Like Father, Like Son
Tim Temple

Introduction

What do you think about when you think of the earthly life of the Lord Jesus Christ? When some reference to His earthly life is made, we think of the miracles. Some people think about Him teaching the multitudes or walking along with the disciples. Obviously, we think about the Cross and all that leads up to that any time we think of Him. On different occasions, we think of different things, but one of the things that we don't think about as often, which was just as much a part of His life, was the constant ongoing debates that he had with the Jewish leaders—the Sadducees and the Pharisees. It is probably easier and more interesting to think about the miracles and those other things, but one of the major factors of His life was the misunderstanding He had on the part of the people who should have known better—the Jewish leaders of His day.

That is the focus of the passage that we come to now in our study of the Gospel of John. By way of review, you will remember that John, chapter 5, falls into two parts. In verses 1-15, we have the display of divine power; in verses 16-47, we have the discussion of divine principles.

In our last lesson, we talked about that display of divine power that Jesus gave in the healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda, in verses 1-5. This man had been unable to walk for thirty-eight years. Jesus, in His mercy and grace, stepped in and healed him.

A Discussion of Divine Principles

In this study, we want to look at the discussion of divine principles that He has with these religious leaders of His day as found in the remaining portion of chapter 5. The cause of the discussion is stated in verse 16:

John 5

16And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things [the healings that we have just been discussing] on the sabbath day.

It is possible that the healing of this man might never have come to the attention of the Jewish leaders if Jesus had not told the man to pick up his bed and walk. Just tucked away in the last line of verse 9 is a statement that is easily overlooked, and it says: “…and that day was the Sabbath.”

On the Sabbath day, Jesus heals this man. In the process of healing him, as a means of formalizing the man's faith or calling on him to exercise his faith, He told him to pick up his bed and walk. The man did that, and as he was walking through the streets with his pallet rolled up under his arm, one of the Jews stopped him and told him he was breaking the law (verse 10).

Remember that this was not the law of God that he was breaking; it was the religious law of man. The Ten Commandments and the 400 plus laws that amplify the Ten Commandments in the books of Exodus to Deuteronomy simply set forth the principles of God's law. Jesus summarized all of that by saying that the law teaches us to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbor as ourself, so all of those laws point to that main objective. However, over the years, the Jewish Rabbis had added thousands of little rules about each one of those 400 plus laws that God gave. Those were supposed to be explanations of the law or applications of the law, but over the years, they came to have the force of law themselves.

They may have been helpful hints about what the law meant and how you could implement them, but they were not the law of God itself. They should have the place that a commentary on the Scripture might have in our day and time, but over the years they had come to have the force of law.

For example, turn to Exodus, chapter 20, and we will read what the law says about the Sabbath day. Most of you have read this before, but I think it helps us to get the focus of this discussion in mind. Notice verse 8, where God says:

Exodus 20

8Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

This law says that no man or woman, servants or animals, may work on the Sabbath day, but the Rabbis, in all of their wisdom, had solemnly agreed that if a man carried a needle stuck in his robe or if a woman wore a piece of jewelry on the Sabbath day, they had violated this law.

Is that what the law says? No, the law says: “You shall do no work on the Sabbath day, and you shall not let any lives that you have control over do any work.” They had carried it to the point of adding all of these things that probably started out as helpful suggestions, but they had carried it to the point that if a person did some of these minute things, they were breaking the law of the Sabbath.

You can imagine their fury when they encountered this man who was openly carrying a fairly big bedroll under his arm. It would have probably been about the size of some bedrolls that we have these days, and here he is, openly walking down the street, carrying a bedroll under his arm when even carrying a needle would be violating the Sabbath.

The man's self-defense, in verse 11, was that the Person Who had healed him of his thirty-eight-year-old disease had told him to do that. Put yourself in this man's place. Wouldn't you have picked up your bed if this man had told you to do so? If you were suddenly able to use your feet and legs for the first time in thirty-eight years, I don't think you would be too worried if you were going to break the Sabbath or not. He was anxious to try out his new-found ability. If this Man had the ability to heal him, then surely it would be okay to do anything else that He said.

