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Lesson 18 John 5:30-47

John 5:30-47
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. 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. 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. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

 Background Information
This text goes with the text studied in the two lessons before it. Jesus continues to answer the challenge of those who rejected His claim to being the Son of God in John 5:17-18. (See Lesson 16.)

Again, Moses was the prophet and leader through whom God had given the Law of the Old Testament to Israel. The Jewish leaders who challenged Jesus claimed to be serious scholars of Moses’ writings.

Related Scriptures
Isaiah 29:13-14
Matthew 6:1-6
Matthew 6:16-24
Matthew 15:7-9
Luke 16:29-31 (To see the context of these verses, begin reading in verse 19.)


  1. Jesus lists evidence that He is indeed God’s Son that has come to do God’s work. He lists one human witness and also gives evidence from His own life. a. Who is the human witness? b. What evidence did Jesus give from His own life?
  2. In addition to the evidence in the preceding question, Who gave witness that Jesus was indeed Who He claimed to be?
  3. From where did Jesus’ opponents think they were receiving eternal life?
  4. Did they have eternal life?
  5. Was this lack because the Scriptures were wrong or because they didn’t believe what the Scriptures (Bible) taught about Jesus?
  6. What had Moses written that those who opposed Jesus didn’t believe?
  7. Whose name did Jesus come in?
  8. Our text speaks of being honored. a. Who can give us the greatest honor? b. If we and our friends honor ourselves among ourselves, will this honor last?
  9. Who should we seek to please most?


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