**Different service location this Sunday, September 24th**

Toronto Library - Palmerston Theatre (560 Palmerston Ave.)

Time: 10am

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Jesus, the Son of God

May 22, 2022 Speaker: John Bell Series: The Gospel of John

Passage: John 5:16–30

  1. The Son insists he has the right to do what the Father does. In particular, like the Father, the Son works on the Sabbath (16-18).
  2. The Son insists he is subordinate to the Father, but it is a uniquely defined subordination: his functional subordination is grounded in his co-extensive action with the Father (19-23).
  3. The Son insists that, like the Father, he has life-in-himself (24-26).
  4. The Son of God insists he is also “a Son of Man” and as such, he is the God-sanctioned Judge of all (27-30)

Subordination Texts in John 5

  • The Son can do nothing by himself (of his own initiative) (19). 
  • The Son can do only what he sees his Father doing (19). 
  • Whatever the Father does, the Son also does (19) 
  • The Father shows the Son all he does (20).
  • The Father has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all might honour the Son as they honour the Father (22)
  • The Father has granted the Son to have life-in-himself (26)
  • The Father gives the Son authority to judge (27)
  • The Son can do nothing by himself, he judges only as he hears (30) 
  • The Son seeks not to please himself, but the one who sent him (30)


This sermon owes a debt to D.A. Carson’s commentary “The Gospel According to John,” and my 20-year-old notes from a cassette tape of Carson lecturing on this passage.   


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