56 Jesus claims equality with God.

Daniel 12:2; John 5:17–47

What kept Jewish leaders from killing Jesus (John 5:17–18)?

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How did Jesus describe his relationship with the Father (John 5:19–21)? What does that suggest for other people’s relationship God?

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Why is the Son made judge and not the Father (John 5:22?

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How could the dead hear Jesus’ voice (John 5:25–29)?

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What reasons do we have to believe everything Jesus said is true (John 5:30–37)?

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How can scholars search the Scriptures and not know Christ (John 5:38–42)?

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In what ways did the Jewish leaders unbelief affect the people (John 5:38–42)?

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Why would Jewish leaders accept a man who represented himself but not accept a representative of God (John 5:43–44)?

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What was there about Moses’ message that should have caused Jewish leaders to believe Jesus (John 5:45–47)?

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Jesus offered this defense to the Jewish leaders who complained about his work on the Sabbath: “My father has always been at work doing good, and I must do the same.” This response made the leaders even more determined to find a way to kill him. Not only had he broken their Sabbath law, but he called God his Father, claiming to be equal with God.

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John 5:17–18 Jesus offered this defense to the Jewish leaders who complained about his work on the Sabbath: “My father has always been at work doing good, and I must do the same.” This response made the leaders even more determined to find a way to kill him. Not only had he broken their Sabbath law, but he called God his Father, claiming to be equal with God.
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John 5:17–18 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.

“I assure you,” Jesus said, “that the Son can do nothing by his own initiative but will only do what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son will do likewise, because the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does. The Father will reveal in the Son even greater works than you have seen, so you will be amazed. Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, the Son gives life where he chooses.

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John 5:19–21 “I assure you,” Jesus said, “that the Son can do nothing by his own initiative but will only do what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son will do likewise, because the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does. The Father will reveal in the Son even greater works than you have seen, so you will be amazed. Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, the Son gives life where he chooses.
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John 5:19–21 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.

“The Father does not judge anyone, but has given the Son authority to judge so people will honor the Son as much as the Father. Those who do not respect the Son have no regard for the Father, who sent him. Listen. Those who hear what I am saying and believe on him who sent me will have eternal life. They will avoid condemnation, passing from death to life.

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John 5:22–24 “The Father does not judge anyone, but has given the Son authority to judge so people will honor the Son as much as the Father. Those who do not respect the Son have no regard for the Father who sent him. Listen. Those who hear what I am saying and believe on him who sent me have eternal life. They will avoid condemnation, passing from death to life.
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John 5:22–24 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.

“Truly, the time has come for the dead to hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. Just as the Father has power to give life, he has made the Son to be the source of life. He has given me authority to judge, because I am the Son of Man. Do not be surprised, for the voice of the Son of Man will soon be heard by those who are dead and buried, and they will rise from their tombs, the righteous unto life and the evil unto damnation.

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Daniel 12:2 Many of those who lie dead in the ground will rise from their graves, either to eternal life or eternal damnation.
John 5:25–29 “Truly, the time has come for the dead to hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. Just as the Father has power to give life, he has made the Son to be the source of life. He has given me authority to judge, because I am the Son of Man. Do not be surprised, for the voice of the Son of Man will soon be heard by those who are dead and buried, and they will rise from their tombs, the righteous unto life and the evil unto damnation.
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Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
John 5:25–29 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 do nothing by my own initiative. I listen and judge rightly because I seek to please the Father, who sent me, not myself. If I were to testify on my own behalf, you would have no proof that what I say is true. But someone else supports me with his testimony, and what he says about me is true. You sent men to inquire of John the Baptizer, and his testimony was true. I do not need another man’s testimony for my words to be true, but I point out the fact so you may believe and be saved.

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John 5:30–34 “I can do nothing by my own initiative. I listen and judge rightly because I seek to please the Father, who sent me, not myself. If I were to testify on my own behalf, you would have no proof that what I say is true. But someone else supports me with his testimony, and what he says about me is true. You sent men to inquire of John the Baptizer, and his testimony was true. I do not need another man’s testimony for my words to be true, but I point out the fact so you may believe and be saved.
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John 5:30–34 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.

“John was a blazing, bright lamp, and for a while, you were happy with his light. But I have a witness greater than John. The tasks my Father has given me to complete, the message and the miracles, prove he has sent me. In this way, the Father has testified concerning me, although you have neither heard his voice nor seen his face.

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John 5:35–37 “John was a blazing, bright lamp, and for a while, you were happy with his light. But I have a witness greater than John. The tasks my Father has given me to complete, the message and the miracles, prove he has sent me. In this way, the Father has testified concerning me, although you have neither heard his voice nor seen his face.
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John 5:35–37 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.

“You do not have God’s message in your hearts, because you have not believed the one he has sent to you. You search the scriptures, thinking you will find eternal life, but those words testify concerning me. Still, you refuse to come and receive life from me. I do not need your approval, because I know God’s love is nowhere in your hearts.

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John 5:38–42 “You do not have God’s message in your hearts, because you have not believed the one he has sent to you. You search the scriptures, thinking you will find eternal life, but those words testify concerning me. Still, you refuse to come and receive life from me. I do not need your approval, because I know God’s love is nowhere in your hearts.
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John 5:38–42 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 have come representing my Father, and you have rejected me. But you will readily receive another man who comes representing himself. How can you believe when you lavish praises upon one another but care nothing about seeking the highest honor that comes from God alone?

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John 5:43–44 “I have come representing my Father, and you have rejected me. But you will readily receive another man who comes representing himself. How can you believe when you lavish praises upon one another but care nothing about seeking the highest honor that comes from God alone?
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John 5:43–44 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. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

“Even so, I am not the one who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you, because you say you put your trust in him. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. Since you have not believed what Moses wrote, it’s no wonder that you do not believe me either.”

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John 5:45–47 “Even so, I am not the one who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you, because you say you put your trust in him. If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. Since you have not believed what Moses wrote, it’s no wonder that you do not believe me either.”
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John 5:45–47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?