Jesus and the Father are One

John 14:7-9

This verse could be interpreted in one of two ways:

1) a promise

If you really knew Me, you will know My Father as well.

2) a rebuke

If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well.


It would seem that the Lord is rebuking them for a failure to understand His person and mission. Compare The following dialogue indicates a failure on the disciples’ part. From now on, you do know Him is a promise, which looks beyond the Cross and the Resurrection. My Lord and my God.


Philip expressed the desire of all humanity, to see God. . This might lead to idolatry in the life of the believer. Philip probably longed for a theophany. and He may have sought some visible display of God’s glory. “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father”, is one of the most staggering claims He ever made. The Father is in Jesus, and Jesus perfectly reveals Him John 1:18. There was no need for a theophany By seeing Jesus, they were seeing the Father!


John 14:10-11

The proof of the union of Jesus and His Father is threefold. Jesus’ disciples should believe Jesus for the following reasons:


a) Because of His character (I am in the Father (v. 20…and the Father is in Me

b) Because His words are the Father’s (The words I say to you are not just My own (cf. 7:16; 12:49-50; 14:24)

c) Because the miracles reveal God’s working through Him (the Father, living in Me…is doing His work…believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves; John 5:36. One of the key elements in John’s Gospel is the stress on the signs as gracious pointers to faith. Look at the following verses:,  and



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