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Commentary On The Book of John

The Gospel of John Chapter 5

I will do the Gospel of John Commentary similar to my other Commentaries . . . in that I will bring the verse or verses in the KJV, followed by what it is saying to me. What I write will be a personal comment, it is NOT Scripture.

John 5:1  After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. (KJV)

After this there was a feast of the Jews . . . after Christ had been in Samaria, four months ago (Jn.4:35), and had been in Galilee for that time, and had cured the nobleman's son, and had done other mighty works, it was time for one of the three festivals of the Jews; either the feast of Pentecost, or the feast of tabernacles (the feast of the Passover, so called in Jn.4:45). John is very particular, in giving an account of the several Passovers, in Christ's ministry.

And Jesus went up to Jerusalem . . . according God's law, all men were to appear there at that time; and to show his compliance with it, and obedience to it, whom it became to fulfill all righteousness; and this He did also, that He might have an opportunity of speaking, and doing miracles before all the people, which came at the time of feasts, from the several parts of the land.
Jewish Law: (Ex.23:14-17; 34:23; Lev.23:2-4; Deut.16:16; Mat.3:15; Jn.2:13; Gal.4:4).
The beginning: (Jn.1:2; gen.1:1; Pro.8;22-31; Eph.3:9; Col.1:17; Heb.1:10; 7:3; 13:8; rev.1:2,8,11; 2:8; 21:6; 22:13).
The Word: Jn.1:14; 1 Jn.1:1-2; 5:7; Rev.19:13).
With the Father: (Jn.1:18; 16:28; 17:5; Pro.8:22-30; 1 Jn.1:2).
The Word was God: (Jn.10:30; 20:28; Ps.45:6; Isa.7:14; 9:6; 40:9-11; Mat.1:23; Rom.9:5; Phil.2:6; 1 Tim.3:16; Tit.2:13; Heb.1:8-13; 2 Pet.1:1; 1 Jn.5:7,20).

John 5:2  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. (KJV)

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market . . . the word "market" is not in the text, and of such a market, no account is given in the Scripture, nor in the Jewish writings; and too, in our Lord's time, sheep and oxen were sold in the temple. This could mean the sheep 'gate,' through which the sheep were brought into the city, to the temple.

A pool . . . this may either mean a small lake or pond in which one can swim, or a place for fish, or any waters collected for bathing or washing.

Which is called in the Hebrew tongue, Bethesda . . . "a house of mercy", or "grace", or "goodness"; because many here received mercy, and a cure.

Sheep market [gate]: (Neh.3:1,32; 12:39). Pool: (Isa.22:9,11).

John 5:3  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. (KJV)

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk . . . sick people; people who were weak and feeble by a long disease.

Blind, halt, withered . . . lame or those who were afflicted with some form of the palsy that withered or dried up the part affected (Mat.4:24). 

Waiting for the moving of the water . . . it seems that this 'pool' had medicinal properties only when it was agitated or stirred. It is probable that at regular times or intervals the fountain put forth an unusual quantity of water, or water of particular properties, and that at these times the people assembled in multitudes who wanted to be healed.

Of blind: (Mat.15:30; Lk.7:22). Withered: (1 Ki.13:4; Zec.11:17; Mk.3:1-4).   Waiting: (Pro.8:34; Lam.3:26; Rom.8:25; Jam.5:7).

John 5:4  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. (KJV)

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool . . . this angel was not a messenger sent from the Sanhedrin, or by the priests, as some think. "An angel" . . . it is not affirmed that the angel did this visibly, or that anyone saw him do it. They judged by the effect . . . when they saw the waters become agitated, then concluded that there were healing properties, and "went down" into them. The Jews attributed all favors to the ministry of the angels of God (Gen.19:15; Heb.1:14; Mat.4:11; 18:10; Lk.16:22; 7:53; Acts 7:53; 12:11; Gal.3:19).

It seems that this fountain had strong medicinal properties, being capable of healing certain diseases that were incurable by any other means. This was the common sentiment of the Jews, the common doctrine of the Bible, and the belief of the sacred writers. It cannot be proven untrue or impossible that such blessings should be imparted to man by the ministry of an angel. It is no more absurd to believe that a pure spirit or holy angel could help man, than that a physician or a parent would. Can anyone prove that angels do NOT minister to the needs of the poor, the needy and the afflicted, when man does it, and the Lord Jesus Christ did it, then and now?

Went down . . . descended into the pool . . . or descended from Heaven?

At a certain season . . . at a certain time; periodically. The people knew when this was done, and assembled in multitudes to partake of the benefits. Many medicinal springs are more strongly empowered at some seasons of the year than others.

Troubled the water . . . agitated the water; probably an increase and a bubbling agitation produced by the incoming of fresh water.

Whosoever then first . . . this does not mean that just one was healed, and that the first one only, but that those who first descended into the pool were healed, meaning that the strong medicinal properties of the waters soon subsided, and those who were not first to enter into the pool had to wait for the next "troubling."

Stepped in . . . went into the water.

Was made whole . . . was healed of whatever was their problem. It is not implied that this was done instantly or by a miracle.

The water had such healing properties that they were probably healed gradually. It is NO less the gift of God to suppose that this fountain restored gradually, than to suppose  it was done all at once in a miraculous manner.

No such place as this spring or pool is mentioned by Josephus, the Jewish historian. But John is as good a historian, and just as worthy to be believed as Josephus. When this fountain was discovered, or how long its healing properties continued it is impossible now to ascertain. All that we know of it is what is mentioned here. Such a place anywhere is evidence of the gracious goodness of God. The Jews regarded such a provision as proof of the mercy of God. They gave this healing spring the name of a "house of mercy." They regarded it as under the care of an angel.

Early: (Pro.8:17; Ecc.9:10; Mat.11:12).  Made whole: (Eze.47:8-9; Zec.13:1).
1. The beasts for sacrifice were NOT washed in this 'pool', but in a laver in the temple.
2. NO natural property could cure all manner of diseases.
3. The cure only extended to the first ones who entered.
4. It took place only at one particular time.
5. As the healing was effected by immersion, it must have started instantly; and it never failed in it effects.
First: (Ps.116:60; Pro.6:4; 8:17; Ecc. 9:10; Hos.13:13; Mat.6:33; 11:12; Lk.13:24-28; 16:16).
Was made: (2 Ki.5:10-14; Eze.47:8; Zec.13:1; 14:8; 1 Cor.6:11; 1 Jn.1:7).

John 5:5  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. (KJV)

And a certain man was there . . . at Bethesda's pool, in one of the five porches, or cloisters, that belonged to it.

Which had an infirmity thirty and eight years . . . what his infirmity was, is not said. He was one of the very weak, or impotent folk, for so he is called (Jn.5:7). Some think it was the palsy. It is not certain why he had waited 38 years for a cure. It seems that he was reduced to such a state where he could not move.

A long time: (Jn.5:14; 9:1,21; Mk.9:21; Lk.8:43; 13:16; Acts 3:2; 4:22; 9:33; 14:8).

John 5:6  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? (KJV)

When Jesus saw him lie . . . in such an utterly helpless condition.

And knew that he had been now a long time in that case . . . in his disease or in his predicament, most likely about seven years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This to me, is proof of His omniscience. http://www.hisservants.org/describing_god_h_s.htm

He saith unto him, wilt thou be made whole?. . . Jesus asks him "Do you want to be healed?" The Lord knows everything! (Jn.2:25). Why else would the helpless man be there? WHY do you think that Jesus asked this question? No one had ever helped him. He had no hope of ever being healed. The man's situation looked hopeless. Have you ever felt trapped in your infirmities? God can minister to your deepest needs. Do not let any problem or hardship cause you to lose hope. God may have something special for you to do in spite of your condition, or MAYBE because of it. Many have ministered effectively to hurting people because they have had victory over their own hurts.

Jesus knew: (Ps.142:3; Jn.21:17; Heb.45:13,15).  What wilt: (Isa.65:1; Jer.13:27; Lk.18:41).

John 5:7  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. (KJV)

The impotent man answered him, Sir I have no man . . . this was a common and courteous way of speaking, used much by the Jews, especially to strangers. Some versions read, "yea Lord", which is a direct answer to the question. He had no servant, or servants, to wait on him, and carry him into the pool. He was a poor man, which God is pleased to choose and call by His grace:

When the water is troubled, to put me into the pool . . . as soon as it is stirred by the angel, to put him in first before any other; for it was only the first ones that were cured.

But while I am coming . . . slowly, on crutches, or maybe even crawling.

Another steppeth down before me . . . those more nimble get there first. Some are sooner in Christ or earlier called by His grace than others . . . while others lie a long time, and see others come to Christ, believe in Him, profess His Name, and are received into the family of God, while they are still left, in their sickness (sin).

Have no one: (Deut.32:36; Ps.72:12; 142L4; Rom.5:6; 2 Cor.1:8-10).

