Borders Day 5 Awakening The Dead: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

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John 5:19-25 English Standard Version (ESV)

19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

The Questions

1) Twice in the passage Jesus says, “Truly, truly”, what does this mean?

2) What is the importance of the statements that Jesus made about the Father and the Son?

3) What does Jesus mean in v. 25 when He says, “the dead will hear”?

The Findings for Intention

1) Twice in the passage Jesus says, “Truly, truly”, what does this mean?
Based on a little research on www.studylight.org we know the original word would be our word for Amen. It was a transliterated word from the Hebrew into Greek. It means “of truth” at the beginning of a passage and it means “I believe” or “have absolute trust in” at the end of a passage.

2) What is the importance of the statements that Jesus made about the Father and the Son?
Just a few verses before we know that the Jewish leaders were very upset at Jesus for healing on the Sabbath but more importantly they were appalled at His comparison of Himself to the one true Father God. These statements are a direct correlation to that comparison in Jesus’ teaching that He was indeed in the Son of God.

3) What does Jesus mean in v. 25 when He says, “the dead will hear”?
In this case, this is not a literal dead person hearing but rather a spiritually dead person who comes a live at the point of encounter with the gospel. Jesus had performed several miracles and was proclaiming the gospel and those who were the recipients of His miracles moved from death to life.

The Everyday Application

1) Twice in the passage Jesus says, “Truly, truly”, what does this mean?
Jesus begins His statement by declaring that what He says is unshakably true and that apart from the Father He can do nothing. He wants those listening to understand that He comes to bring life to a dying world. He comes, in obedience to the Father, to bring salvation and light to a lost and dark world. Apart from Him, there is no salvation. Amen!

2) What is the importance of the statements that Jesus made about the Father and the Son?
These statements within this passage point directly to the divinity of Christ. They are the very foundation for His ability to save, for His ability to heal, and for His ability to take what was dead and bring it back to life. He wants His listeners then, and His listeners now, to understand that He is the one true Son of God and those who hear and believe will be saved. Death has no hold on those who seek Life! God the Father has given Jesus the capability to change our position before Him from unrighteous to righteous, from dark to light, from dead to living.

3) What does Jesus mean in v. 25 when He says, “the dead will hear”?
With the fall of man in Genesis (the beginning of time), humanity was separated for all eternity from God…a relationship broken-a fellowship shattered. BUT, God in His infinite mercy sent His Son, Jesus, so that a lost and dying humanity could be brought back to life. Through Jesus we were provided a way to live again. We were provided a way to become what we were created for-worshippers and followers of God! His creation no longer without purpose, no longer a part from Him but rather the spiritual chasm of sin accounted for by the blood of Christ. The dead will hear and those who hear and believe will live!

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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

Thanks for joining us today as we journeyed into Borders Week One!
Don’t miss out on the discussion – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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