RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT, #530
"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 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." (JOH 5:22-23)
The Jews had passed judgment upon the Lord Jesus Christ, and in His response to their unjust judgment, He tells them "the Father judgeth no man."
We read about judgment in MAT 7:1-5. "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brothers eye."
The Jews had judged the Lord Jesus Christ as being worthy of death. How little did they realize that the judgment that they passed upon Christ was the very judgment that they deserved.
Our text says, "For the Father judgeth no man." Do you and I dare to presume to place ourselves above God and set ourselves in the seat of being judge? The Lord Jesus is pointing out here what constitutes righteous judgment. "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." Its important that we understand the teaching of our Saviour in this point.
JOH 5:18 says, "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."
The Jews judged Him to be a blasphemer. When they said that He makes Himself equal with God, the Lord Jesus immediate response was, "Amen, amen!"
They didnt realize that their judgment was not just. The Lord Jesus is saying, "the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." Their judgment was based purely upon what they had seen with their eyes and what they had heard with their ears, but see what the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah.
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him [Notice where His qualifications come from.], the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD," in other words, His holy awe and reverence for the authority under which He places Himself. (ISA 11:1-2)
JOH 5:23 reads, "That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father." Jesus is not robbing God of His honor to make Himself equal with God. Yet He has "the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord." Even being equal with the Father, He yet has a holy reverence for His authority.
We read in ISA 11:3, "And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes..." Righteous judgment cannot be that which you see with your eyes, because you dont know whats in the persons heart. You cannot judge the heart or the conscience of your fellow man. The Lord Jesus Christ does not "judge after the sight of his eyes," that is to judge by only that which meets the eye.
Verse 3 continues, "neither reprove after the hearing of his ears." That means, when you look it up in the original, "based on hearsay." You cannot pass judgment on somebody based on what you hear.
Ive had many a person talk to me and give me their definition of a certain set of circumstances and ask me what I think. My response has to be, "Im sorry. I cannot even attempt to form an opinion until Ive heard the other side also."
If we pass judgment based on hearsay, we will condemn the righteous and justify the wicked. The scribes and the Pharisees and the Jews were guilty of this error. They were condemning the righteous. They were judging after the sight of their eyes and after hearsay. "He shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears," in other words, Hes not going to base His judgment upon what He hears.
Verse 4 continues, "But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth [with righteousness, with fairness]: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked."
The Jews who were passing judgment upon the Lord Jesus Christ were judging Him to be guilty of death because He made Himself equal with God. He was smiting them. That is what He is doing in His answer. He is smiting them "with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." He will cut them down by giving them an answer, by giving them a reproof that literally slaughters their unjust judgment.
Continuing with verse 5, "And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins." What is righteous judgment? How do God, the Father and God, the Son judge righteously?
Our Saviour was so distinguished from those who were slow to understand and void of the fear of the Lord. One of the first, most essential elements of righteous judgment, is to have the fear of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom, and the spirit of understanding to be able to make right judgment. It has to begin with a holy awe and reverence for the will of God. Look at JOH 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 hath sent me."
Reverence for the Fathers will is what qualifies the Lord Jesus to be able to pass right judgment. He is not judging by the sight of His eyes or by hearsay. Hes not judging by what would be His pleasure. He is judging by that which would be the will of the Father. He makes Himself qualified by the fact that there is no conflict of interest in His judgment. That distinguishes the Saviour.
The Jews were void of the fear of the Lord. Their judgment was after the sight of their eyes. They judged by what they saw and they judged by what met the eye and the hearing of their ears, or in other words from hearsay. Instead of going to the Lord Jesus to ask Him, they came already having passed judgment.
I had a time in my own life when two of the elders of the church came to explain to me that I owed a man an apology. I said, "Im sorry. I have to disqualify both of you as judges." "What do you mean? Were elders!"
I said, "I dont care what you are. The thing you have overlooked is that you came here having already passed judgment and I havent even said a word. You havent asked me what happened. You havent heard the other side and you have already passed judgment. Im sorry but youre both disqualified."
