John 5:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 5:26, NIV: "For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself."

John 5:26, ESV: "For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself."

John 5:26, KJV: "For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;"

John 5:26, NASB: "For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;"

John 5:26, NLT: "The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son."

John 5:26, CSB: "For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted to the Son to have life in himself."

What does John 5:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse summarizes the general point Jesus has been making in this passage. When criticized for violating human Sabbath traditions and claiming to be God, Jesus replies with even more specific claims. He is identical to God in works (John 5:19), love (John 5:20), life-and-death power (John 5:21), judgment (John 5:22), and honor (John 5:23). This also means Jesus is the exclusive way to come to God (John 3:36; 14:6). Those who reject Jesus are rejecting God.

Here, Jesus once again emphasizes the role He plays in eternal life. According to John 1:4, Jesus is the embodiment of both life and light. Light is a Hebrew symbol of truth, goodness, and knowledge. Life, in this case, not only means the continuation of existence, and energy, but also the power and nature of God. Jesus is part of God and is God, so He has the same life and power as God the Father.