June 25, 2016

John 8:31-38

As we examine this portion of Scripture, we find the Lord offering encouragement to those Jews who, seemingly for the first time, believed on him (8:30). Jesus’ words in 8:31 certainly appear to say that if one is truly a believer, he will continue in the Word of God, studying, learning, and abiding in a long-lasting fellowship with the Lord. Like all new converts, one ought to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord becoming strong in him and in the power of his might.

Faithfully following Jesus to the best of our ability is the God-given resource to rightly interpret Scripture. The truth of the Word sets us free, not only from sin but from fear or doubt of any kind. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Beginning in 8:33, the dialog resumes between Jesus and the Pharisees. What was one of the main issues of understanding? They had the mistaken idea because they were of Abraham’s seed in the flesh (Jews), they were automatically “right with God” (Romans 9:6-8).