The Word glorifies the Father in Himself to the disciples.

Revealing the Father

Jesus is the Word of God to men.

By the concepts of faith, we can view the testimony of John and learn of the Truth as revealed in the Word. It was Philip's desire for the Lord to reveal to him the Father. So he said unto Him, "Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us". The natural person reading the Scripture would testify that it was the Lord who answered Philip. And although this is true, the Spiritual person by faith will understand and see the Truth that it was the Father WHO was speaking through HIS Word.

To confirm this truth, we will look at the answer given by the Word to Philip. John testified that Jesus said to Philip, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip"? The words "I" and "Me" mentioned in the answer to Philip referred to the Father, WHO was speaking to Philip through the Word. It was after this that the Word testified of the Father and said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?"

To further confirm this truth, the Word said to Philip, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake".

For more evidence of the Truth of the Father speaking through HIS Son, Paul recorded in his letter to the Hebrews, saying, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:1-3).

It is crucial for the church to understand this concept, because the very work which the Father has done through HIS Word, He the Word Himself will do through the church-His Body. For this reason the Word said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father". And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it]" (John 14:8-14).

The Work of giving glory to the Father

It's important to understand what the Word is saying to His servants who serve Him and the Power He is able to provide to the church. The Father is glorified when HIS Word has accomplished in the church the Father's will. And the Word is glorified when the church is able to accomplish the Father's will through the Word of God in the world. This is the glory that has been prepared for the church in Christ from the foundation of the world.

An example of this Power of faith in the Word was revealed through Peter and John who understood this concept. "...A certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

"And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted [him] up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

"And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

"And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw [it], he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

"The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let [him] go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

"And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did [it], as [did] also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.

"Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities" (Acts 3:2-26).

Through the servant of the Word Isaiah-the prophet, we can see this concept at work. The Father said through the Word through the prophet, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

"Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him [for] a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call a nation [that] thou knowest not, and nations [that] knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

"For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it" (Isaiah 55:1-11).

Notice: that it is the Father's will that we should listen to what is being said through HIS Word and in doing this our soul shall live and HE the Father will make an everlasting covenant with us. HE said for us to seek the LORD while He may be found and call upon Him while He is near. To find Him we must forsake our way and our unrighteous thoughts and He will have mercy upon us and will abundantly pardon us.

He also said that HIS thoughts are not our thoughts neither are our ways His Way, for HIS Word that goes forth out of His Mouth-Isaiah shall accomplish HIS will in the thing whereto HE sends It, and HIS Word shall not return unto HIM void.

By following the will of the Word in us, we will give glory to both the Word and the Father WHO sent Him to accomplish in us HIS will. The question is, "What is the will of the Father?"

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