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The Truth shall make you free

Posted by appolus on March 17, 2015

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (Joh 8:31-32)

Here in this chapter we find a fascinating encounter between Jesus and the Jews who ” believed in Him.” So we are left in no doubt from verse 30 and 31 that these are Jewish believers in Him. This is what we call followers of Jesus today isn’t it, believers. I have never liked that term for the saints, for it is clear from this passage that one can be believers in what Jesus has said and yet not be saved, and actually, persecutors of Jesus and the saints. Now I want you to note what these Jewish people claim and what Jesus acknowledges as true. In verse 33 they say ” We are Abraham’s descendants.” In verse 37 Jesus says ” I know that you are Abraham’s descendants.” So there we have it, it is an established fact that they are descendants of Abraham. Yet in verse 39 they make another claim they say that Abraham is their father and in the same verse Jesus disputes that. So, these believers are descendants of Abraham but they are not his children nor are they Gods children. Well if they are not Gods children, if Abraham is not their earthly father and God is not their heavenly Father, then who is their father? In verse 44 Jesus answers the question unambiguously “You are of your father the devil and the desires of your father you want to do.” The end result of this encounter between Jesus and His believers? Verse 59 ” Then they took up stones to throw at Him.” They attempted to murder Jesus.

Now, what would Jesus say to ” believers,” in our day? Would the same people not claim that they are Christian descendants? Would they not bring out their heritage as a defense of who they are? Would they not point to their household, their church, their denomination, their water baptism in defense of what they claim? Yet, as we have seen, one can be a descendant but this is far different from being a child. You can be a descendant but not be a child of God. The circumcision of the flesh is without meaning, only the circumcised of heart are the children of God. Being born into a Christian household, being raised in a certain denomination, attending your church faithfully all of your life, all of this is the circumcision of the flesh. Only those born twice, born again from above, can claim to be a child of God. All others are mere descendants and are of the flesh and are ultimately the enemy and persecutors of those of the Spirit. The illegitimate child of the flesh is the persecutor of the legitimate child born of the Spirit. It is an ancient an eternal dividing line that is soon to come to a head. When challenged with the truth, the very truth that could set them free, as we saw in John chapter eight, the children of the flesh will seek to kill the children of the Spirit.

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