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Jesus said, “…the world will know that I love the Father.”[1] “May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”[2] “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”[3]

According to Jesus, the world must know three things:

1. That Jesus loves the Father;

2. That the Father sent Jesus;

3. And that the Father loves the disciples of Jesus as much as He loves Jesus.

How can the world know that Jesus loves the Father? The proof is Jesus doing exactly what the Father requires and commanded Him, for Jesus said, “…I will do what the Father requires of Me, so that the world will know that I love the Father.”[4] “…the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me.”[5]

If we, the disciples of Jesus, do not even know how and why Jesus loves the Father, how can the world come to know that Jesus loves the Father? If we do not listen carefully to Jesus and watch Him closely, how will we know whether He did exactly as the Father commanded and required of Him?

Jesus said, The Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it.”[6] “The words I speak are not My own, but My Father who lives in Me does His work through Me.”[7] “…remember, My words are not My own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent Me.”[8] “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”[9]

Jesus Himself has testified that the Father commanded Him what to say and how to say it, and that He does only what He sees the Father doing. But one might argue that Jesus’ testimony about Himself is not valid. However, Jesus said, “If I were to testify on My own behalf, My testimony would not be valid. But someone else is also testifying about Me, and I assure you that everything he says about Me is true. In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about Me was true. Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved. John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message. But I have a greater witness than John—My teachings and My miracles. The Father gave Me these works to accomplish, and they prove that He sent Me. And the Father who sent Me has testified about Me Himself. You have never heard His voice or seen Him face to Face, and you do not have His message in your hearts, because you do not believe Me—the One He sent to you.”[10]

Jesus also said, “These claims are valid even though I make them about Myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about Me. You judge Me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, My judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent Me is with Me. Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am One Witness, and My Father who sent Me is the Other.”[11]

The world must also know that the Father sent Jesus, His Son. Jesus said, “For God [the Father] loved the world so much that He gave His One and Only Son [Jesus Christ], so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s One and Only Son.”[12] The Father gave Me these works [My teachings and My miracles] to accomplish, and they prove that He sent Me.”[13] “…the Father set Me apart and sent Me into the world. Don’t believe Me unless I carry out My Father’s work. But if I do His work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe Me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.”[14]

Jesus also said, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are One—as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are One. I am in them and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me.”[15]

The complete[16] and perfect unity among the disciples of Jesus, who are also sons and daughters of God the Father, is a sign to the world that God the Father sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, and that the Father loves us as much as He loves Jesus. However, this unity can only be accomplished through the careful listening of Jesus’ words, words that were given to Him by the Father, and the close observance of the things that Jesus did, of which He saw His Father doing first, and doing the things that Jesus has done and the greater things that the Father, who is greater,[17] will show us.

The complete and perfect unity of sons and daughters of God the Father will bring the Father much honour. It will prove Jesus’ words true. And the world will know that God the Father sent Jesus, and Jesus loves the Father, and the Father loves us as much as He loves Jesus. The world should also come to know that the Father is perfect,[18] merciful,[19] compassionate[20] and righteous.[21] But if we, disciples of Jesus, do not even know the Father, or worse still, do not even realise that Jesus came to show us the Father, then how can we show or teach the world that which it must learn?

Where is the love for Jesus and the Father of which we confess with our mouths? Is it just lip service, which we are offering to Them, Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’”[22] We have only honoured the Father with our lips, but our hearts and actions prove otherwise. We have failed to see and understand that which Jesus came for, for we did not listen carefully to Him nor watch Him closely. And thus, we failed to do the things that Jesus did, and we did not even come close to doing the greater things. And if we do not come to do the greater things of the Father, who is greater, how will we understand Him, much less honour Him? For it is only through the experience of doing and saying what the Father does and says, that we can come to understand Him. And when we do understand Him, then we will know how to honour Him properly.

That is why Jesus said, For I honor My Father—and you dishonor Me.”[23] For Jesus came, said and did exactly as the Father commanded Him. All that the Father showed and told Him, Jesus came and revealed to us in His words and actions. Through all that Jesus said and did, He came to understand what it is like to be Father. Likewise, we are to come to the place of understanding what it is like to be Father. And this can be only accomplished through first doing the things that Jesus did, and then the greater things of which the Father Himself will show us, for He is greater.

We are to do exactly as Jesus commanded and requires of us, so that the world will know that we love Jesus, and not only Jesus, but also the Father and His Holy Spirit. Let us accomplish the works that Jesus gave us, so as to prove that He sent us into the world. Jesus said, “As You [Father] sent Me into the world, I have sent them [My disciples] into the world.”[24] Let us not only have signs, wonders and miracles in Jesus’ Name to show the world, but more importantly that we honour the Father as Jesus honours the Father. Let it also be known that God the Father is perfect, merciful, compassionate and righteous.

We are also to reveal the Father to those who believe that the Father sent Jesus. The Lord said, “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know Me.[25] Who is it whom the people of God do not know? They do not know the Father whom Jesus came to show us. We, the church, have failed to read the word of God carefully, so as to come to know and understand that God the Father commanded us to listen to His Son, Jesus.[26] And even if we did read the word of God, we merely glossed over it and failed to obey the one commandment from the Father to the disciples of Jesus Christ. Instead, we pick and choose verses of the Bible, which suit our likes and needs, without having the full counsel of the word of God. We have failed to discern and understand the difference amongst the words that came from the mouth of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the words of men, the words of angels and the words of Satan, all of which the Bible contains. As a result of that failure, the church has preached the words of men more than the words of Jesus, which will never pass away.[27]

We, the church, have failed to listen to Jesus, and thus we have failed to come to know the Father. We do not know or understand the Ones (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) whom we preach about. We merely have empty words as we head towards destruction due to lack of knowledge of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And therefore, we have not honoured the Father, who said, “If I am a Father, where is the honor due Me?”[28]

We must repent for not listening to Jesus and for having failed to honour the Father, and we must forgive the rest of the church for that same failure. Or else, the Lord might say this to us, “If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honour My Name. I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honour Me.”[29]

It is time; today is the day when the honour of the Father of which is due Him reaches to the highest Heavens. Let not those who have partaken in the eating of the body of Christ and the drinking of His blood, bring any more shame to the Father who sacrificed His One and Only Son so that we may have life and have it to the full.[30] “…this is the way to have eternal life—to know You [Father], the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One You sent to Earth.”[31]

Let the Light of His Honour shine brightly for all to see that men may praise the Father in Heaven. “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”[32] Amen.


 

[1] John 14.31 NLT

[2] John 17.21

[3] John 17.23

[4] John 14.31 NLT

[5] NIV

[6] John 12.49

[7] John 14.10 NLT

[8] John 14.24 NLT

[9] John 5.19 NLT

[10] John 5.31-38 NLT

[11] John 8.14-18 NLT

[12] John 3.16-18 NLT

[13] John 5.36 NLT

[14] John 10.36-38 NLT

[15] John 17.20-23 NLT

[16] John 17.23 NIV

[17] John 14.28

[18] Matthew 5.48

[19] Luke 6.36

[20] Luke 6.36 NLT

[21] John 17.25

[22] Matthew 15.7-9 NLT (Isaiah 29.13 NLT)

[23] John 8.49 NLT

[24] John 17.18 NLT

[25] Hosea 4.6 NLT

[26] Matthew 17.5

[27] Matthew 24.35, Mark 13.31, Luke 21.33

[28] Malachi 1.6

[29] Malachi 2.2

[30] John 10.10

[31] John 17.3 NLT

[32] Revelation 5.13

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