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Sin No More
JOHN 5 BIBLE STUDY

John 5:14-25 Sin No More

JOHN 5:14-15  14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” 15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

What does John 7:14-15 tell us about this man who had been healed?
A.  There is no record of him thanking Jesus.
B.  The first thing he did was to become an informant for the Jews.
C.  Given Jesus' command for him to "sin no more" (John 7:14), his infirmity may have been due to a sin.

What is an example of an infirmity that can be caused by sin?
Syphilis from a prostitute.

What could be a “worse thing” (John 5:14)?
Going to hell.

After Jesus mentioned sin, did he turn toward Jesus or against Him?
It sounds like he turned against Him.

Did Jesus warn him against sinning to benefit him or to hurt him?
 

How do people react today when warned about their sin(s)?
They typically get upset at the messenger.

How do you react when people warn you about your sin(s)?
 

JOHN 5:16-18  16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” 18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

What kind of hearts did the Jews have?
Hard enough to want "to kill" (John 5:16) someone for showing compassion to another human being and healing him.

What made them seek to kill Jesus "all the more" (John 5:18)?
Jesus' expression of His deity.

Does Jesus let up?
See below.

JOHN 5:19-23  19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

Is Jesus saying that He is another God to rival the Father?
No, He is describing the traits of the Trinity, including their complete unity - “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner" (John 5:19) - as well as their distinct roles: "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son." (John 5:22)

What are “these” in John 5:20?
The healing by the pool of Bethesda.

What did the man do to earn the healing?
Nothing. God’s healing is a gift to the unworthy, who may remain unsaved.

What about those who are saved - what did they do to deserve it?
Nothing. "For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will." (John 5:21) Once again, it's a free gift to the unworthy based on the "will" of the Son.

Is it possible to believe in God the Father without believing in Jesus?
No: "He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him." (John 5:23)

Is it possible to honor Jesus a little bit less than God the Father?
No: "All should honor the Son just as they honor the Father." (John 5:23)

What has God the Father been doing since Creation?
"Working" (John 5:16).

How about God the Son?
"I have been working." (John 5:17)

What has God been working on?
"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." (Matthew 10:29-30). So God makes the birds fly, grows our hair, keeps in place every atom in the universe, and that's probably just the tip of the iceberg. We won't find out the full extent of what He does until we get to heaven, where we'll fall on our faces shouting, "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

JOHN 5:24-25  24 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

So when do we cross into "everlasting life" (John 5:24)?
When we listen to Jesus' words and believe in God as per John 5:24 (not only when we go to heaven) or upon the second coming of Jesus. One Christian tribe in Africa holds a funeral when a person accepts Jesus as Savior, and throws a party when that person dies physically. Their customs reflect John 5:24 better than ours do.

Who are the "dead" in John 5:25?
Jesus is referring to the spiritually dead, which is everyone before they "hear the voice of the Son of God" and "live."

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