Father God’s faithfulness within the context of relationship provides His children with an excellent sense of security and stability.
 
Isaiah 33:6
    6And He shall be stability in your times, an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the reverent fear and worship of the Lord is your treasure and His.
 
Lamentations 3:22-26
    22It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.
    23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
    24The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.
    25The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word].
    26It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.
 
2 Thessalonians 3:3
    3Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one].

 
Alternate Text


In many of these verses you will notice that He calls Himself a Rock. Here is one example:
 
Isaiah 26:3-4
    3You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
    4So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
 

Jesus gave this parable:
 
Matthew 7:24-27
    24So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.
    25And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
    26And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.
    27And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell--and great and complete was the fall of it.
 
Luke 6:47-49
    47For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like:
    48He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.
    49But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.
 

Focus on your Father God’s stability and faithfulness as you read these verses.
 
Alternate Text

God, Who names Himself your Father, assures:
 
Exodus 20:6
    6But showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deuteronomy 5:10
    10And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deuteronomy 5:29
    29Oh, that they had such a [mind and] heart in them always [reverently] to fear Me and keep all My commandments, that it might go well with them and with their children forever!
 
Deuteronomy 6:5-7
    5And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.
    6And these words which I am commanding you this day shall be [first] in your [own] minds and hearts; [then]
    7You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
 
Deuteronomy 12:28
    28Be watchful and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.
 
Deuteronomy 16:11
    11And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and daughter, your manservant and maidservant, and the Levite who is within your towns, the stranger or temporary resident, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place in which the Lord your God chooses to make His Name [and His Presence] dwell.
 
Joshua 1:5
    5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
 
1 Samuel 2:35
    35And I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to what is in My heart and mind. And I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed (Anointed) forever.
 
Psalm 89:24-26
    24My faithfulness and My mercy and loving-kindness shall be with him, and in My name shall his horn be exalted [great power and prosperity shall be conferred upon him].
    25I will set his hand in control also on the Sea, and his right hand on the rivers.
    26He shall cry to Me, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!
 
Psalm 89:28
    28My mercy and loving-kindness will I keep for him forevermore, and My covenant shall stand fast and be faithful with him.
 
Psalm 91:14-16
    14Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness--trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
    15He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
    16With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
 
Isaiah 27:2-3
    2In that day, A vineyard beloved and lovely; sing a responsive song to it and about it!
    3I, the Lord, am its Keeper; I water it every moment; lest anyone harm it, I guard and keep it night and day.
 
Isaiah 42:1-9
    1Behold, My Servant, Whom I uphold, My elect in Whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice and right and reveal truth to the nations.
    2He will not cry or shout aloud or cause His voice to be heard in the street.
    3A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not quench; He will bring forth justice in truth.
    4He will not fail or become weak or be crushed and discouraged till He has established justice in the earth; and the islands and coastal regions shall wait hopefully for Him and expect His direction and law.
    5Thus says God the Lord--He Who created the heavens and stretched them forth, He Who spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it, He Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
    6I the Lord have called You [the Messiah] for a righteous purpose and in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You for a covenant to the people for a light to the nations,
    7To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.
    8 I AM the Lord; that is My name! And My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images.
    9Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
 
Isaiah 42:16
    16And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known. I will make darkness into light before them and make uneven places into a plain. These things I have determined to do [for them]; and I will not leave them forsaken.
 
Isaiah 43:2
    2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
 
Isaiah 43:10-13
    10You are My witnesses, says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me, and understand that I AM He. Before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.
    11I, even I, AM the Lord, and besides Me there is no Savior.
    12I have declared [the future] and have saved [the nation in times of danger], and I have shown [that I AM God]--when there was no strange and alien god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I AM God.
    13Yes, from the time of the first existence of day and from this day forth I AM He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand. I will work, and who can hinder or reverse it?
 
Isaiah 51:6
    6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall be dissolved and vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But My salvation shall be forever, and My rightness and justice [and faithfully fulfilled promises] shall not be abolished.
 
Isaiah 58:8-11
    8Then shall your light break forth like the morning, and your healing (your restoration and the power of a new life) shall spring forth speedily; your righteousness (your rightness, your justice, and your right relationship with God) shall go before you [conducting you to peace and prosperity], and the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
    9Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, Here I AM. If you take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust, and wicked speaking,
    10And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.
    11And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.
 
Isaiah 59:21
    21As for Me, this is My covenant with them, says the Lord: My Spirit, Who is upon you [and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your [true, spiritual] children, or out of the mouths of your children's children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever.
 
Jeremiah 31:3
    3The Lord appeared from of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.
 
Hosea 2:19-20
    19And I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy.
    20I will even betroth you to Me in stability and in faithfulness, and you shall know (recognize, be acquainted with, appreciate, give heed to, and cherish) the Lord.
 