John 5:8  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. (KJV)

Jesus saith to him, Rise, take up thy bed and walk . . . rise up . . . from thy bed or mat, on which he lay in one of the porches. These words were spoken by the power of God, just as those to Lazarus, which called him out of his grave. And it appears they had great effect upon the man, who in himself was impotent, weak, and helpless. John 15:1-5  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV) Phil.4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)

Rise: (Mat.9:6; Mk. 2:11; Lk.5;24; Acts 9:34).

John 5:9  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. (KJV)

And immediately the man was made whole and took up his bed and walked . . . as soon as the words were spoken by Christ, tremendous power went with them, and restored the man to perfect health; and he was able to stand up on his own, pick up his bed (cot, mat) and walk in his own power!

This also expresses a sinner rising from their bed of sin, and taking up the cross of Christ, and walking by faith in Christ, as he has received Him.

And on the same day was the sabbath . . . which always brought harsh words from the Jews.

Immediately: (Jn.5:14; Mk.1:31,42; 5:29,41-42; 10:52; Acts 3:7-9). On the Sabbath: (Jn.5:10-12; 7:23; 9:14; Ex.20:8-11; 31:12-17; Neh.13:15-21; Isa.58:13; Jer.17:21,27; Mat.12:10-13; Mk.3:2-4; Lk.13:10-16).

John 5:10  The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. (KJV)

The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured . . . when they saw him, either at the place, or as he walked through the streets, with his bed with him.

It is the sabbath day . . . "Don't you know it is the Sabbath? Have you forgotten?"

It is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed . . . it was forbidden by the law, to carry any burden on the Sabbath day.

NO work on the sabbath: (Ex.20:8-11; 31:12-17; Neh.13:15-21; Isa.58:13; Jer.17:21-22,27; Mat.12:2-8; Mk.2:24; 3:4; Lk.6:2; 13:14; 23:56).

John 5:11  He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. (KJV)

He answered them . . . the impotent man, who was now made whole, answers the Jews.
He that made me whole, the same said unto me, take up thy bed and walk . . . He gives them a good answer. He believed that the One that had healed him was a prophet, and did what He did by Divine authority, and that it was lawful for him to obey, contrary to Jewish traditions . . . although WHO this Person was, or what His Name was, were as yet not known to him.
Take up thy bed: (Jn.9:16; Mk.2:9-11).

John 5:12  Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? (KJV)

Then asked they him . . . the Jews asked the impotent man that was healed.

What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? . . . Who was he that told you this? It is as if they had said "The law of God hath commands that no burdens should be carried on the Sabbath day. So, who is that man that dare teach thee or any one else to do what is contrary to the law of God?"

They take NO notice of the cure, unwilling to give any glory to Christ, but chose instead that this incident should be forgotten, hidden and unobserved.

WHY did Jesus tell him "Take up thy bed?'' Simple in my mind . . . to show that he was cured.

What authority: (Judg.6:29; 1 Sam.14:38; Mat.21:23; Rom.10:2).

John 5:13  And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. (KJV)

And he that was healed, wist not who he was . . . the impotent man had never seen, and maybe never had even heard of Christ before. He did NOT know Who He was! Christ really gave him no opportunity of talking to Him, or to ask Him who He was.

For Jesus had conveyed himself away . . . had slipped away, as soon as He had done the miracle.

A multitude being in that place . . . He did not try to hide Himself among them, undiscovered; but He simply made His way through them, on His way to the temple, where He then found the man whom He had healed, as in the following verse.

Told the Jews: (Jn.4:29; 9:11-12; Mk.1:45). Who was it: (Jn.5:12; 9:15,25,30;34).

John 5:14  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. (KJV)

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple . . . I think it was the same day. The man probably took his bed home and then went directly to the temple, to show himself, attend the worship service, and give thanks to God for the great mercy bestowed on him.

And said unto him, behold thou art made whole . . . cured of the disease that had been with him so many years. "Behold" . . . is to me, a call to attention, listen to what will be said.

Sin is a disease, which is original, natural and hereditary to ALL men. It is an epidemical one, for all are affected with it. It is a sickening and loathsome disease . . . incurable in itself, cured ONLY by the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. Even God's chosen, God's elect are struck down with it, and being made wise by the Holy Spirit, they come to Christ for the cure, and receive it!

Sin no more . . . what was the nature of his sin, we are not told, but we do know that often our fleshly ills can thus be accounted for.

Lest a worse thing come unto thee . . . sin no more, lest a worse thing happen to you. This lets us know that sin is the usual cause of diseases, and walking holy is the best preservative of health. God can further reveal His wrath against sin and sinners, He can and does allow bad things that can befall them in this life.

John 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. (KJV)

The man departed . . . from Christ, and from the Temple, not resenting what was said to him, but highly pleased that he had found this kind benefactor and physician; and seems to have gone back to where the miracle was done, and where a multitude of people were, and where he might expect to find some of the persons that had questioned him about carrying his bed, and who it was that bid him do it . . . to the Sanhedrim (vs.33),

And told the Jews that it was Jesus of Nazareth . . . the members of that great council, the chief priests, scribes and elders, whose business it was to judge of a prophet, of whom so much talk was about His doctrines and miracles, and who was thought to be the Messiah,

Which had made him whole . . . this he revealed, NOT out of any ill will to Christ, or with any bad plan to Him, nor to accuse and charge Him as a violator of the Sabbath. To do that would have been most ungrateful, even barbarous, brutish and evil. He had only good intents toward Jesus, that He might have the honor and glory of the cure . . . and chiefly that the Sanhedrim might be persuaded to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, and to declare Him as such.
It was very unkind to judge that this poor man went to the Jewish magistrates to inform against Christ, who had been so kind to him . . . it just makes sense that he went in gratitude of his heart, wanting only to tell what Christ had done to His honor, and also to do good to others, who might also stand in need of His help.

John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. (KJV)  

And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus . . . with their tongues, reproaching and reviling Him, as a Sabbath breaker, a destroyer of the law, and a sinful wicked man.

And sought to slay him . . . either in a violent way, by setting the zealots (ruffians under the presence of religion) upon Him; or possibly in a judicial way, summoning Him before the Sanhedrim, to condemn Him to death for the breach of the Sabbath, which by the law of Moses was punishable with death.

Because he had done these things on the sabbath day. . . the Lord Jesus had cured the man of his disease, under which he had struggled eight and thirty years, and had ordered him to take up his bed, and walk home with it on his back on the Sabbath day. This drew upon Jesus their pent up resentment to such a degree, that they not only persecuted Him with their tongues, but desperately wanted to take away His life. It seems that nothing would satisfy them but His  blood!

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. (KJV)

But Jesus answered them . . . when He was convened before them, and charged by them with the violation of the Sabbath, He tried to vindicate Himself in the following manner, saying;

My Father worketh hitherto . . . God the Father, not by creation, nor adoption, but by nature. Although He ended all His work on the seventh day, and rested from what He had done; yet He never did cease from working completely, but continued to work ever since, on Sabbath days, as well as on all other days; in upholding and governing the world, in continuing the species of beings, and all creatures in their being; in providing for them, and in dispensing the bounties of His providence to them; in causing His sun to shine, and showers of rain to descend on the Earth; and in taking care of, and protecting even the meanest of His creatures: and much more men, and much more His own people.

And I work . . . also I work in union with my Father . . . doing good both to the bodies and souls of men on the Sabbath day, being the Lord of it. Jesus did what His Father does, and therefore, He is not to be blamed for His works on that day. God NEVER ceases to work; but just as it is the reason for fire to burn, and of snow to cool, so it is of God to work.

John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. (KJV)

Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him . . . they were much more desirous to take away His life, completely more determined and firm in it, and studied every way possible on just how to bring about His death.

Because he had not only broken the sabbath . . . as they thought . . . for He had really not broken it. If they had known what it meant, that God will have mercy, and not sacrifice (Mat.9:13; 12:7), they would have been convinced that He had not broken the Sabbath . . . but it was an act of mercy to a poor distressed man.

But said also that God was his Father . . . His own Father, His right Father, His Father by nature, and that He was God’s own Son by nature . . . this they gathered from Jesus calling Him my Father, and supposing a co-operation with the Father in His divine works.

Making himself to be equal with God . . . to be of the same nature as God the Father, and have the same perfections and do the same works . . . for by saying that God was His Father . . . and that He was the Son of God (Ps.2:7,12). By ascribing the same operations to Himself, as to His Father, they should have rightly understood Him that He declared to be His equal with God the Father (Jn.1:1-3; 10:30).

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (KJV)  

Then answered Jesus, and said unto them . . . they charged him with blasphemy for calling God His Father, and making Himself equal to Him (Jn.10:30). SO many people do this today! Jesus’ answer is far from denying the thing. http://www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm

Verily verily, I say unto you . . . nothing in my mind is more certain that Jesus being God! It may be depended upon as absolute Truth. Jesus is the Truth itself, the Amen. Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; (KJV)

The Son can do nothing of himself . . . He does nothing of Himself, nor will He do anything of Himself . . . He neither does, nor will, nor can do anything alone or separate from His Father, because they are so closely united. Jesus, the Son does EVERYTHING in union with His Father! They both have the same love, the same power, the same will, the same nature, and are totally equal to each other.

