NLT Life Application Study Bible, Third Edition - Flipbook - Page 34
John 8:28; 12:49;
1 Jn 2:23
John 3:15; 20:30-31
1 Jn 3:14; 5:13
John 4:21; 6:63, 68
John 1:4; 6:57
1 Jn 5:11-12
Acts 10:42; 17:31
read the life
of Christ are
faced with one
Jesus God? Part
of any reasonable conclusion
has to include
the fact that he
did claim to be
God. We have
no other choice
but to agree
with his claim.
Eternal life is
at stake in the
esus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does
only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. 20For
the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will
show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be
astonished. 21For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son
gives life to anyone he wants. 22In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has
given the Son absolute authority to judge, 23so that everyone will honor the Son, just
as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring
the Father who sent him.
24“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent
me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already
passed from death into life.
25“And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will
hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live. 26The Father
has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son. 27And he
has given him authority to judge everyone because he is the Son of Man.* 28Don’t be so
surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice
5:27 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
Claimed to Be
of Old Testament
The Son of Man
8:31, 38; 9:9;
The Son of God
One with authority
5:19-23 Because of his unity with God, Jesus lived as God wanted him
to live. Because of our identification with Jesus, we must honor him and
live as he wants us to live. The question “What would Jesus do?” may help
us make the right choices.
5:24 Eternal life—living forever with God—begins the moment you accept Jesus Christ as Savior. New life begins in you (2 Corinthians 5:17). God
completes the transaction. The rest of your life on earth will go better for
you, even though you may face many hardships, because you are living
in fellowship with the almighty Creator, who loves you. And though you
will still face physical death one day, when Jesus returns again, your body
will be resurrected to live forever (1 Corinthians 15).
5:25 In saying that the dead will hear his voice, Jesus was talking about
the spiritually dead who hear, understand, and accept him. Those who
accept Jesus, the Word, will have eternal life. Jesus was also talking about
the physically dead. He raised several dead people while he was on earth,
and at his second coming, the believers who have died will rise to meet
him (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
5:26 God is the source and creator of life, for there is no life apart from
him, here or hereafter. The life in us is a gift from him (see Deuteronomy
30:20; Psalm 36:9). Because Jesus is eternally existent with God, the
Creator, he, too, is “the life” (John 14:6) through whom we may live
eternally (see 1 John 5:11).
5:27 The Old Testament mentions three signs of the coming Messiah. In this chapter, John shows that Jesus has fulfilled all three signs.
Authority to judge is given to him as the Son of Man (compare John
5:27 with Daniel 7:13-14). Those who are lame and sick are healed
(compare John 5:20-21 with Isaiah 35:6; Jeremiah 31:8-9). The dead
are raised to life (compare John 5:21, 28 with Deuteronomy 32:39;
1 Samuel 2:6; and 2 Kings 5:7).