Bible: John 8:31-59

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 

8:48 The Judeans 57  replied, 58 Aren’t we correct in saying 59  that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon? 60  8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 61  but I honor my Father – and yet 62  you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 63  praise for myself. 64  There is one who demands 65  it, and he also judges. 66  8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 67  if anyone obeys 68  my teaching, 69  he will never see death.” 70 

8:52 Then 71  the Judeans 72  responded, 73 Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 74  Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 75  you say, ‘If anyone obeys 76  my teaching, 77  he will never experience 78  death.’ 79  8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 80  And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be? 8:54 Jesus replied, 81 If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 82  The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 83  say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 84  you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 85  I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 86  his teaching. 87  8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 88  to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 89 

8:57 Then the Judeans 90  replied, 91 You are not yet fifty years old! 92  Have 93  you seen Abraham? 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 94  before Abraham came into existence, 95  I am! 96  8:59 Then they picked up 97  stones to throw at him, 98  but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 99 

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