John 5:25-29

There is another heresy which believes the Son, Jesus, is of lesser authority than the Father, that He is a creation of the Father and subordinate to Him. This heretical belief is called Arianism and came to the forefront initially in the 3rd century. However, certain sects and “denominations” of Christianity still hold to this heretical idea today. Again, Jesus’ own words stand against such heresy:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, an 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 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 marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. – John 5:25-29, ESV

Part of this whole discourse is Jesus pointing out that He is of equal authority with the Father. Combined with other passages, such as John 1:1, there is no support for Jesus either being a creation of the Father or Jesus being subordinate to the Father. He has been from the beginning, He is God, and and He was with the Father, who is also God. 

Why is this important? If you’ve ever dealt with someone who had a supervisor who could overrule a decision and then had that decision changed to your detriment by said superior, you have an understanding of how important this is with regards to something like salvation and eternal life. And because of that, Jesus made it clear that with regards to life or judgment, He makes the call. 

Therefore, we can take solace in the fact the He is the arbiter for forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life. His death on the Cross has paid for our sins and by His grace we are saved. There are no additional requirements. There are no others we are required to please. Christ alone. Not just for how we are saved, but also for who determines our salvation. Praise Him!


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