Scripture Reading:  John 14:8-11

“Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know Me, Philip?  Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father.  How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’” (John 14:8-9)

Philip was still confused over the identity of Jesus.  He did not grasp who He was or why He had come to earth.  Philip was asking for a vision of God similar to the one given to Moses (Exodus 34:6,7) and the vision of God given to Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-5).  Jesus told him that whoever saw Jesus had seen the Father.  This was a direct claim Jesus made to be God Himself.  Philip still did not get it.

Jesus claimed deity for Himself.  He is God in the flesh.  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17).  

Paul made it very clear that all the fullness of deity belongs to Jesus:  “For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Colossians 2:9).  Jesus is is the very essence of deity.  His nature is fully God and fully man in one person.  He is equal with God (Philippians 2:6).

This raises one of the fundamental tenets of our faith — the Trinity.  God is one in essence, but He exists in three distinct centers of personalities:  the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Though each Person of the Godhead is distinct in His personal attributes, all three are one in essence and being.

Jesus was saying to Philip that when one sees Him, he has seen the Father, because He and the Father are one in essence and being.  Thus Jesus said, “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me” (v. 10).  We we look at Jesus, we are looking at God!

Lord Jesus, I know that You are God in the flesh.  You and the Father are one in essence and being.  When I look at You, I see the Father.  Never let me forget who You are.


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