Bible Study John Chapter 5 Verses 22-37
John 5:22 – For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. Jesus and the Father operate as one; indicating complete oneness, Jesus doesn’t do anything without the guidance of His Father. The Father doesn’t judge but has given Jesus the authority to judge. Jesus is the door that leads us to the Father without Jesus no one can have access to the Father. The Jews recognized that God alone had the right to judge humanity. In claiming that the Father committed all judgment to Him, Jesus again claimed equality with God.
John 5:23 – That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity is equal to the Father in nature, separate in person, yet submissive in duties.The Pharisees and Sadducees honored God but they didn’t want to accept Jesus as the Son of God. This statement wasn’t just for the Jews of that day but for every religion that worship God must also worship the Son, if not their worship is in vain. Without Jesus, there would be no remission of sin, it is He that died for our sins. So if the Son is not honored neither is the Father.
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 to life. All who believe in the One who sent Jesus will believe in Jesus. Jesus is saying if you continue to hear what I’m teaching and abide in my teaching, and believe in God, who is the Father who sent me you shall have everlasting life. As Christians, we can’t just hear the Words but we must be doers of what we hear (Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him John 14:23). So believing and not abiding in the teaching of the Bible which is the Word of God we will be living as the Pharisees and Sadducees that John called hypocrites.
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. In saying that the dead would hear His voice, Jesus was talking about the spiritually dead who hear, understand, and accept Him. Those who accept God’s Word will have eternal life. Jesus was also talking about the physically dead. He raised several dead people while He was on earth, Jarius’s daughter, and Lazarus. At Jesus’ second coming all the dead in Christ will meet Him ( For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the triumph of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. – 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17).
. John 5:26 – For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. God is the source and Creator of life, for there is no life apart from God here or hereafter. Jesus can give life because He Himself possesses life. He not only has a part of giving life, He is the sources of it. This is another testimony to Jesus’ deity, because only God has life in Himself and since Jesus is one with God, He also has life in Himself.
John 5:27 – And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. As Jesus has almighty power, so He has a sovereign jurisdiction. Jesus’ commission or delegation to the office of judge. He that executes judgment upon them is the same that would have wrought salvation for them. He has all judgment committed to Him for two reasons: Because He is the Son of man which denotes His humiliation and gracious condescension to this low estate he stooped because He condescended to be the Son of man, His Father made him Lord of all. Being the Son of man, He is of the same nature with those whom He is set over.
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. Jesus not only gives spiritual life now, He will give physical life later.
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 [condemnation]. There will be two resurrections, the resurrection of life and the resurrection of condemnation. Jesus was teaching the universality of resurrection, not the timing of it, “those who have done good”, is an anyone who believes on Jesus Christ, the One God sent from the Father, God (For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through him might be saved – John 3:17). Anything good that is done without that belief in the Son means nothing to God and will result in the resurrection of condemnation.
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 will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. Jesus is saying, He can do nothing independent of the Father. His judgments are certainly just because His action are the directions of the Father.
John 5:31 – If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. If Jesus were the only one bearing witness of what He was claiming, His witness would not be accepted. According to Jewish legal practice, a person’s testimony about himself was not accepted in court. So in this case, Jesus offered another witness, John the Baptist. Although Jesus was the Son of God, and in His deity, He was also God, but submitted Himself to some of the Jewish practices.
John 5:32 – There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. God Himself claimed Jesus as His beloved Son, there would be no greater witness than that of the Father. (And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased – Matthew 3:17).
John 5:33 – Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. John the Baptist bare witness to Jesus’s position as Son of God (John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me – John 1:15). John was given revelation by God to who Jesus was, God the Father, gave witness of His Son.
John 5:34 – But I receive not testimony from man; but these things I say, that ye might be saved. Jesus really didn’t need a testimony from John of who He was because it has already been declared of the Father of Jesus’ deity.
John 5:35 – He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing to do for a season to rejoice in his light. John the Baptist was a light shinning in the darkness of the Jewish religion and while John was living the Jews rejoiced in that light until John begins to preach repentance and the coming of the Jesus. As of today, people will rejoice when informing them of how much God loves them or the blessings of God, but when being taught God also expects something out of us people will turn a deaf ear.
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. John did not perform any signs (And many resorted [came to] unto him, and said, John did no miracle [sign] : but all things that John spake of this man were true – John 10:41). There were specific works that the Son was to perform as predicted by the Old Testament to attest to the fact that He was sent by the Father.
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 [form]. Because they were not acquainted with such extraordinary revelation of God and His will. They showed themselves to be ignorant of God as we are of men we never saw or heard. Ignorance of God is the true reason for men’s rejecting the record He has given concerning His Son. Secondly, if people would take the time truthfully seeking God through His written Word, God would give a revelation of Himself and of His Son. The Bible give clear instructions of who God is and His Son. When people begin to seek God the way they seek after other things, they would find Him (And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13).