59. Discipleship for Disciples Part Three: Philip


hello everyone. This is Caleb Osborne with episode number. Fifty nine of the magnify him. Either podcast last week. In Our discipleship for disciples series. We learned with Andrew the importance of bringing people to Christ because Jesus wants all men to come to him this week. We get to spend part three of our series taking a brief look at the disciple. Philip now like Andrew. Our first introduction to Philip is found in the first chapter of the Gospel of John and so pick up the story of Philip on the day after the meeting between Jesus and Andrew which we discussed last week so we'll start in John One John. Chapter One verse. Forty three which says the day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee and find it Philip and say unto him. Follow me now. Philip was a Beth. Seda the city of Andrew and Peter so as far as we know Philip is the first person who Jesus sought out and commanded to follow him. If you remember from last week Andrew and his companion had I follow Jesus had come to him and then had been invited to follow and of course. We know that Peter was brought by his brother. Andrew but Jesus is the first mover in the calling of Philip which is kind of interesting later on. Jesus would go and he would call disciples in in various settings but Philip is the first one who Jesus says specifically follow me but Phillips response on being called to follow is quite similar to Andrews response that we looked at last week forty five. The next thing we find out is having met. Jesus Philip goes and he finds nathaniel a friend of his death under him. We have found him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets did right Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph an annual said under him can any good thing come out of Nazareth Philipp Saith unto him. Come and see so like Andrew. Phillip is so excited about this news that he's compelled to go and bring that news to someone else and so he brings it to he. Brings that news in the FANEUIL? And ultimately convinces nathaniel to come to see Jesus and thank also becomes one of the apostles. That's the calling of Philip and there's more we could get into but for sake of time. We're GONNA move on to the next place where Philip comes up now. We don't see Philip play much of a role in the gospels again until the feeding of the five thousand which we looked at briefly connects of Andrew last week this time. However we're going to revisit this story from the perspective of Philip because it's in this passage that we really start to see Phillips character develop. We'll spend most of the story in John. Six account of the feeding of the five thousand but I will just dip into the luke account because it gives us a crucial piece of background Info Luke. Nine Verse Ten tells us that this event happened in a desert place belonging to Bethseda. Bear this in mind as we continue on in the story of the feeding of the five thousand in John Chapter Six. We'll come back to intimate as you mentioned last week. This story comes about at the end of a long day of Jesus and the disciples ministering to the multitude come to listen in the wilderness. The disciples suggest to Jesus at the end of the day that he would send the multitude away but Jesus response they need not depart. Give them to eat. But then he speaks directly Philip and John Six five records he said Unto Philip Whence Shall We buy bread that these may eat? We have to ask. Why would Jesus Single Out Phillip to ask this time? Why does he give Philip? This particular challenge. Well this is wherever you remember that little thing. We learned from Luke which is that. This is the location of this event. Happened in a desert place belonging to Bethseda so. This is happening in in an area close to the town in Galilee of Bethseda. Why is that significant? If you're a call from John Chapter one that we were at the beginning. The first and only description we have of Philip is that he was from the town of Bethseda and so when Jesus singles out Philip amongst all the other disciples to ask him. Where do we go to buy? Bread part of the reason is is a practical one because after all this era is his home turf the closest town to where they were was phillips town and so he'd be most familiar with what resources were available locally but time the shops closed as it were and he did the best idea of where they could find enough food multitude. But it's not sheer practicality that drives Jesus choice to talk to Philip because we find out in the next verse. John Six for six. That Jesus said this to Philip. To prove him for he himself knew what he was going to do so Jesus already knew how he was gonNA feed the multitude but still instead of doing it right away. He chooses to present the problem of hungry mother to Philip. He intentionally wants to test Philip. Because in this situation Jesus sees an opportunity to develop disciples faith so Philip is presented with a test. He needs to come up with some way to provide food for five thousand plus people within the next hour or so so. Let's look at his response to Jesus in verse. Seven says back to two hundred penny with bread is not sufficient for them at every one of them may take a little. This is Phillips. Best solution to the problem of how to feed the people and leaving aside the question of whether they even had such a large sum of money and whether there was a big enough supply close by who could provide the food. What stands out about his solution. Well he said that. It is not sufficient to his solution that he came up with. Wouldn't it be good enough to solve the problem even notice if everyone had just had a little? If everyone just ate a small morsel