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THE GOSPEL of JOHN Part 1. - Chapter 5.

 

 

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THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Chapter 5.

 

Verse 1

 

John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 

In John 2:13 we are told that Jesus went up to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, after this feast we find Jesus and his disciples (possibly for a week or two) remained in Judea to preach the gospel of the kingdom and baptize in water for repentance those who believed (John 3:22). Then they travelled the Galilee, spending two days in Sychar on their way through Samaria, arriving in Cana, possibly about four weeks after Passover, allowing Jesus and his disciples to spend at least two weeks in Galilee before heading back to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost, which was 50 days after Passover.

 

 

Verses 2 – 4

 

John 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, the blind, the lame, and the withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For at a certain season an angel descended into the pool, and troubled the water: then after the troubling of the water whosoever stepped in first was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

 

Some translations render verse 2 as by the sheep markets, but there are no other writings that make mention of any such sheep market. On the other hand in the book of Nehemiah the sheep gate is mention three times Neh. 3:1, 3:32 & 12:39. Also, it is doubtless that there was such a gate near the temple, for the purpose of bringing in the sheep for sacrifice.

 

Near there was a pool called Bethesda, meaning house of kindness or mercy, for at this pool God at often times showed kindness and mercy towards the sick and lame. It had around it five porches, areas covered by a roof, were people could lie down and be sheltered from the rain and the sun.

 

At a certain season an angel descended into the pool, and troubled the water: then after the troubling of the water whosoever stepped in first was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. The angel descended at a certain season. Meaning the sick and the lame had some idea when the angel would descend. Therefore they would not have to remain there 24 hours a day 7 days a week waiting for their healing, but only needed to be there around the times the angel was expected.

 

Many may be thinking; if God is so loving and merciful, why would he only heal the first to enter the water after the angel had troubled the water? Why did not God heal all the lame and the sick?

 

Why? Because God loves the Jews, therefore he only wants what is best for them. God never promised his children a pool that they could come to for healing. He never promised, I am the God who will at certain seasons, send an angel to trouble the waters, then any who are sick and or lame that enter the water will be healed.

 

No! God did not provide such a pool, for if he did most of the sick and the lame would look to the pool for healing and not to God. Yes they may have been healed, but their lives would not have been transformed, and many would very likely become sick again, and many would end up worse off.

 

Because God loved the Jews he did not just want to see them all healed, he wanted to see them all made whole. When one was healed at the pool, they should have all remembered that God was their Lord God and healer, then repented of their wicked ways and God would have healed them all and kept them in good health.

 

For God’s word says;

 

Exodus 15:26 And said, If you will diligently listen to and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you.

 

 

Verses 5 - 6

 

John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been infirmed for a long time, said unto him, do you want to be made whole?

 

Jesus Christ, seeing this man lying there, and either because Jesus had seen him lying there many times before, or by word of knowledge, already knowing he had been infirmed for a long time, said unto him, do you want to be made whole? The truth is many long term sick people get so use to being cared for and not having to work or worry about anything, that they become happy with things as they are, and the last thing they want is to be healed. So Jesus asks him; Do you want to be made whole?

 

 

Verses 7 - 9

 

John 5:7 The infirmed man answered him, Sir, when the water is troubled I have no man to put me into the pool: and while I am coming, another steps down before me. Jesus said unto him, Rise, take up your bed and walk, and immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on that same day was the Sabbath.

 

Where is this man’s faith? He is not looking to God for healing. He is not looking to Jesus for healing. He is looking to the pool for healing but God’s kindness and mercy reaches out to the man through Jesus Christ, and Jesus said unto him, Rise, take up your bed and walk, and the power of God flowed through Jesus and immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked.

 

Under the Law it was a sin to carry burdens on the Sabbath Jer. 17:21; Neh. 13:15; Ex 20:8-10. But the Jewish leaders interpreted Law so harshly that the Law itself became a burden that they expected the people carry on the Sabbath. 

 
However Jesus Christ who has come to restore all justice, as Lord of the Sabbath commands the man, who is now healed, take up your bed and walk. Jesus Christ was restoring the Sabbath day to its proper observance by permitting on the Sabbath day works that were necessary and merciful. Mat. 12:6-11; Luke 6:9; 13:14; & 14:5.

 

 

Verses 10 - 13

 

John 5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, it is the Sabbath day: it is not lawful for you to carry your bed. 11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up your bed, and walk. 12 Then they asked him, What man is that which said unto you, Take up your bed, and walk? 13 And he that was healed did not know who it was: for being a crowd in that place, Jesus had withdrawn himself away. 

 

However the Jews who were bound by the laws of man, choosing to ignore the miracle and the goodness of God in healing this man; they chose instead to judge the man for breaking their laws. Then when the man said, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up your bed, and walk, they wanted to know who this man was, that they may judge him also. But he who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn into the crowd.