By the hearing of their ears they had already passed judgment on the basis of hearing one side. This is what happened with the Jews. They had formed and jumped to a conclusion and came to the Lord Jesus Christ having already passed judgment. The Jews saw and heard. They saw the man that had been made whole carrying his bed, and they passed judgment upon Jesus on the basis of what they were told.
JOH 5:15-16 says, "The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day." They had already passed judgment and they had never spoken to Jesus.
They condemned Him for the fact that He passed righteous judgment, that is, "...with righteousness shall he judge the poor." They were passing judgment on Him for the very thing that Isaiah had prophesied. "With righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth." (ISA 11:4)
Not only did Jesus heal the poor, impotent man, but also He judged the poor, impotent man in mercy. On the basis of mercy the impotent man was healed and He also reproved that man with equity. He reproved "with equity for the meek of the earth."
JOH 5:14 says, "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." Not only did He heal the man, but He reproved him, He cautioned him, "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." The Lord Jesus was fulfilling the very office prophesied by Isaiah.
It was by His response to the Jews who sought to slay Him for righteous judgment that Jesus fulfilled the prophesy, "...and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." He was smiting these Jews, showing them wherein they have used unrighteous judgment. They have no answer. When He gets done giving them His explanation of righteous judgment, they dont have an answer.
"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. 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." (JOH 5:19-20)
Jesus identifies what it was that qualified His judgment as righteous judgment. He says in JOH 5:30, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because [He tells us why His judgment is just.] I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."
Hes reproving the scribes and Pharisees. They are shown to be self-willed, serving self and gratifying self. They are not judging righteously. What an eternal wonder it is how Jehovah, that is, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are revealed in perfect harmony by their righteous judgment. Our Saviours declaration that "the Father judgeth no man," that is, no person, is especially noteworthy! Understand the significance of this.
The Father is the One whom we might most naturally expect judgment from. He is the One we have wronged! His law was trampled upon in the Garden of Eden. He is the One whom we have rebelled against. The love of the Father in choosing us from all eternity was trampled upon to the extent that He had to give His own Son to be able to cleanse us from that sin. We might justly have expected to receive judgment from Him.
Isnt the most natural thing in your life and mine that when you and I are the offended party that we immediately judge the offender wherein he was wrong? Wouldnt we most naturally expect to receive judgment from the Father whom we have wronged?
The sin in Paradise was open rebellion against His authority. All those who refuse to bow to the authority, which the Father has placed upon the name of His only begotten Son, rebel against the Fathers specific command. It is the Father whom we have offended. The Father has commanded that we reverence the name, or the authority, of His Son.
We read in 1JO 3:23, "And this is his commandment [the commandment of the Father], That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."
That word name comes from the Greek word "onama," which means "a name of authority." The commandment of the Father is that we must reverence and believe upon the name, or the authority, that He has given His Son, and we must obey His commandment (the commandment of the Son) to love one another.
Every violation of Christs command to "love one another, as he gave us commandment," is an act of open rebellion against the Fathers command. See to what extent you and I by nature have offended the Father and how we have sinned against His command. Every violation that we make against the commandment of the Son, Jesus Christ, is open rebellion against the Fathers command.
Why? What command is it rebelling against? Its rebelling against the command that we see in PHI 2:10-11. "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow [This is the reward the Father has given His Son: that you and I must bow at the name of Jesus. We are violating, we are defying the command of the Father when we dont bow at the name of Jesus.], of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
The Father is glorified when you and I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We have to understand how grievously we sin against the commandment of the Father, how grievously we offend the Father in any sin we sin against the authority of His Son, in any sin that we sin against the authority of the Word, because Christ is the Word.
Now see wherein our Saviours judgment is so just! For judgment to be just the offended party does not sit in judgment. "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." Do you see why? The Father is the offended party and now the Son sits in judgment of your actions and of your conduct wherein you have offended against the Father, because the Father is the offended party.
JOH 5:30 says, "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."
