John 5:17-20

Dr. Robert Barnett

                In John 5:17-20, we shall look at  the 7 claims proving Jesus Christ is the Son co-equal with the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

                1. First, Jesus claimed His position and power to work was equal with God the Father in John 5:17.  “But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.” Notice He said “My Father,” not “Our Father,” equating His work as sovereign God with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.—I John 5:7.—AV.”

                2. Second, Jesus was proven to be God the Son by the accusation and persecution of the Jewish leaders in John 5:18. “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”  Again, in John 10:33, they would attempt to stone Him for the same reason. “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.”

                3. Third, Jesus gave proof He was God claiming His work or labor with equal with the Father in John 5:19: “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.” Jesus said in in John 12:49: “For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.” Again Jesus said in John 14:10: “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth thy works.”

                4. Fourth, Jesus is proven to be God by the love of the Father for Him in John 5:20: “For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” At His baptism, God the Father said in Matt. 3:17: “And a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And again in Matt. 3:35, Jesus said, “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.” Later, in His prayer to God the Father in Jon 17:26, Jesus would pray: “And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

                Jesus promised in 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 unto life.” Jesus promised in John 3:38: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him—John 3:36.” “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation—Rom. 10: 9—10.”

                5. The fifth proof Jesus Christ is God is His life-giving power with God the Father in John 5:21. “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth whom he will.”  For example, the resurrection of Jesus Christ involved the Trinity. Jesus was raised by the Father: “This Jesus hath God  raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.—Acts 2:32.” Jesus was raised by the Holy Spirit. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you—Rom. 8:11.” Jesus also did his own resurrection: “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment received I of my Father—Jn. 10:18.” “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live—Jn. 11:25.”

                6. The sixth proof Jesus is God is His position and power as judge in John 5:22: “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.”  He was prophesied to be judge in the Old Testament: “Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the death: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth—Ps. 98:9.” He is also divine judgment in the New Testament: “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel—Rom. 2:16.” “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad—II Cor. 5:10. “But why dost thou judge thy brother? of why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God—Rom. 14:10-12.”

                7. The seventh proof is Jesus being honored as God: “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—Jn. 5:23.”  “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that that seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father—Jn. 14:9.” The Lord of the Old Testament is the same Lord in the New Testament: “I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior—Is. 43:11.” “Thus saith the LORD the king of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God—Is. 44:6.” “Who soever denieth the Son, hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also—Lk. 2:23.” “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. Hoe that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both Father and the Son—II Jn. 1:9.” If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha—I Cor. 16:22.”

                Ed: Pastor Barnett is now in his 45th year serving as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, Grayling, MI.

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