"Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but He who sent me is true. You do not know Him, but I know Him because I am from Him and He sent me." (John 7:28-29)

Despite the many ecclesiastical sectarian teachers who describe Jesus differently, here Jesus is clearly describing who he is.

Jesus is responding to murmurs from the crowd that said:
"Isn't this the man they are trying to kill? Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Christ? But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from." (John 7:25-27)
Jesus is explaining clearly that while his body may be born of a woman they may know, Jesus and his teachings have come from somewhere else: They come from God. Who else is the “Him” and the “He” that Jesus is mentioning here?

It is very interesting that the translators and interpreters of the books of the New Testament would not realize that Jesus is speaking of God with these words, as they failed to even capitalize the words “he” and “him” (corrected here). This oversight, in fact, occurs in many instances in the translations of Jesus' statements throughout the Bible. Why would the interpreters not capitalize references to God?

Ironically, the most obvious reason is that the translators (and the ecclesiastical organizations and their teachers that have supported these translations over the centuries), just as the crowd Jesus is speaking to here, do not know God. The reason they do not give God the respect that He deserves in the text is that they do not know Who Jesus is referring to when Jesus says, “He sent me.”

Thus, those who led the ecclesiastical institutions that began with the politically-driven Council of Nicene in the fourth century and the subsequent Roman government dictated Catholic church were not focused upon doing the will of God, as Jesus instructs us to do. Their focus has been political power. Their focus has been the control of the people, or keeping the authority over people to preserve their numbers. This political orientation continues today in the form of the various official churches among the sectarian world (along with many other organized sects elsewhere) who compete for parishioners. Each of these sects are vying for our attention to their sect and their interpretation of Jesus' teachings. They want their sect or denomination to be the authorized sect or denomination, while the others are somehow not authorized. So they argue and differentiate between their interpretations.

Why? Because they are seeking authority. They don't have real authority, so they are trying to claim it in the form of having many followers.

This search for power in numbers and authority is also reflected by the many churches that must say “First” in their name. We see all over, churches named “First Baptist Church,” “First Catholic Church,” or “First Assembly of God Church.” Why do they insist in naming their churches “First,” even though there were other churches of that sect built before? Why is being “first” so important? Did they not hear Jesus' statement that "the first shall be last" (Matt. 20:16)?

Claiming to be “first” is an attempt to establish authority. If someone says they are “first,” they are essentially saying that they are the best of the pack. It is an attempt to establish dominance and seniority among the other choices. This is also why the officials of these various sects want to quote their current numbers around the world. They want to be the biggest and the best church--better than the others.

What it really does is reveals that none of these institutions are authorized by God. They are all political organizations, driven by people who want to see their brand of interpretation as the most popular brand. Why? Because if they belong to the most popular brand of religion, then they will feel that they are right and the others are wrong.

This is simply a mask for someone who knows deep inside that they do not know who God is. Just as Jesus said to these Jewish people, who were all uppity about being Jews who honored the Sabbath, “You do not know Him, but I know Him...” Jesus is clearly saying that all these ecclesiastical Jewish officials and their followers do not know God. They might be feeling proud in their ability to judge whether Jesus was breaking the Sabbath by healing someone, but at the end of the day, they did not know Who Jesus was serving and teaching about. So how could they be so judgemental?

“I know Him because I am from Him and He sent me.” 

This is an obvious and clear statement by Jesus that he is God’s messenger. Someone who is sent by another to deliver a message is a messenger. And a messenger is certainly coming from the person sending the message. And what is a messenger? A messenger is a servant of the person who dispatches the message. So Jesus is stating clearly that he is a servant of God. He is God’s messenger.

Notice that Jesus says very clearly, “He sent me.” How could it get any clearer than this? Yet so many of these ecclesiastical sects and their teachers will cohort that Jesus is God. How could Jesus be God when he clearly says, “My teaching is not my own.” (John 7:16) and here, "I am not here on my own"? Are these statements not clear enough?

For example, let's say that an employee of the ABC corporation has been dispatched from the CEO to deliver a message to another corporation. How might the employee introduce himself to the other corporation? He would say something like, "I am coming from the CEO of ABC Corporation and I am not here on my own but the CEO has sent me." Why would he take the time to explain this? Because he is explaining that he is being empowered by the CEO to deliver the message.

In the same way, Jesus is explaining that he was sent by and is empowered by the Supreme Being. He is representing the Supreme Being. He is God's messenger. Is this not clear enough from Jesus' statements?

God owns everything, including the teachings He dispatched through Jesus.

Ecclesiastical sectarian teachers claim that Jesus is the Supreme Being because they don't know the Supreme Being. They live up to Jesus' statement here:

"You do not know Him..." 



(For a more appropriate translation of Jesus' statement, see the Devotional Translation of the Gospel of John Chapter Seven - translated from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)