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JOHN CHAPTER 8

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1-11 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 "Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?" 6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, "Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more."]

 

Jn 8,1-11

(17m) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Discerning by the flesh >> Judging the sins of others that you practice – Jesus never answered their question because they didn’t deserve an answer or any words at all, but they persisted. Finally He told them, not saying these words but on an equivalent level told them, ‘You people have used her services, and do you accuse her of sin?’ The Scripture says that she was caught in the very act of adultery, so why didn’t they bring the man to Jesus and stand him next to the woman and discuss their sin together? The Pharisees exempted the man probably because he was one of their cronies. It says they all left one by one from the oldest to the youngest, suggesting that the oldest were more convicted, probably having had her and other women more often than the younger men. Jesus’ answer convicted the older men more than the younger men because they had time to commit more sin.

(31l) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Forgiveness is an act of God’s grace

(38g) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Resurrection of freedom

(62d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Being clever >> Answer with wisdom

(68k) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving wicked plans – The story of the woman caught in adultery was about the religious leaders of Israel testing Jesus so they might have grounds for accusing Him, and it was their motives that Jesus was able to discern. There are two imperatives that the spirit of discernment perceives: the truth of God and the motives of men. The trick with discernment is to trust it; God wants us to rely on Him. Jesus was able to discern in this woman the fact that if he offered her salvation, she would probably take it. Most prostitutes don’t like their profession and are usually looking for a way out of it, and Jesus gave her a way. A light suddenly illumined her mind and she realized she didn’t need to do this, that it would be better to go hungry than to be a prostitute, but that since it was Jesus who told her to sin no more meant God would find a way for her to live without resorting to selling herself. Once the Church gets established, she could be a part of it, which would not only help her get back on her feet and become a self-sustaining citizen, but also give her guidance and hope of becoming a respectable church member. Had Jesus discerned that this woman was not open to the gospel, He probably would not have offered her any hope. People try to offer the gospel of Christ to prostitutes today, and sometimes there are positive stories, but often they find it very difficult to leave the profession and lifestyle. Having a good sense of discernment can lead us to help the right people who are open to the gospel, instead of wasting our time and resources on those who have no interest in the things of God, who are users of everyone they can. Discernment can fine-tune our ministry and sift the genuine from the disingenuous.

(89d) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Answers of wisdom

(134j) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Physical adultery

(178k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> Rebuked for accusing Jesus of Sin

(183j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Truth is the enemy of the spirit of error >> Spirit of error interrogates the truth

Jn 8,1-9

(174f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Comparing yourself with sinners -- In the Old Testament the Bible said that stoning should be the right consequence of adultery. So, the Jews were correct in their interpretation of the law, but Jesus considered the law to be lifeless and merciless, and did not guarantee truth or justice. There are always mitigating circumstances surrounding every case. The mitigating circumstance in this case was that the woman’s accusers were bigger sinners than her, so according to the law, they should be stoned along with the woman. Jesus thought the person who was innocent of evil should be the one to judge the woman, but that person was Himself, and He didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save the world. So, He judged her forgiven, according to God’s vengeance that He would impose on Him as ruthless sinners tortured His flesh to death. He didn’t come to impose the law, but to establish a new law of the spirit of life through faith in the work of His cross to perfect righteousness in His believers. Instead of using the law to get there, Jesus used the new covenant law of faith through grace that He introduced to the world through the Holy Spirit.

Jn 8-2

(143h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> Seeking Jesus for His favor

(239h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers are construction workers >> Jesus is a teacher

Jn 8,4-9

(175i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Dodging the issue (willful ignorance) >> Dodging the issue to get out of trouble

(241c) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Ask but don’t receive >> Asking with wrong motives

Jn 8-11

(120a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of God is broken >> Curse of God’s Judgment is broken

(120i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Forgiveness >> Forgiveness is an act of mercy >> Forgiveness sets you free

(192j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Stop practicing sin >> Stop sinning

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12-14 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." 13 So the Pharisees said to Him, "You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true." 14 Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

 

Jn 8,12-59

(6l) Responsibility >> Protecting the Gospel >> Expose hypocrisy in the Church

Jn 8-12

(91m) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The trail that Jesus walked – Jesus was talking about the truth when He said, “I am the light of the world.” The truth enlightens our minds and makes us understand the thoughts of God. None of this would mean anything if we didn’t walk on God’s ordained trail that is illumined by the thoughts of God. If we knew the truth but didn’t walk in it, before long our version of reality would warp into conformity with the mind of the world, which is under the influence of the devil, and the truth we knew from God would slip away. The only place we can understand the truth is on the trail that Jesus dubbed the narrow way. We should adopt His trail that He has designated for us and not seek to blaze our own trail. If we think we will blaze a trail and find the truth in a world of darkness, the devil himself will see to it that we find his truth, which is the false light of deception. If the only place that is lit for us is this trail that Jesus plotted for us and the rest of the world is in darkness, then let’s find the trial that leads to eternal life.

(108k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of the glory of God – When Jesus said He was the light of the world, He meant He was like the sun that lights the whole earth, only He said “the world” which is different from the earth. The earth is the physical round ball of rock and water revolving around the sun that God gave to man, whereas the world consists of all the attitudes, values and beliefs that make up our understanding of reality that is under control of Satan. Man owns the earth, but the devil owns the world. One of Jesus’ many contributions to man is His attitudes, values and beliefs that assemble to create a reality that is acceptable to God, known as the truth. “Truth” is probably the most misused word in the English language. There is my truth and your truth and Joe’s truth and Sally’s truth; everybody has their own truth, and so God has His truth too, only God’s truth is the only one that counts. None of our ideas about reality are true if they contradict God’s truth. So we see that light and truth are essentially the same thing.

(112a) Light (Key verse)

(112f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Obeying the truth in broad daylight >> Church’s deeds in the light Jesus on a number of occasions said, “follow me” and if we do, we have a trail that’s lit. The beauty of the analogy of light representing the truth is that it also represents our good works. Along this narrow way is a host of good works that God has prepared for us, and in doing them will manifest our enlightenment that others may see the light that is in us. This narrow way that leads to the knowledge of God also refers to the works of light. Not everything we do is of the light, only the things that God has prepared for us. The things we do that are of the light and the things we do that are not of the light are obvious: one produces fruit for life while the other is dead works. Jesus said that those who walk in Him would have the light of life. The New Testament relates “life” to the Holy Spirit. So, “the light of life” refers to Jesus’ followers walking in the truth of the Holy Spirit, not just in the truth and not just in the Holy Spirit, but both. This balances the believer to keep him from walking in truth without the Spirit, which is dead religion, or from walking in the Spirit without the truth, which is the recipe for establishing cults.

(184e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> God controls darkness >> Darkness is the absence of light

(255a) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Spirit of the word >> Words of His Spirit are life -- This verse goes with verse 51

Jn 8,13-18

(144g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Father bears witness of His Son -- These verses go with verse 29. In their hearts the religious establishment knew better than anyone that Jesus was the Son of God, because they knew the prophecies about Him better than anyone. A chapter earlier, at the feast of the booths, He raised His voice in the temple for all to hear and said, “You both know Me and know where I am from” (Jn 7-28), so Jesus exclaimed that the Jews knew His true identity. Then, in the very next chapter He said just the opposite, “I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going” (v14), so did the Pharisees know Him or not? The answer is both because of their willful ignorance! The religious establishment partitioned Jesus in their minds and hid the truth about Him from themselves, so they both knew and didn’t know Him at the same time. Jesus used against them the fact that they were unwilling to admit or confess that He was the Christ, though in their hearts, they knew that Jesus came from heaven and that His Father was Almighty God.

