The Father And The Son Do The Same Works
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 March 2017
19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
n these verses the Lord Jesus asserted the equality of the Father and the Son. Jesus’ claim of equality was not because there was rivalry between them, but there was a need to affirm it before His hearers — “for what things soever he (the Father) doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (v.19b).
The Father’s will was not forced upon the Son. The basis of the Son’s submission was that the Father loves His Son. The Father lovingly and joyfully bestows upon the Son His plans and works so that the Son might reveal them to men. This included not only the miraculous healing He just granted to the man at the pool, but also others that He would perform.
As proofs of greater works that the Father had shared with Him, Jesus mentioned some of the works that the Father hath given Him to do. Firstly, He claimed that He would raise the dead (v.21), just as the Father did. In verse 21, He also used the word “quicken,” which means “give life.” By this word, He might well be referring to both the spiritual and physical resurrections. In a spiritual sense, Christ is the only One who can give new life to men who are dead in their sins. In a physical sense, Christ is the One who will bring all the dead out of their grave on the Last Day. Jesus said in John 11:25 that “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
Secondly, Jesus claimed that the Father had lovingly bestowed upon the Son the authority to judge every man (v.22). If Christ was not just and righteous as the Father, then this authority would not be given to Him. It also shows that Christ is all-knowing because He will judge even the secrets of men (cf. Rom 2:16). Moreover, since great kings and authorities will also be judged, He must be all-powerful. Thus Christ’s authority to judge men proves His equality with the Father in perfect wisdom, holiness and power. The Father’s ultimate desire is that the Son receives the same honour as He Himself (v.23). Thus the Father and the Son shares their honour equally.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost!
May I always bring glory to the Triune God who loves me.