The Son can do nothing of himself . . . these words do NOT intend any weakness in the Son, nor any want of power in Him to do anything of Himself . . . for by His own power He has by His Word of power spoke all things out of nothing (Heb.11:3), and by the same power He upholds all things; He Himself bore the sins of His people, and He alone purged them away, and has raised Himself from the dead; thus expressing His absolute and perfect power.

But what he seeth the Father do . . . NOT meaning that He sees the Father actually do a work, then He does one after Him, such as the creation of the world, the supposition of human nature, and redemption of man, or any particular miracle . . . as if only upon observing something done, He did the same . . . that would be utter nonsense! But what he seeth the Father do . . . it means that the Son, being with the Father in eternity (Jn.1:1-3), and which is in the Father’s bosom (Jn.1:18), was completely aware of the whole plan and will of His Father’s works! There was NOTHING in the Father's mind or will that was not known to the Son.

For whatsoever things he doth, these also doth the Son likewise . . . Jesus the Son does the exact works as the Father does: the works of Creation and providence, the government both of the church and of the world; and He does these things in like manner, with the same power, and by the same authority, as His Father does which proves Him to be equal with Him . . . yet this very thing is what the Jews understood Him to have declared, and it is that which they charged Him with . . . and this is what He strongly maintained and never denied.
The Lord Jesus is saying that He is God and that He can do what God does. There is always a perfect communication and harmony between the Father and the Son. Therefore, the charge that was made against Him was absurd. The Son does not ever contradict the Father, nor does the Father ever contradict the Son. Jesus does what God does. Jesus can forgive sins. Then He goes on to say that there is a personal and intimate relationship between the Father and the Son.

Does this mean that walking holy in obedience to God can prevent health problems? NO!

John 5:20  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. (KJV)

For the Father loveth the Son . . . since Jesus is God's Son, His image, the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person (Heb.1:3); and being of the same nature, and having the same perfections, He is equal to Him. Hebrews 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (KJV)
John 3:35  The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. (KJV)
All things in His Hand: (Jn.13:3; 17:2; Ps.2:8; Isa.9:6-7; Mat.11:27; 28:18; Lk.10:22; 1 Cor.15:27; Eph.1:22; Phil.2"9-11; Heb.1:2; 2:8-9; 1 Pet.3:22).

And showeth him all things that himself doth . . . Jesus, the Son, was NOT ignorant of the things His Father has done, for He lies in the Bosom of His Father (Jn.1:18), is the wisdom of God (1 Cor.2:7), IS the omniscient God (Lk.6:8), that knows all things (Jn.2:24-25); not only all things in men, but all things in God, even the deep things of God (1 Cor.2:10). The Father consulted with His Son, discussed His plans with Him, and as His equal; did nothing without Him. He never did any works of nature or grace on His own. He designed the plan of peace, reconciliation and salvation in HIM! He made the worlds by Him (Gen.1:1,7,16,25-26; Jn.1:10; Rom.1:20; Heb.1:2; 11:3). He does nothing in the government of the world without the Son. Nothing the Father does is kept secret from the Son!

And he will show him greater works than these . . . I think the Lord Jesus is speaking of the redemption of those who believe God (1 Jn. 5:1-12); the justification of persons by His righteousness (Rom.5:1; 1 Cor.1:30), and pardon of their sins through His precious Blood (Eph.1:7; Col.1:14; 1 Pet.1:18-19), and the regeneration and conversion of them by His Spirit and grace (2 Cor.5:17; Eph.2:15; 4:24; Col.3:10). Salvation is a greater work than the creating of the world: or greater than He has done under the Old Testament dispensation; greater than the redeeming of Israel out of Egypt, leading them through the wilderness, and settling them in the land of Canaan, and working multiple miracles among them. The  redemption of God's people by Christ . . . from sin, Satan, the world, death, and Hell, bringing the Gospel that saves, giving the Gift of the Holy Spirit (Rom.8:9; 1 Cor.12:3; Eph.1:13; 1 Thes.4:8) . . . much greater works are these . . . and more and greater miracles were done by Christ than by Moses, or any prophet under any former dispensation.

That ye may marvel . . . the works done by Christ were to prove His divine Sonship, His deity, His TRUE Messiahship . . . and also to confirm the faith of His followers. And too . . . to reveal the glory of God!  Some wondered at them, and believed in Him, but others were simply confused by them and rejected Him, as do millions in today's world.
The Father loves the Son: (Jn.3:35; 17:26; Mat.3:17; 17:5; 2 Pet.1:17).
The Son reveals the Father to us: (Pro.8:22-31; Jn.1:18; 10:32; 15:15; Mat.11:27; Lk.10:22).

John 5:21  For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. (KJV)

For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them . . . since God made man to live, it is NO problem whatsoever for Him to bring back to life someone who has died. God has power to raise the dead. In the Old Testament, this was done at least twice: by the prophet Elijah, in the case of the son of the widow of Sarepta (1 Ki.17:22); and by the prophet Elisha, in the case of the Shunamite's son (2 Ki.4:32-35). The Jews did NOT doubt that God had the power to raise the dead. Jesus here expressly affirms it, and says that He has the same power. Quickeneth them . . . means gives them life. This is the meaning of the word quickeneth all through the Bible.

Even so the Son quickeneth whom he will . . . the giving of and restoring of life, are things easy and no challenge to God (Deut.32:39; 1 Sam.2:6). So the Son quickeneth whom he will. . . the Father has given unto Jesus a power to raise from the dead whomever He will; He raised up Jairus's daughter (Mat.9:25); the widow's son (Lk.7:14) and Lazarus (Jn.11:43). This too, was one of those greater works, of which our Saviour spoke in the former verse. Even so . . . in the same manner and by the same authority and power. The power of raising the dead is one of the highest characteristics of being God, for NO other can raise the dead . . . NOT any man, NOT Satan! Jesus states that He has the power to do this in the same manner as the Father, so my friend . . .

He IS equal with God because He IS God!  www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm

The Son quickeneth . . . gives life to. He could either refer to His raising the dead from their graves, or to His giving spiritual life to those who are dead in trespasses and sins. The former He did in the case of Lazarus and the widow's son at Nain (Jn.11:43-44; Lk.7:14-15). The latter He did in the case of ALL those who were converted by His power, and STILL DOES in any and all instances of conversion. Whom he will . . .  it depended on His will whether Lazarus and the widow's son should come to life . . . and too,  it depends on His will whether sinners shall live. Only He, Jesus, has power to renew them, and the renewing of the heart is just as much the result of His will as the raising of the dead.
Raising the dead from their graves: (Dan.12:1-2; Rev.20:11-15) 
The Son quickens whom He will: (Jn.11:25,43-44; 17:2; Lk.7:14-15; 8:54-55).

John 5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: (KJV)

For the Father judgeth no man . . . meaning, NOT without the Son . . . which is yet another proof of their being equal. That He DOES judge is certain. He is the Judge of the whole Earth! He is God that judges in the Earth, and governs the world with His Son. They work together in the affairs of providence.

He judged and condemned the old world, but NOT without His Son, Who by His Spirit, in His divine nature, went and preached to the spirits now in prison (1 Pet.3:19), who were disobedient in the times of Noah (Gen.6:5); He judged and condemned Sodom and Gomorrah, but NOT without the Son; for God the Son rained, from God the Father, fire and brimstone upon those cities, and consumed them (Gen.19:24-25); He judged the people of Israel, and often chastised them for their sins, but NOT without His Son; the Angel of His Presence that went before them (Isa.63:9). He judges all men, and justifies and acquits whom He pleases, but NOT without His Son! It is all done through His justifying righteousness (1 Cor.1:30), which He imputes to them. In doing this, He is a just Judge, doing right, judging the world in righteousness at the last day by His Son, Whom He has ordained. The Son does nothing without the Father, the Father does nothing without the Son, revealing perfect equality and harmony at all times.

But hath committed all judgment unto the Son . . . alone the Father judges no man, He judges no man except by the Son. The Father commits all judgment in the administration of the mediatory kingdom of the church to His Son, and by His Son will judge the world at the last day.

This simply confirms what Jesus had said before in verses 17 and 19, that the Father does NOT act without the Son, nor the Son without the Father. What they did was in complete agreement.

