“What Things Soever He [the Father] Doeth, These Also Doeth the Son Likewise”

John 5:19

19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

President Howard W. Hunter said:

“Among the signs of the true Church, and included in the evidences of God’s work in the world, are the manifestations of His power which we are helpless to explain or to fully understand. In the scriptures these divine acts and special blessings are variously referred to as miracles or signs or wonders or marvels.

“Not surprisingly, these signs and marvels were most evident in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the very Son of God Himself. But startling and wonder-filled as they were, Christ’s many miracles were only reflections of those greater marvels which His Father had performed before Him and continues to perform all around us. Indeed, the Savior’s humble performance of such obviously divine acts may be just one very special application of the declarations He made:

“‘The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise’ (John 5:19) and ‘I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me’ (John 8:28).”

(“The God That Doest Wonders,” Ensign, May 1989, 15–16.)

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