two hundred pennyworth would still not be enough so as far as Phillip can see this. Dilemma is unsolvable maybe they will be better off to send the people to fend for themselves after all but Philip has overlooked one various important factor in his problem solving process because Philip failed to take into account the presence of Jesus in their midst and he'd forgotten that Jesus has the power to calm the storms. Raise THE DEAD HEAL. The heal the lame. Give sight to the blind really. There's nothing stopping Jesus from solving any problem or providing any need so when Jesus presented Philip with this discussion of. How do we feed these people? It seems as though Jesus was hoping that Philip would realize that he and his own could not solve the problem and then turned Jesus to ask for his help. Ideally Phillip would have said something like. There's no way that we could have the ability to provide enough food to sustain this huge multitude this evening today but we know that God has given you. Jesus the spirit who measure and we believe that you are sufficient to provide all our needs. So Jesus we can't do it. But can you please provide food for this multitude because we know you have that power but of course? Phillip does not come with that answer. His answers is one of practicality and one that doesn't take into account the ability of Jesus to solve the need and so Jesus proceeded to show him just how able he is to solve this problem. Jesus multiplies the bread and fish that Andrew brought him and then he makes the disciples including Philip hand out food but in the specific wording using John. Six eleven to thirteen. We see deliberate contrast between Philip Solution. And that of Jesus. You remember that Philip Solution would not be sufficient would not be enough even if everyone had just taken a little bit but first eleven says that they were able to distribute the bread and fish to everyone as much as they want it for twelve says that when they were filled. Jesus sent them to send the disciples to gather up the fragments and it says the leftovers that they gathered that they filled twelve baskets over and above what was eaten. Not only is Jesus solution sufficient sufficient or enough to satisfy the people's need. His solution was super abundant overflowed. There were leftovers which is an important principle. Jesus solution to our problems. is is more than enough but John's six later on in chapter reveals a more complete meaning to what this miracle has to tell us because Jesus explains that the miraculous provisioning of bread really represented himself. He said I am the bread of life. He talks as we know about the fact that if you want to have eternal life you don't have life in him. You have to eat his flesh and drink his blood which is a reference of course to the memorials and what they represent but in other words. Jesus says you have to be filled with. Jesus take him inside you to be filled up with Jesus in order to have life. And that's a reference back to the image that was provided as each disciple walked around the the The hills in the wilderness picking up morsels of bread and filling up his basket all the way to the brim. That image becomes a vivid illustration of the disciples need to be filled with the fullness of Christ as it says in John One and Fijian's and elsewhere so the feeding of the five thousand and John. Six for now and we'll move on to our next section. The next time Filip appears in the record is in John Chapter. Twelve which was the story of the Greeks that he and Andrew brought to Jesus which we looked at last week because we looked at it last weekend. Because we're limited for time. We'RE GONNA move ahead past that story and go to the last time that Philip speaks in the New Testament which is just a few chapters later in John Chapter Fourteen John. Fourteen records one of the last conversations that Jesus had with his disciples before his death. This is after Judas has left the room after the bread and wine after Jesus wash their feet and now he's speaking to them. He starts off in the beginning of chapter saying. Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in me. So on the eve of his suffering Jesus asking his disciples to take their belief in God and extend it to include a firm belief in him. Jesus is really trying to strengthen the disciples faith in him because his death that was about to happen would be the biggest test that any of his disciples had ever faced and to be able to keep on believing even as Lord hung on a cross was going to be incredibly hard a few verses later in John Fourteen Jesus goes on to tell his disciples. I am the way I am the truth and I am the life. No Man Cometh unto the father but by me. If he had known me he should have known my father also in from henceforth. You know him and have seen him now. Philip is listening and he's been having trouble following everything that Jesus has said. Jesus has been saying a lot of difficult things already. And now he's just stated that the disciples no the father and have seen the father but that doesn't make any sense to fill it because sure he knows about God and he thinks he knows who got is but he's definitely never seen God and so to clear up confusion because he doesn't understand what Jesus is saying he says in Verse Eight he asks Lord Show us the father and it suffices us now. She's a little bit disappointed with this request he responds in verse. Nineteen have I been so long time with you and yet has thou not known Philip? He that has seen me half seen the father and house as though then show us the father. Philip been asking for some sort of physical demonstration of God some sort of proof of Jesus relationship with God with his father but