Ephesians 5August 29, 2014
1 Peter 5:10 – Called to Glory in ChristAugust 31, 2014
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works; that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him.
The religious leaders had a hard time understanding what Jesus told them in this verse. They didn’t believe He was God’s Son, the Messiah they hoped for. They continually tried to catch Him in what He said so they’d have reason to accuse Him further. They even questioned the works that He did—the miracles He performed. In this verse He makes it pretty clear: if you don’t believe Me, then can you believe the works that I do because the Father is in Me, and I in Him.
Jesus said that He and the Father, God, were one. He also told His disciples in chapter 14 that “if you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father”. Jesus was in Him. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. Jesus was in Him. All of God’s goodness, love, attributes, everything was poured into Jesus who represented God to the world. It’s mind-boggling that God would love us so much to send His only Son for us. But God’s provision didn’t stop there. He promised to dwell in us after Jesus’ resurrection, and the Apostle Paul amplifies this truth in Acts 17:28 when he explains that “In Him we live and move and have our being”.
The religious leaders not only didn’t believe Jesus was sent from God, but they had a hard time explaining the works He did. They couldn’t refute His miracles because they saw withered limbs restored and whole. They saw the demonic quickly transformed and in their right minds. They saw the crippled touched by Jesus now walking strong and tall. He told them if they didn’t believe His word, then they should believe the works, but they couldn’t.
Jesus came to provide a new life for you and all who would believe. You can live in His provisions of salvation, joy, peace, every good gift that God has given because Jesus lives in you. Jesus is in Him; and as a believer, you are in Christ. Live in Him today.