John 5:19-40 (NRSV)
The judgment of the Son
Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do
nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever
the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and
shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater
works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the
Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life
to whomever he wishes. The Father judges no one but has given all
judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor
the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father
who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and
believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under
judgment, but has passed from death to life.
"Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here,
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear
will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has
granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him
authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be
astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their
graves will hear his voice and will come out those who have done good,
to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the
resurrection of condemnation.
"I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my
judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of
him who sent me.
"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is
another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me
is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth.
Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that
you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were
willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony
greater than John's. The works that the Father has given me to
complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the
Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on
my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do
not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom
he has sent.
"You search the scriptures because you think that in them you
have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you
refuse to come to me to have life.