John 14:7-14 ~ April 22, 2012

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     LORD’s message last Sunday from John 14:7-14  on the idea of “Perception.”  In verses 7-14, the Apostles did not perceive Jesus to be as the Father God yet Jesus tells them when they have seen Him they have seen the Father.  The Apostles had grown up learning Jewish tradition and cultural notions of the Messiah.  They had come to understand that Jesus, their master, was the Messiah but they understood Messiah to be the Son of God and not the very essence of the God, the Father.  The Jewish tradition based on the Talmud, the writings of the Rabbis, considered equal to the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament, was what they understood about God and Messiah.  It was their perception of who Jesus the Messiah was.   Obviously, they did not know the scriptures such as Isaiah 9:6-7 which declares that the child is the “Mighty God the everlasting Father” or 35:4 that it would be God that saves them.  Also, they were not aware of what the angel said to Joseph at the time of the pregnancy of Mary, Matthew 1:23.  So their perception of Jesus was wrong based on what they had learned, not on what the scripture taught.   Jesus is the visible representation and manifestation of the invisible God.  That is the conclusion of Scripture.  This should have been their perception.


     Next, Jesus speaks in verses 12-14 of the biblical spiritual truth of what the disciple of Messiah, Jesus the Christ, should be.  Here He speaks to all disciples, not only the twelve but to all down through the centuries and millenniums.  The view He gives of the believer is very different than the view Christianity has today.  He shows us that our perception of who we are is wrong.  We like the Apostles have the wrong perception of who we are because we have grown up leaning the religious traditions and not the scriptures.  Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.”  Our perception of who we are needs to come from scripture and not religious cultural traditions. 

     The Scripture first says that we are created in the image of God, Genesis 1:26-27.  The scripture says that the image of the invisible God is the visible Jesus, Hebrews 1:3 “the express image.”  So we were created to be in the image or likeness of Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:29 declares that God is conforming us into the image of His first born, Jesus Christ.  This likeness is not one of physical appearance but rather of likeness in character, spirit, personality and way of life.  Jesus said we shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is come upon us and we shall be my witnesses” i.e. of my life.  He sends us to be like Him, that the world will be filled with people that are like Him in way of their life, character, spirit and personality.

     So, our perception of who we are needs to change to what scripture says we are.  We are to be the visible representation and manifestation of the invisible Christ Jesus.  As such, we are to be doing the work that Christ Jesus was doing, verse 12, bringing salvation to the people by bringing the gospel to them that they may come to Jesus and be saved.  Proverbs 23:7 declares “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he.”  Let us let our perception of ourselves be what scripture says we are and we will change this community where the LORD has placed us to serve Him.         

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