Life and Judgment are Through the Son

         For as God has life in Himself He has granted His Son to have life in Himself. God has given His Son Jesus the authority to execute judgment because He is the Son of man. Knowing this is paramount to accepting anything Jesus has to offer.

 

I often wonder just how many Christians really believe what Jesus is saying through John. For it does not matter whether you are a Christian or not, anyone whom Jesus has deemed to be evil or to have done evil deeds will be sent to the resurrection of condemnation where the fires burn continually. Below is a testament to this:

 

John 5:24-30: Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Commentary: Since Jesus has the unity and divine prerogatives mentioned in verses 19-23, to trust His message and His Father is to have in the present time  eternal life. No judgment will come in the future (he will not be condemned because he has already passed from one realm—death—into another—life.

5:25. Jesus’ life-giving power can call a person out of the grave, everyone from their tombs, or anyone in spiritual death to eternal life. 5:26-27. Jesus’ discourse now returned to the two central prerogatives of God: life and judgment. Jesus has both because the Father . . . has given Him both. This giving is both eternal and temporal. In Himself Christ, the Logos, has life as an eternal gift of the Father, but in the Incarnation authority to judge was also delegated to Jesus. As the Son of Man, authority is given to Him.

5:28-29. Jesus said His hearers should not be amazed at His claim that right now those who believe pass from death into life, because in the future there will be a universal physical resurrection at His command. This universal resurrection is clearly taught in Daniel 12:1-2. Other passages show that the resurrection to life, “the first resurrection,” will occur in stages (the church at the Rapture, and Tribulation saints at the Lord’s second coming at the end of the Tribulation), and that the resurrection of those who will be condemned will occur at the end of the Millennium. John 5:28-29 is one of the few passages in this Gospel which expressly teaches eschatology.

The words those who have done good and those who have done evil by themselves might imply a salvation by good deeds or damnation because of evil deeds, but a consideration of John’s theology as a whole forbids this. Those who are truly born again do live a different kind of life. They obey Him (14:15), they abide in Him (15:5-7), and they walk in the light (8:12; 1 John 1:7). They are saved by the Lamb of God who, as their substitutionary Sacrifice, takes away the penalty of their sin. Salvation is by faith in Christ. Damnation is because of rejection of God’s Son (John 3:36).

5:30. This verse is transitional; it concludes the section on Jesus’ unity with the Father. The section ends the way it began, with the point that the Son can do nothing apart from the Father. His judgment, as everything He does, is from the express will of the Father. He is the perfect Spokesman for the Father and His effective Executive. Jesus’ will is to do the Father’s will, which shows that He has the same nature.

 

Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.

  

Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “Life and Judgment Through the Son.” I pray for those who do not believe fully in Your Son Jesus Christ, for they do not comprehend the consequences of their actions. I pray that one day before it is too late they will see the light and come to Jesus.

May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,

Amen

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