John 5:21-30, Jesus Christ is same as God the Father.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

"John 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 29 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."

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Raise a dead body and quicken a dead Soul

"John 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will." Father does it first and then the Son will do it. First one: Raise up the dead, that is resurrecting a dead person. Next: He quickens them. Quicken them means make them alive. It is not raising up the dead. Quickens, refers to resurrecting a dead soul of a person, whose body is already alive. We are souls and we are in the body. The body is a living organism, the life of the body is in the blood, and if blood circulation fails the body dies. As our body needs the blood to live, our soul needs the holy spirit to guide us, in order to live for God. If not, the soul will live for the flesh, and it is sin. So, the spirit gives godly life to the soul. If our soul does not have the spirit, God considers us as dead soul. If we do not have the spirit, we must ask the Lord Jesus Christ, to give us the holy spirit. The verse says, "the Son quickeneth whom he will." So, Jesus Christ will quicken our souls, that is, he will give us the holy spirit to guide us, so that we may live for God. Then, we will be living Souls.

Lord Jesus Christ is same as God the Father

Verse 22. "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 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." God the Father appoints the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, to judge the whole world. The purpose for this appointment is that God the Father, wants everybody to honor Jesus Christ in the same way we honor God the Father. But most Christians consider Jesus Christ as their brother, and as a second grade familiar God. But Jesus Christ is as awesome as God the Father. We must fear him. Let us see Philippians 2:8-11. "8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Jesus died as a man, God raised him from the dead, made him God, and told the entire universe to bow their knee before Jesus Christ. It is important to notice that when Jesus was a man, he was 100% man, and when he is God, he is 100% God. Christians mix both of them, and are confused, mainly because of the teachings from their denominational churches. They think that the man Jesus was God and God Jesus Christ is still a man. So, they give room to another Jesus and false Christs, and are deceived. But it is imperative that we must believe in Almighty God, but not in the hero-worship of a man as God. If so, we will escape the deception by another Jesus and/or false Christs. Jesus Christ is God in the omnipotent Spirit, but not in the flesh. "24 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." The phrase; "believeth on him shall have everlasting life" mostly refers to Jesus Christ. This time Jesus refers this to God the Father. If we believe God the Father, we will have everlasting life. If we believe Jesus Christ, we will have everlasting life. Because, if we believe them, we will do what they tell us to do. They both tell the same thing to do, since Jesus Christ says the things what the Father tells him and nothing else. Let us see what Jesus Christ says; "John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." So, the Father and the Son are same.

All Our Souls will be Raised at His Voice

Verse 25, let me break it down; "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, (it is near future) and now is, (it is come, that is, Jesus is telling about a process that was in the making; he was referring to his resurrection and immediate return to the world, to turn his people away from their iniquities), when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." Please notice, it is not the resurrection of everybody in the end, only a few will hear, and only they will live. It is not about the life of the body. It refers to quicken the souls. While we are yet sinning, and if we look for Jesus Christ to save us, the scripture says that we will hear his voice. If we respond to obey him, he will quicken us, that is, he will give us the holy spirit, we become born again, or raised to spirit life. "26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;" That is, when he was a man, his life was in the hands of God. At his resurrection, Jesus was made Lord, Christ, and God. Now, he is exactly as God the Father. "27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man." In verses 22&23, we saw the purpose why God made him judge, and it is that we all must honor him as we honor God the Father. Here, we see the reason why he is made the judge. It is because he was the Son of man, that is, he lived as a man, but not as God. How does it qualify him to be the judge? Assume a hypothetical example. Say, that we try to justify our sins, and tell him that it is impossible for a man to live without committing sin, because the temptation of the flesh is too much to resist for a man. Then he will reply saying that he was also lived as a man, without any sin, but by the grace and power of God. And, since the same grace and power is available to us also, we also could have lived without committing sin. If he was not the Son of man, or if he lived as God, he could not have given this reply. In the judgment, there will be no deposition or trial. This I say just as a hypothetical example for understanding.

If We Do Good Over Evil, We will have Eternal Life.

"28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice," This does not mean that our bodies will come out of the graves. Scripture says that our bodies will return to the dust, since they came from dust. So, it is a figure of speech for understanding. All souls will be present before God for judgment. "29 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." This verse refutes the false doctrine, which says that we are not saved even by our righteous works. Here, Jesus Christ says that if we do good works, we will inherit eternal life, and if we do evil works, we will be cast into the lake of fire; simple as that. If we are under grace and the holy spirit, we will be guided to do good works, and we will be the workmanship of God. Then, we will inherit eternal life. If we do not have the holy spirit, the flesh takes over, we may live in a fake religious life, doing evil, and the end will be damnation in the lake of fire.  "30 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." Jesus Christ derives the verdict from what we have done, either good or bad, and it is according to the will of God the Father. God is righteous.

Take away Points

1, We are dead to God, if we do not have the holy spirit. So, please ask God and receive the holy spirit, if you have not yet received. 2, Resurrected Jesus Christ is God, and he is the same as God the Father. So, donít hero-worship a man as God, but worship the resurrected Jesus Christ, who is Almighty God, and who is in the Omnipotent Spirit. 3, Jesus Christ will judge the whole world, with righteousness. 4, Everybody will be raised from the dead. 5, Those who have done good, will go to heaven, and those who have done evil, will be cast in the lake of fire.

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