- John 5:19-24
- John 5:19 (KJB)
- 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.
- This verse is a great revelation concerning the relationship of Jesus to
His Father. Jesus begins His words with “verily, verily” which means a great
and important truth is about to be given to us. On the surface, it looks
like Jesus seems to be lower than His Father but that cannot be because
Jesus is eternal God. The great truth given in this verse is that there is
great unity between the Father and the Son. Everything they do is in concert
with each other. There will never be a time when there will be any type of
disagreement or independence between the Father and the Son. They are in
perfect harmony! Jesus and His Father are always in harmony on everything
and that includes not only words but deeds. This means the Father is heavily
involved in salvation, creation, judgment, and everything else because they
are one in purpose. This also means that when an insult or accusation is
made against Jesus, it is also being made against the Father. World
religions like Judaism and Islam, who reject the Lord Jesus Christ, are also
rejecting the Father and that means their religion and prayers are dead.
(1 John 2:23 KJV) Whosoever denieth the
Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son
hath the Father also.
- John 5:20 (KJB)
- For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself
doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
- Marvel - To wonder, be astonished or be amazed
- Jesus continues His words by stating that since the Father loves the
Son, He shows Him everything and withholds nothing. Jesus states that they
just saw Him heal the paralytic by the pool but God the Father is going to
show the Son greater works than that. Jesus will go on to raise the dead,
Jesus will be raised from the dead, millions of people will become saved
through the ages, the message of the Gospel will go to all the world,
billions of good works in the name of Christ will happen such as hospitals,
Bible conference centers, the Church will go worldwide, and of course, the
final chapter which will be Judgment Day. Jesus states that they will marvel
at what they will see but marveling does not mean that they have become
saved. In fact, when Lazarus was raised, that was the death knell for Jesus
from the religious leaders in Israel.
- John 5:21 (KJB)
- For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even
so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
- Here is an example of Jesus doing what the Father does. This verse shows
that Christ is Deity and He has the ability to do what the Father does. Just
as God raises up the dead and gives them life, the Son also has the ability
to raise the dead and give life. In the physical realm, He raised the
Daughter of Jairus, the son of the widow of Nain, and Lazarus. Now in the
spiritual realm, God the Father and Son, have the ability to take the Elect
of God and raise them from a state of spiritual death and make them alive.
(John 6:37 KJV) All that the Father
giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast
out. John 5:21 continues to show us the great
harmony there is between the Father and the Son.
- John 5:22 (KJB)
- For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the
- Here is another revelation of the great harmony between the Father and
the Son. The Father will judge no man on His own but will judge the entire
human race, through the Son. (Heb 13:4
KJV) Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but
whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. If we
allowed John 5:22 to stand on its own, it would not harmonize with
Hebrews13:4 where it states that God will judge adulterers. John 5:22
teaches us that since Christ brought the truth of God into the world and was
rejected by many, they were also rejecting God the Father. These unbelievers
will stand at the Great White Throne Judgment in the last day where they
will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ in agreement with God the Father.
- John 5:23 (KJB)
- 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
- As we read throughout the Gospel of John and in many other places in the
Bible, the Holy Spirit stresses the Deity of Christ in concert with the
Father in the area of words, works, and person. Those who will not honor the
Son, that is, those who remain unsaved will not honor the Son and therefore
they are not honoring the Father. So those who despise the Son are actually
despising the Father too. This is because there is perfect harmony in person
and purpose between the Father and the Son, if one is honored, then both are
honored. If one is vilified, then the other is vilified. There is no
separation of purpose or harmony between them.
- John 5:24 (KJB)
- 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.
- Heareth - Hearing with understanding
- Condemnation - Judgment
- Jesus begins this verse with the ear raising “verily, verily” which
means a major truth is coming at us. This verse is speaking about those who
become believers on the Lord Jesus Christ. The major point here is that
those who hear with understanding will believe. Only those who have been
regenerated will be able to hear the Gospel with understanding and then they
will have the ability to believe. This verse also ties in the Father with
salvation because we are to believe on the Father and if we believe on the
Father through the word spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ, then that is
assurance that someone has become saved. The difference between world
religions which believe on God is that they do it from the standpoint of
works and from the outside to the inside, whereas true Christianity is
implanted in the person, making them spiritually alive and it emanates from
the inside to the outside, that is, they are transformed in soul and spirit
and their works manifest that transformation.