Message 10 - By Jerry D. Green

Greater Works


When “greater works” are spoken of, most Christian people immediately think of natural signs, wonders, miracles, etc. In other words, great physical healings, raising the dead, casting out devils, and numerous other things. But that is not at all what Jesus was speaking of; for there is no greater work, no greater miracle, than when a soul is miraculously born again and filled with the Spirit of God, which was something that could not happen at the time Jesus spoke those words.  It was only after He had cried from  that cruel cross, “…it is finished…, that we could be born again of God, with the Spirit of Christ; and receive the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God. Many have striven all of their lifetime to see, and do, the greater works, when all the while it’s just as simple as proclaiming the true gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. For it is only by the true “…gospel of Christ…, (that) …IS the power of God unto salvation to every one that…” believes it (Romans 1:16), that a person can ever be born again of the Spirit of God. I sincerely hope and pray that this message will help the reader to understand. JDG


Greater Works

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; (why?) because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).

Recently I was watching a minister on T.V. and he made the statement, “It’s time for us to start doing the greater works.” But as I continued to listen, I realized his concept of the greater works differed greatly from mine. I can’t say for certain what works Jesus was speaking of when He said “…than these…, but it doesn’t really matter because there is no comparison between even those great miraculous, natural works which He did, and the greater works of which He was speaking. Both He and His disciples had already done many miracles. His disciples had already, at His word, healed the sick and cast out devils. Would they soon be feeding the multitudes and calming the storms? Were these the greater works He was speaking of? Whatever they were, they were dependant on the fact that He was going to the Father.

The disciples could not comprehend what He meant, going to the Father. Actually it was not so much that He was going to the Father, but how He was going to the Father which would make the difference in the works they would do: How, being by way of all those atrocious things He would suffer at the hands of wicked men, consummating with death on a cruel cross at a place called Calvary (or Golgotha); also, because of His burial, resurrection, and ascension. These are what would make the difference for all mankind forever more. Men before Calvary had already, by faith in God, done many great and wonderful works (Hebrews, Chapter eleven). But the last two verses (Hebrews 11:39-40), say this: “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, RECEIVED NOT THE PROMISE: “God having provided some BETTER THING for us….” But how much better thing could God possibly do than all those great miracles and mighty works?  That “…which God has prepared for them that love Him” (I Corinthians 2:9), is certainly beyond the comprehension of the natural mind. For who could ever have imagined that man could be made completely free from the influence of that old, fallen, depraved nature of the devil, called sin, of which he (man) was born. Before Calvary (because of legal constraints), Jesus himself could not make a man free from the works of the old man of sin. He could forgive sins before Calvary, but He could not make man free from sin. He could heal physical bodies before Calvary, but he could not impart new life (the divine nature; which is the grace of God) unto and into man. He even healed a man, saying to him, “…thy SINS be forgiven thee,” and when challenged by the scribes and Pharisees He said, “…arise, take up thy bed and walk. Which is easier to say, Thy SINS be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive SINS, I say to you, Arise, take up thy bed and walk” (Matthew 9:6).

Some will think what I am about to say to be sacrilegious, for great religious movements and kingdoms have been built upon the scripture, “…with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). But God was healing His children long before those cruel stripes were laid on the back of the Savior. Remember, this is a prophecy about something which was to come. There was healing under the law. Healing has always belonged to God’s children, how much more under grace. But the healing which God is speaking about in this scripture is first spoken of in Isaiah 30:26; “Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord BINDETH UP the BREACH of his people, and HEALETH the STROKE of their WOUND.” This great light of which Isaiah speaks, was the coming of Messiah (the Christ) and His earthly ministry, before Calvary; but much more so, it is that better thing (the greater work) of the covenant grace, which He bought for all mankind through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension (Isaiah 60:19-20; Revelation 21:23; Matthew 4:15). The breach of His people was the rending of fellowship with God which was brought about by the stroke of their wound, which was, and is, SIN. Peter speaks of this great healing after the fact (i.e., past tense), “Who His own self bare our (sin and) SINS in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to (sin and) SINS, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were (and we are) HEALED” (I Peter 2:24).  Praise God!  For us, it is a complete, finished, work. The HEALING of the WOUND of sin closed the breach of fellowship which was brought about by the disobedience (sin) of one man (Adam), and was healed by the obedience (the offering of Himself) of one man, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:19). By our “…great high priest…” Jesus Christ, we can “…come boldly (back into fellowship with God) unto the throne of grace…” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

It was because He went to the Father by way of those horrible sufferings and death on the cross that we are able to do the greater works. For what could possibly be greater than for a “…born again…” child of God, to proclaim the true gospel of Jesus Christ to someone else who was born in, and/or totally bound in sin; someone else who has the sentence of death pronounced over them, and to see that person made completely free from sin through true repentance, and believing the true gospel message (Romans 1:16).

