Sunday, May 11, 2008

That Short First Article

The other day I was editing. The section was from John 8. Jesus was telling the Pharisees, who claimed to know God, "If you had known Me, you would've known My Father also." That hit my ears oddly because I'd just recently heard the passages from John 14 where the passage is about knowing and seeing the Father. So I checked to see whether I was remembering right.

John 1 No one has seen God at any time. The Son has declared Him.
John 5 The Father has testified of the Son. You have neither heard Him nor seen Him.
John 6 The only one who has seen the Father is the one who is from God.
John 14 (to the apostles) If you had known Me, you would've known the Father. From now on [i.e., the Passion and crucifixion] you have known Him and seen Him. He who has seen Me has seen the Father.
John 15 (to the apostles, about the ones who are about to kill Jesus) Now they have seen and hated both Me and the Father.

So, basically, yeah, there was nothing in the Gospel of John about seeing the Father other than 1) we sinners can't, 2) except in the Passion of Christ. I thought that was interesting and something to wonder at -- how the seeing is added to the knowing, and that the seeing is to see a bloodied Jesus.

But then, about 15 minutes later, it was time for Bible class to start. The first article of the creed is so short: "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth." That's it. That's the whole section. Not a lot there, just 12 words. Very succinct.

The second article, though, is a lot longer. It tells about Jesus and what He did. It tells stuff we can see. And it crossed my mind:
In the saving activity recited in the second article, we see Jesus. And when we see Jesus, we have seen the Father. What's in the second article shows us Who is in the first article.

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