Summary: A study of the Gospel of John 5: 30 – 47
John 5: 30 – 47
Good Enough For Him - Is Good Enough For Me
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. 31 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. 41 “I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Call me ‘mister wrong decision maker’. For practically my entire life I have stumbled and bumbled my way. Looking back over my life there are only a few decisions that I made correctly. I would think that I have two correct decisions that stand out. But now I know that these choices were not my decisions after all. I can see the hand of God on them. As I know today there are no such things as coincidence. Today, I follow the Lord Jesus’ example. I feel comfortable that if the Lord wants anything to happen or for me to do, He will succeed in making it happen.
We see our Lord Jesus now emphasizes that He works and judges totally in line with His Father. He does nothing on the basis simply of His own will. He aligns His will with the will of the Father.
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.
I presently serve as an assistant Pastor at a non-denominational Christian church called Calvary Chapel. During the Hippie movement in the United States our Precious Holy Spirit as many of you know created a revival in the hearts of many people. As the church exploded over the years the man our Lord picked to lead this revival had served with distinction for over 50 years. He recognized that since our Lord Jesus had not come back yet to earth that it was getting time to pass off the mantle our Lord had given to him. However, we all have to recognize that it is not easy to pass on the Lord’s mantle. We can’t just pick someone through our own decision. The man selected two close spiritual sons to run the massive church organization under His guidance. The two men selected forgot a key part of their elevation to the leadership and that was the fact that they were still answerable to the man whom the Lord selected to guide the spiritual growth of thousands of affiliated churches. They made a couple of key decisions without checking in with their boss. Bad move!
Needless to say this semi passing over the keys of the kingdom did not work out. The three men went their separate ways but to their credit still maintained a love and appreciation for each other.
Our Holy Blessed Trinity did and does not have the same problems we have to deal with. In these scripture verses I see how our Lord Jesus maintained a harmony with Father God. Having asserted the supreme authority and power He has received from the Father, our Lord Jesus now assured His hearers that this did not mean that He was acting on His own. While all judgment has been committed to Him He does not seek His own will, for He and the Father work in unison, and indeed anything else is not possible. By His very nature He cannot act on His own. The unity of the Godhead is too close. There is, as it were, a divine exchange, and as He judges He is always aware of what the Father says and has in mind the Father’s will. Thus His judgment is just because it is the judgment of God.