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The Truth will make you Free

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Jesus hears their Profession

Here we see the response of the people, as a result of his speaking, many came to believe.
What did they come to believe?
They came to believe in what Jesus was speaking.
That he and the father are one.
Essentially that He is God.
This isn’t a small profession they are making.
By coming to believe in Him, they are acknowledging that Jesus is God, that they are dependent upon him for life, that he is worthy of belief.
Jesus, Himself is the Gospel preacher.
After He gets through speaking, it ays many came to believe in Him.
All of this being tru
The Gospel and preaching of Jesus or about Jesus demands a response.
And here we see in verse 30 that our tendency would be to celebrate.
We say “Praise God, They all believed in him!”
What a successful event.
We can all go home now.
But Jesus blows our theology out of the water. Our/My tendency is to think that the work in done here. The invitation is over.
But Jesus knows the true hearts of the people that responded.
Imagine this for a moment. Lets say we had an evangelistic event in our community. We have set the stage, and had an awesome time of worship, and imagine this large crowd of people gathered around the stage sitting in chair listening to a Gospel presentation proclaiming Jesus to be God. At the end of the service, droves of people flock to the altar to receive Christ as Lord. My tendency and if you are honest, your tendency is to celebrate. Praise God for all the souls saved! I would want to affirm their faith and get them signed up for baptism. Lets write an article about it and tell everyone about all the souls saved.

Jesus challenges the sincerity

Then we look at
Jesus is the same type of scenario, having many come to believe in Him, stops them and says “If you continue in my Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.”
He says to THEM.
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.”
This is a conditional statement.
The condition:
Continuing in the Word. Abiding in the Word.


This word can be translated in many ways and they all carry the same meaning.
There are many words in the Greek that can have multiple meaning. This isn’t one of them.
This word here means:
remain, stay, reside, endure, abide, continue, steadfastness.
We have many people in churches all across America who have made a commitment and made a decision but there is no habitual, continual connection to the Words of Christ.
In other words, Jesus is not looking for a one time profession, but a continual obsession.
Consistency in the WORD
If Jesus’s word has no affect on your life after you make a profession, then you probably are not a disciple of Christ.
"Some people are going to go to hell with a chest full of Sunday school attendance pins who have never received the Lord Jesus Christ. They have religion, but they don't have righteousness. They have culture, but they don't have Christ." — Adrian Rogers
This same condition applies today.
Are you abiding? Am I abiding?
Then you are truly following Christ.
We can apply the oppite.
If you arent, then your arent.
You are truly a disciple when you embody what it means to be a disciple. That is your track record is one of following Christ.
Here we see that a determining factor in the life of the believer and the person saying that they are following Christ is there desire, and there consistency in the Word.
Not about a one time profession, it is about a life long commitment.
We have many people in churches all across America who have made a commitment and made a decision but do not abide in the Word of God.
These verses embody the person compared to rocky soil in the parable of the sower.
Matthew 13:20–21 NASB95
“The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.
We can’t call those people disciples.
Disciple means follower of Christ. Not one who simply claimed Christ one time.
Someone who is abiding in the Word, and thriving and living off the Word will not be moved or changed when he experiences hardships because of it.
Dr. Junior Hill was once asked how many people were saved at his recent evangelistic event. He responded, “Time will Tell.”
Jesus essentially says, “Time will tell.”
Those true disciples of Jesus then have a promise.
John 8:32 NASB95
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
the promise is conditional.
Abiding in the Word brings salvation truth.
Truth here is the truth that sets us free from sin and that truth is the truth of the Gospel.
Salvation is not found any where else other than the words of Christ.
The benefit of abiding in the truth is knowing that truth.
The benefit of knowing the truth is being freed by the truth.
Romans 10:17 NASB95
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
This is a genuine benefit for those in Christ.
Freedom from the final curse of sin, but also freedom from the current bondage of sin.
This is what Jesus is promising.
Not only will I give you eternal life, but I give you life now.
There are benefits now, to believing in Christ.
But these men do not see themselves as slaves.
John 8:33 NASB95
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”
The Jews had been enslaved by seven mighty nations, as recorded in the Book of Judges.
The ten Northern tribes had been carried away captive by Assyria, and the two Southern tribes had gone into seventy years of captivity in Babylon.
At that moment they are currently under Roman oppression and slavery.
So they are not only blind to their spiritual need to be freed, but they are blind to their political need for freedom.
The issue here is they have gotten comfortable under the rule and reign of Ceaser. He let them rule themselves for the most part, so long as their religion and rulers did not revolt against them.
The same
the hardest people to set free are those who are spiritually blind to their own chains.
the hardest people to set free are those who are spiritually blind to their own chains.

Jesus reveals their true Heart

Jesus reveals that their true problem and true slavery is their slavery to sin.
Sin chains us up. Sins binds us up.
Jesus uses the analogy of the house and the slaves and the son.
The son has certain privileges.
The slaves are simply in the house.
Though these men claim to be in the house(We are Abe’s descendants), they are actually slaves to sin.
They have no claim upon the Father’s blessings.
They have no rights to the eternal home.
That only comes through the Son. As Jesus just said, True freedom comes from abiding in the Word of the Son.
John 8:36 NASB95
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
These people are not abiding in the Word. They hate the Word.
Jesus acknowledges what they say, “We are Believing.”
Jesus acknowledges who they are, “We are Abraham’s descendants.”
But again, The Word has no place in them.
The determining factor in the life of the person saying that they are believing in Christ is continuing in the word.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 NASB95
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 NASB95
For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
Are you abiding?
The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Eight: Contrasts and Conflicts (John 8)

The Jews had been enslaved by seven mighty nations, as recorded in the Book of Judges. The ten Northern tribes had been carried away captive by Assyria, and the two Southern tribes had gone into seventy years of captivity in Babylon. And at that very hour, the Jews were under the iron heel of Rome! How difficult it is for proud religious people to admit their failings and their needs!

Believing and trusting in Christ for salvation is a one time thing, but the witness of Scripture tells us that those who are truly his are abiding in His word.
Unbelievers: Trust in Christ for salvation, and abide in the Word.
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