Nothing of Himself (Biblical Perspectives)
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father. (John 14:8-9, KJV).
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (John 5:19, KJV).
It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God. Throughout the bible, from beginning to end, we find the greatest of all human errors: that of misunderstanding or refusing to believe God. It is in effect the inexcusable sin of unbelief. Given that individual salvation is dependent upon belief in God through Christ’s sacrifice (Romans 10:9, John 3:16); understanding and believing are literally a matter of eternal life and death.
In John 14:8-9, Phillip one of the disciples, expressed his doubts about the relationship between Jesus and God- just at the point when he was preparing the disciples for his death, resurrection and ascension. In John 5:19 Jesus responded to the Jews following his healing of the paralysed man at the pool of Bethsaida on the Sabbath day, by attributing it to the workings of God. To this day, understanding “the mystery of godliness” (1 Timothy 3:16), remains problematic -even amongst modern day disciples.
So how did Jesus reveal God to the people of his day? In John 5:19, Jesus explains how: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” He was saying that everything he did, was because God was operating in his life. We can therefore conclude that every activity performed by Jesus, was God ordained, God- inspired and God-driven.
God operated through Jesus enabling him to fulfil his earthly mission: “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Matthew 11:5). We find an example in Matthew 14 when he fed a crowd of 5000 plus with 5 fishes and 2 loaves - because he was “moved by compassion” (verse 14).
Instead of endorsing the stoning of the woman caught in adultery, in John 8, he challenges the Scribes and Pharisees, exposing their own sins, forgives her and cautions her to “go and sin no more” (verse 11). In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus showed mercy upon 10 lepers and healed them with his word. Jesus even demonstrated his mastery over the elements by walking upon water and stilling the raging storm, that filled his disciples with fear (Matthew 14:22-33).
Through the acts of Jesus, showing us the Father, we see that God is the All Powerful Creator with mastery over elements, compassionate, merciful, forgiving, loving, healing, blessing, patient in our ignorance and desirous for us to know him personally. Through Jesus we also see demonstrated that God is no respecter of persons – he himself chose poverty and destitution over wealth and fame, but was still able to reach, teach and heal those from all classes and walks of life, even from the ranks of the Gentiles who were despised by Jews.
One of the most encouraging insights of understanding the Father through Jesus is that everything – he was able to do - we as modern disciples can also do - if we believe. “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.” (John 14:12). Child of God, I pray that you will believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God with all your heart and that you too will desire to do the greater works that he has commissioned for you to do.
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
The Lifesaving Good News The gospel, otherwise known as the "good news", is described by Paul in Romans 1:16 as the "power of God unto salvation to all who believes"...more
Happiness; a much-sought after state of mind is, according to the bible, what all Christians need to be striving for...more
Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
Peace When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more
My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more