Studies In The Book Of John

 

John 8:30-37

 

John 8:30-32 – “(30) As he spake these words, many believed on him.  (31) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; (32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 

A. As Jesus spoke many believed, but Jesus is not just looking for temporary believers (Acts 14:22, Romans 11:22, Colossians 1:21-23, I Timothy 4:16, Hebrews 3:6, and Hebrews 3:14).

1. This implies what other Scriptures outright state, one is not saved by faith alone (Matthew 10:22, Mark 13:13, Mark 16:15-16, John 10:9, Acts 2:21, Acts 2:37-41, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:30-39, Acts 18:8, Acts 22:16, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:10, I Corinthians 1:18, I Corinthians 5:4-5, I Corinthians 15:1-2, II Corinthians 7:10, Ephesians 2:5, II Thessalonians 2:10, and I Peter 3:20-21).

2. True faith produces works (I Thessalonians 1:3, Titus 3:8, Hebrews 11:7-10, and James 2:14-26).

B. The truth sets us free (Romans 6:17-18 and II Timothy 2:24-26).

1. If you want to learn the truth, you can (John 5:39, John 6:45, Romans 15:4, Ephesians 4:21-24, and II Timothy 3:14-17).

2. The truth can be understood (Proverbs 14:6, Ephesians 3:1-4, Ephesians 5:17, II Peter 1:12, I John 2:21, and I John 5:20).

 

John 8:33-35  – “(33) They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?  (34) Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  (35) And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.”

 

A. Being of the seed of Abraham did not make one saved (Romans 4:12-14).

1. Being of Abraham did not spiritually free anyone (Matthew 3:7-10 and Galatians 4:3-5).

2. Furthermore, being of Abraham’s seed did not even mean you would not be in physical bondage (Exodus 1:13-14, Judges 3:8, and Ezra 9:8-9).

B. When you commit sin you are the servant of sin (Romans 6:16 and Titus 3:3).

1. Sin is transgressing God’s law (I John 3:4) by doing things that are not righteous (I John 5:17).

2. One who commits sin is a child of the devil (I John 3:8-10).

C. You don’t just want to be looked at as a servant (Genesis 21:10 and Galatians 4:7; 30-31).

1. This does not mean that we’re not servants of God (Romans 6:22 and Colossians 4:12).

2. However, while we are servants, we [faithful Christians] are also children of God (II Corinthians 6:14-18, Galatians 3:26-29, and I John 3:1).

 

John 8:36-37 – “(36) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  (37) I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.”

 

A. Christ is the one who sets one free from sin (Luke 4:18, Romans 8:2, and Galatians 5:1).

1. One in sin has to have the right mindset in seeking to be set free (Psalms 119:133).

2. To keep sin from reigning over mankind, Christ had to die (Romans 5:21) bringing true grace into the world (John 1:17).

B. Rather than accepting freedom, many of the Jews still sought to kill Jesus (John 5:16-18).

1. The reason they wanted to kill our Lord is that His word had no place in them (Matthew 13:15 and I Corinthians 2:14).

2. If they had allowed the word of God to have place in them, they would not have been in bondage to sin (Psalms 119:11). 

 

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