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Gospel of John is written to the persecuted church and it is about Jesus’ identity.
Huge claim! Claims that this man, Jesus, is the Son of God.
In this section Jesus defends Himself as if He’s in a courtroom, and He calls witnesses to defend Himself.

31 “If I testify about Myself, My testimony is not valid. 32 There is Another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony He gives about Me is valid. a 33 You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34 I don’t receive man’s testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 John d was a burning and shining lamp, and for a time you were willing to enjoy his light.

Verse 31

31 “If I testify about Myself, My testimony is not valid.

If Jesus tells us things about Himself, why should we believe Him?
NIV Application Commentary
In 5:31 Jesus is not saying that any self-testimony he gives is false, but rather that its validity is inadmissible unless it is confirmed by other witnesses.
Gary M. Burge, John, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2000), 179.
In 5:31 Jesus is not saying that any self-testimony he gives is false, but rather that its validity is inadmissible unless it is confirmed by other witnesses.
Gary M. Burge, John, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2000), 179.
In 5:31 Jesus is not saying that any self-testimony he gives is false, but rather that its validity is inadmissible unless it is confirmed by other witnesses.
In 5:31 Jesus is not saying that any self-testimony he gives is false, but rather that its validity is inadmissible unless it is confirmed by other witnesses.
Gary M. Burge, John, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2000), 179.
Gary M. Burge, John, The NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2000), 179.
Who witnesses about Jesus?
“Another”
Some say that the “Another” in v. 32 is God the Father, others say that it is John the Baptist
John
V. 33 says that John testified to the truth. What did John the baptist teach?

John 5:36-40

36 “But I have a greater testimony than John’s because of the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish. These very works I am doing testify about Me that the Father has sent Me. 37 The Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. You have not heard His voice at any time, and you haven’t seen His form. 38 You don’t have His word living in you, because you don’t believe the One He sent. 39 You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me. 40 And you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have life.

More Witnesses
V. 37 also mentions the Father
Jesus’ Works
Scripture

41 “I do not accept glory from men, 42 but I know you—that you have no love for God within you. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, yet you don’t accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe? While accepting glory from one another, you don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God. 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. 47 But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

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