There he was, walking down the street with his pallet under his arm. Later, when the Jewish leaders questioned him, he didn't even know Jesus' name. He later found that the name of the Healer was Jesus , and he told the Jews that in verse 15.

The Course of the Discussion

Having seen the cause of the discussion which Jesus was about to get into, let's look at the course of the discussion as it unfolds in the rest of the chapter, verses 17-47. First, Jesus' answer to them is in verse 17:

John 5

17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

That seems like a simple statement of the work of God the Father, but it is unbelievably profound, and it is one that is very easy to overlook. Jesus' words were tremendous when He made the statement, “My Father has been working till now, and I have been working.” Everything in the rest of the chapter is built upon this statement, and it is meant to explain and defend this statement.

As we begin to dissect this statement, it may be easier to understand the deep meaning of the verse if we consider some words and phrases separately. First, notice the phrase, “My Father has been working,” then skip over the words, “until now,” for the moment, and look at the next phrase, “I have been working.”

He is saying, “My Father has been working, and I have been working.” That is the essence of this statement. In fact, Jesus is saying, “Because My Father works, I work also.” Between the lines, we read Him saying, “God is My Father, and I do this on the Sabbath because My Father is working. Whatever I do, I work because My Father is working. If God the Father is not idle, then the Son can't be idle either.”

The Deity of Christ

What Jesus is going to talk about in the rest of this chapter is the depth and the fullness of the oneness of the Godhead. This is something about Jesus that we need to understand fully, and we need to be reminded of it if we know it already—the deity of Jesus Christ, the fact that He and the Father and the Holy Spirit have the same thought, the same purpose, the same method of action. They work together as One, because they are. We need to be reminded of that every once in a while.

It is good to read through and think through passages like this from time to time because it is so easy for us to take Jesus for granted. I am so thankful for the personal nature of our relationship with Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that we can come to the Father in the name of Jesus any time that we choose to do so. I hope that we all do that as often as we can.

We talked about Him as our personal Savior, and there is a sense in which we think of Jesus much more personally than we do God the Father, perhaps because Jesus Himself said, “No one has ever seen God at any time. The Only Begotten of the Father, He hath declared Him.” When we think about the personification of God, the only personification that we have any record of is Jesus, the Son of God. I think it is true of most Christians that we tend to think of Jesus in a more personal way than we do God the Father, but it is very important for us to remember that Jesus and God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are One. What we know of Jesus, we know of the Father. It is very important for us to remember that.

To put it in its context, what Jesus was saying to these Pharisees was that healing the man on the Sabbath was the work of God. God was the One Who healed the man on the Sabbath, and if it was God Who did it, it was beyond any criticism. Whatever God did or whatever God told the man to do could not be criticized because He is God.

There is a phrase that we skipped over in the middle of the verse, so go back and notice the phrase, “until now.” God created the world and everything in it in six days, and Genesis, chapter 2, verses 1-3, say that He then rested. What He was resting from was that creative work. God didn't stop working when He finished creation. It says that He rested, but the context of that is that He rested from creation. He continued to work and He continues to work from that day until this. His work is not specifically creative work, although I think miraculously He has created things at times. The most specific example would be the changing of water into wine that Jesus did, but in terms of making something out of nothing, as He did in the creation of the earth and everything, He rested from that creation.

Colossians, chapter 1, verse 17, says, “He holds all things together,” and that is a continuous action. It is easy to forget, but God literally has His finger on the universe, and if He lifted His finger, the whole universe could come to a standstill. That is what Colossians, chapter 1, verse 17, says:

Colossians 1

17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

It is speaking of Jesus specifically in this verse, but the point of this passage and many others like it is that Jesus and God the Father are the same. God is still working. He rested from creation on the seventh day, but He still keeps things going.

Isaiah, chapter 40, verse 26, says the same thing but in a different way. It says: “He keeps the stars in their places. Because of His faithfulness, not one of them is missing.” He continues to work, but above all, the most important work that God does is the work that He does in redemption, in Christ's death on the Cross all those years ago, in the Holy Spirit drawing men to Christ and working in their lives, making them new creatures in Christ Jesus, and bringing us to the fulfillment of the things that He wants to do in our lives. You see, God is active every day. God is continually involved in His restoration of fallen, sinful creation. He created it. He rested from the creation, but He never stopped working. Jesus said that He is working with the Father in that redemption and restoration until now—right up to this present moment that Jesus was speaking. He says, “The Father has been working until now, and I have been working,” and, of course, He could still make that statement today. He continues to work right up until today.