Jn 8-13,14

(37e) Judgment >> Jesus’ humanity >> He was part of the lineage of David – Jesus would not involve His mother in His skirmishes with the Pharisees, but she knew as well as Jesus whence He came, though she couldn’t provide a birth certificate or some proof of birth, such as for the purpose of a census, as when Mary and Joseph returned to Bethlehem to be counted in the census in their day, and while they were there, they gave birth to their first-born son, who became a citizen of Bethlehem, the village of His father, King David. To ask His mother to testify in a court of law would only prove that Jesus was illegitimate, because Joseph was not His real Father, and they would never find His real Father anywhere in this world. Therefore, Jesus simply told them that He knew His own identity and destiny, whereas His enemies were afraid to admit that they knew it too.

(85g) Thy kingdom come >> Words that are spoken in faith >> Testify of God’s works – Almost everything the Pharisees, Scribes and chief priests said came from the Law of Moses; they basically taught their minds to think along these terms, so when they accused Jesus of testifying about Himself with no witnesses, they were referring to the commandment in Deuteronomy 19-15, “A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.” The Pharisees were saying that He didn’t have any witnesses to verify what He was saying. However, Jesus essentially summoned His Father to the stand by referring to the works He did through His Father. Their argument was that He could not summon His Father into a court of law, and so He could not literally testify in Jesus’ defense.

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15-20 "You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16 "But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17 "Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. 18 "I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me." 19 So they were saying to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also." 20 These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.

 

Jn 8,15-18

(40c) Judgment >> Father gave authority to the son to judge the world through His blood -- These verses go with verse 26. Jesus spoke these things to the Pharisees, but that is all that happened. He never imposed sentence on them; He just told them the truth rebuking them and then walked away, but the Pharisees judged Jesus hauling out all their lies against Him, and when the time came, they passed sentence against Him and hung Him on a cross. Jesus was the judge of all creation and He suspended His judgment, whereas the Pharisees who lived and worked for the devil, who were bound to receive the devil’s condemnation, had a place reserved for them in hell, and when this life ended, they went to their place. There will be a day when God will judge the world in righteousness, using a Man “whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Act 17-31). God will give the unrepentant dead a new body and send them back to the abyss, so that the spiritual hell they had previously experienced will become physical with bodies that cannot die.

Jn 8-15,16

(69i) Authority >> Righteous judgment (Outcome of Discernment) >> Passing judgment by the authority of God -- Jesus rebuked the Jews for judging Him according to the flesh. Another word for judgment is discernment. A person who can discern the truth about a person has properly judged his spirit and his motives. Herein lies the problem; we too often judge people according to the flesh and arrive far short of understanding each other. Discernment is one of the gifts of the Spirit, but the Spirit hadn’t yet been given to the world, because Jesus hadn’t yet given up His flesh. Even when the Spirit was given, the Jews didn’t receive Him, so they had no chance of judging Jesus properly.

Jn 8-15

(17c) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Judging in the flesh >> Evaluating circumstances by the carnal mind – Jesus condemned judging in the flesh, but He did not condemn judging in the Spirit. Just one chapter earlier Jesus said in Jn 7-24, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." Basically, the Bible teaches to judge with your spirit, not with your flesh. The world does not understand spiritual matters; for this reason the natural man will reject this statement, not out of experience or understanding, but out of ignorance. This is why the world will tell you not to judge at all; they don’t have the Spirit of God, so they don’t have the potential to judge righteously.

Jn 8-17,18

(80a) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word as a sword in spiritual warfare >> To oppose religion

Jn 8,18-24

(209b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> Knowing about God, but not knowing God -- These verses go with verses 41&42. Jesus told the Pharisees that the cause of them not knowing Him was that they did not know His Father. What did the apostle John say about loving our brother versus loving God? How can we say that we love God whom we have not seen if we do not love our brother whom we have seen (1Jn 4-19)? The same applies here; if the Pharisees did not know Jesus whom they had seen, much less did they know His Father whom they had not seen. They may have known Jesus on some level; for example, they could have traced His genealogy back to His mother and His brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles, but on spiritual terms of the actual identity of Christ they did not know Him at all. Jesus said in other passages that to know Him was to know His Father (Jn 14,7-11), but Jesus was saying just the opposite to the Pharisees; He told them that the reason they didn’t know Him was that they didn’t know the Father. In other words, He expected them to know the Father in advance through their Old Testament writings, so when Jesus came, He would add flesh and blood to their understanding of God, but they learned nothing from their Old Testament manuscripts, and they were the teachers of Israel.

Jn 8-18,19

(253d) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the exact representation of the Father -- Jesus and His father were identical to each other, except they had different roles in the trinity. The Spirit communicating between them was equally identical, except He too played His own unique role, making all three members identical to each other, yet holding separate offices within the trinity.

Jn 8-18

(231c) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> God’s grace is the mystery of godliness >> God working in you is a mystery – To His disciples Jesus said that to know Him was to know His Father, but to His enemies He said the opposite, that the reason they didn’t know Him was that they didn’t know His Father (v19). The reason the disciples were coming to know Jesus was that they had already come to know His Father on some basic levels. Jesus said in Jn 6-45, “It is written in the prophets, 'and they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me” They obeyed the Father before they even met Jesus; they communed with Him in their hearts; they had a deep desire to know God, and for this reason Jesus chose them as His disciples. Even Levi the tax collector meditated on God. He ended up in that position somehow and he was looking for a way out, so when Jesus came, He immediately left His place and grafted onto Him. He found the person who would lead Him into a closer relationship with God, which is what he really wanted. Those who love God come to know Jesus, but those who don’t love God cannot come to know Him because God is absent from their hearts. Everything Jesus taught was about the heart. He promised to judge us based on what we do, but He also lives in us and He knows our thoughts and intensions; He will only use our actions to prove what we were thinking in case we want to argue with Him.

Jn 8-19

(217i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you never knew Him – Jesus considered His Father to be a viable witness, though He was invisible and for all intents and purposes absent, nor could He be summoned to a court of law or testify. He was basically unavailable to the Pharisees. However, Jesus was not about to exclude His Father as a witness just because He was unavailable to the Pharisees. He figured that if they did not have access to Him, it was their fault. They had every opportunity to come to know God, yet they utterly failed. He was available to Jesus, but with the Pharisees who were standing right next to Him, they would never come to know Him or His Son. He named the Father as His primary witness because there was no one else who could directly testify about Him, not even His mother. She could give the account of what happened to her, that she conceived a child without ever knowing a man, and the result was the person who was testifying that God was His Father, but that would require them to believe Mary’s story, for they would have taken her as conceiving out of wedlock. Those who believe Mary’s story believe in God; that excluded the Pharisees. They were teachers of the Law that Israel received through Moses, who believed in God, but the Pharisees did not.

Jn 8-20

(28l) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Father protects His Son

(122i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness in adverse circumstances >> Speak the truth in the face of adversity

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21-25 Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come." 22 So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come '?" 23 And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 25 So they were saying to Him, "Who are You?" Jesus said to them, "What have I been saying to you from the beginning?

