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“Who do You think You are?” exclaimed the Jews to Jesus, who earlier in verse 31 were known as the Jews who had believed Him.  Likewise, this is the question that will be asked of you and demanded of you.  And before it is asked of you, you should ask yourself, “Who do you think you are?”  As the apprenticeship is centred around thoughts and thinking and where, what and who you are to set your thoughts on and how you should think, it is appropriate then to answer this question for yourself, “Who do you think you are?”

The answer to this question when it was posed to Jesus was:  “If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing.  My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the One who glorifies Me.  Though you do not know Him, I know Him.  If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.  Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.”

In His answer to the question “Who do You think You are?” Jesus showed us how to answer and the basis for the answer.  “Who do you think you are?” is defined on this basis:

  1. “If I glorify Myself…”  Whom you glorify begins the definition of “Who do you think you are?”  If you are here to glorify yourself, then whatever you think you are means nothing because Jesus said, “…My glory means nothing.”  Therefore, if the glory means nothing, then your thoughts mean nothing.  So, whom you seek to glorify begins to define “Who do you think you are?” and gives substance and meaning to who you are.  Indeed, even if you are a son of Satan who is working to glorify his father, Satan, then according to Jesus’ word, “…he who works for the honour of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”  Whom you work to glorify defines what you are.  As such, no son of Satan who works for the glory of Satan who sent him can remain a son of Satan, for no man of truth can remain the son of the father of lies.
  2. “My Father… is the One who glorifies Me.”  Who glorifies you is the second point that defines “Who do you think you are?”  Thus, whether a person glorifies himself or is glorified by men or by God shows you his state of mind and thinking.  This is why Jesus taught disciples to take the lower positions, to be servants if we want to be great as “…whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
  3. The third thing that defines or confirms Who do you think you are?” is not what you believe.  Faith and what you believe do not and never does define or confirm “Who do you think you are?”  If you base “Who do you think you are?” on what you believe, you can be suffering from delusions.  Indeed, all psychotic patients who think they are someone more than who they are are delusional.  No, “Who do you think you are?” is confirmed and defined by what you know of yourself.  As Jesus said, “Though you do not know Him, I know Him.”  So, what do you know of yourself?  If you say you know you are a sinner, you are thinking right, and it was the one who said, “ ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner’ ” who was justified.  If you say you are not a sinner, it is written in John’s letter:  If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.  It is also defined by what you know of God, not what you believe of God.  Faith in God gets you saved through Jesus Christ, but what you come to know of God defines who you are so that you know who you are.  If you know a little only, then whatever you think you are should only be a little, and so on.
  4. Fourthly, “Who do you think you are?” depends on whose word you are keeping.  As Jesus said, “…but I do know Him and keep His word.”  A man who keeps the words of Moses is a Jew, a man who keeps the words of Jesus is a disciple of Jesus, and a man who keeps God’s words is a man of God.  This then relates to the words that you have heard, and that which you have received you sowed with until you produced a crop, that is, the words you have kept in your heart first.  For until you keep the words in your heart, doing the words without having kept them in the heart is not true keeping.  A hypocrite does what he does not have in his heart, so too a deceiver, using his actions to hide what is in his heart.  As it is written of the matter:  But His mother treasured all these things in her heart …meaning all the prophecies and comments about Jesus.
  5. Finally, Who do you think you are?” is revealed by what causes you to rejoice.  Do you rejoice at the seeing of the Lord’s day?  As the Lord said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day…”  What causes you to rejoice will define “Who do you think you are?” and confirm “Who do you think you are?” as well.  Do you rejoice at the thought of Jesus’ arrival or at the thought of your death?  Do you rejoice that His word is proved true even if it costs you your life, your possessions and your reputation?

So, when you answer the question, “Who do you think you are?” as Jesus was asked, you can answer that clearly based on these five points, just as Jesus was able to answer them, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!”  Why? 

  1. Because He is not here to glorify Himself, but to glorify God.
  2. He does not glorify Himself, but it is God who glorifies Him.
  3. He knows who He is and He knows whom He knows.
  4. He keeps His Father’s word, and being One with the Father… He keeps His word.
  5. He rejoices over the good pleasure of the Father.  At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise You, Father… for this was Your good pleasure.”

So now, when you are able to answer this question for yourself, “Who do you think you are?” then you are able to answer it when others ask you… and ask you they will.  For what you are about to do is offensive at best, heretical even, and an absolute apostasy to those who are convinced that the whole end game of their salvation is to be in Heaven with God forever.  As you come to the place where all things are absolute, that is the place where people will challenge you:  Who do you think you are… to shut up the skies so that there is no rain; to strike down those who oppose you with the word of the Lord, especially when those who will oppose you can also be Christians of good reputation and ‘sound’ doctrine based on the epistles of the apostles and especially James the Younger’s letter; to strike cities with plagues as often as you wish?  And so on as in Revelation 11.

Before that they will first question you, “Who do you think you are calling yourself the elect of the Holy Spirit?  For are not all Christians part of His elect as well?”  And just like they questioned Jesus, they will question you.  How you will answer them or not answer them will depend on those five aspects about you.  Who do you glorify, and who do you seek to glorify you?  What do you know?  Whose words do you keep?  And what makes you rejoice?

Who you glorify defines whose servant you are.  You can say God, yes, but which Person of God will define whether you are of the Lord Jesus, or more importantly, set aside by the Holy Spirit for His work.  So, how do you glorify the Holy Spirit?  By receiving Him for who He is, and by working with Him and for Him to accomplish all that Jesus has sent Him for, and by relating to Him as a son relates to the father he wants to honour and bring glory to.