All authority given to the Son: (Ps.9:7-8; 50:3-6; 96:13; 98:9; Ec.11:9; 12:14; Jn. 3:35; 5:27; 17:2; Mat.11:27; 16:27; 25:31-46; 28:18; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Rom.2:16; 14:1-12; 2 Cor.5:10; 2 Thes.1:7-10; 2 Tim.4:1; 1 Pet.4:5; Rev.20:11-12).
Jesus is our righteousness: (Ps.71:15-16; Isa.45:24-25; 54:17; Jer.23:5-6; 33:16; Dan.9:24; Rom.1:17; 3:21-24; 4:6,25; 5:19,21; 2 Cor.5:21; Phil.3:9; 2 Pet.1:1).
Jesus is our sanctification: (1 Cor.1:2; 6:11; Mat.1:21; Jn.17:17-19; Acts 26:18; Rom.8:9; Gal.5:22-24;  Eph.2:10; 5:26; 1 Pet.1:2; 1 Jn.5:6).
Jesus is our redemption: (Hos.13:14; 1 Cor.15:54-57; Rom.8:32; Gal.1:4; 4:30; Col.1:14; Tit.2:14; Heb.9:12; 1 Pet.1:18-19; Rev.5:9; 14:4).

John 5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. (KJV)

That all men should honour the Son . . . God the Father desires . . . and demands . . . that His Son might be honored by all men (Ps.2:11-12; Phil.2:10), with the exact same honor that is given to the Him. Jesus, the Son, is sent by the Father, not as One Who is inferior to Him, not as a servant sent by his master, but as an equal that is sent by his friend (Jn.4:34; 6:38; 7:28), or as a great prince, when he sends his ambassador, expects that those to whom he is sent should give him honor, the same honor as to himself. So too does the Father expect all to honor His Son!

Even as they honour the Father . . . the same honor and glory must be given to the one, as to the other, which could not have been done unless He was equal with Him, since He does NOT give His glory to another (Isa.42:8; 48:11).

All men do NOT honor the Father as they should! The Gentiles did not glorify Him as God . . . and the Jews were greatly deficient in honoring Him, which made Him complain: "if then I be a father, where is mine honour?" (Mal.1:6). And what about these 'professing' Christians? "I'm a Christian"  so many say! Yet they do NOT obey the Holy Word of God, living together in sin without being married, going along with the majority on matters completely opposed by God's Word: drugs, drunkenness, homosexuality, gay marriage, violence, murder (hatred, 1 Jn.3:15), idolatry, love of the world . . . I could go one and on! Such as these do NOT honor the Farther!

He that honoureth not the Son . . . anyone who denies the deity of Jesus does NOT honor the Son, because God's Word states that Jesus IS God!  http://www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm

Honoureth not the Father which hath sent him . . . both are the same in nature and perfections, in power, will, affections, love, mercy and operations. Their interests and honors are so meshed together, that whatever dishonor is done to One, reflects on the other! Whatever is done to disrespect the Son, as being incarnate, and in His office capacity, greatly reflects on His Father, that sent Him (Jn.3:16-18), in the fullness of time (Gal.4:4), in human nature, to obtain eternal redemption for His people (Heb.9:12). The Jews have a saying: "a man's messenger is as himself".

This is a text which dreadfully and sadly reflects upon ALL those who do NOT honor Christ, especially the Jews of then and now . . . and the cults of today! These do NOT honor Christ Jesus with the same honor with which they PRETEND to honor the Father. These are concluded by this text, that they do NOT in truth honor the Father!

ALL people must honor the Son: (Ps2:12; 146:3-5; Isa.42:8; 43:10; 45:15,21; 44:6; Jer.17:5-7; Zec.9:9; Jn.14:1; Mat.10:37; 12:21; 22:37-38; 28:19; Lk.12:8-9; Rom.1:7; 6:22; 14:7-9; 15:12; 1 Cor.1:3; 6:19; 10:31; 16:22; 2 Cor.1:9; 5:14,19; 13:14; Eph.1:12-13; 6:24;  1 Thes.3:11-13; 2 Thes.2:16-17; 2 Tim.1:12; Tit.2:13; 3:4-6; Heb.1:6; 2 Pet.1:1; 3:18; Rev.5:8-14).  

I dearly love the following verse! What tremendous comfort and hope!

John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV)

Verily verily, I say unto you . . . any time that Jesus speaks these words, it is very wise to pay close attention, because it is VERY important! Jesus is the Amen, the true and faithful witness (Rev.3:14).

He that heareth my word . . . this means the Gospel!  To hear, in this place, this does NOT mean just the act of hearing, BUT . . . to receive it in a proper manner; to allow it to make its proper impression on the mind and heart. It means to obey. The word hear is often used in this way (Mat.11:15; Jn.8:47; Acts 3:23). Millions outwardly HEAR the Gospel, but they neither understand it OR obey it, because they have NO desire to do so.

And believeth on him that sent me . . .  the Father, in the plan of redemption, is represented as sending His Son to save men (Jn.3:17). Faith in God, Who sent His Son, is here represented as being connected with everlasting life. BUT . . . there can be NO faith in the Father Who sent His Son, without having faith in Him Who is sent. The belief of one of the true doctrines of religion is connected with, and will lead to, the belief of all. Consider the following Passage:
1 John 5:10-13  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV) . . . Do NOT call God a "liar'! BIG mistake!

Hath everlasting life . . .  the state of man by nature is represented as death in sin (Eph.2:1). Faith in Jesus is the opposite of this . . . it is LIFE . . . everlasting life! HATH = have it NOW! When a person is converted, it is said that he HAS everlasting life; NOT just shall have, but is already in possession of that life or happiness which shall never end. It is our new life begun, for we have already entered into our inheritance (1 Pet.1:4-5), which is everlasting.

Inheritance: (1 Pet.1:4-5; 3:9; Mat.25:34; Acts 20:32; 26:18; Gal.3:18;m Eph.1:11,14,18; Col.1:12; Heb.9:15).
Incorruptible: (1 Cor.9:25; 15:52-54).  Undefiled: (Rev.21:27) Fadeth not away: (1 Pet.5:4; Isa.40:7-8; Eze.47:12; Jam.1:11) Reserved: (ps.31:19; Col.1:5; 3:3-4; 2 Tim.4:8).
HATH eternal life: (Jn.5:24; 3:16-18,36; 6:40,47; 8:51; 11:26; 12:44; 20:31; Mk.16:16; Rom.10:11-13; 1 Pet.1:21; 1 Jn.5:10-13).
NO condemnation: (Jn.3:17-18; 10:27-30; Rom.8:1,16-17, 28-30, 33-34; 1 Thes.5:9; 2 Thes.2:13-14; 1 Pet.1:5).

The dead are not affected by the cares and pleasures of the world. They hear neither the voice of merriment nor the footsteps of the living over their graves. So too with sinners. They are unmoved with the things of faith. They do NOT hear the voice of God; they do NOT see His loveliness; they are NOT concerned with His threats. But belief in Jesus IS life. The TRUE Christian lives with God, knows and acts as if there is a God. The blessings here today, and in the hereafter, are one and the same. The happiness of Heaven is living unto God . . . feeling His Presence ever so near.

And shall not come into condemnation . . . neither for original sin, although judgment has passed upon all men unto condemnation for it; nor for actual sins and transgressions: although everyone deserves to be condemned. NO one who is in Christ Jesus, believing in Him openly and clearly shall ever come into condemnation (sentenced to Hell). When he shall stand in judgment, he shall be acquitted by the righteousness of Christ, which he, by faith, receives as his justifying righteousness (Rom.5:1; 1 Cor.1:30). Our faith in Christ is our security against all condemnation! Whosoever believes in Him shall NOT be condemned, but saved; and though he may come into judgment, condemnation to Hell will not happen!  

But is passed from death unto life . . . we pass over from a state of spiritual death to the life of God's child. We ALL are dead in trespasses and sins and from under a sentence of condemnation, and eternal death. Only our faith in Christ Jesus can change this situation. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)

Only our faith in Jesus and the grace of God saves us. Eph.2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)

Only the righteousness of Christ, applied to us by our faith, justifies us. 1 Cor.1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (KJV) . . . Our "righteousnesses" are as "filthy rags" (Isa.64:6).

Jesus is the ONLY Way to Heaven! John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . SO many people today simply do NOT believe this! They just do NOT believe God. They call God a "liar." 1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)

My friend . . . JESUS IS ETERNAL LIFE!!! 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (KJV)

Only Jesus can give us eternal life and secure us from the second death which is Hell! (Rev.2:11; 20:6,14-15; 21:8).
Spiritual death? What is it? See our booklet: Death, then what?. . . http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.htm

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (KJV)
He that has the Son HAS eternal life: (Jn.3:16,18,36; 6:40,47; 8:51; 11:26; 12:26; 20:31;  Mk.16:16; Rom.10:11-13; 1 Pet.1:21; 1 Jn.5:1,10-13).
NO condemnation: (Jn.10:27-30; Rom.8:1,16-17,28-30,33-34; 1 Thes.5:9:2 Thes.2:13-14; 1 Pet.1:5; 1 Jn.3:14).

John 5:25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (KJV)

Verily, verily, I say unto you . . . again: "Verily, verily" . . . important, pay attention! With the same serious statement as before, Jesus further illustrates and confirms the same thing, He is equal with the Father.  

