Abide in the Truth
Around 1528, Martin Luther, beset on every side by terror and trouble, the death of his dear daughter, his deepest melancholia, the siege of Vienna by the Turk, wrote the great battle hymn of the reformation, in which he confesses that no matter what the world, the flesh or the devil would wrest away from him, goods, honor, child or spouse, he was free because all his strength was in that little word that could fell all his enemies, that little word, God's word, the Lord Jesus Christ himself! The Son had made him free, he was free indeed!
The Lord Jesus presented Himself as the Son of God and the light of the world to the religious leaders of His day. And a number who heard Him did not reject His testimony. ''As He spake these words, many believe on him'' (John 8:30). Many heard His word and saw His miracles.
The same sun that hardens the clay softens the wax. This discourse, which proved the savour of death unto death to the obstinate Pharisees, became the savour of life unto life to many of the simple-hearted people.
They were so influenced by the clarity of His message and the working of his miracles that they concluded he must be the divine Son of God. After they gave Him their trust and showed their willingness to pay the price of following Him, Jesus felt that they were in need of His practical instruction.
In John 8:30-32 is recorded the clear teachings to these young converts.
The content of His teaching to these young believers gives to us the kind of teaching that all young Christians need. Jesus Christ was a master Teacher. He knew the best method to use, and he knew the deep needs in the hearts of young converts.
''Then said Jesus to these Jews which believed on him'' (John 8:31a). As we think of what he said, we should be instructed as teachers in the particular truths that need to be understood and practices by new converts.
Here's the Lord Jesus talking to young converts or ...
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