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Explain John 15:12

Scripture John 15:12 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father" -------- please, name the greater works?

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Look at the book of ACTS.
Mark, appolos, Timothy, barnabus, titus, and many others ministered outside of israel

Absolutely correct, Paul the apostle of the Gentiles and his followers ministered outside of Israel

Matt. 28 Christ gave the 11 apostles of Israel, the so called great commission to go to all the world, why did THEY not go?
---michael_e on 5/30/10


Anybody know of any scripture where any of the Apostles other than Paul that ministered outside of Israel?
---michael_e on 5/27/10

Look at the book of ACTS.
Mark, appolos, Timothy, barnabus, titus, and many others ministered outside of israel

Also we are disciples of Jesus and we today have world wide ministeries.
---francis on 5/29/10


LOVE is giving Sacrificially---actually, God said something to me along those lines--along time ago, for others.....LOVE is not an emotional feeling. Now, that is very important.....It is the ACT OF GIVING. Explain. I'll do my best! The act of giving. You just do it, no strings attached, want nothing back. Don't care for attention. Ahh Jesus. God is in you, my friend. To be a friend of Christ: Means to obey Him. Never take Him for granted. Never let Him down. Because of their obedience, Christ now calls them friends. This was by His choice, not their choice. Why are we so persecuted? We had no choice, in this. Do you know how many more people would go to HELL, if it were by our choice? Ah Jesus.++
---catherine on 5/29/10


Jesus said,"Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me. What was his answer to Philip? John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father, and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God Isaiah 9:6 his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
John 14:12 greater in Koine meizon means more or greater. Works er'gon deed,doing,labor. Humble opion Jesus's ministry was 3.5 years. Others in ministry can have much more time in "works".
---David on 5/29/10


When Jesus said,"Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake." In John 14:11 he was not talking about spiritual works, but rather physically seeable, identifiable works. (miracles)

When Jesus used the term" greater works" he was not talking about greater in number if he had been would have said "more works".

I believe there is a reasonable answer to this question.
---mima on 5/28/10




As to John 14:12 Jesus did not mean greater works in power, but in extent. "Because I go to My Father" The only way Jesus disciples would be able to be used to do those greater works was through the power of the Holy Spirit and He could not be sent as the Comforter until Jesus returned to the Father (v.26, 7:39). The disciples would become witnesses to all the world through the power of the endwelling and infilling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) and would bring many to salvation because of the Comforter dwelling in them. The focus is on Spiritual rather than physical miracles. The book of Acts constitutes the beginning historical record of the impact that the Spirit-empowered disciples had on the world (Acts 17:6).
---MarkV. on 5/28/10


The disciples and apostles had a much greater ministery. Ministering not only in throughout Israel, but also in Roman empire.

Anybody know of any scripture where any of the Apostles other than Paul that ministered outside of Israel?
---michael_e on 5/27/10


Jesus ministered in a very small area. He ministered in parts of Israel.
He had somewhat limited success in making conevrts. ( I say somewhat limited because of the numbers)

The disciples and apostles had a much greater ministery. Ministering not only in throughout Israel, but also in Roman empire.

The ninistery of the apostles and disciples were more far reaching in terms of teritory than the ministery of Jesus.

The disciples and apostles had more converts that did Jesus.

When jesus died, oly about 120 truely beleieved in him. AT penticost, through the ministery of the apostles 3000 were baptized.

Greater works surely did not referr to miracles. Because all miracles are temporary.
---francis on 5/26/10


Less we get puffed up with disputing our perceived individual "greatness", let me 1st say Jesus is God & nothing we can do can be greater than what He's done -- given us the gift of salvation. We can't top that!

Jesus' comments (Jn. 14:12), in context to salvation, simply mean that we're to be His agents of salvation (salt & light, fishers of humanity) in the world -- ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who live what we preach. We're to be instant, in & out of season, quick to give an account to mankind for the hope of salvation that is within each us. This far exceeds the temporal healing of the flesh. It's about eternal healing of our spirit man -- SALVATION only available thru the blood of Jesus. (Is. 53).
---Leon on 5/26/10


James 5:16 says, "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much."

By doing the works of mutual confession "to one another" and mutual healing prayer "for one another", we can get our *character* "healed" of what makes us able to sin and then suffer, emotionally. This is deeper than just physical healing. This gets us "healed" into God's very own love (1 Corinthians 6:17, Romans 5:5) making us so that, "as He is, so are we in this world." (in 1 John 4:17) This is greater than physical healing or being just physically raised back from the dead.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/26/10




Mima, since you posted this Scripture, you want to know what christians are doing for Christ, is it because of what you say you are doing? What greater works then Jesus are you able to do?
We would like to hear what Jesus was not able to do that you are able to do.
---MarkV. on 5/25/10


I believe the works are greater in amount, not necessarily in grandeur. He only being in ministry on Earth 3 1/2 years. How much greater can a man's works be having found Christ early in his life and gong from there?
-Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
---micha9344 on 5/24/10


The works is referring to Gospel work. If you believe in Christ, you have to do the work of Christ - to share Gospel. Mostly work done by Jesus in his ministry is to preach.

There is no great works than sharing the word of God this fallen word. That why Jesus called it Great Works.
---rosalie on 5/24/10


What this verse is talking about is that we as Christians will be able to do ALL that Jesus did here on earth. NOT greater in quality, but greater in quanitity because there is more of us. These works include: Preaching the Gospel, casting out demons, healing the sick, raising the dead, doing signs/wonders/miracles. It was not just Jesus who did these things, it was also His disciples (which we are now if we belong to Him), and the early church Apostles. It was not just Jesus who walked on the water, but Peter did so as well, and so can we. The Bible says that if we believe, we WILL be able to do these things (this is for ALL Christians).
---Leslie on 5/24/10


Mima the verse you have quoted is John 14:12.
---Warwick on 5/24/10


What greater works do you think YOU have done, mima?
---Cluny on 5/24/10


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