John 5:23 – The Honor Due Jesus

John 5:22 For neither does the Father judge any man, but he has given all judgment to the Son,
John 5:23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn’t honor the Son doesn’t honor the Father who sent him.

The thought is evidently often assumed, added to and read into John 5:23 that Jesus is equal to his God and Father in being, or that in some way the worship and/or glory that is only belongs his God and Father is also given/attributed to the Son of Yahweh, and then, from this, it is further to be assumed that Jesus is Yahweh (Jehovah). Actually, Jesus did not mention “worship” at all, but he does speak of “honor”. Thus, the idea of “worship” has to be assumed, added to and read into Jesus’ words.

The “honor” spoken of in John 5:23 is the honor of being judge, not of being worshiped as the Most High. This honor is given as a result of the fact that all judgment — the authority to judge — has been given to Jesus from the God and Father of Jesus. Thus the God and Father of Jesus comes to judge the world by means of the one ordained. — Psalm 96:13; 98:9; Acts 17:31.

Indeed,  if is is assumed that Jesus was saying in the words recorded in John 5:23 that Jesus is Yawheh, such would mean that Jesus was not Yahweh until he received the ordination of judge. The fact that Jesus is given this judgment (authority to judge), and the honor of being such a judge as the representative of Yahweh, does not mean that Jesus became his God and Father due to his receiving this honor of judging the world. Actually, it is in respects to his being the one ordained by the only true God as Judge that Jesus is given honor even as they honor the God and Father of Jesus. In this sense, as judge, Jesus is equal to his God and Father, since Jesus has been ordained as judge of all (excluding, of course, the Most High who has given this authority to his son — 1 Corinthians 15:27), but this does not mean that Jesus has received the glory that only belongs to his God and Father, or that Jesus became, in being, Most High due to his being ordained as Judge by the Most High. Jesus is given such authority because he has proven that he will always perform the will of the only true God. — John 8:29; Hebrews 12:2.

See also:
http://godandson.reslight.net/worshipjesus.html
http://reslight.net/forum/index.php?topic=194.0

This short study of John 5:23 is particular interest to:  Bible Students, Jehovah’s Witnesses, unitarians, believers in the trinity doctrine, believers in the oneness doctrine.

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2 responses to “John 5:23 – The Honor Due Jesus

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