Notice very carefully that none of this means that Jesus was ignoring the Sabbath nor, had the principle of the Sabbath been nullified by Jesus when He healed this man on the Sabbath. As we have already pointed out, the Sabbath didn't begin with the law of Moses; the Sabbath began with creation, and it was just included with the other commandments when the Mosaic law was given. It has always been a principle of God that men should work at least six days and then take a day of rest. There are those who say—I have not found a way to argue with this, but I hope it is not ironclad and binding—that this means Christians should work six days and no less than six days and then take the seventh day. I believe the principle is that regardless of how many days a week you work, one day out of seven should be a day to stop working and focus your attention on God the Father. As I understand the Scripture, this was before the law, and therefore, it outlives the law.

Jesus was totally obedient to that. He fulfilled the law (Matthew 5:17-20), and you cannot find anywhere in the life of Jesus that He ever contradicted or ignored any law of God in His earthly life. He did violate one of the laws of the Rabbis when He instructed this man to carry his pallet on the Sabbath, but He did not contradict the law of God, and He made that distinction in a couple of His sermons. He preached eloquently in a couple of places about the difference between the law of man and the law of God.

Sabbath Now Observed On First Day

Let me pick up where I left off about our relationship to the Sabbath day. The part of the Sabbath day that was a part of the law had to do with the Sabbath being on Saturday, the last day of the week. At the time of the Resurrection, when Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week, His followers began taking their Sabbath day or their day of rest on the first day of the week. Even though there is no record that God instructed them to do it that way, we believe that since God raised Him from the dead on the first day of the week and never told them to stop doing it that way, and since the part of the Sabbath worship that was included in the law was the seventh day, now the principle of the day of rest has been moved to the first day. It is still the Sabbath principle, but we observe that principle on the first day.

Let me carry that one step further. This is just my interpretation of all of this, because I do not have a verse of Scripture for it. I am putting all of what I think the Scripture says about this principle of Sabbath rest together. This is something that, with our more and more secular society, may become important for Christians to know. I personally think that it doesn't matter too much to God which day of the week we take for our Sabbath day. The purpose of that day is to rest and to contemplate our relationship to God through Jesus Christ and to gather with other believers, if we possibly can, to worship God. Those are the things that the Scripture says about the day of worship, the day of Sabbath.

If it is only possible for you to do that on Tuesday, then it really is our heart intention that is important to God, because He demonstrated that the day itself is not important by allowing the Christians, after the Cross, to meet on the first day rather than the seventh day. If it turns out that the third day or the fourth day of the week is the only day that you have to take a Sabbath day, then God understands that, but the principle of the Sabbath is that there needs to be a time in our lives set aside to rest and to concentrate on our relationship with God, to worship Him.

It is my belief that that principle is still in force even though the law of the Sabbath was done away with at the Cross of Jesus Christ. In my opinion, it is something that every believer ought to very carefully have as a part of his life. There are those who disagree with that. There are good, sound Bible teachers who disagree with that position, but that is my understanding of the Scripture.

Jews' Anger Toward Jesus

We have seen Jesus' answer to the Jew's objection to His healing on the Sabbath. As a result of that, verse 18 talks about the Jews' anger. Look at verse 18:

John 5

18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

The first thing that I want to point out about this verse is that this verse first demonstrates that the Jews understood exactly what Jesus was saying. They did not misunderstand Him at all. He was saying that He was equal with God. He was saying that God was His Father and He was equal with God. In fact, this verse says specifically that this is the reason they set out to kill Him. This was not a matter of Jesus' followers later claiming that He was God, even though He Himself had never claimed it. That is the standard liberal interpretation of the deity of Christ: “Oh, Jesus Himself never claimed to be God. He was just a great teacher and people loved His teaching so much that later on they said He claimed to be God.” You cannot read your Bible and come to that conclusion even though it is a very popular standard kind of interpretation about the deity of Jesus among the liberals.

