Authenticity (John 5:31-47)Ben Clarke, 9th August 2015
Part of the Study of the Gospels series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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5:32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid.
5:33 "You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.
5:34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved.
5:35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
5:36 "I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.
5:37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
5:38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.
5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
5:40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
5:41 "I do not accept praise from men,
5:42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.
5:43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
5:44 How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God ?
5:45 "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.
5:46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.
5:47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"
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