I DO NOT SPEAK ON MY OWN AUTHORITY
8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
9Jesus said to him,
“Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10Do 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 authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
At the Last Supper with his disciples, after instituting the sacrament of the Washing of The Feet, and after warning them that He will be betrayed by one of them, and that He will be preparing a place for them in GOD’s Heavenly Home, next to Himself (John 13:21; 14:2-3), Phillip, one of the Twelve, asked JESUS to show them the Father, as if that would be a better guarantee to their faith.
Jesus showed surprised at Phillip’s question, not because He ignored Phillip’s little understanding, but to show him how disappointing was to see how little he had learned from three years with Him.
He told him straight, that Him and The Father GOD, were one in purpose and character. That to see Him, was equivalent to see GOD YHWH, because He lived in GOD’s presence all the time. Indeed, JESUS was the visible representation of the invisible Father (Colossians 1:15).
Finally, Lord JESUS CHRIST said, that it was GOD who acted in Him. That He did not do anything on his own power, but that it was GOD who acted through Him (John 14:10), and that if it was hard to believe this, at least they should believe because of the miracles He did, which they could not come from no other than GOD HIMSELF.
JESUS referred to the purpose of this miracles, like exorcisms that destroyed Satan’s power, and to the resurrections He performed, because ONLY GOD THE FATHER, can give life.
This showed the world, in the person of Phillip, that Lord JESUS was truly the ‘Firstborn of all Creation’, and that He was the representative of GOD YHWH before the whole universe, as GOD HIMSELF confirmed it before the crowds, a day before (John 12:18).
JESUS is the WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, because He confers with the highest fidelity, the WAY back to GOD, the TRUTH that comes from the Father, and the EVERLASTING LIFE, GOD confers to all his faithful,