Truth That Brings Freedom
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. bondage (31-47).
Today, we are going to deal with the freedom vs. bondage and see if Jesus speaks truth that really sets people free.
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:
''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.''
I. THE PROOF OF ONE'S PROFESSION 31-32
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.
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 and 31 as to who is being addressed. Verse 30, they believed ''in Him'' and in v.31 ''those Jews believed Him'' - they did not commit themselves to Him.
Their belief, as will soon become evident, was not saving faith, but was merely the 1st step toward it. The Lord's goal was to point them to full saving faith in Him, the type of faith that would truly set them free from sin, death, Satan and hell.
Leon Morris ''this section is addressed to those who believe, and yet do not believe. Clearly t ...
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