I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
What an awesome passage and it goes on that He will grant what we ask for through Him - PLUS he will send the Holy Spirit to help and guide us!
IF we would think about the things Jesus did - WOW! Now we see that He says, you will do these things and greater? Mind boggling to some. This doesn't mean that we out do Jesus -We cant. But we can do what He did!
Jesus moved under the direction of the Holy Spirit to perform, miracles, healing, deliverance, teaching. So what did He mean we would do these and greater?
If we look at the gifts found in Corinthians 12, we will see by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to do these things.
What are the gifts?
7But to each one is given the manifestation of the [Holy] Spirit [the evidence, the spiritual illumination of the Spirit] for good and profit. 8To one is given in and through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] a message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] a word of knowledge and understanding according to the same [Holy] Spirit;
9To another wonder-working faith by the same [Holy] Spirit, to another the extraordinary powers of healing by the one Spirit;
10To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight ([c]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret tongues.
11All these [gifts, achievements, abilities] are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually [exactly] as He chooses.
1. Message of Wisdom ~
There are times when we just don't see or get it. Wisdom comes from on High - This wisdom blows away any wisdom that comes from man. God knows what you need and when - We must be open to hear His wisdom - with that being said; He uses man to speak this Wisdom.
2. Word of Knowledge ~
This gift is two fold - One the Lord reveals something that only He could reveal - most cases this happens when you are praying for someone that you don't know - say their name, or where they live and so on - why does God do this? This stirs up their faith to hear what the Lord has to say -it gets their attention! the second part - it builds faith in you - and helps you learn how the Lords speaks.
In part 2 I will continue to prat down the gifts...but I want us to understand that to do the greater things we must understand that it all comes from the power of the Holy Spirit. We are called to greatness because Jesus died, rose again and sent His Holy Spirit to be our helper!
I think a portion of "we will do these things and greater" is within the time frame of our ministry. Remember His ministry was about 3 years...We have the ability to begin to move in these gifts only we say "Yes Lord" also, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us! At any given time, the gifting and manifestation will come to meet the need at hand - we must stay open to the leading of the Lord!
Jesus is trying to make a point in John 14 - He that believes in Me, will do these things. We have to make sure that we truly believe, if He said it, then it shall come to pass! No questions of disbelief - period!
Our call to Greatness is not for us - but to let the world to see who Jesus and what He can do! Called to greatness means that we walk in the purpose we created to do - first love the Lord with all our heart, then be a disciple to the nations!