Today’s Scripture: Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? John 14:9
The Apostle Philip should not be confused with Philip the Evangelist. The former was one of the twelve disciples; the latter was one of the first deacons elected in the book of Acts.
Philip, the apostle, when he first was called to be a disciple, not only did he give up everything to become a disciple, but he also convinced Nathanael (Bartholomew) to do the same. (John 1:43‑45) It is possible Philip could speak Greek because Greeks came and told him that they wanted to see Jesus. (John 12:20‑21)
Jesus asked Philip if they could buy enough food to feed the five thousand. Philip basically said it was impossible. (John 6:5‑7) Philip is also the one who asked Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus would reply by explaining that He and the Father are one. If you have seen Jesus, then you have seen the Father. (John 14:9)
Philip would end up being a very effective preacher. According to tradition, Philip was scourged, thrown in prison, and crucified in Phrygia.1
Jesus and the Father are one, and God is as able to provide for us just as he provided for the five thousand. Philip learned under the teaching of Christ that He is sufficient for all our spiritual and physical needs. Do you believe that because Christ is God, He can provide for you, or do you think it is impossible?
As my dad often says, “If you can trust God to provide salvation, then you ought to trust God to provide a hamburger.”
1John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Chapter 1, III. Philip9
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.