Originally posted by Phlabibit
11. "Believe [it] that I am in my Father, and my Father is in me; and if
not, believe [then] in the works.
Does this mean If I believe in what Jesus teaches, that is good enough? I do... so I am saved... as are many.
What does 11 mean?
I think verse 11 means that Jesus is just like God in character, kindness, love, compassion,etc. In this same book He says that He came to declare God.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
However, this is not to confuse Jesus the man, as God. He was "like" God as I said above. This verse says the same thing.
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds(ages);
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person
, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
The "greater works" would be something Jesus could not do at the time. Which I believe, is that Christians can "lead" people to Christ and to the "new birth" which was not yet avaliable.