Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when thedead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Notice that He’s transitioning from spiritual death to physical death. It’s not asclear here as it will be in verse 28, but the point is that a day is coming when allmen will be raised and will stand in front of the Judge.Also notice that in verse 24 He says, “
He that hears my word
.” The Greek is
(logon) and it means “word.” But here He says they will hear the “
” of the Sonof God. The Greek is
(phones) and it means “sound.” Doesn’t that make youthink of First Thessalonians 4:16—“
For the Lord himself shall descend from heavenwith a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and thedead in Christ shall rise first
.” The dead will rise because of the sound of His voice.The Jews who don’t want to honor the Son need to be aware that all judgment hasbeen placed in His hands, and all the dead will be raised at His voice and will gointo life or judgment.
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
The Father and the Son are united in this. The Father has life within Himself andso does the Son. He needs it from no one and gives it to whomever He desires. Godcan raise up sons for Abraham from stones because He has the power of life. Thisis why the Son has ability to create and sustain all things. This is the reason to giveHim honor.
And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is theSon of man.
Notice the name change here. He’s been calling Himself the Son of God but nowit’s the Son of Man:
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
I beheld then because of the voiceof the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
As concerning the rest of thebeasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of mancame with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they