Whose glory you crave to receive defines who is the master you love.  If you love the praises of men, then it is men who are your masters.  If it is the praises of God you crave, then God is your Master.  But then, where and when would you like your Master to glorify you?  When you arrive in Heaven after living a ‘good’ Christian life and dying a peaceful death?  Is that when you desire to hear the words “good and faithful servant”?  If such a person is called good and faithful by God… and in the generosity of God, this is more than likely, then what awaits the one who was killed for the testimony of the Lord and His word?  What glory awaits him, and when and where does he want to receive it?  Your election by the Holy Spirit is made certain in your thoughts when you seek the Holy Spirit to be the One who glorifies you… but glorifies you in His way… which He did to Jesus.  When Jesus had finished all His work, then the Holy Spirit glorified Him by raising Him from the dead, declaring Him to be the Son of God.  If your desire is to remain alive until Jesus arrives so that this world is preserved until Jesus gets here… so that Jesus will find that the world He died to save has His servants watching over it when He arrives, and you seek no reward from Jesus, but fall into the ranks to continue your servitude of Him for the millennium, not as a reward but as an ongoing duty… like the servants who served the master’s supper after they had finished their days’ work in the fields… then it shows you desire your glory from the Holy Spirit.  For He, the Spirit, will not exalt His elect above the elect of Jesus who are returning with Him, but rather, as the Spirit Himself has always been the unseen One, so His elect must have in their hearts to be unseen and their service is what ought to be done without any reward due.  The millennium then is not your reward, but your continuing service to the Master because you have learned well from the Spirit who serves both the Father and Son without expecting any glory for Himself!

Then what do you know, not what do you believe?  No one who believes he is an elect of the Holy Spirit is an elect.  No, you either know or you do not.  And how do you know?  When the work of the Holy Spirit is a delight to you and not a chore.  You know you are an elect because the service that you must do to allow the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you the words of Jesus leaves you with a hunger and eagerness for more.  You know you are an elect because you would do anything just to learn to recognise His voice, so that you would be able to hear Him clearly.  And to say “Amen Holy Spirit” is the greatest privilege and prayer you could say.  You know you are an elect when you are not choosy about His gifts, but you would want all of them to master all of them that you may bear fruits worthy of Him.  And the last thing on your mind is to speak against Him.  You know you are an elect… when the thought of you dying so that you can retire and go to Heaven while you leave Him behind to continue His work fills you with abhorrence and you would beg Him to allow you to take over so that He who never rests can rest.  You know what the Father commanded, what Jesus is waiting for and what the Holy Spirit wants to do.  You know as Jesus knows, without any belief and therefore, without any doubt.

The words that you keep tell you who you are.  You keep the words of God you say, good, but does that mean you are a Jew or are you a disciple of Christ, for you cannot be both?  And if you are either, which you can be, then what makes you think you are an elect of the Holy Spirit?  Because an elect hears the words of the Holy Spirit and he keeps them.  That is, you can hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches and you keep them in your heart to speak out of your mouth and perform with your hands!  So, what makes you think you are an elect of the Holy Spirit?  When the one word “Come!” is what is foremost in your heart and mind, always at the tip of your tongue, and all that you do is to somehow fulfil the conditions needed to bring Jesus back, even if it means volunteering to be… the false prophet.

And finally… what do you rejoice at seeing?  You being blessed and glorified by the Lord?  Or… do you rejoice at the thought of seeing the Lord’s day?  If at least you do, then Abraham is also your friend, although he cannot be your father for you are a Gentile.  Now… Jesus said, “…Abraham… saw it and was glad.”  Have you seen it yet?  Do you imagine, that is, see in your mind and in your heart?  Do you dream of Jesus arriving on clouds of glory so that the world can no longer deny who He is and the Jews can no longer deny their King?

When you answer this question for yourself, then you will be ready to answer it whenever people ask you, “Who do you think you are?”  What will you say?  The answer is:  Do not worry, for the Holy Spirit will give you words of wisdom that no one can resist or contradict.  Just say whatever is given you at that moment.  For it is when you do not question who you are, but know who you are, then you are ready to see that God’s words are not just the truth, they are not just perfect, but they are absolute.  Just as Jesus knew who He was and so He could see that God’s word, the Father’s word, is also truth and perfect, which leads to life.  However, it is the Holy Spirit who never questions the Father if there is any other possibility, and who truly sees that the words of the Father, and therefore of Jesus, are absolute.  So, He does not speak on His own, but only says what He hears, and everything He does say on His own is to ensure that the Father’s and Jesus’ words are proved true and perfect.  For Him, Their word is absolute.

For Him, the word of the Father and Son are not just true, because if something is only truth there can be challenges to prove that it is false.  For the Holy Spirit, the word of the Father and Son needs no challenge to prove its truthfulness.  Their words are not just perfect, for perfection can be made imperfect by sin, as Satan was used to demonstrate… the model of perfection sinned and became the model of imperfection.  No, for the Holy Spirit, the word of God is absolute in that it can never be made imperfect; it is unchangeable, unchallengeable and invincible, and He lives His eternity on that basis.  It needs no improvement, it cannot be added to or subtracted from, it will remain standing even when Heaven and Earth disappear, and needs no judgment day for it to be vindicated.  That is why the last thing the Holy Spirit says to Jesus before everything is complete is “Come!” as if it is already completed.

Now you can see why you will be challenged with this question as Jesus was challenged… “Who do you think you are?” which goes to prove that John 14.12 is true.  More importantly, how can you enter into the arena of the Absolute if you are not absolutely certain who you are?

So, what do you think… and who do you think you are?  Answer and enter.  Amen.

 

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