 

Jn 8,21-24

(20cb) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Having a mind that is unable to receive >> Religion doesn't know how to believe in God -- These verses go with verses 45-47

(47e) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of the dead – Jesus told the Pharisees pointblank that they were going to die in their sin, meaning that they had no hope of salvation. Paul said Jesus was the “Savior of all men, especially of believers” (1Tim 4-10), meaning that everyone has an opportunity to be saved, but the Pharisees were an exception to that rule; they had forfeited the Kingdom of Heaven for the passing pleasures of sin. With the Pharisees only the mechanics remained of God’s judgment to run its course. After He paid for the sins of the world and rose from the dead, He ascended back to heaven, and since hell was so sure to be the Pharisees’ final resting place, Jesus said to them, “Where I’m going you cannot come.” Basically, Jesus was saying that His destiny and future was to be the embodiment God’s life to the world, while their destiny and future was to be thrown into hell, which is the second death.

(95a) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective >> False perspective in the world

(154f) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is godless >> Witness that the world is of the devil -- These verses go with verses 32-47. Anybody who is of this word walks by a spirit that is from below. Secular people who integrate well into the world system share in a satanic spirit that is destined for hell. Worldly people partake of a spirit that is demonic in nature, not to mean they are possessed, but they are highly influenced by demons.

(217j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you are not of His sheep -- These verses go with verses 37-59

(221c) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from man’s ignorance >> God denies His kingdom to those who cannot find Him

(222h) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God shares no intimacy with dogs >> God does not let dogs in His house

(231g) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> Jesus is the head of His body’s kingdom >> The Kingdom of Heaven is where Jesus is

Jn 8,21-23

(26g) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is Satan’s nature – Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees in ways they would never understand, yet they did understand in ways that the devil understood when His disciples didn’t seem to understand Jesus at all. It is not that what Jesus said was so complicated, but that the Pharisees were so self-deceived, they were considered by the Bible to be the embodiment of spiritual blindness and willful ignorance. They were dead to the truth of God. Whatever Jesus said to them, they would misinterpret, not just because of their upbringing, but also because they were of a spirit that opposed Christ that resisted the knowledge of God. They were like two magnets of similar poles; the probability of naturally coming together was zero; that was Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees would never make contact with the word Jesus spoke to them.

Jn 8-21,22

(177h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding Jesus -- These verses go with verses 48-59

Jn 8-21

(26a) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death >> Dead to God through sin

(157i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a reprobate mind -- This verse goes with verse 55. It is amazing how perceptive the Pharisees were in their thinking, though wrong they were close to the truth when they suspected he would kill himself. The part they left outside their thinking process was that they would be his killers. The part that is so revealing about the true nature of reprobates is that they already had it planned in their hearts, but they had the fact conveniently partitioned in a separate compartment in their minds that they used as a restricted area. They already knew they were going to kill Him, yet they reasoned among themselves whether He would commit suicide. They knew He was referring to His death, but how did they get that from the statement, “Where I’m going you cannot come”? One of the main characteristics of a reprobate is that they tell stories to themselves, knowing that they are not true but believing them just the same. This is all part of compartmentalizing or partitioning off sections of their thoughts from other sections in their minds that enable them to lead a double life. This method of self-deception doesn’t work very well, since the conscious mind is in charge of managing all the different compartments and information bleeds into other compartments, such as in this case when they knew He was referring to His death by a hint that should have been insufficient had they not intended to kill Him. Supposedly there was no place He could go that they couldn’t go except death, since they were alive. However, they didn’t seem to realize that they too would die someday, so they seemed to have partitioned off their own death, as though they had made themselves immortal, yet they stood beside the embodiment of immortality.

(186j) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> God’s role in forming a reprobate >> Marked out for destruction

(190da) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Spiritual suicide

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Jn 8-23,24

(156l) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Living an ungodly lifestyle >> Associating with the world

(164c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> The world is his kingdom -- These verses go with verses 37-47

(168h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world listens to itself >> The world hears it’s own words

(210d) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our savior >> Jesus is the savior of the world – Jesus said, “You are of this world; I am not of this world.” He was careful not to confess to the Jews that He had come from heaven, because they would have stoned Him to death on the spot, charging Him as a false prophet. They were supposed to go through the proper channels and have criminals prosecuted and sentenced under Roman authority, which overruled Jewish law, but in cases of their religion when they were so vehement and their rage surfaced so quickly the Jews had been known to pick up stones and take matters into their own hands and execute people according to their ordinances and methods; they did it to Steven (Act 7,54-60). They also picked up stones to throw at Jesus but He eluded them (Jn 8,57-59). To avoid this trouble Jesus made sure not to speak too specifically about His divinity, except to his closest disciples. There was no point in talking to the Pharisees in the first place. The only reason Jesus talked to them was when they confronted Him. He never showed an interest in talking to them except to defend His Father, His truth and His people. Jesus always sought God’s true worshippers to convert them to His new covenant gospel. He never went out looking for trouble.


26-30 "I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world." 27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 "And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." 30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

 

Jn 8,26-29

(114ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All his works are done through the father >> Jesus gives voice to His Father – Jesus did nothing on His own initiative, but spoke the things that His Father taught Him. It was imperative to Jesus that we understood that the Father sent Him. This fact is critical to our salvation, for what good would it be for Jesus to invite us to heaven without the Father’s consent? As it stands, we have confidence in the Father’s love (Jn 12-50), for it was the Father who send His Son in the first place (Jn 3-16). Jesus obeyed the Father; He planned and orchestrated nothing, but followed the lead of the Holy Spirit, who originates from the Father. There are many who don’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God. They don’t care that Jesus loved them but need to know that God loves them. Jesus answered this question every time He mentioned His Father, saying in Jn 14-10, “but the Father abiding in Me does His works,” so that even those who do not believe that Jesus was the Son of God can know through Christ that God loves them. This can hopefully lead to a better understanding of Jesus that He was in fact the Son of God. Jesus wanted to give us hope that God loves us, and the only way He could do that was to confess that the Father sent Him.

Jn 8-26

(40c) Judgment >> Father gave authority to the son to judge the world through His blood -- This verse goes with verses 15-18

(109e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of the word of God >> Revelation of the meaning of God’s word -- This verse goes with verses 31&32

(149j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Authority of the rhema given to evangelism >> Being prepared by God personally

Jn 8-28,29

(253l) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is subject to the will of God

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Jn 8-28

(12n) Servant >> Jesus serves mankind >> Jesus is the son of man

(153b) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Jesus bears witness of the Father – The Father’s love is so great that when Jesus spoke to His disciples in His High Priestly Prayer (John chapter 17), He plainly told them that it was not He who loves the world but His Father. Jesus’ only claim was to love (pray) for those whom His Father had given Him, “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours” (Jn 17-9). Jesus basically said in His High Priestly Prayer, ‘I only love those who demonstrate their love for Me by keeping My commandments being born-again and obeying the Holy Spirit.’ The Father’s love is far greater than Jesus’ love, for the Father interceded for the entire world by sending His Son to die for the sins of all mankind (Jn 3-16), whereas Jesus intercedes only for those who believe in Him. Not everybody will be accepted into heaven, only those who love Jesus. Many claim to believe in Jesus but are not his disciples. They believe in the doctrines of salvation, but they refuse to do His will but live however they feel and expect God to accommodate them. They will not be anymore confident on the day of their death than the person who never believed in Jesus.

