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I and My Father

But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

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.

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.

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.

For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

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.

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.

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.

For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

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.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

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.

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.

And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

I receive not honour from men.

But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

John 5:17-43 KJV

John’s Gospel is the Gospel of “the Father and the Son,” or the Son’s relationship to the Father. “The Father loveth the Son, and shewed Him all things that Himself doeth.” One of the proofs of this love is that He “sheweth Him all things that He doeth.” The Father loveth the Son, and has given all things into His hand. John 3:35. It is the manner of our gracious God to manifest His love by giving, John 3:16.

Jesus said, in verse 37, “The Father Himself hath sent Me.” Christ, as the Son, “proceeded forth from God,” but not of Himself, as independent of the Father’s desire. Paul says in Galatians 4:4, “When the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son.” What a comfort this thought must have been to Him “in sorrow’s lonely hour.” All Christ’s servants are so sent, John 17:18.

“I am come in My Father’s Name.” Here in verse 43, Jesus says, He came as the Father’s representative among men, and because of this, “they received Him not.” Men whose lives are opposed to God are always ready to receive those who come in their own name (Acts 5:36-37). To come in His Father’s name implied that He also came in His Father’s nature, John 14:10.

Jesus came to do His Father’s will. John 5:30 says., “I can of myself do nothing….I seek not mine own will, but Him that sent me” His own will was entirely submitted to the will of His Father that He could, or would, do nothing in the strength of it. His whole will was to do the will of God, because His law was within His heart, Psalms 40:7-8.   He also said in John 4:34, He came to do the will of Him that sent Him. With Jesus, it was “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt,” at any cost, Matthew 26:39.

“All my honor the Son, even as they honor the Father” John 5:23 “He that honoreth not the Son, honereth not the Father.” “He the hateth Me, hateth My Father also.” John 15:23. I and My Father are one. “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father,” 1 John 2:23. The life, the character, and work of Jesus Christ were so vitally connected with the life, the character, and work of the Father that, in the estimate of both, they were and are one.

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