"I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?" John 5:41-47
"I receive not honour from men...." Jesus Christ, as God, is not in need of man's approval. This principal is the guide for how each believer should live his life. The approval of man is not needed in the believer's life because the Lord is the only One that need be pleased, as Paul wrote, "...not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."
"But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you." This is a bold statement that can only be made by God. The tense of this verb I know is very powerful; it leaves no room for doubt. God alone tries the heart and the reigns. He alone knows the thoughts that come into our hearts, every one of them (Ez. 11:5). By making this statement, Jesus is providing one more proof of His indisputable deity.
"I am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" Christ came in the very name which the Jewish people claimed to love so much and yet He was rejected. These people drew nigh to Jehovah with their lips but their heart was far from God. Those who claim to love God and yet reject His very messengers, yea, His very Son, clearly demonstrate their true colors. All over this world, and especially in the United States, churches (or rather social clubs) are filled with people that profess an outward love for God, but they seem to delight in just about anything but His truth. The Bible is burdensome and not fully authoritative to them. Straight preaching is shunned as dogmatic and not befitting the religious atmosphere. Why? Because the unregenerate heart delights in just about anything but the full truth of God. The unregenerate man and the carnal Christian desire to have men think well of them rather than choosing to please God only. The word here for honor is the same word for glory. These men wanted to be glorified by others rather than be glorified by God. Acceptance of the world's messengers and rejection of God's is a full-proof sign that the individual so doing is seeking glory from any source but God. At the heart of such an attitude lies a proud spirit which refuses to be subject to the truth of it's Creator. Christ's statement of "him ye will receive" is not a statement in which some uncertainty may exist. He is making a certain and authoritative prediction that when a false messenger comes, he will be accepted by these unbelievers. Such was the case throughout the Old Testament. False prophets came by the hundreds with their "thus saith the Lord" when God had not even spoken to them, but when a true prophet came, they shunned and persecuted Him (Jer. 23).
"Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust." Jesus is not saying that He will sit passively by while the enemy goes unpunished, but rather, He is letting us know that He does not need to rush about in an attempt to defend Himself (as we often feel we need to), because He is God and the words that He has spoken will stand forever as a judge and standard that cannot be blotted out. Those who trust in their so-called ability to keep the righteousness of the law will be damned to hell, because the law clearly points out man's sin and inability to live up to God's standard, while at the same time, pointing men to the perfect righteousness of Christ for complete justification.
"For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me." The wording in the original text makes this a statement of impossibility. These men did not truly believe in the writings of Moses; therefore, they could not possibly believe in the One Whom Moses wrote about. God documented the heart of His law in painstaking detail in the book of Deuteronomy (a book written by Moses), and these people clearly ignored the spirit of the law demonstrated in that book and others.