(241i) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus by the predetermined plan of God >> The apostles taught about His death – Jesus told the Pharisees and Scribes and temple servants, those of His enemies who verbally attacked Him that once they had Him nailed to the cross, hoisted into the air and dropped it in its stand, “Then you will know that I am He” (Mat 27,41-54). This means they knew they hung their Messiah on a cross even while, “the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, ‘He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.’” They butchered Him on Passover and then realized they had just crucified the Passover lamb. They had unconsciously performed the will of God that was planned from eternity. Basically, they were tricked into crucifying Him; it was necessary that they inadvertently murdered their own Messiah, for it would have done no good to have killed Him from obedience, for then His death would not have been executed through sin, but it was through their sinful hatred of God that they crucified Him, and it was this that Jesus was sent to forgive. He could not forgive what did not crucify Him, for there is no need to forgive obedience. With the cross we see sin performing the will of God, very bizarre circumstances indeed.

Jn 8-29

(11e) Servant >> Jesus is our standard There are people in the world who do not know God, who live and walk in unbelief, which is the epitome of sin, yet they often live to a ripe old age and have everything they ever wanted and die wealthy, yet none of these things are signs of doing the will of God. Still, people think that being wealthy is a sign of God’s favor on their lives. Spiritually speaking, the Bible teaches that worldly wealth is more of a curse than it is a blessing, in terms of it being an obstacle in the way of finding the Kingdom of God. Jesus by anybody’s standards was a poor man, yet he never committed a sin, which made Him the wealthiest man in the eyes of God, and testified against those who blame poverty on their lifestyles. Therefore, we don’t look to people we respect and seek to emulate them, nor do we compare ourselves with those we despise and consider ourselves better. Instead, Jesus is our example of the perfect Christian, and we should measure ourselves by Him and by no one else. 

(41c) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus presented Himself to God without sin for us – Jesus was claiming not to be a sinner like the rest of us when he said, “I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” He was able so say this with great confidence without being self-righteous; rather, He was stating a fact. Anyone else who would make that statement would be lying. Our goal is therefore to emulate Christ, who always pleased the Father. Jesus had a soul that was perfect, who had no will to commit sin, and He had the spirit of God dwelling in Him, who was the duplicate of His soul, but He had a body just like ours that had no interest in pleasing God, yet He consistently steered His body into His Father’s will without ever committing a sin. Jesus struggled His whole life against sin and won, so when it came time to pay for the sins of the world, He offered his body that was perfected through suffering to the Father, perfection being the only acceptable sacrifice, otherwise, how could Jesus make propitiation for the sins of the world as a sinner Himself?

(92a) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The good works that He prepared for us – As Christians we should strive against sin, which has a terrible eroding effect not only on our faith, but also on our lives. By His Spirit we will strive, but we will never come close to approaching this state of perfection that Jesus achieved in His flesh. For this reason, serving God by the flesh is unacceptable to Him, since our flesh does not (nor will it ever) know Christ. We have the Spirit of God dwelling in us, who is perfecting us to desire the will of God and to overcome sin, especially our addictions, which is a breeding ground for unbelief. God has not redeemed our flesh, but will give us a whole new body at the resurrection, one that cannot die, one that will always serve Him, and one that will always seek to please Him. He will put a spirit in us that will have His desires, who will also perfect our souls to want the will of God. The end product will be a person who will be perfect body, soul and spirit.

(144g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Father bears witness of His Son -- This verse goes with verses 13-18

Jn 8,30-59

(186g) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> After they reject God’s faith how can they believe?

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31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

 

Jn 8,31-59

(19j) Sin >> Self righteousness will twist your mind – the Jews were blaspheming when they said He had a demon, in that somewhere in their screwed-up minds they knew He was speaking the truth to them from God, knowing even that He was the Son of God. They had twisted their minds for so many years that they were incapable of unraveling the tangled mess they had made of their conscience. They were no longer able to believe the truth about God. It is amazing that a person who is so enslaved to the devil and to the depravity of the sinful nature always comes to the same conclusion of a reprobate mind.

(185b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Having no grounds for your hate >> Hating Christ without a cause

(201a) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever does not receive God’s word is against Christ

Jn 8,31-47

(16aa) Sin >> The sin nature is instinctively evil >> Man’s flesh is related to the devil >> Unregenerate man is the son of Satan In this passage Jesus really opens up a can of worms, and reveals man’s evil nature in a way that is almost spooky. He was talking to those bad Pharisees, but sadly what he said to them also applies to us. That is, Jesus not only told them the origins of their evil ways but also proved His point by the fact that Abraham was a good man and would not have done what they were doing. He also used His own origins to reach His conclusion in that He proceeded forth and came from God, which made Him the essence of good, and they hated Him (proving their unbelief); therefore, they were not only evil, but of the devil, who also hates God. He didn’t just win an argument; he blew them out of the water, so when He was done, everyone knew those guys were ruled by the underworld. No one ever spoke to them that way, or ever dared to. He wanted nothing they had and thus had nothing to lose, except His life, which He planned to give away. 

(18h) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Can’t distinguish between good and evil >> Jesus is evil

(174g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Believing you don’t have a sinful nature

Jn 8,31-36

(119c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Freedom from satanic influence >> Free from sin This is arguably the least understood verse in the Bible, though it is also probably the most popular verse. The means of attaining freedom is the knowledge of the truth, and obedience expresses that freedom, which is central to God’s purpose and will for His people. For example, we have all heard people quoting this verse in social/political settings, using a definition of freedom that is vastly different from the one Jesus had in mind. Their definition of freedom is the power given them by law to live however they want without any governmental or social interference. Jesus’ definition of freedom had nothing to do with social issues or politics; rather, He was talking about freedom from sin. The angel said to Mary in Mat 1-21, “He will save His people from their sins.” Many people don’t like Jesus’ definition of freedom but prefer their own; they would rather be free from governmental or social interference or racial discrimination. Many use their sins as a way of life, even as a survival technique. In contrast, when a person is persecuted, Jesus taught to forgive. Those who would oppose us have no bearing on our faith and relationship with Christ; they can do what they want, but they cannot make us stop believing in Jesus. This is why His definition of freedom is better than ours: it doesn’t depend on our enemies to stop persecuting us.

(208d) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The expectations of God >> God expects us to follow Him

Jn 8,31-33

(174k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Lip service -- Jesus had been talking to the Jews who had believed in Him about freedom, and they became indignant, so Jesus Himself talked them out of their faith. If Jesus can talk you from your faith, then you didn’t believe very hard. He proved to the Jews that they were not spiritually Abraham’s offspring. Maybe genealogically they were, but spiritually they were not. They didn’t have the heart or the faith of Abraham.

Jn 8-31,32

(109e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of the word of God >> Revelation of the meaning of God’s word -- These verses go with verse 26. Jesus said that abiding in His word is the condition for knowing the truth. The word “abide” means to remain, which suggests not straying from the Scriptures both in studying them and obeying them. So if we study and obey the Scriptures, we will know the truth, but if we don’t do these things, then we simply cannot know the truth. Jesus is saying that the Scriptures are a different kind of knowledge. We can study history or science, and there is nothing really to obey about those disciplines, but there is with the Scriptures. We can read the Bible all day for years, but if we never obey what it says, we will not understand its true meaning. There are many disobedient Christians in the Church today and Jesus is saying to them that they do not understand His word, and if the word of God is incomprehensible to them, then they are not real Christians, anymore than these Jews were true worshippers of God to whom Jesus was speaking in this chapter.