He understands, He knows with such perfection the will of the Father, and He is judging according to the will of the Father, not according to His own will. Therefore He can give just judgment, because the offended party is the Father.
When our Saviour was reviled and mocked, when they wagged their heads while He was hanging upon the cross and said, "Come down and save thyself," He did not pass judgment. Now the Son is the offended party. Did He pass judgment? No, but He prayed for His tormentors saying "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (LUK 23:34)
While He was being tormented, while He was being mocked, while He was being scoffed at, He could have passed judgment, but He didnt. He was righteous, but He was now the offended party. He prays to the Father, "forgive them; for they know not what they do."
Even as He thus prayed for His enemies, He surrendered judgment into His Fathers hand. This Spirit of Christ is given for our example.
1PE 2:21 says, "For even hereunto were ye called..." We are called unto that Spirit of Christ. If you have suffered wrongfully and taken it cheerfully, this is pleasing to the Lord.
The Lord Jesus, hanging on the cross, prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." This is the Spirit of Christ.
Verses 21-23 continue, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously."
When Jesus was reviled He did not pass judgment. He committed Himself unto "him that judgeth righteously." The lesson that we need to learn is that if we are the offended party, we cannot pass judgment on who was right or wrong. We have to commit judgment unto One who will judge righteously.
There would be fewer contentions in this world if people really understood that principle. You could not be contentious if you really understood that you could never judge, even in your heart, another person wrong if they have offended you, because the Lord knows their heart. Maybe you offended them first. Maybe he had a reason for being offended. Maybe what he said offended you, but he might also have been right. Righteous judgment never begins in the heart of the offended party.
"Who, When he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously." (1PE 2:23) The Jews had passed judgment upon Jesus for healing one impotent man out of a multitude. There was a multitude in those five porches, and the Lord Jesus had healed one. Jesus could also have, by one word, healed the whole multitude. Was He unjust by healing one and leaving the rest to remain in their misery? No, because He might justly have left all to remain in their misery.
Is it a wonder that God loved Jacob and hated Esau? Is that unjust to Esau? No. The wonder of grace is that He loved Jacob. The wonder is if He loves you, not that He did not love the one whos standing alongside you.
The Jews were passing judgment upon the Lord Jesus who had healed one while the multitude lay in these five porches, but their judgment was unjust, because they knew not the sovereignty of the Son in choosing whom He will. The Lord Jesus is also setting them straight on this. He declares His sovereignty in the fact that He chose to heal the one and to leave the rest remaining in their miseries.
Look at JOH 5:21. "For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will." The Lord Jesus is reproving them for the ignorance of His sovereignty. He had a sovereign right that was not unjust on His part. He had the sovereign right to quicken whom He will.
The great multitude is totally impotent under the power of sin, but it is only those whom the Father has given unto the Son whom the Son wills to quicken.
How you and I would love to be able to convince the Lord to quicken each of our loved ones, would we not? Wouldnt it be our greatest pleasure if we could say, "Lord, quicken that one, and that one, and that one." But when I see one of my loved ones going on in their natural state, and I see one of my loved ones that are yet under the power of sin, and I come to plead for them before the throne of grace, then I have to say, "Lord, if it be thy will, quicken them," because He quickens whom He will and whom He will He hardeneth.
This was the sovereignty of His will that the Jews did not understand. He did not quicken the multitude; He quickened one.
JOH 5:30 says, "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."
Thats why His judgment is just. His judgment in picking only that impotent one was just, because He was doing the will of the Father. His judgment was just, because He was in unconditional surrender to the will of the Father and the Father is the one who loved His own from eternity.
We read in JOH 17:1-2, "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him."
It was the Lord Jesus will to quicken only the one because it was only that one that the Father had given Him. Thats why His judgment was just, because He was judging, because "I seek not mine own will;" it was the Fathers will.
This quickening by the new birth of those who are spiritually dead is the work of the Trinity. The work of salvation, the work of regeneration, begins with the Fathers choosing, includes the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the quickening of the Holy Spirit. The work of regeneration is the work of the Trinity.
