Bible: John 8:31-47

Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children

8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 1  who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 2  you are really 3  my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 4  8:33 We are descendants 5  of Abraham,” they replied, 6 and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 7 You will become free? 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 8  everyone who practices 9  sin is a slave 10  of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 11  forever, but the son remains forever. 12  8:36 So if the son 13  sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 14  But you want 15  to kill me, because my teaching 16  makes no progress among you. 17  8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 18  Father; 19  as for you, 20  practice the things you have heard from the 21  Father!

8:39 They answered him, 22 Abraham is our father!” 23  Jesus replied, 24 If you are 25  Abraham’s children, you would be doing 26  the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 27  to kill me, a man who has told you 28  the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 29  8:41 You people 30  are doing the deeds of your father.”

Then 31  they said to Jesus, 32 We were not born as a result of immorality! 33  We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 34 If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 35  I 36  have not come on my own initiative, 37  but he 38  sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 39  my teaching. 40  8:44 You people 41  are from 42  your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 43  He 44  was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 45  because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 46  he speaks according to his own nature, 47  because he is a liar and the father of lies. 48  8:45 But because I am telling you 49  the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 50  of any sin? 51  If I am telling you 52  the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 53  God listens and responds 54  to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 55  because you don’t belong to God.” 56 

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