 

 

Verse 14

 

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finding him in the temple, and said unto him, Look and see, you have been made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you.

 

Sickness is often caused by demonic activity (Acts 10:28), by demons that need to be bound and cast out of and away from the sick person. But if we keep on sinning, it is most likely those demons will return bringing more with them (Luke 11:18 – 26).

 

 

Verses 15 - 16

 

John 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, who had made him whole. 16 Therefore the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.

 

The Jews had asked the man who had been, What man is that which said unto you, Take up your bed, and walk? He told them, that it was Jesus who had made him whole.Therefore the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to slay him, not just because he had told the heal man to carry his mate on the Sabbath day, but also because he had healed the man on the Sabbath day.

 

 

Verses 17 - 18

 

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father has never stopped working, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

 

God created all things in six days and on the seven day he rested from his work of creation. But he never ceased from governing his creation, watching over it and carrying forward his plans. Even on the Sabbath, God never ceased from doing good works.

 

Jesus said, My Father has never stopped working, and I work. Just as God the Father never ceases from doing good works on the Sabbath, so the Son (who has set us an example that we should follow [John 13:15]) never ceases from doing good works, even on the Sabbath.

 

Then the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

 

 

Verses 19 – 21

 

John 5:19 Then Jesus answered saying unto them, Truly, truly, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he see the Father do: for what things so ever he does, these also does the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father rises up the dead, and quickened them; even so the Son quickened whom he will.

 

After Jews Jesus accused of making himself equal with God, Jesus far from denying it, claims that truly whatever God the Father does, he the Son of God does likewise; for the Father who loves the Son, shows him all the things that he does, so the Son can do likewise; and the Father will show the Son even greater works, than those you have already seen the Son do, that you may marvel at the works of God done through the Son. For just as the Father raises up the dead and gives life to their body, even so the Son will rise up the dead and quicken their mortal body.

 

The Jews did not doubt God’s ability to rise up the dead and quicken their mortal body. Elijah the prophet had raised to life the widow of Sarepta son (1 Kings 17:22) and Elisha had raised to life the son of the Shunamite. Now Jesus was claiming he would do the same, and they the Jews would marvel at this. And during his earthly ministry Jesus Christ did raise the dead and quicken their mortal body. Jesus rose up his friend Lazarus (John 11:43-44); and he also rose up the widows son at Nain (Luke 7:14-15).

 

 

Verses 22 – 23

 

John 5:22 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honours not the Son honours not the Father which has sent him.

 

In verses 19 to 21, Jesus Christ is declaring his equality with God. Like God, he the Son can perform miracles and raise the dead and bring life back into their body. Then in verse 22 Jesus is looking ahead to the day the dead shall be raised from Sheol (the world of the dead), their body quickened and brought back to life from the grave (John 6:40), and all shall face the judgement of God. Some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2).

 
This judgement, God the Father has committed to Jesus Christ the Son of God; so that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. All who reject the Son also reject the Father who sent him (Luke 10:16 & 1 John 2:23).

 

 

Verse 24

 

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 
Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; You shall listen to him in all things in whatsoever he shall say unto you (Due. 18:15-19).

 

He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life,

 

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life;

 

To hear the words of Jesus Christ is listen to, understand and obey the words of Jesus. To him who hears the voice of Jesus Christ, the Son of God gives eternal, everlasting life.

 

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

 

It is not enough to believe God is real; it is not enough to hear the words of Jesus Christ, the Word of God. If we are to avoid condemnation and have everlasting life, we must listen to the words of Jesus Christ and honour and obey Christ, the Word of God.

 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

And shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 

When one hears the words of Jesus Christ, and believes on him that sent him, he has everlasting life. Because when we are baptized into Christ, we are baptized into the death of him who died for our sins; thus setting us free from the law of sin and death. Then, when we are raised from the waters, we are raised to everlasting life in Christ Jesus.

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

 

Verse 25

 

John 5:25 Truly, truly, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

 

The hour is coming, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God. This is talking of the coming resurrection at the End of Days. The hour now is, when those who are spiritually dead in their sin, shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear (listen to, understand and obey) shall be born again by the Spirit of God and live forever more.

 

 

Verse 26

 

John 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;

 

God has life in himself. God does not and did not ever receive life from any other being. All other living beings received life, and continue to receive life from God. In the beginning, in this as in all things, God the Father and God the Son were equal. But in order to become just like us (mankind), the Son give up his equality with God (Philippians 2:5-11), thus becoming dependant on God the Father for life. However at his baptism God the Father, through the Holy Spirit restored to God the Son, both the ability to give life and take it away.

