Came across this new short 30 page ebook yesterday Click Here, and i read it through last night. Its well worth a read, not just because its free and short …. although those are two things are always worth a few brownie points. I wanted to talk a little about my response to this, because I spend a lot of time in scripture and find depth of reading very important.
Chapter 6 in this Ebook, covers a section of John, where Jesus is talking to his disciple. I’d like to address my response from this chapter. Let’s first do a little housekeeping…
The version of scripture you use drastically changes the verbiage of a verse. I believe the ebook is using NASB, I can generally tell that with how it deals with Greek to English pronouns. Now I’m a KJV user exclusively… but I’m not a KJV purists for reasons I’ll explain in a bit, but just know that there is radical differences between translations.
Let’s start with the ebook, it lists this verse as 15:12, and unless its not NASB and its using a different Verse to chapter system, I’m going to assume its a typo and its suppose to be 14:12 of the same chapter. No biggie, you should read my stuff… typo central, I promise ya lol.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
NASB- “….He who believes in me”
KJV “…. He that believeth on me”
Several others versions say “whosoever” witch changes the reading completely!!!!!!
My basic assertion with scripture, is that it not a history book, and we should not use it as such. Don’t get caught up on words like the Pharisees did with the law and miss the truth that is Christ. It’s a tool for the most high God to communicate with his children. Jesus was and still is the word (John is amazing), and so via the scripture we find truth. This truth comes through in all versions because his Word is translated to us by the holy spirt …. if we listen.
So yes, Jesus is talking to his disciple, yes the message is for them. I want to say that its foreshadowing them receiving the spirt after his resurrection. Does it mean we will be able to do greater things then Jesus as a church…. and this is my point…. it simply doesn’t matter, to think it does is pride. The only part of that verse that means anything to the Christian church is the last few words “.. Because I am going to the father”.
Blasphemy right? Well not really, the verse itself has lots of meaning in our day to day life. Jesus is the focus of this scripture, as he is the focus of every scripture from Genesis to the last chapter of revelations.
Because Jesus went to the father… I can share his message
Because Jesus went to the father…. I can comfort the sick
Because Jesus went to the father… I can help the poor
He did these things well in his life, and we should do them in ours. Can we make the blind to see? No, only the father can, if we are part of it then to him is the glory. Can we make someone get out of a wheel chair? No, only the father can, if we are part of that then to him is the glory.
So the question is this, how does this verse work in ones life? From this verse one might take the following question.
“Because Jesus went to the father, how can I best serve him today to further his work”
This is what I see today where I’m at, with the question I have in my life. If I read this ten years from now it might be different. The Holy Ghost might have another meaning in your life right now. Read, research, pray and see what the message is for you. Not for the disciple 2000 years ago, Jesus is the word and his word is here to talk directly to you where your at, at this very moment.
After that stop, don’t attempt to put limits on almighty God. If he wants to use you to heal a blind man, he will. He could command you to walk into a retirement home and command everyone in wheelchairs to walk. Or he might just have you share the message of Christ to somebody on a park bench. It’s not our will that matters …. its his.
Thanks for writing the book, I recommend it to those who are interested in depth of scripture and are looking for a fast, free and interesting read.