These Jews understood that that was exactly what Jesus was saying. Jesus was saying, “I am God.” In fact, in chapter 4, when He was talking to the woman at the well, He made that very statement. He said, “I, Who speak unto you, am He,” when she asked Him about the Messiah Who would come from God. So, for someone to say that the deity of Christ is just something that His followers later ascribed to Him is total ignorance of the Word of God. Nobody can read the New Testament and honestly make that statement. The best example of that is how these enemies of Christ understood exactly that that was what He was saying.

Relationship Between the Father and the Son

In verses 19-47, we find Jesus' analysis of the Jews' anger, and it is in several parts. First, in verses 19-20, He spells out clearly the relationship between the Father and the Son. Look at verse 19:

John 5

19Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
20For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

In verse 19, He says, “The Son can do nothing of Himself…” We need to be careful here, because careless reading of this verse or reading this verse out of its context might give us the idea that Jesus was just a robot who was just kind of being controlled by remote control from above, and He couldn't do anything else. We know from the many other things that the Scripture records about the life of Christ that He was completely human. He was completely God, but He was also completely human. That is something that our human minds have to really grapple with, and I am not sure that we will ever really understand it until we get to Heaven, but Jesus Christ was not a robot. He could make His own decisions, but he deliberately chose to only do the things that the Father was leading Him to do, so when He says, in verse 19, that the Son of Man can do nothing of Himself, He doesn't mean that He cannot do it; He means that He would not do anything apart from the Father.

We still use that terminology in our use of English today. If someone says, “Would you commit adultery, or would you steal something?”, our normal reaction as Christians ought to be, “I couldn't do that.” We don't mean that we couldn't do it physically; we mean that it violates everything about our relationship to God, and we just could not do that. That is the sense in which Jesus says this: “The Son can do nothing of Himself.” In other words, it would not be right for the Son to decide that He is going to heal somebody or do some other thing. He only does the things that the Father leads Him to do. Jesus, as a human being, probably had the richest personality ever possessed by a man.

The most important thing about Jesus, of course, was that He didn't have the baggage of sin to carry around with Him. You know, all of us could be much more charming people and much better people if we didn't have all that sin scarring up our lives. Sin, in its various ways, has tainted and diminished every one of us. Jesus had all the undiminished humanity. He had all the good things of humanity undiminished by the scar tissue of sin; and mentally, emotionally and volitionally, He had the ability to succeed at anything He put His hand to, even to creating a kingdom for Himself, if He had chosen to do that.

He was brilliant beyond comparison. It would have been a simple matter for Him to take over the world as a human being. That is exactly what Satan had in mind in Matthew, chapter 4, when he tempted Him. He said, “If you will worship me, all the kingdoms of the world can be yours.” Satan misunderstood, you see, the purpose of Jesus. The promise of God was that Jesus would be King of kings and Lord of lords. Satan said, “I can get it for you wholesale,” in so many words. “I can give you a shortcut. You want to be King of kings and Lord of lords. I can get that for you.” Satan could have, on a temporary basis, but Jesus' higher purpose in being King of kings and Lord of lords was to obey the Father and fulfill the Father's perfect will. Becoming King of kings and Lord of lords was a result of having done the will of God, not a means to that end.

Philippians, chapter 2, verse 6, specifically says, “Even though He thought it was completely right for Him to be God and thought it not robbery to be equal with God, nevertheless He chose to humble Himself and become obedient unto death.” It was a deliberate choice on His part. That is the polar opposite of fallen human nature. A poem that we used to hear at nearly every graduation, which we do not hear so much any more, is a poem by H.E. Henley. It says, “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul…” Listen, that is fallen, sinful humanity talking that way. We are not the masters of our fate; we are not the captains of our souls. We are God's children, and we live in a world that is ruled by a sovereign God and a loving Savior.

Think carefully about this: Is your aim like Jesus' was? Is it to express the will and direction of God, or is your aim to express your personality and your desires, to make a name for yourself in the world or even in Christian circles? What is it that motivates our lives? Is it to do our will? That is our human tendency. Our human tendency is to get out what we can get out of any situation, but if we are going to imitate Jesus Christ, we need to make it our goal to do the Father's will and to glorify His name, to do nothing of ourselves, but to try to think His thoughts after Him and draw upon His power, carrying out His will in our lives. Jesus is the example of that.

