The Gospel of John: Whoever Has Seen Me has Seen the Father.

“If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? 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 authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” (John 14:7-11)

From the very beginning of his gospel, the Apostle John has set forth that Jesus Christ is the perfect expression and representation of God the Father. That is to say that Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God in the flesh or in human form (John 1:14). Jesus Himself stated that He and God the Father are one (John 10:31). When Jesus stated that God was His Father He made Himself equal with God (John 5:18).

Jesus also revealed His identity as God by His teaching and work. Whether it was with the Woman at the Well (John 4) or with the multitude following the Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6), Jesus’ instructions and miracles directly pointed to His revelation of Himself as the second person of the Trinity.

Therefore, Jesus tells His disciples in the upper room that those who have seen Him have also seen the Father. This revelation has occurred both by Jesus’ words and works.

Jesus said these words immediately after saying that He was the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Jesus wanted His disciples to know and realize that He was not simply one way to God, or even the only way to God, but that He is God and the sinner’s salvation rests solely in His person and work.

Dr. R. C. Sproul states, “The sense here is that the disciples have known Jesus but have not yet truly realized that in knowing Him they know the Father. This is all about to change, for the disciples will soon enjoy a new realization that knowing the Son necessarily means knowing the Father. “From now on you do know him and have seen him,” our Savior says (v. 7b). This refers to our Lord’s impending atonement and how it will make plain to the disciples the kind of God they serve. In the giving up of the Son for our salvation, the disciples will see God for who He truly is—the God who holds nothing back in order to save His people but who even sacrifices His Son to redeem us. The Father does not spare His own Son, and the Son freely offers Himself up for our redemption, showing us the lengths to which He is willing to go for us and, therefore, His perfect mercy (Rom. 8:31–32; 1 Peter 2:24).”

In effect, only by knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior may we truly know God the Father.

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art –
thou my best thought, by day or by night;
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father; thine own may I be,
thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.

Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise;
thou mine inheritance, now and always;
thou and thou only first in my heart,
high King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of All.

Soli deo Gloria!

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