CAN A PERSON REALLY BE FREE?
July 6, 2003
INTRODUCTION. John, Chapter 8, has been referred to
as the chapter of contrasts and conflicts. Jesus
dealt with grace vs. law (1-11), light vs. darkness
(12-20), life vs. death (21-30), and freedom vs.
Today, we are going to deal with the FREEDOM VS.
BONDAGE and see if Jesus speaks truth that really sets
In this one chapter alone, Jesus forgives the woman
taken in adultery; He encourages those in darkness to
look to Him, as the Light of the world; He told the
Jews that God the Father sent Him; Jesus spoke of His
death and the fact that they would die in their sins
and could not come to where He was; He said He was
from above and they were from beneath.
In John 8:24, He said:
John 8:24, "Therefore I said to you that you will die
in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He,
you will die in your sins."
John later said the same thing in 1 John 5:12
1 John 5:12, "He who has the Son has life; he who does
not have the Son of God does not have life."
After Jesus spoke these truths, v.30 says, "many
believed in Him" - Now Jesus turns His attention and
message to a particular group of Jews and begins again
to press the principle of freedom.
I. THE PROOF OF ONE'S PROFESSION. 31-32
Jesus is about to help us realize that we may put too
much weight on the PROFESSION OF FAITH, instead of the
ADHERENCE TO THE FAITH.
A.T. Robertson sees a difference in v.30 & 31 as to
who is being addressed. Verse 30, they believed "on
Him" and in v.32 "those Jews believed Him" - they did
not commit themselves to Him.
A. THE TERMS OF DISCIPLESHIP. 31
"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed"
- to hold fast, obey, practice; perseverance in
obedience to Scripture is the fruit or evidence of
genuine faith. Discipleship begins with believing,
but it also means constantly rem ...
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