On the other hand, if you go back to verse 19, Jesus also says:

John 5

19…for what things soever he [the Father] doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

The love of the Son of God for the Father not only kept Him from acting on His own volition, doing what He wanted to do, but it also caused Him to be active in doing everything that the Father wanted Him to do. The reason that Jesus chose not to do His own will was that His mind and His desire and His will were all taken up at every moment with doing what the Father told Him to do. That is the reason Jesus was always so peaceful and serene and stable and assured. It was because, in His human nature, He knew constantly that He was always doing the Father's will. He was only doing the Father's will.

The same thing can be true of us as God's children. We can have that kind of stability and peace and assurance if we choose to have the attitude that Jesus Christ had. “I do always those things that please Him. I do the things that the Father does and that the Father directs Me to do.”

We need to ask ourselves questions like this: Am I reading the Bible as often as I can? As I have said so many times before, you may not have as much time to read the Bible as someone else does, but are you reading it as often as you can? Am I asking God to show me His plan for my life and for this day? Am I living in dependence on the Father? Am I watching to see where He is working and getting in line with that? Are we looking for what God is doing in our lives and the lives of other people and getting in line with that? Do I remember that God will use even the difficult circumstances of life, such as the opposition of the Pharisees to Jesus, to give me insight to His ways and give me new maturity as a result? Those are the kinds of thoughts that we, as children of God, ought to be having as we seek to live as Jesus lives.

A Relationship of Love, Mutual Knowledge, and Continuing Power

In verse 20, Jesus continues to describe the relationship between the Father and the Son. He says:

John 5

20For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

First, it is a relationship of love. “The Father loves the Son.” We talk a lot about God's love for us and about Christ's love for us, but here is a very beautiful statement: “The Father loves the Son.” You see, God loves us because He is a God of love, and that love extends to other members of the Godhead. The particular word that is translated love here is one that speaks of tenderness, an emotional kind of love. It is translated in other places with the word cherishing . It talks about an intimate kind of fellowship between the Father and the Son, and because of our relationship with God through Christ, this special kind of intimacy is extended to us. God loves us in an emotional kind of way and in an intimate kind of way, just as He loves the Son.

It not only is a relationship of love, but it is a relationship of complete mutual knowledge. In the middle of verse 20, it says: “…sheweth him all things that he himself does…” One of the earmarks of a loving relationship is that there are no secrets in the relationship. That is true of friendship to a certain extent, but it also is true of a loving relationship. God tells us in His word that He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness. God doesn't hold any secrets back from us. He has told us everything that we need to know to have a life that pleases Him and a life that is fulfilling to us.

The third part of that relationship is that it is a relationship of continuing power. He says, “He will show greater things than these that you Pharisees may marvel.” So it is a relationship of love, of knowledge and of power. The work of healing which Jesus had accomplished in the first five verses of this chapter was a sign of His authority as God. He had done that so the Pharisees could marvel at Who He was. Yet this verse says that greater works are going to be accomplished.

At this early stage of His life on earth, Jesus may have had in mind the raising of Lazarus that was still to come. Raising someone from the dead is even more impressive than restoring a paraplegic of thirty-eight years. “You like this? You ain't seen nothing yet! Wait until you see what else God the Father is going to do through Me.” His own resurrection and ascension would even be greater than the raising of Lazarus, but I think the greatest miracles that God has ever done in all of history is the changing of your heart and mine to be like His heart, to step into the lives of us sinful human beings, to save us by His grace, to indwell our hearts and lives with the Holy Spirit, and to give us the ability to say “to” sin.

We don't use that ability nearly as much as we should, but He works the miracle of convicting us when we do sin and of bringing us to that place of confession and restoring us. He continues to work miraculous things on and on in the lives of believers. Those are the greater things that Jesus probably had in mind ultimately. You look around at the lives God has changed of the people whom we know, and we can see God's miraculous power. All some of us need to do is to look at our own lives and see how God has changed our thoughts, motives and actions. We are not perfect, but God has changed the way we look at things and the way we feel about things. That is a miracle, and God's miraculous power continues right down to this day in that kind of work.

