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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN - Chapter 5 - Verse 36

Verse 36. Greater witness. Stronger, more decisive evidence.

The works. The miracles—healing the sick and raising the dead.

Hath given me. Hath committed to me, or appointed me to do. Certain things he intrusted in his hands to accomplish.

To finish. To do or to perform until the task is completed. the word is applied to the termination of anything, as we say a task is ended or a work is completed. So Jesus said, when he expired, It is "finished," Joh 19:30. From this it appears that Jesus came to accomplish a certain work; and hence we see the reason why he so often guarded his life and sought his safety until the task was fully completed. These works or miracles bore witness of him; that is, they showed that he was sent from god, because none but God could perform them, and because God would not give such power to any whose life and doctrines he did not approve. They were more decisive proof than the testimony of John, because,

1st. John worked no miracles Joh 10:41

2nd. It was possible that a man might be deceived or be an imposter. It was not possible for God to deceive.

3rd. The miracles which Jesus wrought were such as no man could work, and no angel. He that could raise the dead must have all power, and he who commissioned Jesus, therefore, must be God.

{i} "the works" Joh 10:25; 15:24; Ac 2:22

{k} "the Father" Mt 3:17; 17:5

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