Bible: John 8:25-47
8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 1 “What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 2 about you, but the Father 3 who sent me is truthful, 4 and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 5 8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 6
8:28 Then Jesus said, 7 “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 8 and I do nothing on my own initiative, 9 but I speak just what the Father taught me. 10 8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 11 because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 12 believed in him.
Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children
8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 13 who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 14 you are really 15 my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 16 8:33 “We are descendants 17 of Abraham,” they replied, 18 “and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 19 ‘You will become free’?” 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 20 everyone who practices 21 sin is a slave 22 of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 23 forever, but the son remains forever. 24 8:36 So if the son 25 sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 26 But you want 27 to kill me, because my teaching 28 makes no progress among you. 29 8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 30 Father; 31 as for you, 32 practice the things you have heard from the 33 Father!”
8:39 They answered him, 34 “Abraham is our father!” 35 Jesus replied, 36 “If you are 37 Abraham’s children, you would be doing 38 the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 39 to kill me, a man who has told you 40 the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 41 8:41 You people 42 are doing the deeds of your father.”
Then 43 they said to Jesus, 44 “We were not born as a result of immorality! 45 We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 46 “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 47 I 48 have not come on my own initiative, 49 but he 50 sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 51 my teaching. 52 8:44 You people 53 are from 54 your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 55 He 56 was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 57 because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 58 he speaks according to his own nature, 59 because he is a liar and the father of lies. 60 8:45 But because I am telling you 61 the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 62 of any sin? 63 If I am telling you 64 the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 65 God listens and responds 66 to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 67 because you don’t belong to God.” 68