In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge,
so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
“And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.
The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.
And he has given him authority to judge everyone because he is the Son of Man.
Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son,
and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment.
I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will.
“If I were to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be valid.
But someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true.