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power [of the Father], Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." (EPH 1:19-23)
The Father wrought His mighty work in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in heavenly places. The Father gave us His Son and has put all things under His feet and has made Him the head over all things.
Our spiritual quickening is not only of the Father, and of the Son, but also of the Holy Ghost.
EPH 2:1-3 says, "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
Until the quickening power of the Holy Spirit quickens our souls, we are children of wrath, even as others.
Look at verses 4-6. "But God [The word God is plural, that is the Trinity.], who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."
All salvation, all quickening, and all grace are the Fathers work. All grace comes to us because it is the Fathers will. The Lord Jesus Christ was entering righteous judgment when He quickened one out of an entire multitude.
Our text teaches the absolute equality and harmony in the Trinity. There is perfect equality and perfect harmony in the Trinity. We read in JOH 5:22-23, "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 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."
Do you see the equality? Notice the accusation and the charge that was brought against Jesus by the Jews: "making himself equal with God." He says in verse 23, "That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father." The Lord Jesus did not deny Himself to escape the wrath of the Jews. The Lord Jesus came out and profoundly slew them with the breath of His mouth.
"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." This is what I explained earlier: when you do not honor the authority of the Son that the Father has placed upon Him, you dishonor the Father. Thats what He says here: "He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him."
The Son of God was willing to lay down His life in the most ignominious death to honor His Father. He was willing to allow Himself to be murdered as a criminal. He was willing to allow Himself to be hung before the world as a malefactor, the Holy One of God, the co-equal of the Father, who was without spot and without blemish. He was willing to bow, to humble Himself, to bow unto the wrath of the Father for the purpose of honoring the Fathers authority. He obeyed.
JOH 12:27-28 says, "Now is my soul troubled [When that hour came and the blessed Son of God approached that hour of darkness and death, He said,]; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. [What was His next statement?] Father, glorify thy name..."
Humbling Himself unto death was required to glorify the name of his Father, then He said, "Father, glorify thy name." He was willing to do the will of His Father. The Father was so glorified by such unconditional surrender to His will that He answered by an audible voice from heaven. Verse 28 continues, "Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."
The Father glorified His name by the unconditional surrender of His Son. The Father glorified His name by giving the gift of His Son. What a glorious Father we have that was willing to give His own Son to suffer, bleed, and die to remove our penalty, to become our substitute under His holy wrath. The Father glorified His name, and says, "and will glorify it again."
The Father was first glorified by Jesus humble obedience unto death, even the death of the cross, and then He was glorified by bestowing His reward upon the Son for such obedience.
"Wherefore [He humbled Himself unto death, even the death of the cross Wherefore, in other words in exchange for, in payment of, as the reward for.] God also hath highly exalted him [This is where the Father glorified His name again in giving Him that perfect reward.], and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (PHI 2:9-11)
See how the Father honors the Son and how the Son honored the Father. This is what our text is speaking about, that we must honor the Son as well as we honor the Father. "He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him."
The Father is so jealous of the honor of His Son. This was the climax of the glory of the Father in giving His Son the reward for such unconditional obedience. Now, do you see why it is so provoking when we do not honor the Son as we honor the Father, because now this is the Fathers highest commandment? This now becomes the Fathers ultimate climax of His glory: the glorification of the Father in giving that reward to His Son.
Jesus said in JOH 5:24, "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."
See the authority that He places upon His Word: "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me..." That believing means to bow in unconditional surrender to that authority. Are we now going to bow to the authority of the Father and His command in glorifying the Son? How do we glorify His Son? We glorify Him by bowing to the authority of the Son.
"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."
That is the work of grace; that is the work of the new birth when our heart is brought in unconditional surrender to the authority of the Word. "He that heareth my word." That Word has such authority, and God is so jealous of that Word.
This hearing of our Saviours words is more than with the natural ear alone; it is to put what He says into action. We can hear what He says, but if we dont do it, we havent heard it.
