Summary of passage: Here, Philip really doesn’t get it and Jesus chastises him for it. He asks Jesus to show him the Father and Jesus answers by saying he has seen the Father since the Father is in him. He will do whatever they ask in his name to bring glory to the Father.
11) “even after I have been among you such a long time.” “How can you say” such a thing.
12) He is speaking God’s words, doing God’s work through miracles, and anyone who asks of him he will do it in God’s name. Jesus was at the beginning and the Word and he is the Word and the Word is God so thus Jesus is God. He is light. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is God.
13) Part personal Question. My answer: Anyone who has faith in him. He grants them whatever they ask. Those in Christ will accomplish his will–which is greater than our will. We can accomplish great things with Christ at our backs. The Holy Spirit is the help Jesus has promised us.
Conclusions: I almost think Jesus wants to hit Philip over the head he’s so dense. He’s spent 3 years with Jesus and still doesn’t get it. You’d think he’d at least get the fact Jesus is God but he doesn’t. Jesus, exasperated, lays it out for Thomas and us. He is God and believe in him will lead to great things in your life.
End Notes: Philip wants to physically see God with his eyes. Philip was so close to Jesus yet still did not understand him. Many are like this today.
Jesus repeats himself again, saying all he says and does is by and through God. I wonder how often he said this that’s not recorded. Mankind is dense, aren’t we?
“I tell you the truth.” This is the 1st of 3 assurances Jesus will give his disciples on the night of his arrest. He says this is not the end but the beginning of much greater works. He expected the disciples to carry on his good works after he’s gone. This will be with the power of the Holy Spirit in them.
After Peter’s speech at Pentecost more people believed than all combined under Jesus’ recorded ministry. Christianity is now spread throughout the entire world. This is what Jesus meant.
Jesus will do anything you ask for in his name–true to his character and in his will–not yours. Prayer aimed at carrying forth the work Jesus did.