John 5:30-38

5:30 – Jesus says, I can of myself do nothing. That statement indicates Jesus had an intimate relationship with His Father. He was perfectly submissive to His Father. In this verse, a special reference is made to Jesus being a righteous judge.

5:31 – If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid. Someone said, “a testimonial to oneself is no testimonial.” But Jesus’ testimony was true because of His Father’s testimony (Read John 8:18).  The message in John 1:7 was domineering in the Gospel of John.

5:32 – It is another who testifies about me. God the Father, through His Spirit, worked through the prophets to describe the person, the Messiah. Jesus’ argument with His opponents was, You search the scriptures, … and these are they which testify about me (John 5:39). Why do you not understand?

5:33 – You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him (John 1:7). This is a domineering message in the Gospel of John. The people respected the witness of John the Baptist. His prophecy about the Messiah took place before he saw Jesus.

5:34 – But the testimony which I receive is not from man. Jesus did not have to rely on a human testimony because of the mighty works He accomplished.

5:35 – He was the burning and shining lamp. John was sent that he might testify about the light (John 1:8). He was a lamp that burned brightly.

5:36 – But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John. Jesus’ works and miracles prove nothing less than He had unlimited power.

5:37 – The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. The people never physically saw the Father or audibly heard His voice but, from the mouths of the prophets, they did.

5:38 – You do not have his word living in you; because you do not believe him whom he sent. You believe the Scriptures are God’s Word, but you have not hidden His Word in your heart that you might not sin against Him (Read Psalms 119:11).

          -All Scripture Passages are based on the World English Bible (WEB)-

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