SUMMARY OF JOHN 8:31-47
Jesus told the people that The Truth will set those free who believes in him from sin. Everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Since they are looking to kill him, they are not free and are a slave to their father, the devil.
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 12, Day 4: John 8:31-47
11a) The freedom Jesus offers is freedom from the bondage of sin’s guilt and consequences. He offers forgiveness. People receive this freedom when they believe in Christ’s saving grace.
b) Not having guilt from sin, the freedom to ask for and receive forgiveness for my sins from others, the freedom to fail and fall and have Jesus pick me up, the freedom to follow His will for my life.
12a) They are not Abraham’s descendants/children of Abraham if they are looking for a way to kill him. They belong to their father, the devil. If they belonged to Abraham, they would love him and hear what God says.
b) Because they did not belong to God, so they could not hear what God says. Instead, they belong to the devil so they hear his words and obey him.
c) Many ways. Prayer, consult the Bible, examine the character of the words. For example, are you being asked to commit a sin? Jesus would never say that. What does your gut tell you? Abiding/living like Jesus will help you know the Truth.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 12, Day 4: John 8:31-47
I love the freedom that Christ offers. There truly is nothing else like it.
End Notes BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 12, Day 4: John 8:31-47
Jesus is addressing those who believe in him, but have not yet fully committed to following him.
People must live by Jesus’ word to believe in him. When we abide in Jesus’ word and live it, we’ll know the truth. When we know the truth, we are free.
There is no escape from slavery to sin except through Jesus Christ. You can live a life of sin or a life of freedom. But, it’s for life.
Abraham is not their father in a spiritual sense. Their rejection of Jesus shows they don’t have the word or Christ in their lives; thus, they did not have freedom.
Jesus’ actions are consistent with God. The actions of unbelievers are consistent with the devil.
The religious leaders again bring up Jesus’ shady parentage John 8:19
If you love God, you love Jesus. Period.
Jesus came from God and is different from God.
Unbelievers are of the devil. The devil only speaks lies. Your actions prove this to be so.
We must repent of our sins and turn from our old ways in order to follow Jesus’ teachings.
Only the Holy Spirit can give us the power to live as God intended.
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