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Show Us The Father

Pastor Luis Yosefus

“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’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me…” – John 14:8-11

When the Apostle Philip asked Jesus to show him God the Father, previously he had not fully understood who Jesus the Messiah really was. Due to God’s custom of progressive revelation, many of us, like Philip, start out as “Baby Christians” and progressively grow into adult Christians as time passes.  We receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and begin a lifelong spiritual journey whereby we grow stronger in our faith, more and more each day.  In the beginning, the Holy Spirit who indwells us feeds us primarily with spiritual baby’s milk, but as we grow as followers of Christ, He weans us away from the milk and begins to feed us solid food, when He sees that we are ready. As a result, our spiritual maturity and understanding is increased and greater revelation of who God is is given to us.

Such was the case with the Apostle Philip, when he reached a new milestone in his understanding of Jesus as God in the flesh.  He asked the Lord, “Show us the Father”. And Jesus responded. “Have I been with you these three-and-a-half years and you still don’t recognize the fact that I am God?” Immediately, Philip’s eyes were opened and he realized for the first time that Yeshua, [Jesus], his Jewish Rabbi, had been the God he had been searching for all along. Jesus Himself confirmed this to Philip and the other Disciples when He emphatically stated “Believe Me that I am in the Father (God) and the Father is in me.” –John 14:11

Elsewhere, he also stated to them, “If you had [really] known Me, you would have known [God], the Father, also: Henceforth, you now know God and have seen him: I am standing right in front of you.” (John 14:7)

Do you believe Jesus is God? 

It’s important that your Christian Faith is founded on sound doctrine, because we are living in the last days before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. False teachers abound in the Church today; some even deny the divinity of Jesus. But those who are making their calling an election sure (2Peter 1:10) will never be moved away from the sure foundation of Christ’s teachings. We must earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the apostles and saints of God from the very beginning (Jude 3).

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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What was the original church like?

Today, there are many churches with many names, different traditions and even different ideas of Christianity. I have often thought to myself, “Is this really what Jesus had in mind when he was preaching to his followers?” I’m sure the all-knowing God knew that one day the church would take on identity that is completely different from its original form, and it begs me to ask the question, “What was the church like back then?”

Pastor Yosefus may be better at answering this question than me, but from my readings, I have come to imagine that the original followers of Christ were not well-organized and were dispersed amongst individual villages and homes. I also believe that they were forced to hide their worship for fear of persecution. These two things seem to deduce that the church was not a designated building, as so many believe it is today, but rather a group of people who had been spiritually changed by Jesus’ teachings.

The Called-Out Ones

From my studies, I have found that the original version of the New Testament (which was
written in Koine Greek) actually used the term “ecclesia” when referring to “the church.” When translated, “ecclesia” literally means “called-out ones.”

Once Jesus was crucified, it was up to the disciples, mainly Peter and Paul, to continue spreading the message of Jesus Christ. When I read all the letters that were written to the churches, I get the idea that “church” was not about a denomination, tradition or ceremony that took place in a building but about a new standard of living that was guided by Jesus’ teachings of love, peace, understanding and equality.

There are some verses, however, that instructs “the called out ones” to be baptized for the washing away of sins, to rejoice in song, pray for thanksgiving and to gather to
remember Jesus and to take in communion. Other than these things, I haven’t read anything else that makes me think we must gather as a titled group in a designated building to worship the Lord.

For me, Christianity is a simple religion that is about living by example. It’s not about being pushy or commanding others to be a certain way. Jesus preached that we should not judge others unless we wish to be judged, and I feel that many church-goers judge those who do not attend traditional churches. I don’t think this is what Jesus had in mind when he called out for us to follow him.

Even with all these findings, I am still quite concerned as to what Jesus really had in mind when he established his church. Perhaps he just wanted in to be a loose gathering where people were instructed and fellowshipped around the ideals of Jesus Christ and where people also testified of the blessings given to us by God. I’m not sure if we really need stained glass windows, musical entertainment and beautiful architecture. In fact, these things may actually distract us from the truth.

This guest post was written by Whitney Reed

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Whitney Reed owns and manages www.ChristianColleges.org. A stay-at-home mom, Whitney is also involved in volunteer and charity work. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books and writing guest blog posts on several different topics of interest.

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