Studies In The Book Of John
John 10:30-33 – “(30) I and my Father are one. (31) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. (32) Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? (33) The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”
A. There is unity in all three persons that are deity (John 16:13-15, John 17:7-10, John 17:20-23, and I John 5:7).
1. The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are all deity (Romans 15:6, Romans 9:5, and Acts 5:3-4).
2. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are also known as the “godhead” in the Scriptures (Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, and Colossians 2:8-9).
B. The Jews wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy because His statement about being one with the Father necessarily inferred He was God (John 19:6-7; cf. Mark 14:60-65 and John 8:58-59).
1. Had Jesus really blasphemed the name of God He would be worthy of death under the Law of Moses (Leviticus 24:10-14).
2. As many people today, they could not understand how God could be in the flesh. Yet, that is exactly what Jesus was (Philippians 2:5-11 and I Timothy 3:16).
C. “For a good work we stone thee not” is an interesting contradiction. How many “good works” are as good as the work Jesus did (Matthew 20:28 and Titus 2:11-14)?
1. They never had a true charge to make against Jesus (Matthew 27:3-4, Matthew 27:23-24, and Acts 13:26-28; cf. Hebrews 7:26 and I Peter 2:21-23).
2. All Jesus did was “many good works” (Matthew 11:5 and Acts 10:38).
John 10:34-38 – “(34) Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? (35) If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture can not be broken; (36) Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? (37) If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. (38) But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.”
A. Jesus cited Psalms 82:6.
1. Jesus says that those through whom the word of God came were those whom were called gods. Thus, how much greater He who came from God is the consideration (Isaiah 11:1-5, John 5:30, John 8:42, and Romans 8:3).
2. They fail to see that Jesus is the word in the flesh (John 1:1-5; 14).
B. Jesus asks them to consider the evidence from the works He has done (Acts 2:22).
1. The works Jesus did were an even greater witness than the preaching of John the Baptizer (John 5:36).
2. They would never consider the evidence for they refused to see the works (John 12:37-40).
John 10:39-42 – “(39) Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, (40) And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode. (41) And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true. (42) And many believed on him there.”
A. Jesus had to escape for, as we’ve learned before, it was not time for Him to die (John 7:30 and John 8:20).
1. When it was His time to die, He did not attempt an escape (John 13:1-3 and John 18:1-12).
2. When you think of having to escape from something you can somewhat understand the atmosphere during this event (cf. Psalms 124:6-8).
B. Jesus went beyond Jordan to where John first baptized (John 1:15-28).
1. Many came unto Jesus (Matthew 4:23-25, Mark 1:33-38, and Luke 5:1).
2. As we’ve learned before, this does not mean they will stay with the Lord (John 6:60-66).
3. John didn’t do miracles to convince the people, he simply preached the word of God (Matthew 3:1-11).
4. While John didn’t perform miracles, he did have a great task in preparing the way for Christ and turning many in Israel back to God (Luke 1:5-17).
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