Jesus preaches Salvation

John 5:19-47

 

Jesus is preaching to people that are making plans to kill him.  This should be an encouragement to us to continue preaching and talking to people even if they don’t want to hear.  We don’t want to be rude, but we need to be truthful.

1.      Jesus begins by stating He is doing only what His Father has done.  This is what we ought to do.  Jesus came to do His Father’s will and this is what He did.  We must realize we are in this world to do the Father’s will. His will should become our will. Our will, our flesh, should be suppressed because it is extremely evil, and will cause us to fall into sin and disrepute with our fellowmen.

2.      Verse 21 - The Father raises the dead and the son does likewise. This is as we should do.  Who are the dead?  Those that are dead in the flesh, or those that are dead in the spirit.  I don’t think it really matters right here, but it is significant to note that until the dead in the flesh are quickened in the spirit they will not be raised in the flesh. 

3.      Verse 22,23 - The question of honor.  The Father honors the Son because the Son does the Father’s will.  The Father and the Son are equal and will be honored equally.  The saints of God will likewise be honored with Jesus Christ and the Father.  The saints are joint heirs with the Son.

4.      Verse 24 - The condition of eternal life is now, and there is never any condemnation, neither in the flesh, nor in the spirit.

5.      Verse 25 - I believe this verse is speaking about the dead in spirit, whom Christ will save.  Christ uses the phrase, “The hour is coming and now is…”  (future and present tense) Acts 17:30 states that God now requires all men everywhere to repent.  Verse 26 backs up this thought.  The resurrection is spoken of later, in verse 28.  It is because of the spirit birth that there will be a fleshly birth of a new, sinless body.

6.      Verse 26 - Eternal life comes from the Father.  The Father has given the Son life as the Father has life.  This is the same kind of life the Son gives to all who comes to Christ for forgiveness of sins.

7.      Verse 27 - The reason Christ is able to judge is because Christ is the son of man.  It is interesting to note the passage doesn’t say because Christ is the Son of God.  Jesus Christ is the God-man - wholly God and wholly man.  There are some who believe Jesus Christ is part God and part man and these two parts are completely separate.  But Christ is all God and all man.  He is the perfect mediator between God and man.  Christ knows all about what God expects, and He knows all about every temptation men have.  Christ has become sin for us, and causes us to become righteousness before God.

8.      Verse 28 - Do not be surprised – there is a resurrection of the dead – both of the saved dead and the lost dead.  Christ says “…the hour is coming.”  He doesn’t say “…the hour is coming, and now is…”  He isn’t speaking about salvation because when the time of resurrection comes, it is too late for salvation.  Salvation is determined in this life, not after this life.  Notice: the dead in the graves will hear, like the dead in the spirit hear the call of the Holy Spirit unto salvation.

9.      Verse 29 - There is two resurrections: one of the just and one of the unjust.  Notice the phrases, “…they that have done good…those that have done evil…”  Why does Christ say, “…done…”  Why doesn’t He just say believe?  Because works always accompany salvation.

10.  Verse 30 - Jesus says of his own self, he can do nothing.  This is not a remarkable statement, because Christ gets all of his power, strength and will from His Father.  This is how we should be.  We can do nothing of ourselves, either.  We can do nothing without strength from our Father.  Christ judges, and His judgment is just because He is not seeking His own will, but the will of His Father.  We can also judge, and our judgment will be just if we seek not our own will, but the will of God.  What an example.

11.  Verse 31-47 - See witnesses of Christ in file john/05v31-47