Hosea 6:6
    6For I desire and delight in dutiful steadfast love and goodness, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of and acquaintance with God more than burnt offerings.
 
Zechariah 7:9-10
    9Thus has the Lord of hosts spoken: Execute true judgment and show mercy and kindness and tender compassion, every man to his brother;
    10And oppress not the widow or the fatherless, the temporary resident or the poor, and let none of you devise or imagine or think evil against his brother in your heart.
 
Zechariah 9:8
    8Then I will encamp about My house as a guard or a garrison so that none shall march back and forth, and no oppressor or demanding collector shall again overrun them, for now My eyes are upon them.
 
Matthew 1:21
    21She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].
 

Hebrews 3:9
    9Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forbearance] and found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years.
 

Revelation 3:8
    8I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name.

 
Revelation 3:14
    14 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the trusty and faithful and true Witness, the Origin and Beginning and Author of God’s creation:
 

Revelation 21:5-7
    5And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).
    6And He [further] said to me, It is done! I AM the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life.
    7He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.
 

Alternate Text
 
Jesus continues:
 
Matthew 16:24-27
    24Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
    25For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
    26For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
    27For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory (majesty, splendor) of His Father with His angels, and then He will render account and reward every man in accordance with what he has done.
 
Mark 8:34-37
    34And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].
    35For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel's will save it [his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God].
    36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?
    37For what can a man give as an exchange (a compensation, a ransom, in return) for his [blessed] life [in the eternal kingdom of God]?
 
Mark 9:41
    41For I tell you truly, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to and bear the Name of Christ will by no means fail to get his reward.
 
Mark 10:17-27
    17And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?
    18And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good--except God alone.
    19You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.
    20And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood.
    21And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk].
    22At that saying the man's countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.
    23And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!
    24And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
    25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
    26And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and to one another, Then who can be saved?
    27Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.
 
Mark 11:25-26
    25And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.
    26But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.
 
Luke 4:10
    10For it is written, He will give His angels charge over you to guard and watch over you closely and carefully;
 
Luke 7:35
    35Yet [God’s] wisdom is vindicated ( shown to be true and divine) by all her children [by their life, character, and deeds]. {See Proverbs 8:1-31.}
 
Luke 9:23-25
    23And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].
    24For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death].
    25For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins or forfeits (loses) himself?
 
Luke 12:22-34
    22And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled [with cares] about your life, as to what you will [have to] eat; or about your body, as to what you will [have to] wear.
    23For life is more than food, and the body [more] than clothes.
    24Observe and consider the ravens; for they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; and [yet] God feeds them. Of how much more worth are you than the birds!
    25And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?
    26If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?
    27Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither [wearily] toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]
    28But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith?
    29And you, do not seek [by meditating and reasoning to inquire into] what you are to eat and what you are to drink; nor be of anxious (troubled) mind [unsettled, excited, worried, and in suspense];
    30For all the pagan world is [greedily] seeking these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
    31Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also.
    32Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!
    33Sell what you possess and give donations to the poor; provide yourselves with purses and handbags that do not grow old, an unfailing and inexhaustible treasure in the heavens, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
    34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 
Luke 16:10
    10He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much.
 
Luke 21:8-15
    8And He said, Be on your guard and be careful that you are not led astray; for many will come in My Name [appropriating to themselves the Name Messiah which belongs to Me], saying, I am he! and, The time is at hand! Do not go out after them.
    9And when you hear of wars and insurrections (disturbances, disorder, and confusion), do not become alarmed and panic-stricken and terrified; for all this must take place first, but the end will not [come] immediately.
    10Then He told them, Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. [2 Chronicles 15:6; Isaiah 19:2.]
    11There will be mighty and violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences (plagues: malignant and contagious or infectious epidemic diseases which are deadly and devastating); and there will be sights of terror and great signs from heaven.
    12But previous to all this, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, turning you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be led away before kings and governors for My Name's sake.
    13This will be a time (an opportunity) for you to bear testimony.
    14Resolve and settle it in your minds not to meditate and prepare beforehand how you are to make your defense and how you will answer.
    15For I [Myself] will give you a mouth and such utterance and wisdom that all of your foes combined will be unable to stand against or refute.
 
Luke 21:19
    19By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.
 
Luke 21:33
    33The sky and the earth (the universe, the world) will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
 
Luke 22:31-32
    31Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,
    32But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.
 
