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. (John 14:12-13 KJV)
In the first 21 capsules of this year we have spent sometime establishing what I like to refer to as 'the correct Christian mindset'. The importance of this will become more obvious eventually when we look at the concept of spirit, soul and body. However I believe it is high time we started looking at the practicalities of what we have learnt and how to deploy this great gift of salvation that we have in Christ. The modern church (myself included) have become masters at giving excuses why we are not seeing the power of God demonstrated. Considering what Christ said in Matthew 11:11, the current state of affairs should be a challenge to us. We are more interested in titles and there are far more ministers and ministries than there are miracles. I believe one of the reasons for this is that we are happy to settle for less, we embraced the fluff and ignored the core.
In this capsule I would like to show you the standard we should be aiming for. In John 14:12 Christ challenged His disciples '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'. The phrase verily, verily is translated variously as ' most assuredly', truly, truly' or 'what I'm about to tell you is true'. My question is why did He need to prefix what He was about to tell them with this strong warning? After all everything He ever said is true. I have thought long and hard about this, I believe the reason He did was because He knew that it would blow our mind so much so that we would have difficulty accepting it. But if we are to be the solution, we must be able to live up to this challenge.
The challenge is in two parts : He that believeth on me,
A. ..... the works that I do shall he do also;
B.......and greater works than these shall he do;
People explain the greater works as mass evangelism through the TV and Radio media, they say Christ was not able to do this and we are doing it, reaching millions of people at the same time. For several reasons I disagree that this is the greater works, this does not fit the bill, I am sorry to say it sounds like elegant sophistry. (It's an explanation I have used in the past too). It is obvious that one would need to have done the 'WORKS' before you are able to do the 'GREATER WORKS'. Somehow we have conveniently avoided doing the 'WORKS' but jumped to the 'GREATER WORKS', there is something not right with this picture. The question we should be asking ourselves is 'What are the works that Christ did that made men marvel and say 'What a man of man is this?'(Mark 4:41). I believe only after we have done the 'WORKS' that we can graduate to the 'GREATER WORKS', or should I say first thing first. This is the natural and spiritual order of things.
Lastly, we should not be afraid of tackling the works, because the same Christ that charged us to do the 'WORKS' gave reasons why it is possible and we cannot fail
A. ....because I go unto my Father.
B. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in
So the question is what are the 'WORKS'? I am glad you asked, we would consider them in the next capsule
THE CHALLENGE IS DO THE WORKS, AND THE GREATER WORKS WILL FOLLOW.