Morning Devotions: John 14 – Who is God?
I greet you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We're in chapter 14 of the Gospel of John. I'm going to read from God's Word, make some observations, apply it into our lives, then I'm going to close in a short word of prayer. Let's read from God's word.
John chapter 14 beginning at verse 1.
John 14 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
14 “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also. 4 You know the way to where I am going.” 5 “Lord,” Thomas said, “we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who lives in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe because of the works themselves. 12 “Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. 19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. 20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you. 21 The one who has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. And the one who loves me will be loved by my Father. I also will love him and will reveal myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it you’re going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me. 25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. 27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful. 28 You have heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens so that when it does happen you may believe. 30 I will not talk with you much longer, because the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me. 31 On the contrary, so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do as the Father commanded me. “Get up; let’s leave this place.
As we read the whole of God's Word, we are introduced to a God that is one. In Deuteronomy 6:4. We hear the words, “Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” That word “one”, isn't one in terms of singleness. It is one in terms of unity. It's used in many other places in scripture. One place in particular is Genesis 2:24, when it's talking about the joining of Adam and Eve. We read, “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.” One there is not talking of singularity, like element Eve joined together and became some kind of new creature. No, it's talking of the unity within the bounds of marriage. In John chapter 10:13. We read, “I and the Father are one.” Again, this is a Oneness of unity, not a Oneness of singularity. And we talk about the Trinity; that our God is one God in three persons. When we talk about persons, we were not talking about human beings. We're talking about personhood or we are saying that each member of the Trinity. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each have intellect and each have emotions, and each have volitional will. In summary, all three comprise the one God unified. Each share the same nature, the same essence as each is the same God. But each is distinct unique from one another. So that the Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God. But the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father.
There's a certain type of Distinction within the Trinity, which is what we see in John chapter 14. In verse 16 we read, “And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever. He is the spirit of Truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn't see him or know him, but you do know him because he remains with you and will be in you.” In this text, we see the three distinct members of the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In John 14, we also see something of the subordination within the Trinity. In verse 26, we read, “But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” In this text, and in others, particularly in chapter 15, we see a subordination, where the Holy Spirit is sent out by the Father and the Son. And the Son is sent out and subordinate to the Father.
So just to recap, each member of the Trinity or the three persons of the godhead are equal in nature. Each has a divine nature and each has all the divine attributes. Yet, as chapter 14 of John's gospel presents that there’s a distinction between each Person in the Trinity and there’s a subordination even within the Trinity itself.
How do we go about applying this text?
Well, if you're an unbeliever reading this text for the first time, I'd encourage you to look at John 14:6, we read, “Jesus told him “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” No one comes to the Father! Friend, if you are an unbeliever, the truth is you have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The wages of your sin is death! And God is just! Your punishment will be meted out. You have no hope of redemption and in fact, the wrath of God abides on you still, but Jesus Christ came into this world! He lived the life that you could never live. He lived a perfect life, and then he laid his life down that you might live. He paid the price that your sins deserved on the cross of Calvary. Jesus Christ rose from the grave in victory over death and the call on your life is to repent and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ that you might live. This is an exclusive offer. There are not multiple paths up the mountain! There is no other religion, no other God, no other way of doing good or of behaviour that can reconcile you to God. The only way is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God!
Are you a seeker looking for God reading John chapter 14? When you read the words of verse 8, hear the question that Phillip asks and hear the response that Jesus Christ gives, “Lord, said Philip, “show us the Father, and that's enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip?” The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say ‘show us the Father’?”
The bottom line is the one who has seen the Son has seen the Father. Friend, if you are looking for God, I mean truly looking for God. You need to look at the person of Jesus Christ. Because to know Jesus, not just to know about Jesus, but to know Jesus and to have him know you; is to know the Father and to have the Father know you. You want to put your faith and your trust in him that you might live.
If you're a backslider and you are looking at this text John 14, listen to the words of verse 23 to 24 “Jesus answers, if anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. The one who doesn't love me will not keep my words.”
Can you see that clear line that is drawn between those who obey Jesus and those who disobey Jesus? Those who obey Jesus are saved, and those who disobey Jesus, show by the wilful sin that they weren't saved in the first place. If you are backslider, the calling on your life even this day, is to examine yourself and to ensure that the truth is in fact in you. Friend, if your life does not match your profession of Faith, you have every reason to be worried. If you say one thing with your lips and live in a completely different way, if you come to church and raise your hands and say hallelujah on Sunday morning, but live like a demon Monday to Friday, you have every reason to ask the question, ‘Am I truly in Christ?’
If you are a new convert, this is an incredibly rich text to dwell on. In this text, we are introduced to the Holy Spirit in a most wonderful way. Verse 15 reads, “If you love me, you will keep my commands and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of Truth. The world is unable to receive him because they don't see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.
The Holy Spirit is given to you new convert at your point of Salvation. When you first put your faith and your trust in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit was given as a seal and was given as a down payment to the Day of Redemption. He is the proof that you are saved! He is the Holy Spirit who works within your heart and within your mind, and causes you to cry out in prayer, “Abba Father”; God my Father.
The Holy Spirit is in you. He is the seal! He is your assurance. He is the joy that wells up in you. And he is the Person who ultimately works fruit into your life, who causes you to will and to live and obey God's commands in Jesus Christ, his Son.
Old Saint, John 14:3 is written for you. Jesus says, “If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself so, that where I am you may be also.” Jesus knew he was going away. His disciples didn't understand what he meant, but he wanted them to get it. But you also wanted them to know that he was going to prepare a place. Can you imagine Heavens glories that await us for all eternity to come one day as if that's not amazing enough? The text is that Jesus Christ is going to come again and collect us. Our Lord and our Saviour one day will face-to-face meet us and our faith will be realized. If that is not enough, he says that he will be with us, always! What a joy! What a glorious future awaits us!
Let’s close in a word of prayer.
Father Godin heaven, I do thank you for your glories presented in the person of Jesus Christ. I ask that you would cause us to love him more and more every day. That we would live our lives to his praise and glory and be made fit for heaven one day when he comes to take us home. This I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, amen.
May the Lord bless you this day.