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What does it mean that the Father was doing the works?

Submitted: 6/21/2006
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Question: 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. When Jesus said “but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works”. Was Jesus referring to the deity which was resident in him from birth? The reason I ask this is because verses JOHN 14:8-11 are used to show Jesus is the father as to his deity. ACTS 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him However ACTS 10:38 says that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost which resulted in doing works such as doing good and healing. If these works came about later in Jesus life when his ministry began by the anointing of the Holy Ghost. Then how can John 14:10 refer to the deity of the Father doing the works. Which Jesus had from birth. When Jesus was anointed with the holy Ghost did the Holy Ghost ignite with the deity of the Jesus(father) already resident in Jesus to produce the works in JOHN 14:10.

Answer: You seem to be thinking in a trinitarian framework. You need to clear your mind of the idea that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct beings. The Father whom Jesus spoke of was the Spirit (John 4:24). It was the Spirit who brought forth the conception of humanity in the womb of Mary (1:35). Therefore, Jesus can legitimatly refer to the Spirit as His Father. The Spirit has dwelled in the Man Jesus from His conception to this very moment. The Spirit and the flesh have never been separated from one another. When supernatural acts took place during the earthly life of Jesus, it was the Spirit doing those works. As a Man, Jesus had no more power than any of us (John 5:19 and 30). Please read our articles on the Doctrine shelf of the Apostolic Free Network.