x518......Philip asks a doozy.....

8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 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; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 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.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
(John 14:9-21, KJV).


Jesus operated as a man under authority--the direct authority of God the Father....

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

He states here that it is the Father within Him which does the works--which gives Him the authority--the power--to do His ministry--to cast out the enemy--heal the sick--preach the Gospel--and release others to do the same. Jesus did not operate His ministry under the earthly authority of the Pharisees--which were the right and proper authority according to the Old Covenant--He did not came as a Levitcal priest--nor cooperate with the elders of Israel, rather He operated as a man, empowered by the Holy Spirit--and it was the authority of God the Father within Him that supplied the power--that brought forth the workings of his ministry.

But He then speaks of His coming way of operating. Jesus, was a man under the Old Covenant. He was in the process of bringing the New--the greater--the "doable" covenant. There would be a new "set-up" of authority. Jesus was to be raised up to the position of all authority--at the right hand of God the Father. The right hand represents power and authority--note:

Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

-Jesus speaks this after His resurrection--all authority (Greek "exhousia") is given unto Him by the Father having---fulfilled the law--having fulfilled the old covenant--and brought in the new. (Yes, Jesus fulfilled the law--and thus the law can now change--note Hebrews 7:12 --"For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law."--the law of the old are now changed [thank God!]--specifically in regard to the priesthood--and all things pertaining to the cleansing of sin)

Now, having Jesus, as our high priest--and every member of the body of Christ a priest unto God--we all being described as a "holy priesthood" (see 1Peter 2:5) thus the same authority that Jesus operated under, as a man in the earth, is given--to whom? Just to "some " people?--Just to church leaders--or certain special people who come about once in a while?

No----

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 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.

Because Jesus went to the Father--because He took His position of authority--and became the Head of the church--anyone that believes--all believers--will--according to what Jesus says here--do the same works that he did--and greater.

But how does it work? In order for this to work, we need to be filled with the Spirit of God--and we need to ask with faith....

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 ¶ I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Whatever is asked for in the name of Jesus--He, in His position of all authority--will do. But we need to have the Holy Spirit living inside of us--we need to receive the Spirit--to dwell inside---and the result will be glorious--the indwelling of God in man--all men--all those who believe--with the outward result that the works of Jesus will be made manifest in the earth--through all them that believe.

Christ within us--Jesus desires to work His works within us--all. This was the example of the church which followed in the New Testament. Jesus continued His ministry--of healing--deliverance--preaching the Gospel--feeding the poor--and releasing all those who received Him to serve God freely---they operated by the apostolic principles that Jesus had founded.

Well--what ever happened to Christianity anyway?

1700 years ago, a Roman emperor declared the whole world (every Roman citizen and slave) to be Christians. The Roman empire set up it's own rules about how the church should operate--they were totally interested in controlling the money and ruling with authority over people--this was the backbone of the Roman government--and this became the operating principle of the Christian church under Rome. The assumption that was made, of course--was that since everyone was now a Christians--by baptism as a child--that now, their was no need to operate an apostolic church---the pastoral church was born. A church system loosely based on the old covenant Levitical priesthood mixed in with Roman hierarchy and rule. (The money was collected specifically at the local level!! The same level that collects money now!)

We don't have to trust history to beleive these things (although we always encourage every Christian to study the history of the church--without prejudice)--because Jesus and the Bible tell us that Rome exercised authority over others....

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
(Luke 22:25-26, KJV).


8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
(Matthew 8:8-9, KJV).

The church is meant to be many many small groups of people--all operating on a common level, without any of man's rule--(Christ is the Head--amen)--all may prophecy--(speak the word of God in some way)--the gifts and manifestation of the Holy Spirit are absolutely necesary as this is the way the God will instruct us specifically--the way He truly will BE the Head. All may oeprate in the gifts of ministry--simple direct gifts of service toward others--Ministers are people who work together to spread the Gospel--pray for the sick--pray for deliverance--feed the poor---and freely release all those who come to Jesus. The focus of the church is meant to be Jesus' ministry IN ALL OF US......

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
(Luke 4:18-19, KJV).