the request that Phillip asked show us the father reveals that Philip didn't understand the outworking of a very fundamental principle that we all know well that principle of God manifestation which says that God can be manifested revealed or shown in the lives of others and of course Jesus is the only human who's ever perfectly done this and he expected that by now. Phillip would realize this Philip had asked to see God and Jesus says to Him Philip. You've been looking at him for years. Because of course Philip had walked with Jesus throat the line of Palestine for for months and months on end he knew Jesus very well. But but somehow Philip didn't comprehend that in seeing Jesus knowing Jesus it was like he was seeing and knowing God because Jesus perfectly manifested God is he said in John Teen. His whole purpose was to manifest. God's name to his people but Philip demonstrates here that he doesn't really understand that insane. Jesus he could see the father that some that he would come to know later on. But let's look again. What Phillips said he said? Show us the father and it suffices us now. That would suffice. It's suffice with us. Is the same Greek word that's translated sufficient in John? Chapter six when he says two hundred. Pennyworth bread would not be sufficient to solve this problem and in John. Six he was saying. I don't have a problem. I don't have a solution to this problem that sufficient but here in John Chapter Fourteen. He's saying I don't have enough evidence to believe or I don't have enough understanding to believe so. He's asking for a further physical demonstration but interestingly in both situations he says what I have is not sufficient for what I need but just as it was in John Six. Philip didn't realize that the answer to his problem to his insufficiency to his lack his lacking your his need is right there in front of him in. Jesus remember that. When Philip was unable to solve the problem of how to feed the multitude he discovered that it was actually Jesus who had the power and the ability to produce a solution that was more than sufficient and this time in John Chapter. Fourteen when Philip says I feel like I need to see the father in order to know him and I don't have enough or sufficient evidence of visual proof to to to know the father properly or to see God or two to perfect my belief but he didn't realize that Jesus said if you've seen Jesus you see the father. He already had everything he needed to see. In order to believe that God was in Jesus Jesus is the full manifestation of the father and so it appears that at least one thing that Philip the apostle struggled with in his life was understanding recognizing that though he did not have enough or sufficient ability to solve the problems he faced. Jesus did have the ability to solve the problems. In in Jesus you could find sufficient solutions for his knees now. There's more to the story of Philip but for now for the rest of this episode. We're just GONNA turn this ourselves and consider the problem that Philip appears to have struggled with and see if we can learn something from it. Have you ever felt like God is asking too much of you? Have you ever faced an obstacle and thought? I don't have enough strength to overcome this problem. Have you ever been presented with the difficult decision to make? And you don't have enough wisdom to make the right choice. Have you ever had a task to do? And you just don't have enough resources to complete effectively. Have you ever struggled to believe but felt like you didn't have enough evidence? Have you ever been wronged so painfully that you feel? You don't have enough grace to forgive. You probably have experienced all of these feelings of insufficiency and more. Because as we've seen Jesus do with Philip. He will often put us in situations where we feel like our store of strength. Patients or faith is simply not sufficient. You feel like we don't have enough to overcome our problems. Why does God put us in these situations? Why does Jesus? I'll allow us to be put in situations where become up empty. We come up short. Is it because he wants to suffer because he wants to break us? The answer to this very important question is found in Second Clinton's twelve which is eight to ten which the section that talks about Paul's Thorn in the flesh. Which of course is some persistent obstacle. That was always present with Paul getting in the way of the work. You is trying to do for Christ and so Paul Prays to that this thorn in the flesh. This obstacle would be removed but Chris gives an interesting answer. Which explains why God puts us in situations where we feel powerless or where. We don't feel like we are sufficiently able to move forward to Jesus says my grace is sufficient for the for. My strength is made perfect in weakness so yes. Our resources are often lacking and we are almost always not sufficient but the grace of God in Christ is sufficient for us. His strength perfects our weakness and so has one thing that we can really learn from. Philip is that he's right on our own. We are not sufficient like Philip needed to learn and like we all need to learn. Jesus is sufficient to fill every need and the more we can rely on him. The more we turn to him and we trust in him the more we follow him to that extent is the extent to which the power of Christ arrest on us and we can be strong even in our weakness so the one thing we learn about. Jesus from this week is that Jesus is sufficient to fill our needs. Come back next week. For discipleship for disciples part four when we will take a look at the disciple who came from the worst background of all of them. Matthew the Publican

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