Studies In The Book Of John

 

John 8:12-20

 

John 8:12-14 – “(12) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  (13) The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.  (14) Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.”

 

A. Jesus was the light of the world (John 9:1-5 and John 12:35-36).

1. The light shines through the written word of God (Psalms 119:105, Psalms 119:130, and II Corinthians 4:4).

2. We also, through patterning our lives after Christ (Ephesians 5:8, I Peter 2:21-23, I John 1:7, and I John 2:3-6), are lights in this world (Matthew 5:14-16 and Philippians 2:15-16).

3. While the word of God and faithful Christians are lights in this world, Jesus alone was THE LIGHT (John 1:1-9) that came into the world (Matthew 4:13-17; cf. Isaiah 9:1-3).

B. Jesus is charged as being false because He bore record of Himself (John 8:54).

1. Tooting one’s own horn is not a good thing (Proverbs 27:2 and II Corinthians 10:18).

2. Yet, Jesus is not bearing witness of Himself without the evidence supplied by others (John 5:31-47, John 10:24-27, and I John 5:7).

3. Some falsely think that Jesus emptied Himself of being God and had to learn like a common man.  Jesus did not need to learn, for He knew where He was from and where He was headed back to (John 16:28).

 

John 8:15-18  “(15) Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.  (16) And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.  (17) It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.  (18) I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.”

 

A. Jesus did not judge carnally as did these Jews (I Samuel 16:7 and John 7:24).

1. The judgment of Christ was true (Psalms 19:9).

2. The judgment of Christ was in agreement with the Father (John 10:30 and John 14:9-11).

3. Jesus was here doing the will of His Father (John 5:30, John 6:38, and John 8:28).

B. Jesus establishes a point by using the law of two witnesses (Deuteronomy 17:6 and Matthew 18:16).

1. The Father was a witness for the identity of Christ (Matthew 17:1-5 and I John 5:9-11).

2. Peter wrote of the “Transfiguration”, wherein God that Father acted as a witness for Christ (II Peter 1:16-21).

 

John 8:19-20  “(19) Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.  (20) These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.”

 

A. The question, “where is thy Father” shows they don’t know God the Father or the Son (John 15:20-21 and John 16:1-3).

1. Had they known Jesus, they would have also known the Father (John 14:6-7 and II John 9).

2. Those who did not honor Christ were dishonoring the Father (John 5:23).

B. Jesus was teaching these things in the treasury within the temple where tithes would have been given and stored (Joshua 6:19 and Nehemiah 13:12-13).

1. Jesus uses the treasury as a place of teaching other times as well (Mark 12:41-43).

2. During this trip to the temple our Lord’s hour had not yet come.  His “hour” that will come refers to His departure out of this world (John 13:1-3 and John 17:1-3).

 

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