God said through the prophet, “…the SOUL that sinneth… shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4); and that sentence of death must still be fulfilled.  For Jesus said, “I am NOT come to destroy… (annul; or, abrogate) …the law, or the prophets …but to fulfill… (them; Matthew 5:17). “…The wages of SIN is (still) death…” to every person who is born on the face of this planet; and the “…condemnation…” (the sentence of death; John 3:16-19) is still in effect to all who are yet sinners. That includes everyone who has “…NOT believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (and His Gospel; the gospel of Christ; John 3:18; Romans 6:23; 8:1; Ezekiel 18:20). Jesus did NOT die on that cross and shed His blood to take away the penalty of sin (which is death), but to fulfill the penalty of our sin in Himself, for all who can believe it. For as many as have believed the true gospel of Jesus Christ, have died IN (union with) Him, thus satisfying the death sentence of the law, in fulfilling it.  If His precious, holy blood was only shed as a covering for sin, why then did Jesus have to die? The blood of goats and bullocks had done that (covered sins) for thousands of years; but the scripture says, “…Behold the LAMB of God that TAKETH AWAY the SIN of the WORLD” (John 1:29).

There are those who will defend their right to sin, because there’s pleasure in sin, and that is true for the old man. But that short time of pleasure just isn’t worth the consequences of eternal death in the lake of fire; Revelation 20:12-15; and sin is not pleasurable to the new (born again) man. His pleasure is to “…do always those things that please…” the Father. So regardless of what many would have us believe, “…the wages of sin is… (still) …death….” Sinners will still have to die the eternal, spiritual death in the lake of fire because of sin. In fact, they are already dead, while they live (I Timothy 5:6). This is the primary reason Jesus went to the cross for all who would ever believe the gospel of Him. We are “…crucified (put to death in union) with Christ…,” “…that… (for the believer) …the body (NOT this physical body; but the whole, the entirety, all) of SIN… (would) …be destroyed…” (completely stilled; Strong’s #2673; Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20). He, Jesus, the Christ, was our substitute, or proxy. As true, bona fide believers, we died in Him. We get the credit for dying, but He suffered the agony of our death.  He suffered for us.  This is the reason Jesus went to the Father (by way of death on that cruel cross) in order that sin (the nature of Satan, which we were all born with), and NOT the sinner, would be destroyed.

“He that committeth SIN is OF THE DEVIL; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy (loose us from both the devil, and his nature, which is sin) the works of the devil” (I John 3:8). The Greek word which was here translated destroy, Strong’s #3089, means to “loosen.” Through faith in the finished work of Calvary we are loosed, or loosened FROM sin, which is the sting of death, and FROM the religious law of man, which is the strength of sin, and FROM the devil (I Corinthians 15:56). We are MADE free FROM the works of the devil. That is to say, we are loosed from sin and its manifestations; and by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the devil was, and is, also destroyed (completely stilled, Strong’s #2673) for the true believer (Hebrews 2:14). “He that believeth on Him (Jesus, who is the Christ, and His gospel) is NOT condemned (there is no sentence of death on that person) but He that believeth NOT (on Jesus and His gospel) is condemned already (why?) because he hath NOT believed in (or ‘…on…’) the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18, 1:12). He who believes in or on Jesus and in or on His name, which is to say, believes Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the only begotten (of a fleshly body) Son of God (Hebrews 10:5) and the true gospel of Him (Romans 1:16) is made free indeed FROM sin, and, FROM death (which is “the sting…” and the “…wages [the end result] of sin…”) and, FROM the devil. Concerning the devil, I mean he cannot attack you or your body directly. But he still has plenty of messengers by which to hinder, and if they possibly can, discourage you through their buffetings (II Corinthians 11:15; 12:7).

Yes, it is time for the church of Jesus Christ to start doing the greater works, but the way to do those greater works is to proclaim the true gospel of Jesus Christ which “…is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that…” (believes it; Romans 1:16).  A perverted gospel will never do the greater work because there is no power in a perverted, watered down gospel. The true gospel however is powerful.  It will take a sinner and make a new creature (a new creation) of him, if he will only believe it. And all we have to do is to fully preach the gospel of Christ to every creature.  “…The fields…are white… (and ready) to harvest.  There’s plenty of opportunity for willing workers (John 4:35-36). So for all those who desire to do the greater works, what are you waiting for?  Apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, layman, or whatever position in the body of Christ God has called you to; it is to magnify Him through the preaching of His Son Jesus Christ and that which He did for all mankind at Calvary: the shedding of His blood for our justification (Romans 5:9); The offering of His body for our sanctification (Hebrews 10:10); His death on that cruel cross for our reconciliation (Romans 5:10); and our salvation by His resurrected life (Romans 5:10).  It is only through the preaching, the hearing, the believing, and just as importantly as any of these, the submission of one’s self unto the true gospel of Jesus Christ, will produce the “…glorious church…” which God has promised and Jesus will return for (Ephesians 5:27; Titus 1:2; Revelation 21:9). What greater works could His ambassadors possibly do?

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