He Looks Like His Father

Saturday, June 20, 2015

“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (John 14:9 KJV).

The old adage is true… particularly regarding Jesus Christ with His Heavenly Father. It should be the same of us with our Heavenly Father, too!

In John 14:7, Jesus Christ told His apostles that they had seen God the Father. Puzzled, Philip replies, “Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us” (verse 8). Today’s Scripture is Jesus’ response, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Oftentimes, a person bears resemblance to a parent. In the case of Jesus Christ, He looks just like His Father. If we could look at the Lord Jesus Christ, we would be looking at God His Father!

Hebrews 1:3 says Jesus Christ is “the brightness of [His Father’s] glory, and the express image of his person.” The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Jesus is “the image of God.” Colossians 1:15 says Christ is “the image of the invisible God.”

Why does God the Son bear resemblance to God the Father? While they are separate Persons, they are the same God! John 1:1 declares about Jesus Christ: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Christ claimed: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). The Bible says in Colossians 2:9 that “in [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

God wants to take us Christians and form Jesus Christ in us. Ephesians 4:13 says, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” The Apostle Paul wrote, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” (Galatians 4:19).

God the Father’s goal is to form Jesus Christ in us. As God’s children, in Christ, we will gradually begin to look like our Father, God!

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