“Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.” (John 14:8 – 11)
Growing up a vital part of my faith was the concept of a Triune God – Jesus, the Lord, and the Holy Spirit individual yet as one. It is something I never questioned, and do not question now. I never had to have the proof of it given to me; it was part of my bone and marrow of faith. However, as vital as this is, it is not the focus of the portion of scripture today.
“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” (Verses 12 – 14)
Also a strong part of my faith is that Jesus did not mean “anything” without any limits. Jesus/God is not going to give you the wealth of another person – just as an example. Of course the caveat and protection is asking it in Jesus’ name. Jesus will not be taken advantage, and Jesus’ name protects itself from greed and sin. However, neither is this the focus of the portion of scripture today.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.” (Verses 15 – 17)
This is the focus of today, and for this week – the coming of the Spirit. As I said my faith tells me that God the Creator and sender of Jesus, Jesus Christ who was and is the living example for us, and the Holy Spirit who holds and contains all the counsel that is from God and Jesus Christ – are part of the same Divine. In fact, if I would give the term “the Divine” a definition it would be the Triune God, encompassing all the faiths that hold God as its center. God came to the Hebrews as the “breath” that is God; Jesus came to the Jews as the Son of God; and the Spirit came to the world after Jesus returned to Heaven. Never, NEVER, was the world without God. If we can see and understand, we can know God in our world and in our hearts. Each Day of Pentecost we celebrate that God’s presence has always been in the world, and God in ever increasing ways binds the world to the God-self. Selah!