Bible Tidbit, John 14:10
June 04, 2012
Here's a Bible tidbit. I always had a little difficulty understanding John 14:10:
John 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.”
It seemed to me that Jesus dropped the subject in the middle of the sentence, moving from discussing the "the words," to discussing "the works." Now I can see it's just a punctuation issue, or lack of reading ability on my part.
Here's what I think he's saying:
the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me,…he doeth the works.
Or in more coloquial English:
The words that I speak unto you, it's not just me speaking, I'm not just making these things up, but the father that dwelleth in me, they're his words, I'm just telling you what he says. He's the one that does the works too.
Which goes along with this scripture:
John 5:19 Then 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.
That's supposed to be the relationship of Christians to Jesus. The Christian should be able to say, he that has seen me, has seen Jesus, the words I speak, I speak not of myself but Jesus in me, …he doeth the works.
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