 
Life comes to all mankind by God breathing his Spirit upon them. When God created Adam, God breathed life into Adam by breathing spirit into Adam. The spirit gives life, the soul has life. If God were to withdraw his breath (the Spirit of God), all mankind would die (Genesis 2:7 & Job 34:14-18). This ability to give life and take life away, both mortal life and spiritual life, God the Father has given to God the Son (John 11:43-44; 20:21-22 & John 10:15-18).

 

 

Verse 27

 

John 5:27 And has also given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man.

 

In the beginning God gave mankind dominion over all the fish of the sea, over all the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves (Genesis 1:26-28), but in rebelling against God’s authority and submitting to Satan’s word, Adam handed over this dominion to Satan. Thus it was that Satan could tempt Jesus Christ by offering him dominion and power over all the kingdoms of this world, if he would bow down and worship him (Luke 4:5-7).

 

At his baptism Jesus Christ the Son of man was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power, and from that day he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed under the power of the devil (Acts 10:38).


God defeated Satan through Jesus Christ submission to God’s will. When we submit to Satan’s will, as Adam did, we come under Satan’s power and authority. When we submit to God’s will, as Jesus Christ did, we, by the power of Jesus Christ defeat Satan and bring him under the power and authority of Christ within us.

 

Dominion and power over the earth, the sea and the sky was given to Adam, he gave it to Satan, and then at the cross Jesus the Son of Man took back that which is rightfully men's.

 

In speaking of his coming crucifixion Jesus Christ said;

 

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all judgement unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

 

In original text reads if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all unto me.To which most English versions add the word men, altering the text to if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me. But given the passage is about judgment, if a word is to be entered into the text to give us a better understanding of what was and is the intent of both God and John; that word should be judgement. Rendering the text as if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all judgment unto me. (John 3:14 – 19 & Romans 8:1 – 4)

 

At the cross, when the world was judged and condemned, Jesus Christ died in our place for our sins. Therefore our sins have already been judged and Christ paid the penalty for our sin, past, present and future. Therefore there is no longer any condemnation for them, who are in Christ Jesus, for we have been justified through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, pour out upon the cross for our sins.

 

So what is the judgement for at the resurrection of the dead?

 

It is twofold:

 

1: It is a separation of those who believe and have received justification through the blood of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer, from those who don’t believe and / or have rejected justification through the blood of Jesus Christ. Those who believe will be raised from the grave to receive eternal life, while those who do not believe shall receive eternal condemnation.

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

He that believes not is condemned already. One cannot be condemned already unless he has already been judged. When and where were the non-believers judged and condemned? At the cross of Calvary when Jesus Christ drew all judgement upon himself.

 

God has given Jesus Christ the authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man (John 5:27), and because he is submitted himself to the will of God the Father. When Jesus Christ comes again he will execute judgement on all, all on earth, all in the sea, all in the sky and all beneath the earth.

 

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God overlooked; but now commands all men everywhere to repent (turn from sin to living justly): 31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in justification by the man (Jesus Christ) whom he has ordained; and of this he has given proof unto all men, in that he has raised him from the dead. (Words in italics added.)

 

2: Those who believe and are justified through Jesus Christ will be judged and rewarded according to their works.

 

1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man's work shall be made known: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he him-self shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

 

 

Verses 28 - 29

 

John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

 

Marvel not! It should not come as any surprise to us who are in Christ, that the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of Jesus Christ and come forth from the graves. We believe Jesus Christ died and rose again. Likewise, we to who die before the Lords coming will rise again. And that is not all; to guarantee this, God has sealed us with the Holy Spirit of promise.

Paul writes;

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again; in like manner God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.

 

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will: 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation: in whom also after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, 14 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

 

So the resurrection is coming, but only those who are in Christ are guaranteed the resurrection to eternal life, while all others will be resurrected, then cast into eternal damnation.

 


Verse 30

 

John 5:30 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 has sent me.

 

Jesus Christ of himself does nothing (John 5:19), as he hears from his Father so he judges (John 8:26), the Father shows the Son all things that he does, and the Son does likewise (John 5:20), the Son does not live according to his own will, but according to the Father’s will (Luke 22:42).

 

 

Verses 31 - 33

 

John 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness will not be accepted. 32 There is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness which he testifies of me is true. 33 You sent unto John, and he bore witness unto the truth.

 

John 5:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

 

In a court of law, when one bears witness of one self, it is not established as truth. However, if another bear witness, then the truth is established as truth. It was not Jesus, who first bore witness of himself, but John whom God sent to bear witness that Jesus was both the Light (John 5:6 – 8) and the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

 

 

Verse 34

 

John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be delivered form sin.

 

Paraphrased: But I depend not on the testimony from man, but I remind you of John’s testimony of me, that you might be saved.

