Salvation Is God’s Family Business

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John 5:19-24 KJV “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 showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show 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 honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him. {24} Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

The Jews were angry at Jesus because He healed a man on the Sabbath Day. The man was crippled, unable to move for many years. Jesus told him:

Take up your bed and walk

When the Lord healed him and the man did so the Jews – particularly the Pharisees – sought to kill Jesus for healing someone on the Sabbath. How foolish is sin and how blinding is the Law! The Pharisees were so focused on their rituals that they couldn’t see that it is God that heals. If a person was healed by Jesus on the Sabbath it was because God wanted that person healed. Jesus told the Pharisees:

John 5:19 KJV 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.

Jesus did nothing without the Father’s approval. When Jesus said “the Son can do nothing of Himself but what He seeth the Father do” He was not saying that He was less God than the Father. What Jesus was saying was that ALL that He did, He did in unison with the Father. This is what makes Christianity unique among all the other imitators out there. Some religions like the Hindu or Buddhist faiths are polytheistic – believing in multiple gods. Some religions like the Muslim faith are extreme monotheistic – believing there is but one god. Some religions like Mormonism believe that man can become a god. But Christianity is unique in that we believe there is but One God Who is in Three Distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Spirit.

These three Persons are bound to one another with perfect Love, Unity, and Agreement. Jesus said “The Son can do nothing of Himself but what He seeth the Father do” not because He is limited in power, but because within the Trinity God is One. God is of one Mind, of one Purpose, of one Intent.

Both Father, Son, and Spirit have existed together in union and harmony forever. The Gospel of John begins with:

John 1:1-2 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.

The “Word” is Jesus Christ. We know this for the text later states (John 1:14):

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us..

Jesus is called “The Word” because He is the manifest member of the Godhead. We are told:

Colossians 2:9 (KJV)9 For in him {in Christ} dwelleth all the fullness
of the Godhead bodily.

The Son is the seen member of the Godhead. When Jesus was going to begin His ministry God showed up at His baptism.

Mark 1:9-11 (KJV) And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

When John brought Jesus out of the water the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and the Father spoke from Heaven. THOU art MY BELOVED SON in Whom I am well pleased! Father, Son, and Spirit united together in Christ’s mission.

God came to save mankind.

When mankind was created, it was created by the Triune God. In the Book of Genesis when God looked upon His newly created world the Bible says:

Genesis 1:25-27 KJV “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. {26} And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

God did not say “Let ME make man in MY image”, but rather “Let US make man in OUR image after OUR likeness”. God was not speaking to Angels, as Angels have no power to create. The Bible says:

Nehemiah 9:6 (KJV) Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Revelation 4:11 (KJV) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

God created all things by Himself. Yet in Genesis He says “Let US make man in OUR image after OUR likeness”. This is God. This is Father, Son, and Spirit working together in perfect harmony. In Genesis 1 we read:

Genesis 1:2 (KJV) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The Holy Spirit was at creation, moving in union with Father and Son.

John 1:3 (KJV) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

The Son was at creation, fully participating in everything the Father did. Father, Son, and Spirit created earth and humanity. When mankind fell through sin God moved to reach out and save whosoever would believe in Christ.

Jesus Came To Fulfill The Father’s Plan Of Salvation

The Jews were upset with Jesus because He violated one of their rituals. But Jesus declared:

John 5:19 KJV “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.”

There is a unity in the Godhead. The Son agreed to come and walk among us. Everything that Jesus did, He did in perfect agreement with the Father.

Jesus did the Father’s will at all times. He worked so closely in unison with the Father that every action He performed was exactly what the Father would have Him do. One day Philip told Jesus:

John 14:8-11 KJV “… shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. {9} Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? {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. {11} Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”

The Father did the works – the miracles that Jesus did – through Jesus. When Jesus healed a leper, it was because the Father did so through Him. When the blind were made to see, it was because the Father willed this through the Son. But here’s something even more incredible. Jesus said:

Luke 11:20 (KJV) But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

And in another place:

Matthew 12:28 (KJV) But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Both Father and Holy Spirit operated through Christ as He walked this earth. But this was nothing new. Father, Son, and Spirit all worked together at all times, and do so even now. When Jesus came to save the lost, the Father and Spirit came with Him.

Salvation is a family affair!
Salvation of the lost is the Family Business!

Oh, how God wants to save the world! Jesus told the Pharisees – THE PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO KILL HIM –

John 5:34-38 KJV But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. (35) {John the Baptist} was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. (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. (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. (38) And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

Jesus did not receive His testimony1 or His evidence or witness from man. The message that Christ brought to earth with Him was not something that He devised. His message was a message that came from God, from the Godhead – and was given that ye might be saved. The witness or evidence or Gospel that Jesus preached was no man’s gospel. Furthermore, the works which He did were not arbitrary decisions that He made on His part.

