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5:21 quickeneth whom he will. The Jews were seeking His life because they understood Him to be making Himself equal with God (John 5:18) when He claimed God was His Father. His response proved that this was exactly what He was claiming, for He claimed that the Father showed Him all that He did, that He could raise the dead, that all judgment had been committed to Him and, finally, that He—as the unique Son of God—should be honored in the same degree that they honored the Father. Such statements as these, occurring frequently in John’s gospel, leave no doubt whatever that Jesus believed and claimed that He was “equal with God” (John 5:18).

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