Life and Judgment Are Through the Son

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 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.” — John 5:24-30.

Jesus claims absolute identification and oneness with the Father in the works that He does, including raising the dead, exercising judgement and giving everlasting life. His power is the power of God, because that is who He is.

The life giving voice of the Son of God is speaking. Let us listen to what He is saying that we may have life. His words give life. Nothing else can give life. No one else can give life. He is assuring us those who hear (and obey) His words and believe in the Father (God) has everlasting life. It is a present reality. Salvation is not only an object of hope for the future, but a present reality for the believer (v.24); such a one “has passed from death to life” (cf. 6:47, 63; 17:3).

The Son has life in Himself (v.26). Jesus talks of a present reality here. He gives life to whom He wills. He gives life to those who hear His voice. We are spiritually dead but the words of Jesus gives us life; makes us spiritually alive. This is voluntary resurrection (cf. Romans 6:4-5).

By virtue of being the Son of Man, Jesus also has the authority to execute righteous judgment (v.27, 30), because His judgment is according to God’s will.

In verse 28 Jesus talks of a future event and says that we must not be amazed by His ability to impart life to the physically dead.

A time is coming when all the (dead) people in the graves will hear the voice of the Lord Jesus and come out alive. We are being told how powerful the words of Jesus are. The voice of Jesus is able to give life to our spiritually dead souls and is also able to give life to and raise our (dead) bodies from the grave.

The hour is coming when every person will hear the voice of the Lord from the grave and will come out to judgment. As Jesus said, “Those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (v.29). Everyone who has ever died will be raised. This is the involuntary resurrection. No one will escape this reality!

If we have been raised with Him to life from spiritual death, then let us seek spiritual things, set our mind on spiritual things, and find our life in Jesus, not in ourselves. Then when the great and final day comes and we are called from the grave, we will be raised to life eternal with the Lord.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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