The Jews had taken the Perfect Law of God and, like most unbelievers do, twisted the Word of God into something it was never meant to be.

The Law was never meant to keep a cripple on his bed.
The Law was never meant to force the man with a withered hand to wait.
The Law was given in love by God to convict of sin.
So that the Convicted Sinner might see the love of God in Christ and be saved.

Jesus came to finish the works of the Father. The Law was a Teacher to bring us to Christ:

Galatians 3:24-26 (KJV)24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The Jews could not grasp this. God never gave the Law to hurt anyone, but to lead whosoever will to come to Christ seeking His salvation.

The Father PLANNED Our Salvation
The Son Took Our PLACE So We Could Be Saved
The Spirit Is PRESENT In The Saved

Abiding Faith In Christ Saves The Sinner

John 5:21-23 KJV “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 honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent him.”

God has committed ALL JUDGMENT unto the Son. The Father will not be the Judge as to who enters Heaven or not following this life. The Son is the Judge. It is the Son Who sits on the Great White Throne of Revelation 20 to judge the unbeliever. The Bible says:

Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. … 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Father judgeth no man”. It is Jesus on this Great White Throne. Those who stand before Him spent a lifetime ignoring Him and His Word, spent a lifetime ignoring what He said and refused to believe on Him. Now they stand before His Throne in terror, and rightly so. They would not receive the Lamb of God Who taketh away their sin, so now they must receive the Lion of God Who will judge their sin.

Romans 14:11-12 (KJV) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Oh, that all would come to Christ now. It is only in Christ there is life. Jesus declared:

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

Jesus alone has the power to judge, and Jesus has power to give eternal life to whom He will. Again we see the necessity of having a working relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not enough to have a knowledge of Him – you must know Him. It is not enough to know Him doctrinally, but you must know Christ in that intimate, believing way that only a born again Christian can.

The Jews had no excuse for not believing in Christ, for the whole of Scripture speaks of Him.

It was Christ Who walked with Adam in the Garden every morning.
It was Christ Who sat and drank coffee with Abraham in the desert.
It was Christ Who died in Isaac’s place.
It was Christ Who wrestled with Jacob.
It was Christ Who walked with Enoch until the two entered glory.
It was Christ represented when the Lamb was slain and sin covered.
The High Priest was but a poor representation of Christ our High Priest.
It was Christ Who called Samuel to service.
The whole of Scripture sings of Christ.
Shall we not sing with Him?

Jesus said:

John 5:44-47 KJV “How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only? (45) Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. (46) For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. (47) But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Moses wrote of Christ in Deuteronomy 18:18-19, and Peter preached this text in:

Acts 3:19-23 KJV “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (20) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: (21) Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (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; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. (23) And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.”

God will destroy those who reject Christ.

Jesus Christ Is The Only Means By Which We Are Saved

John 5:24 KJV “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

If you do have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ then you shall not come into condemnation; but are passed from death unto life. This relationship is the most important thing you will ever have in your life.

Do you know Him? If you do not, today is the day to run to His embrace.

Appendix – The Trinity In Scripture

God the Father

God the Son

God the Spirit

Is Called God

Philippians 1:2

John 1:1-14, Colossians 2:9

Acts 5:3-4

Is Called Creator

Isaiah 64:8

John 1:3, Colossians 1:15-17

Job 26:13, 33:4

Resurrects The Dead

1 Thessalonians 1:10

John 2:19, 10:17

Romans 8:11

Indwells His People

2 Corinthians 6:16

Colossians 1:27

John 14:17

Is Everywhere

1 Kings 8:27

Matthew 28:20

Psalms 139:7-10

Is All Knowing

1 John 3:20

John 16:30, 21:17

1 Corinthians 2:10-11

Sanctifies or Sets Apart Us

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Hebrews 2:11

1 Peter 1:2

Is The Life Giver

Genesis 2:7, John 5:21

John 1:3, 5:21

2 Corinthians 3:6-8

Fellowships With Us

1 John 1:3

1 Corinthians 1:9

2 Corinthians 13:14, Philippians 2:1

Is Eternal

Psalms 90:2

Micah 5:1-2

Romans 8:11, Hebrews 9:14

Has Power

Luke 22:42

Luke 22:42

1 Corinthians 12:11

Speaks With Authority

Matthew 3:17, Luke 9:25

Luke 5:20

Acts 8:29, 11:12, 13:2

Exemplifies Love

John 3:16

Ephesians 5:25

Romans 15:30

Searches The Heart of Man

Jeremiah 17:10

Revelation 2:23

1 Corinthians 2:10

1 G3141 (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries), μαρτυρία, marturia, pronounced mar-too-ree’-ah, From G3144; evidence given (judicially or generally): – record, report, testimony, witness.

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