John 14:12-14 ESV
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Whoever Believing in Jesus
The word “believes” is really “believing,” which means it is present and active belief. It is the same as the word “faith” which means to be persuaded by God as to his holiness and righteousness and as to his divine will and purpose for our lives. For faith comes from God, it is gifted to us by God, and Jesus is the author and the perfecter of our faith. We can’t even come to faith in Jesus Christ unless God the Father first draws us to Christ.
So, this faith is not of ourselves, of our own willpower or of our own thinking with regard to what this faith should look like. So, when we say that all we have to do is “believe” in Jesus, we don’t get to define what that means. The Scriptures define what that means. And if this faith comes from God and is gifted to us by God and is perfected by Jesus Christ, then this faith is going to submit to Christ as Lord, forsake our lives of sin, and obey our Lord.
For, we read in Hebrews 12 that we are to lay aside (forsake) every weight and sin which so easily entangles or clings so closely to us. And we are to run with perseverance the race that is set before us, which God designed and purposed for us. And we are to look to Jesus as our example, and he is the founder and perfecter of that faith, and he endured death on a cross in order to free us from our slavery to sin so we’d walk as slaves of God and of his righteousness, in holiness, in the fear of the Lord, in obedience to him.
For we are now God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (in conduct, in practice) (Eph 2:10). For Jesus gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works (Tit 2:14). And, as obedient children, we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us, both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Php 2:12-13).
Also, since this faith means “believing” which is present, continuous, and active belief, we have to be believing in Jesus like this when he comes back to take us to be with him or we don’t get to be with him. We must endure with him until the end steadfast in this faith by which we stand if we want to be saved from our sins and have eternal life with God. And this faith requires submission to the Lordship of Christ and death to sin and walks of obedience to God.
Not only is our faith to be continuous and steadfast until the end, our salvation also is not a one-time deal and we are good to go. We are saved (past), we are being saved (present) and we will be saved (future) when Jesus returns for us, which is when our salvation will be complete, provided that we remain in that faith until the very head, not moved from the hope of the gospel, and we don’t live in sin and we do walk in obedience to Christ.
[Jn 6:44; Eph 2:8-10; Heb 12:1-2; 2 Pet 1:1; Tit 2:11-14; Php 2:12-13; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10, 15; Tit 2:11-14; Jas 1:21-25; Rom 12:1-2;; Col 1:21-23; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Matt 7:21-23; Heb 3-4; 1 Co 10:1-22]
The Works of Jesus
And it is us who are believing in Jesus until the very end with this God-given faith, which submits to Christ as Lord, and which surrenders to his will and purpose for our lives, and which forsakes our sins to follow him in obedience to his commands, it is us who will do the works that Jesus did and even greater works, he said. And “greater” is not necessarily more magnificent but of greater magnitude, i.e. further reaching.
For Jesus was limited by his physical body to ministering to only the people he could physically reach, and he was one person. But in our world today, we can get on the internet and share the gospel and it goes out to people all over the world to many different countries, even countries I have never heard of before. Plus we who are following Jesus, although few in number compared to how many people are in the world, we are many and we can be in many different places in the world because of that.
But what are the works of Jesus? Now we can’t and we don’t need to, even if we could, die on a cross for the sins of the world. Only one person could do that, and that was Jesus Christ. But we can die as martyrs sharing the truth of the gospel, and if people believe in the gospel of salvation they are delivered from their bondage to sin and they are given new lives in Christ Jesus to be lived for his glory, and so we can have a part in that.
We are to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth and we are to make disciples of Christ of people of all nations, teaching them to obey our Lord’s commands (New Covenant). And we are to proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. And we are to be the Lord’s witnesses to the ends of the earth. And we are to open eyes that are blind and turn them from darkness to light and from Satan to God so they may receive forgiveness of sins and be sanctified by faith in Jesus.
And God has given each one of us spiritual gifts and he has assigned each one of us our “body parts” within the body of Christ, and we are to use those gifts in our assigned roles in the body for the mutual edification and encouragement of the body of Christ until we all reach maturity in our walks of faith, speaking the truth in love to one another, and as each part does its work. I.e. we each have a part we are supposed to do. So we need to find out what God has for us to do and then do what he has called us to do.
[1 Pet 2:9; Matt 5:13-16; Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Acts 26:18; Ac 2:42-47; Rom 12:1-8; 1 Co 12:1-31; Eph 4:1-16; 1 Pet 2:4-6; Col 1:18; Col 2:19; Eph 1:22; Eph 2:19-22; Eph 5:17-30; Col 3:16; Heb 3:13]
An Original Work / August 8, 2012
Based off Ephesians 1:3-10 NIV
Praise be to God, the Father of Jesus,
Who has blessed us in heavenly realms.
For He chose us in Him from beginning
To be His holy children of God;
All in accord with His will and pleasure;
To the praise of His glorious grace.
In Jesus Christ we receive forgiveness.
We have redemption through His shed blood.
Glorious grace God freely has given us
In the One He loves and adores;
All in accord with the riches of His grace
Which He pours out on those He loves.
With all His wisdom and understanding,
God has made known His will unto us,
According to His will and good pleasure,
Purposed in Christ till all be fulfilled;
To bring all things on earth and in heaven
Under our Lord Christ; be unified.