Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. - John 16:23 NASB
I have always loved the amazing ‘anything’s and ‘everything’s in Jesus’ language. But this one really struck me last night as we studied John 16, because it seems out of place here.
For one thing – it’s not even a whole verse (not that Jesus spoke in verses and chapters – but someone, somewhere, thought that it should not stand alone. Many translations have it near the end of a paragraph that speaks about the sorrow the boys would be feeling as…
…they stood by and gaped from the side lines as the Jews – the Romans – the Father puts Jesus to death. Their hearts would break as this One who they trusted – they believed – they abandon all to follow – would be torn apart just hours hence. He promised them joy at the end of the ordeal that was just around a Jerusalem corner. He likened it to the way the pain of childbirth fade as you gaze into the eyes of your newborn daughter or son.
In the broader context He had also just be telling them about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. How the Father had given Him everything and it was the Holy Spirit’s ministry to disclose – reveal – all to the disciples (and to us.)
As we surveyed this passage, there was a clunk in my spirit as something locked into place.
Follow this thought with me, will you?
Jesus has everything that belongs to the Father – OK – so everything – right?
How did Jesus deal with all of His needs and wants throughout His ministry?
How did Jesus come up with the provision to feed 5,000 men? (Probably a crowd of 10,000 or 15,000 by the time you add in all the women and children.)
How did He heal the sick?
How did He pay the taxes?
How did He raise the dead?
How did He come up with material for His teaching ministry?
Well, according to Him, He did what He saw the Father do, and said what He heard the Father Say. (John 5:19, John 12:50)
His relationship with the Father and His communication with the Father gave Him access to (as Peter put it) everything needed for life and godliness.
So when we read “if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you” in John 16:23, we are learning that revelation is the key to everything in life.
Our connection to the Holy Spirit, who will take of the ‘all’ that Jesus has (yes –everything) and disclose – reveal – it to us, is the most powerful and plentiful source on the planet.
It’s why Paul could say:
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19 NASB
How will He do it? How will I gain access to these amazing riches? How can I get them into my area of need?
Let me say it again.
It is God’s chosen method of delivery.
That’s why Paul prays like he does in Ephesians 1:
…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, - Ephesians 1:17-18 NASB
That’s why Peter tells us
…seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. - 2 Peter 1:3-4 NASB
Let me break that one down just a bit.
“His divine power” – the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer
“granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” – that which belongs to Jesus (that's the everything of John 16)
“through the true knowledge of Him” – and what did John tell us the Holy Spirit would do – disclose everything of Jesus to us – this transfer of knowledge is called REVELATION.
There’s even a who – those called “by His own glory and excellence”
“you may become partakers of the divine nature” – you can walk like Jesus walked.
Tell me how once more please
“He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises” – there it is again – REVELATION.
The promises of His word revealed to our hearts gives us access to all that the Father has, and has given to the Son by the indwelling Spirit.
Father, today I ask you to open my eyes, reveal to me what I need to walk in everything you have for me today. Keep me attuned to Your voice this day.
Come back again soon.