Therefore, the Father will do those same works through us, the body of Christ. That’s the promise, whether we can grasp it or not at present. But I am getting ahead of the story. Let me back up to the beginning long before we little humans were scurrying about the planet.
God is the Word/the Logos/ the Plan to fulfill His own purpose (John 1:1). He desires to reproduce Himself in us. That is His purpose. How He will do this is written in His own words in the Holy Bible. God also wrote His whole plan out in the life and death and resurrected life of one man. They call Him Jesus in the English speaking world. But His Hebrew name is Yahshua. His name in the Hebrew means “Yah is the Savior” or “Yah Saves.” His name is the same as the patriarch Joshua.
The Father’s purpose is to reproduce agape love, which is Himself. “God is love” (I John 4:8). God is also Spirit, the Spirit of Love (John 4:24). He will reproduce Love in and through you and me, if we follow on. He does this by showing us how to do what He has done and how to love. When we do what He does, then we grow spiritually. If we continue in Him, we will grow to full maturity as his sons and daughters. That is if we humble ourselves and pray and study His word and seek His face while He may be found.
The Word is the seed (Matt. 13:19). And “each seed bears its own kind.” Since we now are born of the “incorruptible seed, the word of God,” we will be like Him at the time of the harvest, which is “end of the world.” We will be like him after we do the things he does. Again, the question arises: What did the Father do? And what does the Father do now? For He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So, what are his works?
As we have learned, Christ commands us to believe that the Father is in Him. We are to believe Christ that it was Yahweh, the invisible Spirit Father that inhabited the Son of God. Christ said that it was the Father inside of him that did “the works.” According to Christ’s own words, when you see a miracle done by the Son, it is really the Father inside of Him that is doing the works.
Works—What Are They?
“Works” is translated from the Greek word # 2041 ergon, meaning “an act, deed, thing done.” So, what were the things that Christ did? John the Baptist inquired about these works, sending two of his disciples to ask Christ, “Are you he that should come, or do we look for another?”
Christ said, “Show John what you see and hear: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached unto them” (John 7:22).
Christ said that the miraculous works that he did were “the works of my Father.” Believe the works “that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me (the Son of God) and I in the Father.” No mortal man can do miracles. So, it must be the Father, the Spirit, in the Son of God that is doing the works (John 10:38).
The Promise of Power for Us
When the time comes that the Father grows to a fullness within us, then the Father will do miracles through us. As people witness and see these miracles, they will know and believe that the Father is in the Son. And since we believers are the Son’s body, they will know that it is the Father dwelling in us, also.
This takes us to John 14:10-11. Christ said, “The Father that dwells in me, He does the works/miracles.” Then here comes the blockbuster promise that boggles our minds. Christ says, “He that believes on me, the works [the miracles] that I do shall he do also…” (John 14:12). He that believes that the Spirit that was in Christ was the Father, that person shall do the same miracles that Christ has done, “and greater works…” We will do the same miracles because it is the same Father in us that is in Christ. Wow!
There are two prerequisites before we receive this power. First we must believe that the Father is in the Son. This takes getting rid of old leaven concepts about God that muddy the water. Second, we must ask Him for the power. “And whatsoever you shall ask in My name, that will I do” (v. 13). What should we be asking for here? We are to ask our Father for His power to do the works, the miracles that He just promised in verse 12. But we must “ask in [His] name.” Before we can ask in His name, we must know His Hebrew name and know what it means. [Much more on this in my book The Eleventh Commandment, pp. 42-44; 70-99. Order it here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/free-copy-of-the-eleventh-commandment/].
These miraculous exploits are written in the book of life, a book about the Spirit in us. If we are one of His chosen/elect, our destiny is written out. He has already prepared someone in need, someone who needs a miracle, someone who needs healing of cancer or palsy or some other incurable disease. The Father has divine appointments for us to cross paths with a terminally ill person. The appointment to heal them is set. He does all things well, our Father, as He flows His healing power through us to the sick. These miracles [the works] are already written down in the book of life. The miracles are already set up by the Father. It will happen after we leave our 30 fold childhood ways.
A Story about a Miracle
Let me tell you a story about the works of the Father. Christ and his disciples passed by a blind man. The disciples asked Him, “Why is this man blind? Is it because of his own sin or his parents’ sin?”
Christ said that neither he nor his parents were to blame. “But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” And then Christ healed him and said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me.” He said that we must do the Father’s work. That’s us, too (John 9:1-4 NIV).
So, as we grow into the 60 fold realm and beyond, we will ask Him for miracles, knowing that it will be the Father doing them in and through us. It is all Christ, for Him and to Him. Humility will lead our way. We can humble ourselves under His mighty hand, or He for our good will chasten us and correct us. “For whom the Lord loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives” (Heb. 12:6).
When the Son of God and the members of his body do a miracle, it glorifies the Father, for it is the Father doing the miracle through them. If the self is still there, then God won’t be. We are talking about those pre-destinated by God to “be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8: 28-30).
Christ prayed for us who are to be called and glorified. Speaking of us he prayed “for them also which shall believe on Me through their (his disciples) word; that they may be one, as thou Father are in me and I in thee, that they may be one in us, and the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one (John 17). He is so merciful to share His throne with us. But before He “hands us the keys to the Kingdom,” He will test us.
Kenneth Wayne Hancock