(110l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spiritual substance and truth >> Spiritual substance follows the truth -- Freedom is a spiritual state

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32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

 

Jn 8,32-47

(154f) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is godless >> Witness that the world is of the devil -- These verses go with verses 21-24. Jesus wasn’t just referring to all the wicked evil in the world; He was also referring to the world’s rejection of God, which is the basis of every war that has ever been fought, accounting for all the blood that has been shed on the earth since the fall of man. If people acknowledged God in their lives, there would be no wars. We would still find fault with each other, and there would still be confrontations, but the fact that we acknowledge God would act as a deterrent against war and some of the other more grievous sins, including the destruction of the earth, which is what war does. There is nothing innocent about rejecting God; it is the very basis of sin and the essence of idolatry and the perfect will of Satan. We need a vision of God, because if we don’t, we will end up doing what we hear from the devil. No one in heaven denies the existence of God or even ignores Him; therefore, neither should we. “Blessed are the pure in heart,” Jesus said, “for they shall see God” (Mat 5-8). The way to opening our eyes is to, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (Jm 4,8-10). It is really up to us; we don’t just ask God for a pure heart, we must pursue it, and God will purify us along the way. Once our heart becomes distilled, our vision will become clear, and we will be able to see God in our lives, and so will others.

Jn 8-32

(6f) Responsibility >> Being spiritual >> Ministering to God by obeying His word – This is one of the most frequently quoted verses in the Bible, but the vast majority of the human race doesn’t have the slightest interest in being free from sin. Based on this statement, we know that without the truth freedom is impossible, because truth is the premise of freedom. The question is, do we use truth as a tool to lead us to freedom or is freedom a mere byproduct of knowing the truth? Actually, freedom is a byproduct of knowing the truth! That is, truth is so much greater than freedom that we don’t need to do anything to become free, for the truth itself has the power to set us free. The hard part is coming to know the truth. Most people think they already know the truth, and the rest think the truth does not exist. Man is lost in an ocean of ideas, which makes the Bible all the more relevant to society today. Is it possible to know the truth without obeying it? No! There is something else happening that the truth incorporates, and that is the Holy Spirit. One of the most profound statements of the Bible was actually something the Catholics seemed to comprehend. Jesus said to Peter, “Whom do you say that I am?” His answer, “You are the Son of the living God.” Jesus responded, “Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you but my Father in heaven” (Mat 16,13-17). Peter may have been a screw-up, but he knew Jesus was the Son of God, and to know Him on this level was to posses the entire universe. A person can live in a free country and think he knows something about freedom, but countries and politicians cannot reveal to us the truth or make us free, not even Jesus was capable of revealing His Father to Peter; only the Holy Spirit could do that, and this truth is a far cry from the political rallies that have often quoted this verse.

(80b) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word in spiritual warfare >> To deliver yourself from bondage – Jesus drew a straight and definitive line between truth and freedom to show us that the way to freedom is through the truth. If Jesus’ definition of freedom is in regard to sin, then how do we use the truth to become free? It goes back to renewing our minds; that is, we reprogram our minds in the word of God and prayer, and in the process the Bible says we are transformed into a new person, having taken a step closer to the image of Christ. This is not literally speaking, since it is only our behavior that is transformed, but this is the part that God wants, so we don’t commit the sins we once did, so we are no longer in bondage to our emotions. He wants to break the connection between what people do to us and our reaction to them. In fact, this is what the truth is meant to do; the truth is so much greater than this life, it is meant to replace our negative emotions with a truth driven faith that God has designed to trump our feelings. Although our feelings will always be there, it is the idea of managing them.

(118j) Freedom (Key verse) Def: Freedom is the absence of restraints on our ability to think, speak and act.

(187ha) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Spirit versus the flesh >> Deny the flesh to walk in the Spirit >> Deny bondage to walk in freedom – If we allow our emotions to get the best of us, how are we supposed to live for Jesus? We all know that life can get away from us, things can go wrong creating a downward spiral, and much of this is driven by our emotions. We lose control of the circumstances, then our feelings, and before long we lose control of our actions and start doing things without thinking about them. Now we are in bondage to our flesh, and Jesus wants us free from these things. He wants to make us so it doesn’t matter if the government oppresses us or if people of a different color think less of us or slap us in the face. It doesn’t matter what happens to us, because we are in God’s care; it only matters what we do, because we are free to manage our emotions. The world is comprised of emotions; it is dominated by them. If we could subtract our emotions from the rest of our lives, people would say there is no reason to live. We would still have thoughts and actions, but without emotions, none of them would really matter. God doesn’t want to take our emotions from us; He wants to replace them with His emotions, and what is God’s primary emotion? Compassion! It is the emotion of the Spirit. Anybody who is ruled by the power of the Holy Spirit is compassionate.

(233b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of freedom – The freedom of Christ gets to the very root of man's problem and offers a solution that is in no way popular with the world, but those who love Jesus apply His solution to their problems according to the will of God. When someone slaps our face, we turn the other cheek. If someone takes our shirt, we are to give him our coat also. This goes directly against the will of the flesh. We have emotions that are reactive (automatic), and they are triggered by things we place in our hearts, and for this reason we must renew our minds. When someone slaps us or takes our possessions, we don’t have to think about it; we just get angry. The apostle Paul taught to renew our minds so when things happen, the emotions don’t come out so fiercely. It is not a question of whether we get angry, but whether we act on it. When we renew our minds, it doesn’t change our flesh in any way. Paul talks about dying to self; we are to die to our evil passions and desires, so when we get these emotions, we suppress them.

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33-36 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will become free '?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 "The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

 

Jn 8,33-59

(180g) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves steal, kill and destroy >> Wolves have a killer instinct

Jn 8,33-47

(178l) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Jesus rebukes the Pharisees >> Rebuked for having no love for God

Jn 8,33-40

(33c) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Believers are children of promise  – Jesus told the Jews that slaves of sin do not remain in the house forever, but the Son does remain forever, along with all those who love and obey Him, the sons and daughters of God. What Jesus meant by the phrase “in the house” was the house of Israel. The Jews who stood in front of Jesus were children of Israel in the flesh, yet according to Jesus they were slaves of sin, and the slave does not remain in the house forever. In other words, they were not the children of God though they were physical descendents of Abraham. There will be a day when their life in the flesh will end, and then they will be given to eternal darkness, being the condition of their minds regarding the word of God, and they will lose their place in the house of Israel. No longer an Israelite, they will have no identity and another will take their place who will bear the fruit of His Kingdom. The existence of eternal damnation, they will be no one, not Jew not a descendent of Abraham, just phantoms of the damned because of their rejection of the truth and all that is good and right. When God created Israel through Abraham he created an eternal kingdom through him that Israel might exist forever, they who love and obey their creator will remain in the heavenly New Jerusalem for eternity.

Jn 8,34-39

(157k) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a murder spirit

Jn 8,34-36

(162g) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Addicted to sin >> Being a slave to the sinful nature

Jn 8-34

(162c) Bondage (Key verse)

Jn 8-35

(170g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> This life is temporary


37"I know that you are Abraham's descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.

