"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 6 Jesus and the Sabbath

Section 6.3: Jesus Answers His Accusers: Witnesses to Jesus and his work (Jn 5.31-47)

'31If I bear witness about myself, my witness is not true. 32But there is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the witness that he bears about me is true. 33You yourselves sent off to John and he has borne witness to the truth. (34I on the other hand do not receive witness from any mortal, but I say these things so that you may be saved.) 35He was a burning and shining lamp -- for a short time you wanted to rejoice in his light.

'36But I have a better witness than John: the very deeds that the Father has given me to accomplish. The deeds themselves that I do bear witness about me, that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me himself has born witness about me. You have not ever heard his voice nor seen his appearance, 38and you do not have his word abiding in you because you do not trust in the one whom he sent.

39You search the Scriptures because you imagine that you will have everlasting life in them -- they are indeed bearing witness to me 40yet you do not want to come to me to have life! 41I do not accept honour from mortals, 42but I understand you: you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43I have come in my Father's name and you do not accept me but if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you have faith (ortrust) when you accept honour from one another and do not seek the honour that comes from God alone?

45Don't think that I will be your accuser to my Father! Your accuser is Moses, in whom you have placed your hopes. 46For if you trusted Moses, you would trust me, for he wrote about me. 47But if you do not trust in his writings, how will you trust in my words?

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