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 Son:
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 sent him.
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.