God IN Christ

In John 14, Jesus Christ told the disciples that since they believed God, they also were to believe Him. Believing in Christ is far beyond simply believing that He lived and died nearly 2,000 years ago for the sins of mankind. Instead, it has everything to do with believing all that He said, which the world does not.

Jesus told them it was now time for Him to go and prepare a place for them. People do not grasp what He was telling them. He gave them these words on the very last night of His physical life on earth, on the night of the Passover. The time had come for Him to die as the Passover for all mankind and then be resurrected from the dead, as the first to enter Elohim, the God Family, the Kingdom of God. As Jesus Christ Elohim, He could now complete more of God's plan by making the way for others who would also enter the Family.

Jesus told the disciples, "Where I go you know, and the way you know" (John 14:4). Then, Thomas responded by saying that they did not know where He was going, so how could they know the way. Jesus Christ was not talking about a location, but a way of life to be lived that would lead into being in the God Family.

So Jesus responded by saying, "I am the way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to the Father except by [through] me " (John 14:6).

God was revealing that the way into His Family and the way of becoming at one with Him, in unity of spirit, was through His Son, Jesus Christ. The very process that was at work in Jesus Christ was about to begin working in others, in order to accomplish a transformation of the mind, which would lead into God's Family. The process of change that is to take place in mankind is through the process of repentance and turning to God's way of life. But man cannot accomplish this by his own efforts or will power. It requires the power of God that can work in the mind to change the way we think so that we come into unity and agreement with God. It is interesting to note that the word which is translated as "repent" in scripture, actually means "to think differently" in the Greek.

Now, Jesus Christ was going to reveal even more to the disciples to show how this process would be accomplished:

If you had known Me, you should have known my Father also, and from this time you have known Him, and have seen Him. (John 14:7)

This saying was confusing to the disciples, so Philip responded by saying that if Christ would simply show them the Father then that would satisfy their understanding. But Jesus was speaking of something spiritual, not physical. The disciples were limited in their thinking to that which is physical:

Have I been such a long time with you, and yet you have not known Me Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father, so how do you say then, "Show us the Father?" (John 14:9)

Again, this is similar to the expressions people use when talking about "believing in Jesus Christ," but traditional Christianity fails to grasp that such a thing means much more concerning Christ. It is a matter of knowing His mind, His very being that is summed up in the "Word," which is from God the Father, and this reveals God's true way of life. Notice what Christ went on to say:

Don't you believe that I am in [a spiritual reality] the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you, I do not speak from myself, but the Father who dwells in me, He does the works. (John 14:10)

Jesus Christ took no credit for Himself, and He was revealing that He was of the exact same mind and in full agreement with the Father. He was showing that this was being accomplished by God the Father dwelling in Him through the power of the spirit, which conveys (communicates) the Word, the very mind of God, to whom He (God) will. Christ was showing that He (Jesus) was in full unity with the Father, with the Word of God, and so those things that came through Him were fully from God:

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, or else believe me for the very works' sake. (John 14:11)

He told them that if they could not believe Him when He said that the Father was in Him and He was in the Father, then they should at least believe Him because of all the works they had witnessed, which could only be from God.

Jesus Christ went through this discourse with the disciples so that they (and any who would listen) could begin to understand that God was beginning to work in mankind to enable him to experience understanding and growth on a spiritual plane. In time, this is the very process that will lead into becoming part of the God Family.

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