John 5:25-47 Bible in Basic English

25  Truly I say to you, The time is coming, it has even now come, when the voice of the Son of God will come to the ears of the dead, and those hearing it will have life. 26  For even as the Father has life in himself, so he has given to the Son to have life in himself. 27  And he has given him authority to be judge because he is the Son of man. 28  Do not be surprised at this: for the time is coming when his voice will come to all who are in the place of the dead, 29  And they will come out; those who have done good, into the new life; and those who have done evil, to be judged.

Witnesses to Jesus

30  Of myself I am unable to do anything: as the voice comes to me so I give a decision: and my decision is right because I have no desire to do what is pleasing to myself, but only what is pleasing to him who sent me.

31  If I gave witness about myself, my witness would not be true. 32  There is another who gives witness about me and I am certain that the witness he gives about me is true. 33  You sent to John and he gave true witness. 34  But I have no need of a man's witness: I only say these things so that you may have salvation. 35  He was a burning and shining light, and for a time you were ready to be happy in his light. 36  But the witness which I have is greater than that of John: the work which the Father has given me to do, the very work which I am now doing, is a witness that the Father has sent me. 37  And the Father himself who sent me has given witness about me. Not one of you has ever given ear to his voice; his form you have not seen. 38  And you have not kept his word in your hearts, because you have not faith in him whom he has sent. 39  You make search in the holy Writings, in the belief that through them you get eternal life; and it is those Writings which give witness about me. 40  And still you have no desire to come to me so that you may have life. 41  I do not take honour from men; 42  But I have knowledge of you that you have no love for God in your hearts. 43  I have come in my Father's name, and your hearts are not open to me. If another comes with no other authority but himself, you will give him your approval. 44  How is it possible for you to have faith while you take honour one from another and have no desire for the honour which comes from the only God? 45  Put out of your minds the thought that I will say things against you to the Father: the one who says things against you is Moses, on whom you put your hopes. 46  If you had belief in Moses you would have belief in me; for his writings are about me. 47  If you have no belief in his writings, how will you have belief in my words?


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