Greater Works Than These

Greater works than these he will do

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John 14 Bible Study
John 14:6-11 I Am the Way, the Truth, And the Life

John 14:12-14 Greater Works Than These

John 14:15-26 If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments
John 14:27-31 Peace I Leave With You
JOHN 14:12  12 “Most assuredly, 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 My Father.

What are the "these" in "greater works than these"?
The works that Jesus has done: "the works that I do".

Is Jesus really telling His disciples that they will do "greater" works than what He had done?
That's what He seems to be saying.

Did Jesus raise the dead?
Yes, He raised Lazarus (see Lazarus, come forth).

Did the disciples raise the dead?
Yes, Peter raised Tabitha: "At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord." (Acts 9:36-42)

Did Jesus heal?
Yes, He healed the blind man (see John 9 Bible Study).

Did the disciples heal?
"Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them." (Acts 19:11-12)

How many disciples did Jesus leave in Jerusalem after 3 years of ministry?
About 120: "And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty)." (Acts 1:15)

How many became disciples after Peter's first sermon in Jerusalem?
About 3,000: "Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them." (Acts 2:41)

How do the "works" of Jesus and His disciples differ?
Jesus did them by His own power. The disciples healed, preached and raised the dead by the power Jesus delegated to them.

So to whom should all of the works be credited?
Jesus.

Then why did Jesus say the disciples will do "greater" works?
The Greek word translated "greater" in John 14:12 indicates more in quantity, which they were to do "because I go to My Father" (John 14:12). In other words, after demonstrations and instructions, Jesus was leaving to them, as well as to future Christians, the rest of His works to finish through faith in Him.

JOHN 14:13-14  13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Does John 14:14 mean that Jesus will do "anything" we ask as long as we pray in His name?
John 14:14 is often taken out of context and abused to justify asking for earthly riches and other selfish gains.

What is its proper context?
Just before it. Whatever we ask for should be such "that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13), and Jesus decides what glorifies the Father in Him.

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