 

Jn 8,37-59

(217j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> I never knew you >> Because you are not of His sheep -- These verses go with verses 21-24

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Jn 8,37-47

(164c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> The world is his kingdom -- These verses go with verses 23&24. To define faith we would quote Heb 11-1, but faith is indescribable, meaning there is a difference between faith and believing. We are familiar with believing something; people have given their opinions about the origins of life and the universe with myriad religions, each believing something different about God, but no religion is based on faith, except one: the truth (2The 2-13), and truth is not a religion. Most people don’t know what they believe even though they unwittingly live by their beliefs. This is a scary thing, tantamount to admitting we don’t know what is influencing us. It is common for people to live in ways they don't understand. If we don’t know what is influencing us, then maybe neither do we know who is influencing us, and it could be the devil! Jesus said in Jn 14-30, “The ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me,” referring to Satan. The fact that Satan is the ruler of the world without anyone realizing it suggests that people think and act mostly on a subliminal level; that is, subliminal forces control most people. Satanic forces make them live in ways they do not understand, and for this reason every nation that has ever risen has also fallen, except Israel (but that is another commentary). The world criticizes those who “live by faith in the Son of God” (Gal 2-20), saying that Christianity is overly simplistic, but that is the point to simplify our lives and stop living vicariously through satanic forces. The beauty of dedicating our lives to faith in Jesus is that it takes all the lose ends and undefined forces and exposes them to the scrutiny of God’s word. This way we can kick out all other influences so the only one remaining is the truth. Now we know what we believe, what we are doing and why we are doing it, so that our lives finally make sense.

(168k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> You cannot hear God while you listen to the devil -- Jesus confessed that He had seen the Father, but the Jews who were accusing Him of evil never saw the demons they served, but they subliminally heard them speaking to them many times. The Jews were worldly people who hated God; they held places of honor in society and were fully accepted by the world, demonstrating that society and the world in general is in agreement with these antichrist personalities. They integrated well into the world and its philosophies, which have never changed over time. They believed and perpetuated the mainstream ideals of secularism just like today, but Jesus did not. These were those who heard from demons and compared their words to the overall values of the world and found a match, and for this reason they did not accept Jesus. His message and Spirit were not in touch with the rest of the world. There is a consciousness of soul that plays within the individual and there is a collective consciousness of society that plays within the group. Demons have tapped into this social mechanism and have used it to broadcast its messages on a subconscious level. This satanic broadcast system is called memetics (memes). No one is in control of it; hence it is easily accessed by demons. Demonic entities have an open back door to society, where they can pipe in their brand of truth and dictate what people believe. Jesus made the statement many times throughout the book of Revelation, “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” The Jews couldn’t hear what Jesus was saying even though the embodiment of the Holy Spirit was standing in front of them in the flesh. Jesus was talking and His lips were moving, but there was no sound, reminiscent of the children’s story book that was made into a movie, “Polar Express.” At the end of the story, his father picked up the bell and shook it next to his ear, but couldn’t hear the chime, but the boy could always hear the bell throughout his life, because he believed. This the Jews did not do.

(217d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God gives up on you >> When you give yourself over to sin

Jn 8,37-45

(167i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil (Conspiracy) >> Carnality/Secularism (Mindset of the World) >> The carnal mind does not receive the things of God >> It rejects God – There is a sin that has persisted throughout the ages. God has belabored speaking against it since the days of Moses, this commandment residing at the top of the list: idolatry, the worship of other gods. One god that every society since Adam has worshipped is the refusal to worship the God of heaven. We don’t need to bend our knee to other gods to commit idolatry; refusing to worship the God of heaven is the most common form of idolatry. The world has always been based on the simple premise of excluding God. The word for denying any notion of a spiritual realm is “secularism”, which says that the natural realm is the only realm that exists. The term “Secular humanism” is actually redundant, for humanism is secular on its face. A more accurate term is “atheism”, denying the existence of God. The humanist is agnostic (undecided about God), leaving open the possibility of a spiritual realm, but an atheist closes the door on God’s existence, being a secular purist. To deny there is a God is to deny there is a spiritual realm. The secularist, being the more prevalent satanic doctrine, is the most irreligious of all, even more so than humanism and atheism that both worship man, yet atheism is Satan’s favorite doctrine, because it completely stamps out any hope of acknowledging God. The secularist who is indifferent to any spiritual realm might change his mind, but the atheist if he changes his mind merely becomes agnostic, which is essentially secular, still a million miles from salvation. Satan’s original objective when he came into possession of the keys of death and hell at the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden was that everyone should go to hell with him. When Adam sinned, at that point there was no hope for mankind, but then Jesus died for our sins, making a way for us to be pardoned and go to heaven. Now serving Christ is meaningful.

Jn 8,37-44

(65b) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> God gives people over to Satan -- These verses go with verse 31. Jesus never said to them, ‘You are going to quit believing in My word.’ That is, He never doused their faith. They may have believed in Him for a season, but their faith would not remain, and then they would turn against Him almost as fast as they believed in Him. He never told them these things, but let them make their own decision and never got in the way of their faith or made a self-fulfilled prophecy, so that when they did turn against Him, it was no one’s fault but their own. Jesus never questioned their assertion that they were Abraham’s offspring in the flesh, but He did question whether they were Abraham’s children in the Spirit. After telling them that they were of their father the devil it was like throwing down the gauntlet, the proverbial medieval glove. After telling them they were of the devil, He couldn’t expect to win their souls, though at this point Jesus was not worried about losing them, since He never had their hearts. Jesus told them they were of the devil because their situation was hopeless.

(135d) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Abortion >> Consequences of abortion >> People have abortions for the same reason they crucified Jesus Christ

Jn 8,37-41

(241j) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus because of what He said -- These verses go with verses 56-59

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38-43 "I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father." 39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 "But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 "You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God." 42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43 "Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.

 

Jn 8,38-47

(163k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons >> Disciplined by the devil as a son

Jn 8-38

(118a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Making spiritual observations

(246i) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Demonstration of God’s kingdom >> God demonstrates His glory >> Demonstration of His words – Jesus was contrasting Himself with sinners, saying that He is opposite them, in that Jesus sees the Father and speaks accordingly, while sinners hear from the devil and do the same. If Jesus spoke the words of His Father, how much more did He do what He said, and if sinners do the will of the devil, how much more do they speak his language? We look on TV and hear Satanic messaging almost 24/7, his words echoing in our ears, yet what we see does not always appear evil. What do we see but sophisticated, happy people enjoying their careers in front of the camera as celebrities, giving us tips on how to live, so what’s wrong with that? There is a direct connection between gory scenes of blood gushing from wounds and sweet, smiley people telling how to live; both cases have one thing in common: God is excluded. That is Satan’s only message to the world in both war and peace.

Jn 8-41,42

(209b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> Knowing about God, but not knowing God -- These verses go with verses 54&55

Jn 8-41

(16a) Sin – Key verse for the entire chapter – The Bible depicts sin as the essence of the human condition and the cause of all suffering in the world. This chapter addresses the issues head-on, exposing the roots and consequences of sin by putting familiar words like: "Greed", "Lust", and "Pride" into proper Biblical perspective, showing how negative an impact they have on our lives when we fall prey to their destructive influences. The reader after studying this chapter will better understand how the effect of sin eats away at the spiritual and moral fabric of society.

