The Father is greater than I

John 14:7-15; 14:28,

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father ‘?

10 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 initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.

13 “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.


28 “You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

So the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one, while, at the same time, separate entities. The Father is greater than the Son, and after the Son lived a life in flesh and blood without sinning against the Father, the Father gave all authority in heaven and on earth to the Son. 

They sent the Holy Spirit to us and we were born anew into a new creation, the body of the risen Christ. They both now abide in us through the Holy Spirit, just as the Father abode in the Son when He was on earth. 

Soon all enemies will be subjected to the Son, after which He will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all.

1 Corinthians 15:22-28,

22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,

24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.

25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him [the God and Father was an exception to all things put in subjection to the Son; He was not subjected to the Son].

28 When all things are subjected to Him [the Son], then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

May the hand of God guide us in the way, and the truth, and the life.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant 

“Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.