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. ~ John 5:19.
There are some who argue that Jesus was not divine because of verses such as the one above. They claim this proves that Jesus is not God because he could only do what he saw the Father do.
Before proceeding forward and showing why this is a flawed conclusion, allow me to make one observation that those, such as Muslim apologists, overlook in their argument.
In their argument that Jesus could only do what he saw the Father do, they fail to acknowledge that their own prophet, Muhammad, could not do anything that the Father did.
Unlike Jesus, Muhammad never healed the sick, cast out devils, raised the dead, or perform miracles. Muhammad has no recorded works that resemble anything like the Father revealed to Jesus.
According to Jesus, the Father did not simply reveal to him the works that he wanted Jesus or any other man to do. According to Jesus, the Father showed him all things that he himself does. Therefore, the works which Jesus did from the Father, wasn’t independent of the Father, they were the very same works that the Father himself, as God alone, does.
Muhammad could never make such a claim, and this is what Muslim apologists leave out of their argument. The works that Jesus did were the works that God himself does, and only he himself can do. This is why Jesus could claim equality with God and cite the works he did from the Father as evidence of such.
Notice the words of Jesus from John 5:19 in a wider context.
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 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. 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. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. ~ John 5:16- 21
Notice that Jesus claims that as the Father raises up the dead and quickens them; even so the Son quickens whom he will. This is exactly what Jesus is referring to when he says, “the Son can do nothing of himself.”
God is a healing God, therefore Jesus healed. God is a miracle worker. therefore Jesus worked miracles. Jesus does not do anything except what he sees the Father do. Again, Jesus could claim equality with God and cite the works he did from the Father as evidence of equality with God.
Notice verse 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.
When Islamic apologists attempt to make the Son-ship of Jesus Christ into a common thing, they dishonor both the Son and the Father. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God who came down from above and who dwelt with the Father in eternities past.
Micah 5:2 makes mention of Jesus as the ruler who came from Bethlehem whose goings forth have been from of old, from EVERLASTING.
The apostle Peter described the honor which belongs to Jesus as the Son of God when he made the following statement:
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. ~ 2 Peter 1:16-17
Notice that Peter refers to Jesus’ Son-ship as majesty, honor, and glory from God.
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