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Mar 05, 2017
Saved to be Used of God


"Being Used by the Father"

John 14:12-19

Pastor/ Teacher Roger Redmond

Jesus was urging His disciples to believe He and The Father are one.   And to believe the works that Jesus did were done by the Father Who dwelled in Him, Joh 14:10  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

I recently listen to a panel of three (3) preacher discussing faith as being a work and they use this reference.  But this reference does not say faith is a work.  Rather it says to believe that the Father and Jesus were one or believe Jesus on the basic of His works, 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

We are to be a vessel through whom He can Work.

He said, we could do a greater work

It is not that ours works are more remarkable than those of Christ or any such work is greater than His.  But by the Holy Spirit, who Christ would send, (John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.) would make the grace of God that brings salvation know to all men.

The greater work is because the Holy Spirit has come in to the world.

The Holy Spirit points people to Christ and exalts Christ to man

He is the One who convicts, draws and enlightens

Christ was yet to die on the cross and yet to be resurrected from the dead and the Holy Spirit was yet to be sent into the World "... because I go unto my Father. John 14:12. What happened when Christ went to the Father, John 14:16-18? The Holy Spirit was sent. So the greater works is because of Christ death on the Cross, His Resurrection and the sending of The Holy Spirit in to the World. 1 Tim. 4:10. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Tim. 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:9  Of sin, because they believe not on me; John 16:10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; The Holy Spirit is in the world exalting and convicting people. Act 26:27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. The Holy Spirit will give birth by the Word of God.

He came to indwell, empower and Send

His Work is to become our work

Should not take lightly the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

We need to aware of Who is living in us.

He that believes on Christ stands in Christ stead to be used of God, He that believeth on Christ is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Should not take this lightly for we have The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us the Father and the Son dwell with us also and we dwell with the Father and the Son.

Where He leads we can follow because of His presences with us, Psalm 46

-God’s Present help is promised from verse: 1

-LORDs Personal Presence is promised from verses: 4-7 ...The LORD of hosts is with us...

-God’s Powerful Peace from His promise and presence from verses 10:11

...be still and know that I am God

By this union, of being in him and him in us, we actually stand in Christ stead.  We ask in His name because we are one with Him. 2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

The Power of Praying for the Work

Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name is related to Work, John 14:12-13

Joh 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Joh 4:36  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. Joh 4:38  I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

Christ came to finish the work of the Father - Christ sent the Holy Spirit to finish the work through us.

It is important to see this Work is our LORD's Work and it is His power that performs the work.  Just as the Father was in Christ, (look back at verse 10 ".....: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.). I believe all that Christ did He did by the same power that is available to us.  That power that is available to us is the Holy Spirit, John 14:17   Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you

Here in this scripture, the prayer request is about the work to be done, John 14:12-13 now go to John 16:13. "What does He hear...?" He must hear The Father and The Son.  In essence, He does the bidding of the Father and Son. John 16:14, He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. How did Christ bring glory to the Father? By doing the works of the Father - His obedience to the Father's Will. 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. So we can begin to see the types of prayers that are guaranteed to be answered.

Just as Jesus did not speak  independently of the Father, The Holy Spirit will not speak independently of Christ.  What He hears from the Son He will tell the disciples.

The work is for people to be saved.  The interest of the Father is for people to know Him, to be saved - The very reason Christ came, died, and  the Holy Spirit was sent. Titus 2:11   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, the grace of God hath now been embodied in Jesus, “the brightness of the Father’s glory,” manifested as the “Sun of righteousness,” “the Word made flesh.”

The prayer is made about the work and is heard and the Spirit enacts the Will of the Father here on earth.  What else would the Spirit hear except the bidding of the and Son.  It is important that we are a vessel fit for the Master to use.

We have an obligation to mankind and an obligation to our Saviour.

Once we lived in darkness blinded by unbelief and thereby we know what it is to be lost, without hope unable to find our way.  If we don't go who will? If we do care who will? If we don't suffer for the gospel's sake who will? If we don't bring light to them who sit in darkness who will?  I will! The answer must be I will! Isaiah said, Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

(Tit_3:2). To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. Tit 3:3  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. Tit 3:4  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Tit 3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Tit 3:6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; Tit 3:7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We are to be used of the LORD, John 14:12. 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.

We stand in Christ stead to be used of God to take His Gospel to where He sends us.  We have an obligation to our Saviour and to all men to be able to take His message.  According to Titus 2:2-11 all ages are to answer Him.  So many times a question is ignored.  But you can't ignore the word from the Lord, Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Our response requires the measure of our mind and heart.  In the Widows giving He did not measure quantity of gift but it was measured by her mind and heart. Mar_12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. Luk_21:3  And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

Luk_21:4  For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

"Another Comforter".

“But why did not the Spirit come immediately after the Resurrection?” In order that being greatly desirous of It, they might receive It with great joy. For as long as Christ was with them, they were not in tribulation; but when He departed, being made defenseless and thrown into much fear, they would receive It with much readiness."John Chrysostom. (1889). Homilies of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the Gospel of St. John. In P. Schaff (Ed.), G. T. Stupart (Trans.), Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Gospel of St. John and Epistle to the Hebrews (Vol. 14, p. 274). New York: Christian Literature Company.

"Another Comforter" 14:16 It means One just like Him (Christ) Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; A couple of things in this verse call for comment. First, what does it mean to ask ‘in Jesus’ name’? It cannot mean to use Jesus’ name to gain access to the Father, for, as the next verse (14) makes clear, prayer in Jesus’ name is addressed not to the Father but to Jesus himself. To ask something of Jesus in Jesus’ name is best understood to mean to ask something for Jesus’ sake (see Additional note: ‘In my name / in his name’, pp. 298–299). What is for Jesus’ sake in this context is made clear in the reason he gave for making this promise: ‘so that the Son may bring glory to the Father’. Asking for Jesus’ sake is asking for things that will enable him to bring glory to the Father.

Second, how is glory brought to God? In this Gospel the things that bring glory to God include (1) the raising of Lazarus (11:4); (2) Jesus’ obedience in going to the cross (12:28; 13:31–32); (3) fruit-bearing in the life of Jesus’ disciples (15:8); (4) Jesus’ completing the work the Father gave him to do on earth (17:4); and (5) Peter’s martyrdom (21:19). All this suggests that what brings glory to the Father is our obedience in carrying out the Father’s will, i.e. playing the part assigned to us in God’s redemptive plan. If this is the case, we can understand better the sort of prayer for which answers are guaranteed. It is certainly not wrong to pray for other things (e.g. our own needs), but the promise of answered prayer attaches primarily to our part in God’s plans. No wonder Jesus taught us to pray, ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done …’ A concrete example of prayer in Jesus’ name is found in Acts 4:29–31, where the early Jerusalem church, threatened by their Jewish leaders, prayed, ‘Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ This was a prayer to the sovereign Lord for Jesus’ sake, and was answered forthwith: ‘After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly’ (Acts 4:31).14. This verse makes explicit what was only implicit in 14:13, viz. prayer in Jesus’ name in these verses is prayer directed towards Jesus himself: You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. This repeats the promise made in 14:13. Prayer in Jesus’ name is prayer for Jesus’ sake, and when Jesus answers the prayer, as he promised, he brings glory to his Father."Kruse, C. G. (2003). John: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 4, pp. 297–298). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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