By Robert Guenther
We are continuing our review of the Gospel of John chapter five and the next point that is being made is the fact that our Lord has a greater witness than John the Baptist and that is God the Father Himself.
Vs. Joh 5:32 “There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.” Even if people have difficulty in believing what men testify of Christ, our Lord is the one true God. His testimony is proof of Who he is. Tit 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”
Vs. Joh 5:33 “Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.” This is John the Baptist, who was sent by the Lord to prepare the way for the Lords return. Mt 11:11 “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
Vs. Joh 5:34 “But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.” The reason the Lord does not need the testimony from John is that the Scriptures teach us that all men our liars. Ro 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
Joh 5:35 “He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.” We learn that the testimony that John the Baptist gave was truth, but it was not needed to prove that Jesus is the Christ.
Vs. Joh 5:36 “But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.” So this verse teaches us that the proof that the people needed was in the works or signs that our Lord accomplished while He was here on earth. Ac 2:22 “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:”
Vs. Joh 5:37 “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.” This verse is a little confusing to some but we can rest assured that we can know the invisible God by knowing the Son who is Christ our Head. Col 1:15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:” 1Ti 1:17 “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”