The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God . . . the "hour" (time). "The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God" . . .  some understand this as being the special resurrection of such bodies as Christ raised while He was on the Earth from death to life, like Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus. Others think it means the general resurrection, spoken of in verses 28-29, because here is no mention of believing, only of hearing a voice. Yet other interpreters think this means those who are dead in trespasses and sins, and the quickening and life. Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (KJV) . . . This would agree with what was said just before, that such a one is passed from death to life; and what was said before, He that heareth my word, agrees with what is said here of hearing the voice of Christ; and what follows seems to make more sense. John 5:28-29 speak plainly of the second and general resurrection of the body.

And they that hear shall live . . . I repeat what I said above: "To hear, in this place, this does NOT mean just the act of hearing, BUT . . . to receive it in a proper manner; to allow it to make its proper impression on the mind and heart. It means to obey. The word hear is often used in this way (Mat.11:15; Jn.8:47; Acts 3:23). Millions outwardly HEAR the Gospel, but they neither understand it OR obey it."
Those who truly HEAR the voice of Christ in the Gospel, firmly and steadily agree with it, taking it in a very serious manner, shall receive Christ as their Mediator and Saviour. These shall live eternally because they live the life of grace because of their faith in Christ Jesus. These HAVE eternal life, NOW . . . as stated in verse 24! 1 Tim.2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (KJV)

The hour is coming: (Jn.4:23; 5:28; 13:1; 17:1).
When the dead shall live: (Jn.5:21,28; Lk.9:60; 15:24,32; Rom.6:4; Eph.2:1,5; 5:14; Col.2:13; Rev.3:1).  

John 5:26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; (KJV)

For as the Father hath life in himself . . . the Father is the Living God, the Fountain of Life, and the Author of Life to ALL living creatures; and has eternal life in His mind, His heart, His counsel, His covenant, and in His Hands . . . for ALL His chosen ones.

So hath he given to the Son to have life in himself . . . the Father has not only made the purpose of all the above in His Son, but has given the Promise of it to Him . . . meaning that He has put eternal life itself, into Jesus' hands, and secured it in Him for all who believe God (1 Jn.5:10-12). Jesus can give it to as many as the Father has given Him (Jn.1:12; 17:2) . . . and He does give it to ALL His sheep, so that not one of them shall perish (Jn.10:25-30). This proves that Jesus, the Son and His Father are ONE. Not the two being one person, but ONE in affection, love, mercy, will and power. Their characteristics are identical in nature and essence. The Son has life in Himself, just as the Father has, for they are equal in all things.

The Father hath life: (Ex.3:14; Ps.36:9; 90:2; Jer.10:10; Acts 17:25; 1 Tim.1:17; 6:16).
So hath the Son: (Jn.1:4; 4:10; 7:37-38; 8:51; 11:26; 14:6,19; 17:2-3; 1 Cor.15:45; Col.3:3-4; 1 Jn.1:1-3. Rev.7:17; 21:1; 22:17).

John 5:27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. (KJV)

And hath given him authority to execute judgment also . . . "authority" = power. The Father has appointed Jesus to do this. Has made Him to be Judge of all. Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)

Because he is the son of man . . . because He is a Man, or because He has human nature. Although Jesus was God, and equal to Him, yet He became Man, and was in the form of a servant (Phil.2:7), and therefore the authority of executing judgment, according to the council and covenant of peace, is committed to Him; so that men might have a visible Judge, or be judged by One in their own nature. Because He is that "Son of Man" spoken of in prophecy, especially in (Dan.7:13-14); meaning the Messiah, as the Jews themselves allow, and Who was NOT a mere man, but the Son of God as well, and was completely capable of such a work as being Judge.

  • #1. Because He has experienced our infirmities, and possesses our nature, Jesus is much better qualified than one of a different nature.
  • #2. Because He must decide between man and God, and it is proper that our feelings, and nature, and views should be represented in our Judge, as well as those of God.
  • #3. Because Jesus has great feelings of compassion and mercy, we could not ask for or desire a different Judge. He defended us by giving His life. This is NOT someone who is cold, heartless and distant. He cares for us! I am totally satisfied with the Father's choice as Judge!

The Son has authority: (Ps.2:6-9; 110:1-2; 110:6; Jn.5:22; Acts 10:42; 17:31; 1 Cor.15:25; Eph.1:20-23; 1 Pet.3:22).
Because He is the Messiah, (GOD): (Dan.7:13-14; Phil.2:7-11; Heb.2:7-9).

John 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (KJV)

Marvel not at this . . . do not wonder or be overwhelmed at this.

For the hour is coming . . . the time is growing near, it shall happen! It will not be too soon for me!

In the which all that are in the graves  . . . all people who have ever died . . . of every age and nation. These are described as in the graves, although many have turned to their native dust and perished from human view, or burned to death, or were buried at sea . . . my friend . . . God sees them, and their remains shall be raised, up again to life (1 Cor.15:35-38).

Shall hear his voice . . . He, Jesus the Judge, will restore all the dead to life, and command them to appear before Him. This is a very moving description, displaying the almighty power of Jesus! NO ONE but God can see all the dead, NO ONE but God could remold their frames, and NO ONE else could ever command them to return to life.

Marvel not: (Jn.3:7; 5:20; Acts 3:12).  
For the dead shall rise: (Job 19:25-26; Isa.26:19; Eze.26:19; Dan.12:1-2; Hos.13:14; Jn.6:39-40; 1 Cor.15:22,42-54; Phil.3:21; 1 Thes.4:14-17; Rev.20:12).

John 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (KJV)

And shall come forth . . . out of their graves. This was the language which he used when he raised up Lazarus (Jn.11:43). NOT one of Adam's posterity can do this of themselves.

They that have done good . . . they who are righteous, they who have by their good works shown that they were the friends of Christ and obeyed him (Mat.25:34-36).  

Unto the resurrection of life . . . meaning everlasting life, glory and happiness. This is the first and better resurrection. Those who take part in it, the second death shall have no power over them. All these shall rise to an immortal life, never to die any more. ONLY those "in Christ" shall rise to enjoy this happy and glorious life!

And they that have done evil . . . those who give up themselves over to work wickedness, those who continually commit sin, who are slaves to it. Also my friend . . . unbelief is a dreadful sin! Not believing God (1 Jn.5:10-12), and rejecting Jesus (Jn.3:18-19,36; 8:24), will place you in the resurrection of damnation. Also see: (Pro.8:36; Mk.16:16; Acts 4:12; Heb.2:3; 10:26-29; 12:25).

Unto the resurrection of damnation . . . meaning everlasting damnation, shame and reproach . . . HELL, the second death! All evil doers  and unbelievers shall be condemned by the Judge of the whole Earth, and shall be cursed, and be sentenced to go into the everlasting lake of fire, and shall go into everlasting punishment. Rev. 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)

Come forth, resurrected: (Dan.12:2-3; Mat.25:31;46; Acts 24:15).
Done good: (Lk.14:14; Rom.2:6-10; Gal.6:8-10; 1 Tim.6:18; Heb.13:16; 1 Pet.3:11).

John 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. (KJV)

I can of mine own self do nothing . . . (Jn.5:19). The Messiah, the Mediator, does nothing without the concurrence and the authority of God. Whatever He does, He does only according to the will of God.

As I hear, I judge . . . to hear means more than just to let the words go in one ear and out the other. Hear means to listen to pay attention, and DO what you hear! Jesus came to communicate the will of God; to show to man what God wished man to know. "I judge" . . . He determines, He decides. This was true in respect to the institutions and doctrines, and it will be true respecting the sentence which He shall pass on mankind on Judgment Day. Jesus the Judge, will decide the destiny of ALL people according to what the Father's will and wishes are . . . meaning according to justice.

And my judgment is just . . . just and true are ALL His ways, as King of saints; and in the execution of the last judgment, which will be in righteousness and truth. Any and all judgment He passes shall be right, since it is according to that perfect knowledge He has of His Father's will, which is a perfect and reliable rule of judgment.

Because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me . . . never did Jesus seek to gratify His own will, as being distinct from His Father's, or in opposition to it . . . for He had no or separate interest, or any advantage to pursue. There was NO reason for the Son to act against God the Father! He acted ONLY according to His Father's will, and not one conflicting in any way! His judgment must be just, and the sentence He passes must be right, because the will of God is indisputably such.

God sent the Son: (Jn.5:19; 8:28,42; 14:10).
Righteous judgment: (Gen.18:25; Ps.96:13; Isa.11:3-4; Jn.8:15-16; Rom.2:2,5).
Because the Son does God's will: (Ps.40:7-8; Hos.10:7-10; Jn.4:34; 6:38; 8:50; 17:4; 18:11; Mat.26:39; Rom.15:3).
The will of the Father: ( Ps.40:7-8; Mat.26:39;m Jn.4:34; 6:38).

