Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
John 14:9-11 NIV
Today’s letter is calling us to the position of how people ought to see us.
When people see you, what do they see? Do they see the qualities of your Father in heaven (Galatians 5:22-23) or the qualities that is seen in the children of disobedience of this world (Ephesians 2:1-4)?.
This is a big question we ought to regularly ask ourselves, because people shouldn’t just see your physical image, but the splitting image of your Father (in character and lifestyle)
2 Corinthians 3:18 TPT says;
We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus . We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
The veil was removed when Jesus died on the cross. With the veil removed, you are able to see clearly and know the truth about who your Father really is, and also the lies of the deceiver(Satan). You can’t imitate someone you don’t know(understand/relate with intimately). You can’t be like the Father if you don’t know what the Father is like.
This is why we have to *’behold’* Jesus who was sent as the image of the Father and the only way to the Father(John14v6). He was sent to remove the veil of slavery, oppression, sin, death from us and open our eyes to our true Identity as sons of God.
*Our eyes can be open and yet we choose not to look.*
And we behold by the Spirit of God dwelling in us, who transforms us inside out to become just like the dimensions of the Father we behold(2cor 3v18b)
So, by knowing the Father through the Son (Jesus) and by the Spirit of God working in us, we are able to reflect who the Father is through our Character, attitude and good works we do (John 14v11)
Note that by the Spirit, we have the *ability* to become like the Father, this doesn’t guarantee that we will actually become like Him. We have to *surrender* to the Spirit of God to work in and through us by maintaining a strong daily communion with the Holy Spirit