Knowing Our Salvation

John 14: 6-14
1Cor 15:1-8 / Psa 19

If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.
(John 14:7)

What great deed must be accomplished
That I may reach my life-long goal?
May this life not be extinguished
Until I’ve saved at least one soul.

Jesus said to Philip, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.’ Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 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; but the Father who dwells in me does His works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.’ (John 14: 6-14)

Reflection

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is great debate on whether people who never came to know Jesus would be able to avail of His salvation. No one can be certain for sure, and they can only trust in God’s divine mercy. We, however, who have come to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior have the certain hope that we are on the right path to the Father’s kingdom. By being faithful to His teachings, which is the Truth, and which the Holy Spirit inspires us to share with others; and by following His example, making His ways our way of life, we have His assurance of entering our Heavenly home.

“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” Jesus Christ is the revelation of God our Father — by His wondrous works, by His words, and by His promises fulfilled since the beginning of time. Having the slightest knowledge about our awesome Creator through our Savior Jesus can be our greatest pursuit in life. As the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength, or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth.” (Jer. 9:23-24). Jesus is the manifestation of God’s perfect love for mankind. Faith in Jesus therefore is the first step to knowledge of the Father and acquiring true wisdom.

“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” After our Lord ascended to the Father in heaven, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles on Pentecost. These “greater works” were indeed manifested right after when three thousand people who heard St. Peter speak were converted and baptized (Acts 2:41). As Jesus had predicted, His Good News was not only preached in Palestine but spread like wildfire to all corners of the world, even conquering the great Roman Empire. “Their voice goes out to all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psa 19:4). We share in the great works of the apostles whenever we evangelize the marketplace.
Great works are waiting to be accomplished for all who believe in Jesus and are open to the prodding of the Holy Spirit. The greatest victory that we can accomplish for the Lord is to bring another soul other than our own to His great mercy. To this end may all of us who have come to believe in Him aspire.

Finally, Jesus promised: “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” Our Lord will grant us whatever is best for us, not necessarily what we think is best for us, for only God knows what we truly need, primarily the salvation of our soul. Pray to God in Jesus’ Name, full of faith in His loving mercy and kindness. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (Jam 1:6) He will grant what we pray for as long as it does not detract from, but fulfill His plan for our salvation.

Father God, may we continue to share with others what we have received from You, and never tire in striving to be like Your saints, winning souls for Your kingdom. Amen.

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