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Lesson # John 5:22
Study Material - John 5:22
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22 'For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,
The demonstration of Christ's equality with God continues. Both the Son and the Father have a perfect relationship through love which implies thorough trust, reliability, immutability. Their life and relationship is secure, reliable, and unchanging.
The Father has so much confidence in the Son that all judgment has been given over to the Son. The granting of life and eventual necessity of judgment implies an ability to search the soul, a thorough knowledge of facts, and possible alternatives (foreknowledge, omniscience). These are characteristics possessed only by God. No man nor angel can posses or acquire them.
Christ has the power to judge, and the right to execute judgment. He received that commission from God the Father, Psa. 72:1.
This makes Christ Lord over all, Acts 32:6. Likewise, He is the glue that holds all things together, Col. 1:17, therefore making Him head over all things, Eph. 1:11. To no one else has this power and authority been given. Through no one else will God the Father establish any form of relations with mankind and all of creation.
Sometimes the authority to judge means the authority to make war, Rev. 19:11 wherein Jesus Christ will, in the end, return to judge the world, the nations (including fallen angels). Nations often refers to the various groups of angelic, but also refers to all groups outside that group which is the nation of God, or family of God.
Jesus became man and as such is equal with man. Jesus is God and therefore equal with God. This make Him the only one and only unique person of the universe who can mediate between man and God (the Father). He was humbled, Phil. 2:8, and humiliated being made low as a worm, squeezed in the wine press of judgment Himself on the Cross. For this reason He came into the world, not to judge, but to save. Salvation made way for judgment and the opportunity of acquittal. Otherwise, without the Cross, there would be eternal separation from God and no chance for judging, for judgment, and release from the chains that bind mankind to death and destruction forever.
This judgment will culminate at the end of time when there has been a day appointed where the world will be judged once and for all, Acts 17:31. This judgment is not of sin, but of mans rejection of Gods plan - salvation, faith in Christ, etc.
For this final judgment and for all rulership a leader was to be selected out of mankind, Jer. 30:21. A leader that would have the right, the privilege, the position to approach God. Likewise a Messiah was to come from mankind, Dan. 7:13+, having been made lower than God, but was to receive dominion over all, Psa. 8:4+.
So Christ argues His position as against that of the Jews who would take up a debate against Him. His life has been documented thoroughly in the scriptures. The Jews read the scriptures over and over again, but they came up with a very different plan. They sat in judgment of Christ when they had no authority to judge. They would dictate the meaning of the Sabbath when they had no knowledge of its function or intent. Christ creates life and takes it away. Christ judges and executes judgment. No one else has this authority.
Christ is the beginning of life, He is life. He is the end of life, the final result which is in Him. Life is not a set of regulations established by man, regulations which solve nothing for mankind. Reject Christ and reject everything that is. Without Christ, there is nothing, no alternative option for eternity.
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