Divine Commission by Individual Submission – John 5:16-22

Because of the misunderstanding of the Jews, Jesus provided a detailed description in this passage of His relationship and commissioning by the Heavenly Father. His relationship to God the Father was one of submission and in turn established the conditions under which He commissions believers:
1. “My Father is working until now, and I am working” (John 5:17). Jesus conducted His ministry when and where He saw God’s activity and providence even if it was on the Sabbath. Because the nature of the Father is continuous activity, Jesus, therefore, occupied Himself with constantly performing the work and activity of the Father
2. “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19). Jesus did as God the Father did. Jesus was completely submitted to the will of God the Father in accomplishing His mission. Therefore, Jesus did not act or speak of His own accord but only spoke or did what the Father told Him.
3. “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel” (John 5:20). The succession of authority flows from God the Father to the Son to Jesus’ disciples. Because the Father has commissioned the Son, the Son has the authority to commission His disciples.
As Jesus’ disciples, we should serve God following the same model Jesus used in His ministry, which is to be completely submitted to God so that you can see where God is working and then say or do what God directs you to do. Notice this approach is just the opposite from how most of us serve God , which is to think what good things we can do for God, go do them,  and  then ask God to bless our efforts.

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