John 8

John 8:12

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

(a) Life. Two kinds of life are described in the Bible; the psuche– or soul life we inherited from Adam and the zoe– or spirit life that comes from God (John 5:26). It’s the second kind of life that is described here. See entry for New Life.

(b) The Light of Life and the Light of the world and the Light of men and the True Light are all names for Jesus (John 1:4, 9, 9:5).

Adam’s fallen race lives in the valley of the shadow of death. Into this dark valley comes Jesus with the bright and shining revelation that God offers us new life.

John 8:15

“You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone.

The flesh. “You judge according to human standards, by what you see.” See entry for The Flesh

John 8:31

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

(a) If you continue in My word. To continue in his word is to continue or abide in Christ. It is choosing to rest in his love knowing that he holds us securely in his hand (John 10:28).

(b) You are truly disciples of Mine. A true disciple trusts Jesus from start to finish.

Everyone who confesses Jesus as the Son of God abides in him (1 John 4:15), but if you are unsure of your position in Christ, you will be anxious and unsettled. You’ll be tempted to pursue dead works in a futile attempt to improve your situation. These are not the actions of a true disciple.

In the New Testament we are exhorted to continue in God’s kindness (Rom. 11:22), continue in the grace of God (Acts 13:43), continue in the teaching of Christ (2 John 1:9), and continue in what we have learned and been convinced of (2 Tim 3:14). In short, we are to continue in the faith (Col. 1:23). As you have received Christ Jesus (by faith), so walk in him (by faith; see Col. 2:6).

John 8:35

“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.

The son does remain forever. Your heavenly Father will never cast you out of his family (John 10:29). God will never abandon you (Heb. 13:5), never forget you (Is. 49:15). As an heir of God, your future is secure and blessed (Rom. 8:17, Gal. 4:7).

John 8:44

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

You are of your father the devil. To be of the devil is to act in the same wilful spirit of rebellion first exhibited by Satan. Jesus was talking to people who were planning to murder him (John 8:40). “You’re revealing yourselves to be children of the original murderer, the devil.”

Jesus was not saying that unbelievers are the devil’s children. But “the one who practices sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8, 10).


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