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The Gospel of John 14:8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
This verse is crucial in Jesus shaped spirituality. It does not say that if we have seen Jesus we have an incomplete and inaccurate view of the Father. While there are obviously vast aspects of God that we can’t understand, all that we can understand about the Father is clearly seen in Jesus.
Jesus is the Father’s revelation of himself. Not one revelation that needs dozens of other revelations in order to give an accurate picture, but “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”
It is much like saying, “If you read chapter 6, you know all the answers for the exam.” There may be much knowledge that pertains to the subject of chapter 6 that you don’t know, but what you need to know, what it is essential for you to know, is revealed to you in chapter 6.
So God has revealed all we can understand and all we need to understand about himself as our Father in and through Jesus.
So Jesus, the son, doesn’t present a different God than the Father, but is the perfect revelation of the Father.
Does the God we know, worship and communicate conform to what God has revealed about himself in Jesus?
Does the God we worship contradict or avoid what we know in Jesus?
Do we conform other parts of scripture to what God has revealed of himself in Jesus, or do we allow Leviticus to tell us more about God than God has revealed personally, verbally, savingly in Jesus?
The Jesus shaped life is the life that takes Jesus as the great revealing Word from God that reveals the Father. And our life is a response to that Word.