A Question I Was Asked:

What About John 5:30-32 and Jehovah's Witnesses Claims?

Jehovah's Witnesses point to John 5:30-32 as evidence of their teaching that Jesus was not God, as God is God. What would you say to this?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay let us consider this:

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true. (John 5:30-32, NIV).

Okay, it is very simple really. Jesus was saying that if He started to become very individualistic, denying the Holy Trinity, and going off and 'doing His own thing' (as we say today), then He should not be believed. But there is more...

As all good Bible students should know, during His life on earth, Jesus was both God and man in one person. This doctrine is sometimes called the 'Hypostatic Union.' As a man during His human life, Jesus was certainly under the law and was obligated to keep the law (Galatians 4:4). While being lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:9), Jesus was necessarily cooperating with the limitations of being a man. So He was in complete subjection to the Father so that He might fulfill the law and be the true high priest sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 5:10).

But these verses can hardly be taken to mean that Jesus is not divine (especially when we consider the welter of Scriptures which clearly show that He is!), but it does mean that Jesus, as a man, was completely and totally in submission to the will of the Father and that Jesus would only do the will of the Father. Being both God and Man there are times when Jesus spoke more as a man and times when He spoke more as God, the Second Person of the Trinity. On this particular occasion He was expressing Himself as a man. Indeed, notice how He commences verse 30 with, "By myself..."

Robin A. Brace. September 15th, 2015.