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Daily Reading: 3rd November 2015

John 17.7-8

7 Now they know that everything that you have given to Me comes from You.

8 Because the words that You gave to Me I have given to them, and they received them and they know in truth that I came from You and they believe that You sent Me.

What is genuine?

We live in days when there is a lot of copying of goods and materials.

It is quite easy to buy a fake Rolex watch, and they are known as fakes, because of the low price.

There are many people who produce copies of the latest blockbuster films, and sell them at a greatly reduced price. They will sell because people are always on the lookout for a bargain, or what they perceive to be a bargain.

Many products are not the genuine article.

When Jesus came He came as the true and only Son of God. There is no other. He alone is One with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, everything that Jesus said and did was completely and utterly true and genuine.

His disciples had realized this.

They knew that everything that Jesus had was given to Him by the Father.

They had seen the closeness of His relationship with the Father.

They had observed His oneness with the Father.

In John chapter 3 Nicodemus realized this and said:

“Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God, because no one could do the signs which You do if God is not with Him” – verse 2.

Now at the end of His ministry, Jesus affirms His disciples understanding that all that He had came from the Father.

The disciples knew that there was nothing false in Him. He was genuinely divine, bringing to them, and the world, the fullness of the Father.

Paul wrote:

For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body – Colossians 2.9 (NLT).

Jesus was the ‘word become flesh’.

We have the privilege of also knowing Jesus in a genuine and true way.

There is nothing false about Him.

When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we receive something of the fullness of God. We receive the Truth, and all that Jesus brings to us is the genuine and only word of the Father.

The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth.

Today let us rejoice in the genuineness of Jesus as the Son of God.

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