John 5:31  If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. (KJV)

If I bear witness of myself . . . if I am the only one that bears witness of myself it may be true, but to be legal and acceptable there must be two or three witnesses (Deut.17:6). It was not proper that a man be a witness in his own cause.

My witness is not true . . . if Christ were the only One bearing witness of what He was claiming, His witness would not be accepted. According to Jewish law, a person's testimony about himself was not accepted in court. The Lord now ends His defense by providing the Jews with five witnesses. They had questioned His authority and assaulted His identity. In response, Jesus states that He had five very reliable witnesses: #1. John the Baptist (Jn.5:33-35); #2. His own works (Jn.5:36); #3. the Father Himself (Jn.5:37); #4. the Scriptures (Jn.5:39-40); and #5. Moses (Jn.5:45-47).  All of these witnesses were accessible to the Jews.
Pro.27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. (KJV)

Honoring self: (Jn.8:13-14,54; Pro.27:2; Rev.3:14).


John 5:32  There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. (KJV)

There is another that beareth witness of me . . . meaning John the Baptist.

And I know that the witness, which he witnesseth of me, is true . . . Jesus tells the Jews: "Ye believe the Scriptures to be of God, and that He cannot lie (Tit.1:2); and yet ye will not believe in me, although these Scriptures have clearly foretold and described me!"

One of the great evils of unbelief, is acts not only in opposition to God, but also acts inconsistent with the Scriptures. People receive the Scriptures and acknowledges them to have come through Divine inspiration . . . yet they believe what they want to believe! My friend, with the Holy Word of God, the whole of it is true. When you 'pick and choose' you are doomed! The very stupidity of this conduct reveals the principle to have come from the devil, who wants only to lead you astray!  RUN away fast! Satan hates Jesus, and wants you to hate Him too! Jesus offers eternal life . . . Satan gives eternal death! BEWARE!!! John 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. (KJV)

John 5:33  Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. (KJV)

Ye sent unto John . . . the Sanhedrin at Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to John, to find out who he was, the Messiah or Elias, or that prophet. Had they not looked upon him as a faithful witness, they would never have shown him so much respect, and have been at so much pains, and charge, as to send such a body of men so far to him, as from Jerusalem to beyond Jordan; which circumstance our Lord improves in favor of this evidence he produces.

And he bare witness unto the truth . . . John's witness should have satisfied them. He was a well known man; many of the Pharisees believed on him. He was honest, sincere, and his evidence was not prejudiced. John 1:32-34  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. (KJV)

Sent John: (Jn.1:6-8, 19, 15-36).

John 5:34  But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. (KJV)

But I receive not testimony from man . . . meaning God the Father (Mat.3:17; 17:5; Lk.3:22; Jn.5:36; 8:18; Acts 10:43; 1 Jn.5:6-9). Jesus stood in no need of human testimony, nor did the truth of His deity and divine sonship rest there. He had other and greater testimonies to produce; as He needed not that any man should testify of man to Him.

But these things I say, that ye might be saved . . . was Jesus trying to prove that He was right and the Jews were wrong? Why is He taking so long getting His point across to them? He really had no need of John's testimony, because the works that He did were sufficient testimony that the Father had sent Him (Jn.5:36).

The Jews believed John the Baptist was a prophet, and TRUE prophets cannot and do not lie. John brought testimony that Jesus was the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.  John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (KJV)

I think Jesus appealed to John's testimony because he was a person of such great a character among them, that they might be encouraged by it to believe in Him as the Messiah . . . and thus be saved from the ruin and destruction that would come upon their nation, city, and temple, because of their rejection and disbelief of Him.

Jesus receives honor from the Father: (Jn.5:41; 8:54). Another: (Jn.1:33; 5:36-37; 8:17-18; 12:28-30,50; Mat.3:17; 17:5; Lk.3:22; 1 Jn.5:6-9).
That ye might be saved: (Jn.20:31; Lk.13:34; 19:10,41-42; 24:47; Rom.3:3; 10:1,21; 12:21; 1 Cor.9:22; 1 Tim.2:3-4; 4:6).

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. (KJV)

He was a burning and a shining light . . . the Lord Jesus was not trying to lessen John in their minds. John the baptist was indeed a great man of God. He was indeed a most famous light, burning in the knowledge and love of the Truth; shining both in his doctrine, in bringing the Truth, and also in holiness of his life and conversation. Mat.11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (KJV)

And ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light . . . John the Baptist was not THE Light (Messiah Jn.1:8), but . . . he was A light in this dark world at that time. For a short time, the Jews pretended a great affection for John, and came with great zeal to hear him (Mat.3:5; 21:26; Mk.1:5). They had hopes that he was the Messiah or Elijah or "that prophet" (Deut.18:15,18). But when they realized that John only bore a record to Christ, they became cold in their affection for him, turning away from his doctrine, despising the strictness of his life, and hating the news that he brought. He was NOT what they expected in a "Messiah." But then . . . neither was Jesus! They became his enemies for telling them the truth.

John was a witness: (Jn.1:7-8; Lk.1:15-17,76-77; 7:28; 2 Pet.1:19).
Ye were willing: (Jn. 6:66; Eze.33:31; Mat.3:5-7; 11:7-9; 13:20-21; 21:26; Mk.6:20; Gal.4:15-16).

John 5:36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. (KJV)  

But I have greater witness than that of John . . . meaning the works (wondrous miracles) that Jesus did.

For the works which the Father hath given me to finish . . . the works which His Father sent Him to do: His fulfilling of the law, His bringing the Gospel, His miracles which He did . . . all of them were works which His Father had given Him to do. Christ often appeals to the works which He had done, as sufficiently testifying of Him (Jn.10:25,37; 14:10; 15:24).
It is quite clear that the people looked upon these works as a great witness (Jn.3:3; 932-33). The Jews avoided the impact of this testimony daringly, some of them saying that He did them with the help of the devil (Mat.12:24).
Those that think His works an infallible testimony, say:

  • #1. That He did works which no one else did. John 15:24  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. (KJV)
  • #2. That He did them by his own power. Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. (KJV)
  • #3. That they were done in proof of the doctrine to that purpose which He preached, which God would not have confirmed by miracles, had not he been sent of God to work such things.

The same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me . . . that He was in the Father, and the Father in Him; that they were one in nature, and equal in power and glory. John 10:30  I and my Father are one. (KJV) John 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. (KJV)

Those that think the miracles were not a certain and infallible testimony, say:

  • #1.The prophets and apostles also did miracles.
  • #2. That our Saviour tells His apostles, they would do greater works than He had done.
  • #3. That doing them from His own power, was not something that could not be known to others; so there could be no proof in them.

But our Saviour not only raised Himself raise the dead, cast out devils, and worked other miracles; but He also gave others a power to do so. This proves an original power in Himself; and is much more than we read of any prophets or apostles. Even though they did miraculous things, they did NOT have that power originally in and from themselves, and certainly could NOT give it to others.

I have a greater witness: (Jn.3:2; 9:30-33; 10:25,37-38; 11:37; 14:10-11; 15:24; 17:4; Acts 2:22; Mat.11:4).

John 5:37  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. (KJV)

And the Father himself, which hath sent me . . . not only the works the Father gave Him to do, which He did, but He did Himself in Person.

Hath borne witness of me . . . not only in the writings of Moses, and the prophecies of the Old Testament, but also in an audible expressive voice from Heaven, at the time of Christ's baptism (Mat.3:17); which was a full testimony of the Sonship of Christ, and of the Father's great pleasure in Him; and which was repeated at His transfiguration on the mount (Mat.17:5). The Sonship of Christ is the grand thing which the three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, testify of! 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (KJV)
And too, the Father spoke to His Son at His baptism: Matthew 3:16-17  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)
At the transfiguration on the mount: Matthew 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. (KJV)
And in the garden before His death: John 12:27-30 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. (KJV)

Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape . . . for the voices that were heard, and the forms that were seen in the Old Testament times, from the first in the garden of Eden (Gen.3:9), on through to the incarnation of Christ, which are attributed to God, were either by the ministry of angels, or they were voices uttered by the Son of God, or forms taken on by Him, for I believe that Christ Jesus, the Son of God, often appeared in human form in the Old Testament.  

So . . . it was highly unusual, wonderful and extraordinary . . . that the Father would bear a testimony to the Sonship of Christ by a Voice from Heaven! And because of this, these testimonies of the Father about His Son,  should be paid close attention to, and received as sufficient and valid testimonies!

Ye have not seen Him: (Ex.20:19; Deut.4:12; Jn.1:18; 14:9; 15:24; 1 Tim.1:17; 6:16; 1 Jn.1:1-2; 4:12,20).
Pre-incarnate Christ in the Old Testament: (Gen.16:7-11; 22:11,15; Ex.3:2; 13:21-24; Num.14:14; Judg.2:1,4; Neh.9:12,19; Zec.1:11-14). Angel of the Lord, many times was Christ: (Gen.16:7-11; 22:11,15; Ex.3:2; 13:21-24; Num.14:14; Judg.2:1,4; Neh.9:12,19; Zec.1:11-14).

