Studies In The Book Of John
John 5:19-20 – “(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. (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.”
A. The Son can do nothing of Himself (John 5:24, John 5:30, John 8:28, and John 12:49).
1. Jesus saying, “what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” shows unity with the Father (John 10:30, John 14:10, John 17:22, and I John 5:7).
2. Jesus patterned His work after the Father (Hebrews 8:5).
3. There are unified roles carried out in the godhead (John 14:26, John 16:13, and I Corinthians 11:3).
B. The Father loves the Son (Matthew 3:17, John 3:35, and John 17:26).
1. God showed Jesus all things that He did (Luke 10:22 and John 10:32).
2. Great works were to be shown in the future, even through the disciples (John 14:11-12). The raising of the dead is certainly more marvelous (*More on this in verse 21 and again in verses 25ff.).
3. These great things will cause people to marvel (Luke 24:12 and Luke 24:40-41).
John 5:21-22 – “(21) For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. (22) For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.”
A. The Father causes the dead to be raised (Deuteronomy 32:39 and II Kings 4:32-35).
1. Some do not think that God can raise the dead (Acts 26:6-8).
2. Without the resurrection of the dead we are hopeless (I Corinthians 15:16-19).
3. Additionally, Jesus shows that He too can raise anyone He chooses from the dead (Luke 7:11-15, Luke 8:49-56, John 11:25, and John 11:43-44).
B. The Father is not the judge as He has given that role to Christ (Matthew 11:27, Acts 10:38-42, Acts 17:29-31, and Romans 2:16).
1. It is Jesus coming back to Judge (Matthew 25:31-34 and II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
2. The standard of the Judgment will be the words of Christ (John 12:48).
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.”
A. All men should honor the Son (Matthew 17:5, Luke 12:8-9, and Hebrews 1:6).
1. This means Jesus is worthy of worship (Matthew 28:9-10).
2. Glory is to be given to Christ (John 11:4 and II Peter 3:18).
3. If we do not honor Christ we dishonor the Father (John 15:23, I John 2:23, and II John 9).
B. Caution: some specific instructions still have to be obeyed when honoring Christ (cf. II Peter 3:16-17).
1. We are to pray to the Father, not the Son (Matthew 6:7-9, Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 1:12, and I Timothy 2:5).
2. We assemble to worship the Father while rejoicing in Christ (Philippians 3:3).
3. To illustrate this, let’s consider our partaking of the Lord’s Supper:
a. Who are we remembering when partaking of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine (Luke 22:19-20 and I Corinthians 11:26)?
b. Jesus did not give thanks to Himself (I Corinthians 11:23-24).
c. Thus, we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine while remembering Christ, but we give thanks for those emblems to God the Father (Colossians 3:17).
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