I remember an old statement of my fathers. He said, "You havent heard me." Id ask him, "What do you mean? Yes, I heard you." He said, "Youre not doing it: you havent heard what I said."
Can we say that we are hearers of the Word and not doers? We have not heard with the spiritual ear because we have not put it into action.
JOH 15:7 says, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
Thats where we find power in prayer: we hear, we do, and then He says that He will hear.
Think about it as a parent: you have a child that has something that he wants you to do for him, but hes disobeyed everything youve told him to do. Are you going to snap and give him everything he wants just because hes your child? You are more apt to give him what he wants when he is in humble obedience and when he has come into unconditional surrender to the rules of your house; then if he asks a petition you are more apt to grant it.
This is logical what the Lord Jesus is saying. If you hear what He says and do it, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you," then you will ask what you will and it shall be done.
So how do we honor the Son? We honor the Son by honoring the Fathers command to believe upon the Name of His only begotten Son! We honor Him by honoring the commandment of the Father.
"Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. [Watch what fruit He says we must bear:] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Fathers commandments, and abide in his love." (JOH 15:8-10)
Do we want to abide in the love of God? The Son abides in the love of the Father by doing His commandments. You and I will abide in the love of the Son by doing His commandments.
Verses 11-12 continue, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. [How is our joy fulfilled?] This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
Thats a heavy mantle. We must love one another with the love with which Christ has loved us: that He has taken every sin and covered it with His blood. We must love with that type of love, that we are not looking to parrot somebodys weaknesses and their sins over the country, but that we have charity, we have love, we look to see if we can find something for which we can praise, something for which we can speak well, something for which we can show honor to our fellow man. Were not looking for something to criticize. That is loving as He loved.
Our Saviour reveals such a blessed harmony in purpose and will between Himself and the Father in our salvation in JOH 5:24. "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."
See the perfect harmony between the will of the Father and the will of the Son. Hear His words and "believeth on him that sent me." Do you know why? The will of "him that sent me" is to obey His commandment. What was His commandment? "That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
Honoring the Son is honoring the Father as we see from our text in JOH 5:23. "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."
The same honor given to the One must be given to the other, which may never have been done were the Son not equal with the Father. The accusation against Jesus was that He made Himself equal with God. Jesus vindicates Himself when He says, "Amen, amen!" to this. If He were not equal, He may not have honor equal to the Father.
ISA 42:8 says, "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."
The God of heaven will not give His honor to another. To honor the Son even as we honor the Father means that they are One. Hes using this to respond to their accusation that He was making Himself equal with God. He is saying that they honor the One by honoring the Other. God says that He will not give His glory to another, neither His praise to graven images.
We read in ISA 48:11, "For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another."
If it were not for the Oneness of the Father and the Son, He would be stealing; He would be committing the same sin that Adam and Eve committed in Paradise by making Himself equal with God. That was the sin of Paradise. "Ye shall be as gods." They were stealing a position that Christ rightfully owned.
The Lord is very jealous of His honor as we see from MAL 1:6. "A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts..."
The Lord wants us to honor Him as a Father. He is appealing to our natural affection. He said that your son honors you as a father. If Im a Father, where is my honor? A servant honors his master. If Im your Master, where is my fear? Where is my respect?
Jesus said, "He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him," and how is that? "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." (1JO 3:23-24)
When you and I keep the commandments of Christ, when we love one another as He loved us, then He says, "he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit [by the attitude, by the mental disposition] which he hath given us."
What attitude do we have to our fellow man? Not believing upon the Son is to not believe or reverence the authority of the Father, which sent Him. When we do not reverence the authority of the Son, we are setting the authority of the Father at naught.
See what Jesus said in commissioning His Apostles in MAR 16:15-16. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. [Notice that He is talking about every person.] He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Its a solemn reality of those who refuse to honor the Son and to honor the authority that the Father has given the Son. "He that believeth not shall be damned."
Jesus said in our text, "That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son [that is, those that believe not on the Son] honoureth not the Father which hath sent him." (JOH 5:23) Amen.
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