Keener on John 5.38-47

 

Jesus introduces the topic of the Father’s witness in 5.36-37 and then expounds more thoroughly in a probable chiastic structure in 5.38-47:

A They reject God’s word in his shaliach Jesus (5.38)

B Scriptures witness to Jesus (5.39-40)
[Life in the Scriptures (5.39)/life in Christ (5.40)]

C Jesus does not receive glory from people (5.41)

D Jesus knows them (5.42a)

E They do not love God (5.42b)

E Jesus comes on his Father’s behalf (5.43a)

D They do not receive Jesus (5.43b)

C They receive glory from one another, not God (5.44)

B Moses testifies to Jesus (5.45-46)
[Judgment from Moses (5.45); Moses speaks of Christ (5.46)]

A They reject God’s word in his shaliach Moses (5.47)

Craig S. Keener, The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Hendrickson, 2003), 1:657-658