John 5:24 – Jesus says that whoever “heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me hath everlasting life.” Yet, earlier on (in John 3:36) Jesus also said “he that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” How can this be? Is Jesus equating Himself with God the Father?

John 5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John 5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Consider the following two verses:
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)

In the two verses above, we are given TWO names whereby we must be saved: Jesus (“the Son”) and God the Father (“Him that sent me”). Yet, the bible in Acts 4:12, speaking of Jesus says: “Neither is there salvation in any other [Person]: for there is NO OTHER name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. This verse compels us to understand that both Jesus the Christ and God His Father must be one. This conclusion should not come as a surprise to us since later on in the Book of John, Jesus asserts this very thing (cf. John 10:30).

In conclusion, when Jesus uses His name and His Father’s name interchangeably in regards to Who must be believed on for everlasting life; He is also claiming that both names and therefore both Persons are equal. Logically speaking, Jesus is claiming to be equal with God.

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