John 5:38  And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. (KJV)

And ye have not his word abiding in you . . . Jesus told the Jews that God's Word did NOT abide in them . . . just as it does NOT abide in the vast majority of people today. IF it had been in their hearts and mind, they would have had great regard for it, would have obeyed it! Jesus' charges against them continued, and my friend, those charges are continued on to all those today who do not believe.

Even when Almighty God, the Father gave testimony about His One and Only begotten Son, it made NO lasting impression on the minds and hearts of the Jews that heard it; as is clear by what follows:

For whom he hath sent, him ye believe not . . . Jesus means Himself. IF they had any regard to the sacred prophesies, or to that Voice from Heaven at His baptism, they certainly would have received Him and embraced Him as the Messiah, and as being sent by God, and would NOT have disbelieved and rejected Him, as they did. For whom he hath sent. God's Word had foretold that the Messiah would come. And now there was evidence that Jesus was the Messiah . . . BUT . . . they rejected Him, and this was proof that they did NOT regard the Holy Word of God. But . . . what about people today? Do they believe God? (1 Jn.5:10-12). NO! Yet, the Bible is in plain sight of billions of people today! All they need to do is OPEN it and SEE the Truth!

Consider:

  • #1. The Jews had not obeyed the command of God.
  • #2. They had not regarded His manifestations, either in the times of old, or now through the  visible Messiah.
  • #3. They did not yield to what He had said in His revealing of the Old Testament.

Ye have not believed: (Deut.6:6-9; Josh.1:8; Ps.119:11; Pro.2:1-2; 7:1-2; Isa.49:7; 53:1-3;  Jn.1:11; 3:18-21; 5:42-43,46-47; 8:37,46-47; 15;7; 12:44-48; Col.3:16; Jam.1:21-22; 1 Jn.2:14).

John 5:39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (KJV)

Search the Scriptures . . . search here means to search diligently or really get after it. It is applied to miners, who are looking for precious metals. Job 28:3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. (KJV)

It can also applied to dogs tracking their game by searching them out by the scent of the foot. It means a concerned, diligent and faithful hunt. Either of these makes good sense. There is abundant evidence that the Jews did search the books of the Old Testament. And it is equally clear that ALL men should do it.

This verse is frequently misunderstood. Think about it like this: "You search the Scriptures"  . . . He is making a statement. He is not telling them to do something. He is telling them that they search the Scriptures, thinking that they will find eternal life there, BUT they do NOT understand that the Scriptures are saying that Jesus IS the Messiah! My friend, if you do not find Jesus in the Bible . . . your search is in utter vain.

The scriptures . .  . are the writings or books of the Old Testament, for those were all the books of revelation that the Jews then possessed. The writings of Moses and the prophets, which were all done by divine inspiration and authority, and are often referred to by Christ and His apostles, for the truth which
For in them ye think ye have eternal life . . . I think the Lord means: "Ye think that by studying the Scriptures you will obtain eternal life. You think that they teach the way to future blessedness, and that by diligently studying them you will attain it." Consider the following:

  • #1. The Jews in Jesus' time were expecting a future state.
  • #2. The Scriptures teach the way of life, and it is our duty to study them. The Bereans are highly praised for searching the Scriptures (Acts 17:11), and Timothy is said from a child to have "known the holy scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation" (2 Tim.3:15).

The earlier a person searches the Scriptures, the better. The older a person gets, the more set in their ways they are. It is not impossible for an old person to "find Jesus and eternal life" but it is much more difficult. I believe that anyone who searches for Jesus shall find Him! It is just easier for a young person. Early life is the right time to search the Bible, for they who seek the Lord early shall find him.

For in them ye think ye have eternal life . . . they thought that by studying the Scriptures they would obtain eternal life. They agreed that the way of salvation and everlasting life was revealed to them in the Holy Scriptures; but they thought that eternal life was to be had by their observation of the law, like millions today! They were going to do it their way!

And they are they which testify of me . . . the Scriptures testify of Jesus' deity and divine Sonship, calling Him " Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (KJV)

The Scriptures also testify of Jesus' offices as prophet (Deut.18:15,18), priest (Gen.14:18; Ps.110:4; Zec.6:13), and King (Ps.2; 21:8-9; 46:6; 89:23; 110:5-6; Isa.30:14; 60:12; Jer.19:11; Dan.2:44), and of His incarnation of a virgin (Gen.3:15; Isa.7:14; 9:6), and of the tribe of Judah (Gen.49:10), and place of His birth (Mic.5:2); of the sore treatment He would receive from men (Ps.22:6-8), of his sufferings and death (Isa.53; Ps.22:16; Zec.12:10) . . . I could go on and on and on! See our article:
Messianic prophecies: http://www.hisservants.org/messianic_prophecies_h_s.htm

Search the Scriptures: (Deut.11:18-20; 17:18-19; Josh.1:8; Ps.1:2; 119:11,97-99; Pro.6:23; Isa.8:20; 34:16; 53:1-12; Jer.8:9; Dan.9:25-27; Mat.22:29; Mk.12:10; Lk.16:29,31; 24:27,44; Acts 8:32-35; 17:11; Rom.3:2; Col.3:16; 2 Tim.3:17; 2 Pet.1:19-21).

John 5:40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (KJV)

And ye will not come to me . . . they refused to own Him, to embrace Him and receive Him as the TRUE Messiah and Saviour of the world. Such a dreadful mistake! Then and now! The Bible, God's Holy Words, clearly state that JESUS is the ONLY WAY to Heaven and eternal life in His Home with Him!
John 3:15-18  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)
We can obtain eternal life only when we truly seek after, and rightly think that the Scripture alone can show you the way to it. Jesus tells us:

  • #1. The Holy Scriptures are the ONLY writings which show us the way to eternal life. NO man made commandments or writings will get you there! Mat.15:7-9 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (KJV) . . . (Isa.29:13).
  • #2.  That not only the Scriptures of the New, but also of the Old Testament, are of use in order to show us the way, although the New Testament Scriptures show us it more clearly.
  • #3. But both the Old and the New point us to Christ, and for our receiving and embracing Him as our Saviour, if we want that life in Heaven.
  • #4. It is not nearly enough for us to search the Scriptures, to be versed in and acquainted with them, unless we obey them and come to Christ. For even the devil knows Scripture, but it does him no good because he does not love or obey God (Mat.4:1-10). The devil and ALL who travel his path (Mat.7:13-14) shall be cast into the eternal lake of fire (Mat.25:41,46; Rev.19:20; 20:10-15).

That ye might have life . . . the religious leaders knew what the Bible said but failed to apply its words to the Messiah. They knew the teachings of the Scriptures but could not, would not see Jesus as the Messiah to Whom the Scriptures clearly pointed. They knew the Scriptures but missed the Saviour! They were so entrenched in their own religious system, they refused to accept that Jesus was the Son of God. This is SO true today! SO many "religions" today! SO many false teachers and false doctrines! SO many false sayings: "Your way is not the only way." "Every religion leads to eternal life." "The Jesus way, is too narrow." "Everyone will go to Heaven."

Everyone will NOT go to Heaven!http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_false_doctrines_universalism.1.htm
See our articles: http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_damnable_heresies.htm . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_damnable_heresies_universalism.htm . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_damnable_heresies_word_faith_gargage.htm . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_damnable_heresies_people_won't_hear_truth.htm . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_damnable_heresies_and_apostasy.htm . . . BEWARE!!!

Do NOT become so involved in "religion" that you miss Christ Jesus! Please do NOT turn your back on Him! Please do NOT reject Him! It is a BIG mistake! BEWARE!!! http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_word_faith_is_it_biblical.1.htm

The Scriptures speak of Jesus as the One and Only Saviour, but the religious rulers are unwilling to come to Him. They are missing the point. So true for today as well.

Ye will not come to me: (Ps.81:11; Isa.49:7; 50:2; 53:1-3; Jn.1:11; 3:19,36; 6:27,37,40,68-69; 7:37-38; 8:24,45-46; 11:25-26; 12:37-41;  Mat.22:3; 23:37; Rom.6:23; 1 Jn.5:10-13; Rev.22:17).

John 5:41  I receive not honour from men. (KJV)

I receive not honour from men . . . the Lord Jesus did NOT need or depend on the testimony of men; nor did He seek after the honor of men, nor did He regard what they thought or said of Him. The religious leaders enjoyed great reputation in Israel, but their status meant nothing to Jesus. He was concerned only with God's approval. This is a good example for us. If even the highest officials in the world approve of our words and actions and God does not, we should really be afraid. But if God approves, even though others do not, we should be content. Seeking for human praise is of very little or NO value, because it often keeps people from the approval of God (Jn.5:44). All who refuse to believe on/in Jesus Christ prove that they have NO love for Almighty God. The reason they do not believe on/in Him is because they have no regard whatsoever for His character, His wishes, His law or His will.  
2 Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (KJV)

John 5:42  But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. (KJV)

But I know you . . . being the omniscient God, Jesus knew not only their persons, but their hearts, the thoughts of their hearts; what was in them, and what was lacking in them, and especially:

That ye have not the love of God in you . . . the carnal mind is enmity to God, so there is no love in any man's heart naturally. All people, by nature, are haters of God, and enemies in their minds to Him. This can be changed only when His grace, which is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23), is implanted in them when they are regenerated. Before any person has the Holy Spirit, abiding within them (Rom.8:9), people are natural enemies of God.