(159a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Love sickening sweet >> Mask over the real self

Jn 8-42

(13b) Servant >> Jesus serves His Father >> Jesus is under His authority – A pivotal truth, one that can make the difference between understanding God’s purpose and plan for the redemption of man and completely misunderstanding the gospel, is that Jesus did not come on His own initiative but came in obedience to His Father. This makes a huge difference to virtually everything. The fact that He came in obedience to His Father shows the hierarchy of authority within the trinity for starters. Jesus submitted to His Father and was willing to do His Father’s will. Another highly significant implication of this is that it makes God’s love for the world originate from the top-down, from the Father to Christ to the Holy Spirit in that order, “God so loved the world…” (Jn 3-16), referring to the Father. What good would it do if Jesus loved the world and His Father didn’t? The Father is the final authority; He is the one who needs to love the world in order for it to be significant. If Jesus loved the world and the Father didn’t, it would be no different than you or me loving the world and God didn’t. The fact that God the Father loved the world means that it didn’t matter if Jesus loved the world; it only mattered if He obeyed His Father. The only time Jesus talked about His love for people was during the subject of the Church; He never claimed to love the world, but gave that merit to His Father. The Father loves the whole world, but Jesus loves only the Church, those whom the Father has given to Him, who believe in Him through their word, exemplified in His high priestly prayer, being willing only to pray for those whom His Father had given Him (Jn 17-9).

(156c) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Expressing your feelings toward Him

Jn 8,43-47

(183h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Spirit of the broad road >> Spirit of unbelief

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44-47 "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 "Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 "He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

 

Jn 8,44-47

(183k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Truth is the enemy of the spirit of error >> Spirit of error rejects the truth – The Jews were not deaf; they could physically hear Jesus voice, but they couldn’t hear the meaning of the words. It was as though Jesus were speaking in a different language to them. He was speaking words they understood, but what He said was incomprehensible to them. They were so lost, they were incapable of understanding and grasping spiritual truth. Had God physically come down and stood in front of them and talked to them face to face, they wouldn’t have believed Him, which is exactly what happened. They might just as well have been deaf; it was the same as never hearing His word at all, except that God could judge them for being in the hearing of His word and rejecting it. Keep in mind that Jesus just finished telling them that they were of their father the devil, which gives a spiritual explanation why they were unable to hear the word of God. There were satanic influences on their lives keeping them from hearing the truth and enslaving them in their sins, being the cause of their deafness. Indirectly, these people worshipped the devil by being obedient to his voice and did whatever the demons told them, up to and including making arrangements to have the Son of God crucified. They obviously never heard the devil’s voice, but in their carnality the devil was able to communicate with them, being used to listening to that nonverbal voice that spoke to their sinful nature, they instinctively always knew what to do.

(221f) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides behind man’s slowness of heart

Jn 8-44

(25f) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Satan and his children are murderers -- The Jews could hear the devil just fine and they obeyed him to the letter and were happy to do it, but when it came to doing the will of God, they could not even hear Jesus speaking to them. He told them point blank that they were the children of the devil. They were murders and liars and obeyed the father of lies, prompting Jesus to tell them, “But because I speak the truth you do not believe Me.”

(74h) Thy kingdom come >> Heart is central value system >> The heart is what drives man’s desire

Jn 8,45-47 

(20cb) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Having a mind that is unable to receive >> Religion doesn't know how to believe in God -- These verses go with verses 21-24

Jn 8,46-49

(186b) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Consider the work of the Holy Spirit to be sin -- "Which one of you convicts Me of sin?" Only Jesus could ask this question and not get a hundred answers from His critics. The Jews spent every waking hour trying to pin evil on Him, but they had nothing. Finally at His mock trial they had to invent an excuse to pin Him to the cross. Jesus was so holy and righteous that to accuse Him of sin was next to blasphemy, and only a reprobate would do so. Jesus taught in other passages that any blasphemy against the Son of Man would be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit was an eternal sin that had no forgiveness. These Jews who were accusing Jesus of sin were blaspheming the Holy Spirit in that they were resisting the one who searches the hearts of men, and they knew in their hearts that He was the messiah. He therefore asked them that if He had never sinned and had only spoken the truth, why they didn’t believe Him?’ Even the Jews knew He was telling truth and that He was the Christ, but how did they respond? They talked back to Him, accusing Him of the most outrageous sin imaginable, being demon possessed. Jesus was careful to say that the Pharisees were not blaspheming the Holy Spirit by accusing Him of sin; instead, they had developed the reprobate mind by claiming that Jesus performed His works through an unclean spirit, a demonic force of evil; that is, they attributed evil to the Holy Spirit. In so doing, if the Holy Spirit were to speak to them, they would automatically reject Him because they were saying that He was evil. The Pharisees cut themselves from the life of God, being unable to receive anything from the Holy Spirit, because they had previously called Him the devil. The Pharisees couldn’t admit fault, so in order to look right, they had to make Jesus look wrong by attributing the Spirit of His power to the devil. They didn’t just say these things to win an argument, in the process of speaking these things, the words became a revelation to them, having believed their own lies. There were many proofs that Jesus was the Messiah; their Scriptures said that a man just like Him would come, and when He came, they said He was of the devil. They were operating through a satanic spirit of deception when Jesus charged them with the spirit of error.

Jn 8-46

(41e) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Be like Jesus >> Jesus knew no sin – Had anybody else offered an open-ended question such as the one Jesus handed the Jews, “Which one of you convicts Me of sin?” people would have gotten out their pad and pencil and started making a list, but with Jesus they had nothing on Him. Like the politicians of our day, you can know for certain, because of their deep-seated hatred of Jesus, His enemies went to Bethlehem and Nazareth and contacted friends and relatives researching His life looking for dirt on Him from His former days, but left empty-handed. This man never did anything wrong his whole life. The only thing they had against Jesus was that He spoke words as against the law and against Moses, but in fact He claimed to fulfill the law.

Jn 8-47

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear

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48-53 The Jews answered and said to Him, "Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 "But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 "Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death." 52 The Jews said to Him, "Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, 'If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.' 53 "Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?"

 

Jn 8,48-59

(126i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Patience >> The patience of God >> God is patient

(176f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Fire without faithfulness

(177h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding Jesus -- These verses go with verses 21&22

Jn 8,48-50

(203c) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Dishonor God by not receiving Him

Jn 8-49

(25a) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Hate the truth

(27a) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Curse >> Deeds that return to the doer >> Blasphemy

(181c) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the men of God

(184k) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Dishonoring the grace of God – The Pharisees accused Jesus of being demon-possessed, and Jesus was accusing them of not being able to hear His word. It may seem like tit-for-tat, but it was not a fair trade. The playing field was uneven in all the signs, wonders and miracles that Jesus performed, while the Pharisees performed none of them. People recognized Jesus as a miracle worker and a healer, and the Pharisees knew this was true of Him, yet they accused Him of being demon possessed, knowing in their hearts that He wasn’t. They weren’t saying this in ignorance, for in their hearts they knew He was from God.

(203a) Dishonor God (Key verse)

Jn 8-50

(77d) Thy kingdom come >> Humility >> Refusing the glory of man >> Refusing to exalt yourself -- This verse goes with verse 54

(170b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Pursuing the glory of man turns us in the wrong direction >> It’s the reason we don’t die to self -- This verse goes with verse 54

Jn 8-51

(85l) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the law by faith in the cross >> Obedience represents our faith – This is one of those statements that Jesus made that brings us so much hope, yet there is a terrible heresy in the Church today teaching people by the millions that all we have to do is believe in a certain set of doctrines and we get to go to heaven. This is contrary to what Jesus is saying in this verse. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me” in seven other instances in the gospel of John, as though all we had to do is believe in a set of doctrines and we can go to heaven, but that flies in the face of so many things the Bible says on so many levels. First, it means that anybody who has never heard about these doctrines are automatically barred from heaven. It also means that so long as they believe in these doctrines, they can live any way they want, and their beliefs will protect them from hell. None of this reflects the Scriptures. Therefore, when Jesus said, “He who believes in Me…” He meant, “If anyone keeps My word…” as it says in this verse. If we believe in Him, we will keep His word, for how can we believe in Him without keeping His word? If we take all the Scripture as a whole to help interpret some of these passages, it will lead us to the truth, but if we single out a certain verse and attribute our own meaning to it in total disregard for the rest of Scripture, we will never come to the right conclusions.

