LIFe with God: July 8

Posted on July 8, 2010

Scripture

John 5:17-47 (17) But Jesus responded to them, “My Father is still working, and I am working also.” (18) This is why the Jews began trying all the more to kill Him: not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.

(19) Then Jesus replied, “I assure you: The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way. (20) For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing, and He will show Him greater works than these so that you will be amazed. (21) And just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to anyone He wants to. (22) The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, (23) so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

(24) “I assure you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment but has passed from death to life.

(25) “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. (26) For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself. (27) And He has granted Him the right to pass judgment, because He is the Son of Man. (28) Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice (29) and come out–those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of judgment.

(30) “I can do nothing on My own. I judge only as I hear, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (31) If I testify about Myself, My testimony is not valid. (32) There is Another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony He gives about Me is valid. (33) You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth. (34) I don’t receive man’s testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. (35) John was a burning and shining lamp, and for a time you were willing to enjoy his light.

(36) “But I have a greater testimony than John’s because of the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish. These very works I am doing testify about Me that the Father has sent Me. (37) The Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have not heard His voice at any time, and you haven’t seen His form. (38) You don’t have His word living in you, because you don’t believe the One He sent. (39) You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. (40) And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

(41) “I do not accept glory from men, (42) but I know you–that you have no love for God within you. (43) I have come in My Father’s name, yet you don’t accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. (44) How can you believe? While accepting glory from one another, you don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God. (45) Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. (46) For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. (47) But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Observation

What is the significance of Christ calling God His Father in regards to His ministry and death? How does this authority affect mankind?

Application

What attitudes do I need to change regarding who Christ is and what place He has in my life? What action steps can I take?

Prayer

“Lord God, I thank You that the Son and the Father are One. I thank You for the Son becoming a man to take my place and pay the penalty for my sin. I thank You that the Son has the same authority as the Father to raise the dead and give them life, and that Jesus gives life to whoever he wants to. And I thank you that this includes me, for You are not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance. I thank You that I can know I am honoring the Father because I honor the Son. I thank You that because I have heard Jesus’ words and believe the Father sent Him, I have eternal life and will not come under judgment, but I have passed from death to life. I thank You, Lord, that though I was dead in my sin, I heard the voice of Jesus and believed, and so will live. Even as Christ did not do His own will, but the will of the Father who sent Him, I pray that I will not seek to do my own will, but will rather carry out the will of the Father. I thank You that Your Holy Spirit testifies about Christ, and bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. As I read through every part of Your Word, may the Spirit reveal to me how it testifies about Jesus. May I not concern myself with glory from other people, but only seek the glory that comes from the only God. I ask this in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.”

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

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