John 8

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).


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