Can believers do greater works than Jesus did?
John 14:12 ∂ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater (meidzon) works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
The Greek original text has the word meidzon which means "greater", "more extensive" and "greater in number". Jesus said that after He has gone to His Father, those believing into Him will do more extensive works than what He did. When we look at what the Bible in full says about this subject, we can understand that this is the case because when the Lord Jesus died and ascended to Heaven at the right hand of God, God would do a greater number of works than Jesus did, and the works are more extensive because they are done through thousands and thousands of believers.
This means that "greater works" do not refer to works that are greater in power, i.e. qualitatively greater, but works that are more extensive, i.e. greater in number because when the Holy Spirit of God takes action through the disciples of the Lord Jesus at all times, the number and extent of God's works are greater than those of Jesus when Jesus walked here on Earth. In the Book of John, Chapter 13, Verse 16, Jesus says: "Verily,verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." This means that the disciples of the Lord Jesus cannot be greater than Father God and the Lord Jesus and they are not capable of doing greater works than God does, not even in the Holy Spirit, because the faith of people cannot be greater than that of God.
Some people say that when a person is saved, that deed is greater than the works Jesus did when He walked on Earth in the flesh. The Bible witnesses that when Jesus was here on Earth in the flesh, he saved Zacchaeus and the malefactor on the cross, among others. The saving of a person is not a deed that is greater than what the Lord Jesus did when He was on Earth in the flesh.
Greater in number and extent, not in power
In the Greek original text, John 14:12 has the word meidzon, which means greater, more extensive and greater in number. Which of these meanings is correct and means what Jesus meant? The solution is really simple: Jesus healed the sick, cast out evil spirits, raised the dead back to life, performed food miracles, and the forces of nature were subordinate to Him. When we study the New Testament, all the way from Acts to the Book of Revelation, we can see that not a single Apostle or anyone else in the Early Church did works greater in power than what Jesus did, but they were greater in number and extent than those done by Jesus. Jesus did His works for three years, but the Apostles and other believers did their work for a much longer period of time. People were healed through the believers in the Early Church, and evil spirits were cast out and dead people were raised back to life; these are exactly the same works that were done through Jesus, they only were greater in number and extent. The Bible does not witness of any works through the disciples, which would have been greater in power than what Jesus did. Therefore, it is obvious that greater in number or extent is correct, not greater in power.
Bible teaching is not only words and sentences or meanings of the original text, but it of course is all that, too. We should understand Bible teaching in a spiritually correct way and understand what the Bible in full teaches about a subject, and we also need to understand the context of the teaching. In regard to what the Bible in full teaches about the present subject, it is crystal clear that people are not capable of doing works that are greater in power than those done by Almighty God.
The Bible teaches us that people want to be like God because they are affected by satan's sin. When someone teaches that they are capable of doing greater works than Jesus, they are spreading a satanic lie and they are mocking God because sin and satan would like to be greater than God and to make people believe that they are capable of doing greater works than God.
The Bible teaches us that no servant can be greater than their master. By washing the feet of the disciples, the Lord Jesus set an example to us of how we should serve others. After washing the feet, Jesus said that no servant is greater than his master, and no messenger is greater than the one who sent him. After that, Jesus said that if you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. By this, Jesus meant that everything that we do in service to God must be done so that we know and understand that we cannot be greater than our Lord Jesus Christ. If we understand this and serve God, knowing that we cannot be greater than our Lord Jesus Christ, we are blessed.
Our Lord Jesus Christ knew that in the church, a false teaching would exist, arguing that we are capable of doing works that are greater than those of Jesus, and that is why Jesus also taught that we cannot be greater than our Master. If we think that we can do works that are greater than those of Jesus, we have placed ourselves in a position which is equal of assuming that we can be greater than our Lord, and if that happens, we are not blessed because Jesus says so in the verse above.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Many people say that when God does - through us - greater works than Jesus did, it is God who does the greater works than we, and therefore we are capable of doing greater works than Jesus because God does the works through us. This argument, too, is proven wrong by the truth manifested in the Bible.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus did not do anything by His own power. Instead, Father God did all the works through Him, and Jesus' prayers were heard because of His fear (respect) of God, and Jesus learned obedience from His suffering. Because Jesus was obedient to the Father, the Father did the Father's works through Jesus. If someone believes that he or she is capable of doing greater works than Jesus, they also declare - often unknowingly and due to their lack of understanding - that they are more obedient than Jesus and that their faith and confidence in God is greater than that of Jesus. God does God's works through faith and obedience, and if someone believes that they are capable of doing works that are greater than those by Jesus, they place themselves in a position where they would be more obedient than Jesus and where their faith and confidence in God would be greater than those of Jesus; God does God's works through faith and obedience created by God.
Not a single believer cannot have greater faith than Jesus had, and not a single believer can have greater confidence in God than Jesus had, and not a single believer can be more obedient than Jesus, and not a single believer can have faith that is greater than God (Jesus). Works of faith are works that take place through faith, and the truth is clear as day; not a single believer can have greater faith than Our Lord Jesus Christ. In regard to everything mentioned above, and to the truth shared with us through the Bible in full, it is evident that greater works cannot be greater in regard to quality (greater in power), but greater in number because not a single believer can have greater faith and obedience than Jesus. Some believers may have naively believed the false teaching of works greater than those by Jesus because they have relied on their own wisdom when reading about this subject in the Bible, only focusing on one verse, and have not read the Bible spiritually and compared the verse to what the Bible in full teaches about this subject.
The false teaching of us being capable of doing greater works than Jesus paves the way for the activity of a spirit of deceit because the goal of the teaching is to aim for works that are greater in power (qualitatively greater) than those done by Jesus, and because that is not possible, and when people try to do that, they have entered a zone where the spirits of deceit work miracles and wonders through the force of deceit. Naive young believers, or old believers, too, can be deceived by this lie. However, if they do not repent of it, the force of impact will change from the power of God to the power a spirit of deceit, and I can already see this happening in an activity where those involved stubbornly continue to believe this horrible false doctrine.
Believe to the Lord Jesus like the Bible teaches us
Matt 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
It is extremely arrogant to say, argue and believe that people would be capable of doing greater works than God. Only those whose minds have been blinded by the lie can convince themselves to believing that they are capable of doing greater works than God. The doctrine of believers being capable of doing greater works than Jesus is a satanic lie, which invites in the manifestations of the deceitful force of evil spirits.
Of course, it is true that believers can naively believe a false doctrine and live under the assumption that believers can do greater works than Jesus. When believers understand - through the Bible and in the Holy Spirit - that they have erred and believed, for example, that believers are capable of doing greater works than Jesus, they should abandon the false doctrine and accept what the Bible teaches and witnesses about this; the Bible says that Jesus' disciples will do works which are greater in number and extent than those Jesus did when He was in the flesh here on Earth for three years.
False doctrines are like fuel to evil spirits, and the fuel activates the spirits to work all kinds of miracles and wonders through a force of deceit. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to believe in the Lord Jesus as the Bible says because that will help us from getting lost and we will hold on to the truth of the Bible, and we will grow through it and through love given to us through the Holy Spirit.