Greater Works Than These

Greater works than these he will do

Greater Works Than These
JOHN 14 BIBLE STUDY
John 14:7-11 Show Us The Father

John 14:12-14 Greater Works Than These

John 14:15-21 If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments
John 14:22-26 Judas
JOHN 14:12  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 My Father.

What are the "these" in "greater works than these"?
The works that Jesus has done: "the works that I do" (John 14:12).

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

Did Jesus raise the dead?
Yes, He raised, among others, Lazarus (see Lazarus, Come Forth!).

Did the disciples raise the dead?
Yes, Peter raised Dorcas and Paul raised Eutychus.

Did Jesus heal?
Yes, including the man born blind (see Jesus Heals the Blind Man).

Did the disciples heal?
Yes, Peter and John healed a lame man who begged at the "Beautiful" gate of the temple of Jerusalem (see Acts 3), and Paul healed a lame man in Lystra.

How many disciples did Jesus leave in Jerusalem after three years of ministry?
"About a hundred and twenty" (Acts 1:15, see Sabbath Day's Journey).

How many became disciples after Peter's first sermon in Jerusalem?
"About three thousand" (Acts 2:41, see "Repent" meaning).

Did Jesus do any of His works in someone else's name?
Never.

In whose name and in whose delegated power did the disciples do 'their' works?
Jesus'.

So to whom should all of the works be credited?
Jesus and His Holy Spirit.

Then why did Jesus say the disciples will do "greater" works?
μειζονα (meizona), the original Greek word translated "greater" in John 14:12, could mean either greater in degree or greater in quantity, which is the meaning in "greater than these" and 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?
Whatever we ask for must be such "that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13). In other words, what we ask for must be to serve and glorify God, not serve ourselves or our fleshly desires.