our failure to acknowledge Him as the Lord and Master of our lives.  That may sound like an oxymoron, but it isn’t.  What it is, however, is a working method to solve an impossible dichotomy.  Our sin shouldn’t be forgiven at all but He worked it so we find grace, mercy and forgiveness, all of which bring renewal.

Jesus said the Father’s will is that Jesus will lose none of what belongs to Him.  That should point us in the right direction, for if this is the Father’s will, then we can know God’s heart towards us is the same as that of His Son, Jesus.  Do you see the connection?  By default God’s heart is salvation for those who rebelled against Him, though He won’t put up with everything humans do.

I have no other point to make today but this.  I want for anyone who reads this to reprogram their thinking of Scripture and recognize every incident in the OT where God worked with humanity or had contact with them was Jesus in His pre-incarnated form.

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One Response to “Don’t You Know Me?”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    Amen, Amen and Amen. I wonder why this train of thought is so difficult to get not just for Philip but for many?

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