John 14:12 (NKJV) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
It might sound sacrilegious to say or even think that we can do what Jesus did on earth, but that’s exactly what Jesus said we can do! In fact, it takes true humility and faith to acknowledge that we can do the work that Jesus did when He was on earth. Also, if we want to see the greater works mentioned in this passage, we need to humble ourselves to acknowledge and practise this truth. We need to act on what Jesus has said and do what He has instructed as an individual and as a church.
Ephesians 4:7-8 (NKJV) But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.
We can do greater works for many reasons. Firstly, Jesus has gone to be with the Heavenly Father and has sent us the Holy Spirit as our Helper. Secondly, the sheer number of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit will enable a much larger geographic coverage while Jesus was confined to Israel. Thirdly, the ease of communication through satellite, multi-media, internet, and social media has increased the speed of the spread of the Gospel.
Jesus had the fullness of the Holy Spirit and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit were operating in His life because He is God. Jesus is the head of the church. We, on the other hand, are the body of Christ, and the Holy Spirit has empowered us and He will help us.
John 14:16-17 (NKJV) And I will pray for the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
God distributed the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ when Jesus ascended to heaven. God empowers us with gifts just like we have the vested authority to use the name of Jesus when we carry out ministry among the people. When God calls, He empowers and provides. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead resides in us, and the anointing of Jesus to do the work of the ministry is also upon the body of Christ.
Nobody on earth will have all the gifts upon them like Jesus did, but God will grant us the grace to operate in the gift or gifts that He has given to us. We don’t get to choose the kind of spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit distributes to us either. Therefore, we must depend on one another because of the diversities of gifts distributed throughout the body of Christ.
Sermon Series: What Can Jesus Do that I Can Also Do (Part 1)
约翰福音 14:12我实实在在地告诉你们：我所做的事，信我的人也要做，并且要做比这更大的事，因为我往父那里去。 13
说或认为我们可以做耶稣在世上所做的事，这听起来有点亵渎神明，但这正是耶稣说我们可以做的！ 事实上，承认我们可以做耶稣在世时所做的工作，需要真正的谦卑和信心。 另外，如果我们想看到这段话中提到的更大的事，我们需要谦卑自己来承认和实践这个真理。 作为个人和教会，我们需要按照耶稣所说的话采取行动，按照祂的指示去做。
出于许多原因，我们可以做更大的事。 首先，耶稣去与天父同在，并差遣圣灵作为我们的帮助者。 其次，耶稣仅在以色列做工，而被圣灵赋予力量的信徒的绝对数量将使更大地理范围覆盖成为可能。 第三，卫星、多媒体、互联网、社交媒体等通讯方式的便捷，加快了福音传播的速度。
耶稣被圣灵充满，圣灵所有的恩赐都在祂的生命中运行，因为祂是神。 耶稣是教会的元首。 另一方面，我们是基督的身体，圣灵赋予我们力量，祂会帮助我们。
当耶稣升天时，上帝将圣灵的恩赐分赐给了基督的身体。 上帝赐予我们恩赐，就像我们在人群中执行事奉时拥有使用耶稣之名的既得权柄一样。 当上帝呼召时，祂会赐予力量和供应。 使耶稣从死里复活的同一位圣灵住在我们里面，耶稣完成事奉工作的恩膏也在基督的身体上。
世上没有人会像耶稣那样拥有所有的恩赐，但神会赐给我们恩典，让我们运用祂所赐给我们的恩赐。 我们也无法选择圣灵分配给我们的属灵恩赐。 因此，我们必须彼此依赖，因为在基督肢体中分配的恩赐各不相同。
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