Interaction Between Father and Son

Jesus has been talking about the relationship between the Father and the Son, but in addition to that relationship, verses 21 through the rest of the chapter are going to talk about the reciprocation (the interaction) between the Father and the Son. He has talked about the emotional side of their relationship, but now He is going to talk about the interaction between the two. He gives a summary of that in verses 21-23. The first thing they share is in giving life. Look at verse 21:

John 5

21For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

They both give life. In verse 22, they both share in bringing judgment. Notice:

John 5

22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

The Father commits the judgment to the Son because it is the Father's power to judge, so they interact in that. The Son judges because the Father gives Him the power to do it. Then they share in the honor that is given to God. Notice verse 23:

John 5

23That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

Verse 23 is a very powerful verse: “He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.” I want to be careful how I say this, but it bothers me a bit when I hear people pray, and at the end of their prayer they just say, “Amen.” Jesus said, “You have a right to think of the Father through Me. Anything that you bring to the Father in My name, He hears.” Now, God is God, and He knows when a person prays and doesn't know enough to come in the name of the Son. There are a lot of things that new believers do not know. Someone, out of ignorance, may go directly to the Father, but what God has shown us in His Word is that we honor the Son just as we honor the Father. We honor the Son by coming to the Father in the Son's name, because that is what the Son told us to do. The Son should receive honor just as the Father does.

I mentioned earlier about this close personal relationship with God that we have, and we tend to focus that on Jesus Christ, and rightly so. He is our Savior, but we have to be careful that we don't carry that too far. Even though we are thankful that we have this personal relationship with Jesus, Who is God Himself, let's not ever take that for granted. I think sometimes people become almost sacrilegious in the way they talk about Jesus. Some of the songs that we hear about Jesus speak of Him so personally and so humanly that it seems to me that they do not honor the Son. We need to give the same kind of honor to Jesus that we give to God the Father. Because of the privilege that we have of being personally related to Jesus Christ, that is something that is easy to overlook. We certainly would not intend to dishonor Him, but we need to be careful that in every way we can we honor the Son, just as we honor the Father.

That is a summary of those three things, and we will elaborate more on them later on in the chapter. They share in honor; they share in judgment; they share in work on the earth. They interact in all of that, and the last verses of the chapter are going to elaborate the specifics of those things.

Let me remind you that in this passage what we have seen is a beautiful description of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. We see that in this passage in a way that we really don't see it anywhere else in the Bible, but the amazing thing is that God also offers that same kind of relationship to those of us who have become God's children.

We Can Have an Intimate Relationship With God

Are you enjoying that relationship? Do you think of God as some distant, far-off being that somehow, if the conditions are just right, you might be able to contact? Do you think of God as someone who lives in this building and if you can make it to church on Sunday, you will have some contact with Him because you are in His house, or do you think of God as Jesus thought of God the Father, and in the way that the Scripture tells us we can think of Him? The Scripture tells us we can think of Him as our Father, as One with whom we can have an intimate relationship. Do we think of Him as someone with whom we can walk at His direction and know what He wants us to do and say as Jesus did, “My Father works and I also work. I do what He tells Me to do. I do always those things that please Him.”?

We can have that kind of relationship with the God of the Universe. It is one of those things that can be ours without even knowing it, or it can be something that is ours that even though we know it, we don't make use of. Jesus Himself invites us to enter into that very kind of relationship. When we get over to John, chapter 15, verse 9, we are going to find Him saying:

John 15

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

Or think about what He said in the next chapter. Notice:

John 16

27For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

That verse says: “If you have believed that Jesus is God, and if you have trusted Him as Savior, the Father loves you.” We know that in a general sense, but Jesus is speaking of that personal, intimate kind of love.

Conclusion

God the Father loves you and me because we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and the more we seek to stay in fellowship with Him and to know what He is doing in our world, to get into line with it and to be used in that, the more we will be conscious of that loving relationship. The more we are conscious of that loving relationship, the more we have the joy of being a laborer together with Him in what He is doing in our world. What a privilege Jesus had with the Father. He extends that privilege to us because we are His children also.


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