The love to God, is one of the weightier matters of the law, which the Jews passed over . . . without which, all the actions of men signify nothing! They had no love for god or they would not have sought to kill Jesus, for His supposed violation of the Sabbath, and making Himself equal with God. If they had loved the Father; they would have loved Him that was begotten of Him, and not wanted to kill Him.

Have not the love of God: (Jn.5:44; 8:47,55; 15:23-24; Rom.8:7; 1 Jn.2:15; 3:17; 4:20).

John 5:43  I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (KJV)

I am come in my Father's name . . . with power and authority, by His consent, with His will, and according to a covenant with Him. Christ Jesus did NOT come on His own accord, or by a separate power and will of His own. He was anointed, and sent, and came by mutual agreement, bringing His credentials with Him, doing the works and miracles which His Father gave Him to do.

And ye receive me not . . . they certainly did NOT receive Him!

If another shall come in his own name . . . a false teacher setting up himself, and not even pretending to have a divine commission. The Jews were much accustomed to receive and follow particular teachers. In the time of Christ they were greatly divided between the schools of Hillel and Shammai, two famous teachers. Some understand this to mean Simon Magus, others the Antichrist. I think He speaks of the false Christs (1 Jn.2:18,22; 4:3; 2 Jn.1:7), as He mentions in Mat.24;24. Many would rise up of themselves, and not giving any proof of their mission; no credentials that would prove them to the Messiah.

Him ye will receive . . . these false ones they would receive, follow, and obey him as a teacher.

Jesus came in the Father's Name: (Eze.23:21; Jn.3:16; 6:38; 8:28-29; 10:25; 12:28; 17:4-6; Heb.5:4-5).
False Christs will NOT come in the Father's Name: (Mat.24:511,24; Acts 5:36-37; 21:38; 2 Pet.2:1-3; 3:17).

John 5:44  How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? (KJV)

How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another? . . . the biggest obstacle to the salvation of the scribes and Pharisees was their pride, vanity and self-love. They lived on each other's praise. If they would have acknowledged Christ as the only teacher, they would have to give up the good opinion of themselves with the multitude. They really chose to lose their souls, rather than to forfeit their reputation among men! This is the ruin of millions today! Today, it is not only their popularity, it is also MONEY! So may greedy preachers out there!

See our article: http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_cults_rich_preachers.1.htm
My friend, the kingdom of Christ is NOT of this world. Any time that a person's heart and soul is married to this world's pleasures and treasures, they will not, they cannot accept the salvation which is offered to them in the Holy Scriptures!

And seek not the honour that cometh from God only . . . Jesus told the Jews that they did not seek honor and praise that came from God only, but from man. It seems that Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees here. It seemed that some did believe on Him, but they did NOT confess Him. We must discern just what "believing" means.

See our article: http://www.hisservants.org/believe_h_s.htm
John 12:42-43 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (KJV)

The Jews in Jesus time, looked for the applause of men, just like today. Back scratching is still a great curse today in our churches. even the so-called good churches. There are teachers with itching ears (2 Tim.4:3). It seems they want to compliment each other rather than bring the Truth in the Word of God. They "seek not the honour that cometh from God only."

The prince of this world is hard at work: (Jn.8:44; 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 1 Cor.2:6,8; 6:12; 2 Cor.11:3,13-15; 2 Thes.2:9-11; 1 Jn.5:19; Rev.12:9; 13:8,14; 16:14-16; 17:2,8; 20:1-3,10).

Mark 8:34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (KJV) . . . It is only on these terms that we can understand what "believe" means: 'Deny thyself: take up thy cross, and follow ME." Anyone who tries to mix 'religion' and the world, will NOT make any progress. 

Love not the world: (1 Jn.2:15; 4:5; 5:4-5; Jn.15:19; Rom.12:2; Gal.1:10; Eph.2:2; Col.3:1-2; 1 Tim.6:10).
Seeking glory in wrong places: (Jer.13:23; Jn.3:20; 8:43; 12:43; Mat.23:5; Rom.8:7-8; Gal.5:19-21; Phil.2:3; Heb.3:12).

John 5:45  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. (KJV) 

 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father . . . Jesus told them there would be no need of His accusing them because they would not need any other accuser than Moses for whom they had great  reverence . . . while for the Lord Jesus, they had nothing but contempt. John 9:28-29  Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. 29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. (KJV)
Jesus said, "I, your enemy, will not accuse you, but Moses whom you trust as a friend will accuse you and condemn you on Judgment Day."

There is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust . . . Jesus does not mean Moses personally; but the writings of Moses (Lk.16:29,31; 24:27), or the doctrine of Moses (1 Cor.10:2; Jn.9:28),  or the law of Moses (Ex.20:1-17; Deut.5:1-21; Mat.22:24; Mk.7:10; Acts 6:11; 21:21). In this Law, the Jews trusted, rested in it, and boasted of it; and in it expected eternal life and salvation on account of their having it, and through their hearing it read every Sabbath day. But, since sin being a transgression of the law, this same law brings charges against them, and accuses them of the breach of the several precepts of it, and pronounces them guilty before God. So, the law of Moses curses and passes a sentence of condemnation on them, and according to it, will they shall perish eternally, because they have NO interest in Christ. Their own righteousness by the law of works, will be of NO avail to them; the law in which they trust for life, will rise up in speedy judgment, and be a witness against them. Any "righteousnesses" they had would be in utter vain! Isaiah 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (KJV)

The Law of Moses: (Jn.7:19; Jn.8:5-6,9; 9:28-29; Mat.19:7-8; Rom.2:12,17-29; 3;19-20; 7:9-14; 10:5-10;  2 Cor.3:7-11; Gal.3:10). Curses of the law: (Deut.27:15-26; 28:14-48).

John 5:46  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. (KJV)

For had ye believed Moses . . . the doctrine of Moses, and what he said in his writings.

Ye would have believed me . . . for there is NO disagreement between Moses and Christ; Christ is the end of the law of Moses, and in Him is the accomplishment of Moses' writings.

For he wrote of me . . . in the books written by Moses, Christ is spoken of, as the seed of the woman (Gen.3:15), that should bruise the serpent's head; as the seed of Abraham (Gen.12:2-3), in whom all nations of the earth should be blessed; as the Shiloh (Gen.49:10), to whom the gathering of the people should be; and as that prophet, who should be like unto himself (Gen.18:15,18), to whom the people of Israel should hearken; and he wrote many things typically of Christ; and indeed, the whole Mosaic economy was typical of Christ, as the epistle to the Hebrews reveals. Therefore not believing Christ, was not believing Moses; who therefore would be an accuser of them, and a witness against them.

This applies to us today as well! We not only have the writings of Moses in the Old Testament, we have the sayings of Christ Jesus and His apostles in the New Testament! The Scriptures are there for one and all to search at their leisure. JESUS is in there! Search for Him today my friend! When you do, He will find you!

If ye had believed Moses: (Gen.3:15; 12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 28:14; 49:10; Num.21:8-9; 24:17-18; Deut.18:15,18-19; Jn.1:45; Rom.10:4; Gal2:19; 3:10,13; 4:21-31; Heb.7:1 to 10;39)

John 5:47  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? (KJV)

But if ye believe not his writings . . . the Jews believed them to be Moses' writings, and they also believed they were the Word of God . . . BUT . . . they did NOT believe the things written there were referring to Christ; nor did not see, and could NOT believe that they belonged to, and applied to Jesus of Nazareth; and therefore they would not give credit to Him, or His Words.

How shall ye believe my words? . . . Moses was NOT greater than Christ! NO one is! But, Moses indeed was faithful in the work given to him. But Christ was worthy of much more honor and credit than Moses! Moses was just a servant, while Christ was a Son in His own house. But, if they did not regard what Moses said, WHY would they believe what Jesus of Nazareth should say, Whom they despised.
Luke 16:29-31 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (KJV) . . . If they don't believe Moses, they won't believe Jesus!

Jesus of Nazareth: (Mat.26:71; Mk.1:24; 10:47; 14:67; 16:6; Lk.4:34; 18:37; 24:19; Jn,1:45; 18:57; 19:19; Acts 2:2; 3:6; 4:10; 6:14; 10:38; 22:8; 26:9)

John 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. (KJV) . . . YES! Something VERY GOOD came out of Nazareth!

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