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Bible reading: 11th April 2015

John 12.44-45

44 Jesus cried out and said: “Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me, but in the One who sent Me.”

45 and the one who sees Me, sees the One who sent Me.

A number of translations of verse 44 add in the word ‘alone’ or ‘only’, so that it reads:

“Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me alone”

or:

“Whoever believes in Me does not only believe in Me.”

Those two words do not appear in the Greek text, however, they are consistent with what Jesus was saying, which is that to believe, or to put our faith in Jesus is to put our faith and trust in God our Father.

It is another instance of Jesus stating that He and the Father are One.

Jesus said something similar in Mark 9.37:

“Whoever receives such children as these in My name, receives Me: and whoever should receive Me, does not receive Me but the one having sent Me.”

In this we must conclude that to receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour is to receive the Father, and the Holy Spirit as well, because they are One.

When we pray to Jesus, we are also praying to the Father, and the Holy Spirit because they are One.

The teaching about the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) is here.

Jesus is telling us that it is not possible to believe in Him and not believe in the Father. Likewise, it is impossible to put trust in the Father and not put trust in Jesus, whom the Father has sent.

There are those religions that want God, but do not want Jesus. They may believe that Jesus existed, and lived a good life, but they do not want to accept that the Father sent His One and only Son into the world to be the means of our being forgiven of our sins and entrance into eternal life.

It is not possible to believe in God and not believe in His plan of salvation, secured for us through Jesus.

Today, let us make sure that we have received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. As we do we not only accept Jesus, we also accept the Father.

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