 

 

Verse 35

 

John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining lamp: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

 

John 5:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believes in me should not abide in darkness.

 

John is described as a lamp/a portable light; which is useful for lighting a roam, or lighting one’s path so he can see one step ahead. While Jesus Christ is described as a light that gives light that whosoever believes in him should not abide in darkness.The light that came to men through John was limited; the light that came to men through Jesus Christ is limitless.

 

Great multitudes, who recognized John as a prophet came to him, and they were willing for a season to rejoice in his light, for he prophesied the coming of the Lord (John 1:23), who was the true Light, which enlightens every man (John 1:9).

 

 

Verses 36 – 37a

 

John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me.

 

1: John bore witness that Jesus was the Light (John 1:8), and that Jesus was the Christ (John 1:15, 29 & 36).

 

2: The works which the Father gave Jesus, to finish, the same works that Jesus did, bore witness of Jesus, that the Father has sent him (John 5:36).

 

3: God the Father bore witness of Jesus Christ, by declaring Jesus to be His Son (Luke 3:22 & John 1:18).

 

 

Verses 37b – 38

 

John 5:37b You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. 38 Neither do you have his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent; him you do not believe.

 

John 8:47 He that is of God hears God's words: therefore because you do not hear them, you are not of God.

 

If we will only but believe and receive Jesus Christ has the only begotten Son of God, we shall hear the voice of God. Not only that, we shall be born again into the kingdom of God and we shall see the kingdom of God (John 1:12 – 13 & John 3:3 – 9).

 

Often I will hear from God a word of knowledge for someone. In faith I believe it is from God, I speak it out, and the hearer knows beyond a shadow of doubt it is the word of God. It may not be an audible voice that others can hear, but there is no doubt in both of our mines, that we have heard the voice of God. Likewise, we who have been born again into the kingdom of God can see God and the goodness of his kingdom all around us. But those who are not of God cannot hear the words of God nor can they see God or his kingdom.

 

John 14:8 Philip said unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it will be sufficient for us. Jesus said unto him, have I been so long time with you, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He that has seen me has seen the Father; and how come you say then, show us the Father?

 


Verses 39 – 40

 

John 5:39 Search the Scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and these are they which testify of me. 40 Yet you will not come to me, that you might have life.

 

The Jews in the time of Jesus searched the Scriptures diligently for in them they thought they had eternal life. Now there is nothing wrong with diligently searching the Scriptures. Paul commends the Bereans for doing so, for through their knowledge and belief in the Scriptures the Bereans accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer (Acts 17:11). Also, Timothy through his knowledge of the Holy Scriptures was made wise unto deliverance through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15).

 

But most of the Jews missed out on receiving eternal life. Why? Because they had their eyes fixed on an earthly redeemer; who would come and restore the earthly kingdom of David to the Jews. Therefore when Jesus came as their Messiah, to die on the cross and set to them free from the law of sin death, they neither received him nor believed in his name.

 

To this day, even though the Jews diligently search the Scriptures; because they still have their eyes fixed on the earthly kingdom of David, they still reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer. Therefore most Jews, despite their knowledge of the Scriptures, are still missing out on receiving eternal life.

 

 

Verse 41

 

John 5:41 I receive not honour from men.

 

We should not seek honour from men, for this is of very little value, rather we should seek honour that comes from God (John 5:44).

 

 

Verse 42

 

John 5:42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.

 

 

But Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit, was not only able to discern the thoughts of their hearts, he was also able to discern whether or not the love of God was within them.

 

 

Verses 43 - 44

 

John 5:43 I have come in my Father's name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that comes from God only?

 

Jesus Christ the Son of God humbled himself, in order to come to earth in the Father’s name, giving all glory and honour to God the Father. Yet they received him not. However there were other Jewish teachers, including Hillel and Shammai, who came in their own name and the Jews, received them.

 

Then Jesus asked the question; how can we believe anyone who is sent from God, if we seek to receive honour from men, and seek not the honour that comes only from God?

 

The answer to the question is; we cannot receive Jesus Christ, nor anybody else who has been sent by God, as long as we seek to receive honour that comes from men and not from God.

 

 

Verses 45 – 47

 

John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?

 

It is not Jesus Christ who condemns us, rather it He who mediates between God and us, interceding on our behalf. Likewise, Moses who was a type picture of the coming Christ, did not condemn the children of Israel, rather it was he who mediated between God and the children of Israel, and interceded on their behalf.

 

It is not Moses who condemns the Jews, but rather the Law of God as written by Moses that condemns the Jews. Neither does Jesus Christ condemn sinners, for the Son of God did not come to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. But those who believe not in his name are condemned already.

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be delivered from sin. 18 He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 

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