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Jesus reveals the Father | John 14:7

7 If you had [really] known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

John 14:7 (AMP)

Yesterday we read in verse 6 that Jesus made the claim that He is the only way to the Father. Now he explains why. “Jesus explained why He was the only way to God; because He was and is the perfect representation of God. To know Jesus is to know God.” (enduringworld.com) In today’s text through verse 11, He hammers home with 5 verses of repetition (John 14:7-11).

Do you know me?

The disciples had, on average, been with Jesus for two or three years. Yet they still don’t (really) know Him.  “By this Jesus does not intend to say that they were not truly his disciples, but that they had not a full and accurate knowledge of his character and designs. They still retained, to a large extent, the Jewish notions respecting a temporal Messiah, and did not fully understand that he was to die and be raised from the dead.” (Barnes’ commentary) It’s a challenge to them (and us) to evaluate our relationship with the Lord and to grow daily in our knowledge of Him. 

Know Jesus, know the Father

Jesus already started laying the foundation for this core theological point that He is God and one with the Father (c.f., John 12:49-50, 13:20, 13:32, 14:1). Through their knowledge of Jesus, the disciples were coming to know the Father. In fact, if they believe all His statements like, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30), then when they see Jesus, they are seeing the exact representation of the Father (Coll 1:15, Heb 1:3). Considering that God is Spirit (John 4:24), Jesus was all that they could ever see of the Father with their physical eyes.

Theology to be continued…

In tomorrow’s text, Jesus will repeat this key pillar of Christian theology multiple times through verse 11: Jesus and the Father are one. Starting in John 14:16, He will discuss another similar pillar: The Holy Spirit is God and that He and the Spirit are one (verse 18). We get the doctrine of the trinity in this chapter.

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