Manifesting greater works – part 2
Text: John 14:10-14; Mark 16:17-20
Key Verse: John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (KJV)
It is our obligation as believers in Christ to carry on the work of Jesus and even do greater works. There are two crucial observations from John 14:12: First, Jesus promise is not made to the apostles alone, but to all who believe. And second, there is a promise that we will do Jesus’ works and even greater works.
We are to do the very works, which Christ did when he was walking through the streets of Jerusalem and Israel. What are the works, which Jesus did? Jesus healed a man with leprosy (Mathew 8:3); healed the centurion’s servant who was sick with paralysis (Mathew 8:13); healed Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick with fever (Mathew 8:15); delivered many who were brought to Him that were demon possessed and healed all who were sick (Mathew 8:16); rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm (Mathew 8:26); healed a man sick of paralysis (Mathew 9:2); converted Matthew from a tax collector to His disciple (Matthew 9:9); healed the woman who was ill with the flow of blood for 12 years instantly (Matthew 9:22); brought back to life the king’s daughter that was dead (Matthew 9:25); opened the eyes of the two blind men (Matthew 9:30); teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom in the synagogues of Jerusalem (Matthew 9:35); showed compassion to a large crowd who were scattered like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36); commissioned and sent out the twelve disciples to go and preach the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 10:5); healed the man whose hand had withered (Matthew 12:10 and did many more miracles.
The promise to do the works of Jesus and greater works than Jesus did is a promise to all those who believe in Christ. It is not an exclusive preserve of anybody or people with special designated titles but a promise to all who believe in Jesus. If you believe in Christ today, He will also use you to do greater works. Jesus will turn your ordinary hands into supernatural hands that when you lay your hands on the sick people, they will recover.
This statement of Jesus in John 14:12 are astonishing. It said in part, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.” Therefore, it means there is no exclusion here if you are a child of God. You shouldn’t think: oh, this is for pastors or missionaries, or elders, or evangelists, or Bishops. No. The qualification phrase is: “Whoever believes in me. Believers, pure and simple, will do the works that Jesus did and even more. Let me pause and ask you, are you born again? Why are you still a slave to sin, when you have been called to do greater works? You have been given power over sin and anointed to do greater works. Beloved, quit being a slave to sin now and accept the free gift of salvation.
The Bible says, “Whoever believes in me… ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:38). This is an experience for all believers in Christ with no exception.
These greater works are not ordinary works that unbelievers can do. They are the works the Holy Spirit will help you and I to do (Act 1:8). The reason God saved you is not just to go to Heaven but also for you make an impact in the world.
Today’s Nugget: Greater works is a promise to all who believe in Christ
Prayer: Lord, I receive Grace to do greater works that Christ did.
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Dr. Chidi Okoroafor, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria
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