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Lesson # John 5:21
Study Material - John 5:21
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21 'For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.
The God head are all on the same game plan. Each does not follow His own independent path, but all take the lead from the Father, and abide in complete agreement with the original plan set out by the Father in eternity past, Psa. 148:6.
The Son and the Father possess a love for each other that is a perfect love with the greatest of depth and affection. We saw this the other day in the word, 'filea' or 'phileo' which reflects a tender affection toward the object of the love. Another word, 'agapao' is not used and is more of a reference of relationship between parties with respect to policy of relationship. We have called this impersonal love, or tolerating others as it were.
The perfect love between the two gives them mutual respect, perfect respect, communication and obedience between the two (as man would look at a relationship), but we know that the Son independently and voluntarily subordinates himself to the will of the Father, ' not my will but thine, be done.'
Jesus brings more evidence to the table in this discussion between Himself and the 'Jews' who have been antagonistic toward Him. The Father raises the dead, and so the Son does also.
Dead means life has occurred that gone away, therefore leaves an opportunity for bringing it back.
God creates life out of nothing. Man certainly cannot do that. But even once life has been lost (that life still exists but is now left the body and resides elsewhere), man cannot retrieve it and put it back into the body. Only God can do that. All agree!
The Son can do the same as the Father. Therefore Jesus has now even further equated Himself with God the Father. But we know that words come easy. It is the actual deed which proves the words to be true, and Jesus has already done this.
By the way, bringing life back into the body is not resurrection. Resurrection is the placement of life inside a better body, an indestructible body (for believers) which will survive all of eternity. This bringing back life into an existing human biological body is referred to as resuscitation. The human body merely resumes where it left off (sometimes referred to as quickens) and will continue through its natural course of life and die again.
The Lord (Jesus) resumes or resuscitates or quickens whom He will, and at His own pleasure, Deu. 32:30, 1 Sam 2:6, Psa. 68:20, Rom. 4:17. His pleasure being of course in complete agreement and consistent with the original plan of the Father.
But furthermore, the Son creates life as well. This He did and does in each and every event of a human birth. He breathes in life, human life, 'neshamah', the spark of life. He has the power and the wherewithall to accomplish this. He is the great 'I Am' who spoke to Moses from the bush. 'I Am' simply means or indicates eternally self sufficient one. God (Jesus Christ) possesses all the necessary ingredients to exist and provide completely for Himself and all others. He has eternal life, eternal power, omniscience and so forth which gives Him the means to do what He says He will do.
Not only can He create new and original life, not only can He restore freshly lost life as He demonstrated in the previous few weeks, but He has the ability and power to revive the dead whose bones have long since dried out completely, Eze. 37.
These are but a few verses, all form the Old Testament scriptures. All scriptures thoroughly familiar to those who would debate with Jesus. These people who rejected Jesus, but claim to be 'there' defending Gods honor against Jesus, knew of the Father. Jesus did not invent this concept. It is not a New testament concept. When David wrote, 'This is my Son, today I have begotten thee.' This was a reference to the birth of the Savior. The Father speaking as to the Son of God. David was not speaking of himself. All of these concepts were clear to the Jews and all who studied or at least read the scriptures back then (and even now in our current day).
Jesus heals. Jesus brings back life. Jesus fulfilled the birth prediction of Daniel and Isaiah and many other prophets. These things were known. But now that Jesus is come, he is rejected because He did not come in a fashion which these people had invented in their own minds. He did not come as a conqueror on a great white war horse, a stallion snorting and spitting fire and destruction on the Romans. But He came as a poor carpenters son, a lamb, a sacrifice over which all would take advantage, and throw away with the garbage.
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