(205aa) Salvation >> Verses useful in evangelism

(206h) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to the gifts of God >> Conditions to salvation – The Pharisees argued with Jesus in the same way that many people in the Church argue today against sound doctrine and would have argued with Jesus if they lived in His time, only on a slightly different point. The Pharisees argued about His teaching of the resurrection, whereas the Church’s complaint today is that He said we must keep His word. Christians today think that going to heaven is just a matter of believing in a certain set of doctrines; obedience is not necessary. In fact, some “Christians” condemn the teachings of obedience altogether, claiming it to be heretical. The fact that many in the Church today would argue with Jesus about the same passage that the Pharisees argued with Him is very telling about them. It indicates that they are pharisaical at heart. Basically the Pharisees have taken over the Church today. If we search very carefully we can find churches that still preach the truth and walk with God, but they are far and few between.

(207k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The generosity of God’s salvation >> Salvation is eternal life -- After suffering the dishonor of the Jews Jesus said something beautiful, “Anyone who keeps my word will never see death.” He wasn’t speaking to the Jews but to those of us who would later believe in Him for eternal life. Although our flesh may die, our spirit will live forever through faith in Christ, and later He will give a new body that cannot die.

(255a) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Spirit of the word >> Words of His Spirit are life -- This verse goes with verse 12

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54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, 'He is our God ';

 

Jn 8,54-56

(164h) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world is at enmity with God >> The world does not know God – We have a living example of what John meant in his first epistle when he wrote about being unable to hear the word of God. In 1Jn 4-5,6 it says, “They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” The Pharisees audibly heard Jesus, but they didn’t believe what He was saying, and because of that they could not hear His word. If we don’t believe the word of God, the Bible says that we can’t even hear what it says, much less do what it says. In other words, obedience is not even on the table! Obeying the word of God is how we get to heaven, and if we can’t even hear His word, how far are we from heaven? At the same time, the Bible also says that anyone who can hear the word of God is prepared to do what it says, for obedience is the premise of hearing His word.

Jn 8-54,55

(182b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Believing you know God when you don’t

(209b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Counterfeit relationship through religion >> Knowing about God, but not knowing God -- These verses go with verses 18-24

Jn 8-54

(32m) Gift of God >> Father will honor you >> Father honors His Son – Jesus was a miracle worker and a healer, and went preaching the gospel in attendance of thousands who followed Him, having quickly become a celebrity, but He held his celebrity status in contempt, saying, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing.” If Jesus’ glory was nothing without His Father, then the glory of celebrity status in this world likewise is meaningless in the eyes of God, reflecting the value of self-glorification in eternity. If it weren’t for His Father, Jesus couldn’t have been a miracle worker or a healer or attracted thousands. God was the origin of His works, and Jesus gave Him the credit, the very thing He taught in Jn 3-21, “He who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” The Jews, to whom Jesus was speaking, served the God of the Old Testament, yet Jesus testified that He was not their god, because they said one thing and did another. Instead, they served the god of this world, Satan, as earlier Jesus said to them, “You are of your father the devil” (Jn 8-44). Therefore, it is not whom we say is our god who is our god, but whom we serve.

(77d) Thy kingdom come >> Humility >> Refusing the glory of man >> Refusing to exalt yourself -- This verse goes with verse 50. Jesus bluntly said in Jn 5-41, “I do not receive glory from men.” Instead, He sought glory from God; that is, He sought God’s approval. To seek glory from men is to seek your own glory. Jesus taught that when going to a banquet, occupy the last place so the one who invited you may escort you to a better place in the seating arrangement, where we will be honored in the sight of all, rather than taking the first place and then being humiliated in the presence of all by relinquishing our seat to the one designated for that place (Lk 14,7-11). There are many opportunities to take the last place in this world, since they are usually unoccupied, and to do so, God will be the one to escort us to a better seat. In that way He will glorify us. This is how Jesus sought glory from His Father, being willingly humiliated by men after taking the last place as the son of man, the servant of all, and at the end of His life was slapped in the face, spit upon, scourged almost to the point of death, and then nailed to a cross to die. That is for sure the last place anyone would want, especially in light of His former position in heaven as the prince of angels. Jesus took that place for us, so when the Father raised Him from the dead, He escorted Him to a better seat at His right-hand on His heavenly throne, “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Eph 1-21). Jesus willingly took the last place for our sake, doing it in obedience to His Father. Had Jesus taken the last place on His own volition, the Father would not have glorified Him, but the result of dying for our sins at His Father’s request, the Father honored Him with the highest place in heaven, having been raised to the right-hand of the power of God (Mat 26-64).

(170b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Pursuing the glory of man turns us in the wrong direction >> It’s the reason we don’t die to self -- This verse goes with verse 50

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55-59 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" 58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am." 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

 

Jn 8-55

(86h) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Obey the truth

(157i) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Having a reprobate mind -- This verse goes with verse 21

Jn 8,56-59

(241j) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus because of what He said -- These verses go with verses 37-41

Jn 8,56-58

(253b) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the external qualities of the Father >> Son is infinite and eternal like the Father -- The Jews found fault with Jesus, complaining that Abraham died and the prophets too, asking, ‘Who then do you claim to be?’ Jesus answered that Abraham met him and was glad to see Him. The Jews didn’t know how Abraham could have met Jesus, since He appeared less than fifty years old. Then Jesus confessed, “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.” The Jews wanted to stone Him for using the phrase “I AM”, which is a statement only God could make. It means, 'I was, I am, and I forever will be' (Rev 1-8). It was the statement that God made to Moses to tell pharaoh when he asked, 'Who sent you.' God’s reply to Moses, “Tell him I AM has sent you.” This phrase: I AM is one of the names of God that was extremely familiar to the Jews, since they were highly educated men in the Old Testament. Claiming to be the I AM was blasphemous in their ears, but Jesus was simply telling the truth like He always did. This statement angered the Jews more than anything He could have said. Jesus had the attitude that if you want to be mad at Me, I will give you reason. God gave Himself the name I AM to mean I am present in every moment, past present and future. ‘I always have been, I always will be, and I AM right now.’ The name that God gave Himself to Moses in the presence of the burning bush indicates the significance of God’s eternal nature, being the most prominent attribute of his person. Hence, the fact that He always has been and always will be is more significant to God than His power as the creator of the universe. Jesus took this most significant trait of God and attributed it to Himself. Jesus showed them that they didn’t have the slightest clue about God, and they hated Him for it. They bent down to pick up stones to throw at Him, but their target ran away because His hour had not yet come. The truth of Jesus is often difficult to believe, because He made such enormous claims. Nevertheless, they should have known He was telling the truth, based on the sheer volume of miracles He performed. They didn’t want to believe in Jesus, because they wanted to remain in charge of what they considered to be the truth. Their version of truth came at a price to Israel, and Jesus was getting in the way of their business of religion. Jesus often wrangled with those who had strong convictions, yet did not know God. They were far more convinced in their own minds about their religion than they were about what Jesus was telling them. These are problems we face today.

Jn 8-59

(29b) Gift of God >> God delivers us from those who want to silence the word

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