John 4:7-42
    7Presently, when a woman of Samaria came along to draw water, Jesus said to her, Give Me a drink--
    8For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy food--
    9The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?--For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans--
    10Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God's gift and Who this is that is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you living water.
    11She said to Him, Sir, You have nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and the well is deep; how then can You provide living water? [Where do You get Your living water?]
    12Are You greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also?
    13Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
    14But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.
    15The woman said to Him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never get thirsty nor have to come [continually all the way] here to draw.
    16At this, Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband and come back here.
    17The woman answered, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, You have spoken truly in saying, I have no husband.
    18For you have had five husbands, and the man you are now living with is not your husband. In this you have spoken truly.
    19The woman said to Him, Sir, I see and understand that You are a prophet.
    20Our forefathers worshiped on this mountain, but you [Jews] say that Jerusalem is the place where it is necessary and proper to worship.
    21Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither [merely] in this mountain nor [merely] in Jerusalem.
    22You [Samaritans] do not know what you are worshiping [you worship what you do not comprehend]. We do know what we are worshiping [we worship what we have knowledge of and understand], for [after all] salvation comes from [among] the Jews.
    23Atime will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.
    24God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).
    25The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming, He Who is called the Christ (the Anointed One); and when He arrives, He will tell us everything we need to know and make it clear to us.
    26Jesus said to her, I Who now speak with you am He.
    27Just then His disciples came and they wondered (were surprised, astonished) to find Him talking with a woman [a married woman]. However, not one of them asked Him, What are You inquiring about? or What do You want? or, Why do You speak with her?
    28Then the woman left her water jar and went away to the town. And she began telling the people,
    29Come, see a Man Who has told me everything that I ever did! Can this be [is not this] the Christ? [Must not this be the Messiah, the Anointed One?]
    30So the people left the town and set out to go to Him.
    31Meanwhile, the disciples urged Him saying, Rabbi, eat something.
    32But He assured them, I have food (nourishment) to eat of which you know nothing and have no idea.
    33So the disciples said one to another, Has someone brought Him something to eat?
    34Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work.
    35Do you not say, It is still four months until harvest time comes? Look! I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields and see how they are already white for harvesting.
    36Already the reaper is getting his wages [he who does the cutting now has his reward], for he is gathering fruit (crop) unto life eternal, so that he who does the planting and he who does the reaping may rejoice together.
    37For in this the saying holds true, One sows and another reaps.
    38I sent you to reap a crop for which you have not toiled. Other men have labored and you have stepped in to reap the results of their work.
    39Now numerous Samaritans from that town believed in and trusted in Him because of what the woman said when she declared and testified, He told me everything that I ever did.
    40So when the Samaritans arrived, they asked Him to remain with them, and He did stay there two days.
    41Then many more believed in and adhered to and relied on Him because of His personal message [what He Himself said].
    42And they told the woman, Now we no longer believe (trust, have faith) just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves [personally], and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ.
 
John 5:17
    17But Jesus answered them, My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work.
 
John 5:18-47
    18This made the Jews more determined than ever to kill Him [to do away with Him]; because He not only was breaking (weakening, violating) the Sabbath, but He actually was speaking of God as being [in a special sense] His own Father, making Himself equal [putting Himself on a level] with God.
    19So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].
    20The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment.
    21Just as the Father raises up the dead and gives them life [makes them live on], even so the Son also gives life to whomever He wills and is pleased to give it.
    22Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son,
    23So that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him.
    24I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.
    25Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live.
    26For even as the Father has life in Himself and is self-existent, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself and be self-existent.
    27And He has given Him authority and granted Him power to execute (exercise, practice) judgment because He is a Son of man [very man].
    28Do not be surprised and wonder at this, for the time is coming when all those who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,
    29And they shall come out--those who have practiced doing good [will come out] to the resurrection of [new] life, and those who have done evil will be raised for judgment [raised to meet their sentence].
    30 I AM able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I AM taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I AM bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
    31If I alone testify in My behalf, My testimony is not valid and cannot be worth anything.
    32There is Another Who testifies concerning Me, and I know and am certain that His evidence on My behalf is true and valid.
    33You yourselves have sent [an inquiry] to John and he has been a witness to the truth.
    34But I do not receive [a mere] human witness [the evidence which I accept on My behalf is not from man]; but I simply mention all these things in order that you may be saved (made and kept safe and sound).
    35John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to delight (sun) yourselves in his light.
    36But I have as My witness something greater (weightier, higher, better) than that of John; for the works that the Father has appointed Me to accomplish and finish, the very same works that I AM now doing, are a witness and proof that the Father has sent Me.
    37And the Father Who sent Me has Himself testified concerning Me. Not one of you has ever given ear to His voice or seen His form (His face--what He is like). [You have always been deaf to His voice and blind to the vision of Him.]
    38And you have not His word (His thought) living in your hearts, because you do not believe and adhere to and trust in and rely on Him Whom He has sent. [That is why you do not keep His message living in you, because you do not believe in the Messenger Whom He has sent.]
    39You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
    40And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
    41I receive not glory from men [I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame],
    42But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you.
    43I have come in My Father's Name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [your hearts are not open to Me, you give Me no welcome]; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval.
    44How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?
    45Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you--it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].
    46For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me [personally].
    47But if you do not believe and trust his writings, how then will you believe and trust My teachings? [How shall you cleave to and rely on My words?]