32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?
35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),
36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
37 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.
40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed.
41 Then many came to Him and said, “John performed no sign, but all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.”
42 And many believed in Him there.
They didn’t stone Him for His works (public ministry). They knew He did no wrong (v. 32).
You are gods (v. 34) Those who receive power from God and act in His authority are called gods (Psalm 82:6; Exodus 7:1). So why did they call Him, who was set apart by God for a special purpose, a blasphemer for Saying He was the Son of God? God will judge the gods for ruling unjustly.
Scripture cannot be broken (v. 35) — every word is true.
know (revelation) and believe (continuous knowledge) (v.38)
The Father is in Me, and I in Him (v. 38) — essential oneness
Some say Jesus never claimed to be God, but the Jews (v. 39) understood what He was saying.
He escaped miraculously (v. 39).
beyond the Jordan (v. 40) — where His ministry began
Christ’s argument in these verses is two-fold. First, they accepted Psalms as of divine authority and had no problem with men being called gods who receive divine communication. So, why were they offended when He called Himself the Son of God when it was obvious that He was sent by the Father? Second, His words and miracles have demonstrated divine power.
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