Main reference: Jn 5:17-47
1. Jn 5:17-23: The Authority Jesus Received from God
Verse 17-23: Jesus said to them, ’My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.’ For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does……Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
Jesus was severely persecuted by the Jews because he healed an invalid on a Sabbath (Jn 5:1-16). At that time Jesus said, ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working’ (Verse 17). Then the Jews tried all the harder to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father (Verse 18). Jesus answered them, ‘the Son only does what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does (Verse 19). And he said, ‘God has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him’ (Verse 22-23).
It is obvious that the Jews, who took pride in their identity as the chosen people and orthodoxy, were ignorant of the Bible. They did not know God nor Jesus, nor perceived the word. Like the Jews at the First Coming, those who neglect and persecute SCJ (Shinchonji Church of Jesus) today are also ignorant of the Bible, which must be the reason they commit sins.
2. Jn 5:24-30: Rise to live and rise to be condemned
Verse 24: I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life
Where (what) is death and where is life? Jesus meant that death was referring to the ‘pastors of Jerusalem, specifically the Pharisees who were snakes and whitewashed tombs (Mt 23:2, 27, 33). Life is ‘Jesus who is the way and the truth and the life’ (Jn 14:6).
Verse 25: I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
‘The dead’ does not refer to those who are physically dead, but those whose spirit in their bodies are dead, like ‘the dead’ in Mt 8:22 where Jesus told his disciples, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’ The dead whose spirit is dead will come to life when God’s word of life (breath) enters him through Jesus.
Verse 26-27: For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself, and he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
When it says that God granted life, which is in himself, to the Son to have it in himself, means that God granted Jesus to have God’s word of life in himself. And the authority to judge that God gave to Jesus is the very word (refer to Jn 12:48).
Verse 28-30: ‘Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice, and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.’
Those who are in their graves are those who belong to Jerusalem and the pastors i.e. the Pharisees who are whitewashed tombs. The time will come for them to hear the voice of Jesus. One who receives the word of Jesus, i.e., one who has done good, will rise to live (resurrection of life) meaning, the dead spirit comes to life. The one who does not receive the word of Jesus, i.e., one who has done evil will rise to be condemned (eternal punishment) (Verse 29).
The life that saves the dead spirit is God’s word, and at that time, this word was in Jesus.
Even today, there is life inside the person who receives the word of revelation.
Jesus said, ‘his judgment is not arbitrary, but just and true, because he judges only as he hears and seeks to please Father’ (Verse 30).
3. Jn 5:35-47: Promised pastor
Verse 35: “John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.”
The messenger who prepares the way, and the messenger of the covenant are prophesied in Mal 3:1. The messenger who prepares the way at the First Coming was John the Baptist, who was a lamp that burned and gave light temporarily, and the messenger of the covenant who is the true light was Jesus.
At the Second Coming, the messengers who prepare the way are the seven stars (messengers) in the Tabernacle of Seven Golden Lampstands (Rv 1:20) and the messenger of the covenant is the one who overcomes who is promised in Rv 2 and 3.
Verse 36-38: “I have a testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.”
In the days of the First Coming, John the Baptist testified that Jesus is the Son of God, (Jn 1:29-34) and the truth. But Jesus had a weightier testimony that he is the Son of God, for the very work that the Father has given him to finish, which he was doing, testified that the Father has sent him. Jesus said, ‘I do what my Father does, and the Father is in me’ (Jn 10:37-38). It is written in Jn 14:11, ‘Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.’
And God testifies himself about Jesus. He talks about Jesus throughout the Old Testament from the Five Books of Moses, the Psalms, and the books written by the prophets (refer to Lk 24:27). Jesus said that the Bible (Old Testament) testifies about him.
But the Jews did not trust Jesus, who was sent by God, for the word of God was not in their hearts.
Just like the days of the First Coming, believers today come near to God only with their lips, not believing His covenant. Jesus said, ‘God will send another Counselor, the Holy Spirit, in my name who will guide you into all truth’ (Jn 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:12-13). He said in Rv 22:16 that he has sent his angel to testify to all the events of Revelation, which is the main point of the New Testament.
His angel is the Counselor the Holy Spirit, the messenger, and the physical Counselor whom he dwells in (refer to Rv 19:10). At the time when Revelation is fulfilled, the physical Counselor is New John, who is the one who overcomes (promised pastor) promised in Rv 2-3. People do not believe, but persecute him instead, because they do not take to heart the word of revelation that he tells them (refer to Rv 10).
Verse 39-47: Jesus said, ‘I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God? But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?’
Though the Bible testified that Jesus brought eternal life, and he came in the name of the Father, they (the Jews) did not believe him (Verse 39-42). Jesus said that if someone else came in his own name, they would accept him.
Believers do not believe the messenger sent by the Lord, but they accept the pastor who is sent by their denomination. Will they believe the promised pastor, the one who overcomes, while they do not believe Books of Moses (Bible) and the new covenant Jesus prophesied about?
One who receives the word of revelation through the promised pastor will receive heaven and eternal life, but one who does not believe cannot escape the judgment of hell.
I sincerely pray for all to believe and receive salvation.