kjv@John:8:2@ And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
kjv@John:8:3@ And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
kjv@John:8:4@ They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
kjv@John:8:5@ Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
kjv@John:8:6@ This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
kjv@John:8:7@ So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
kjv@John:8:8@ And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
kjv@John:8:9@ And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
kjv@John:8:10@ When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
kjv@John:8:11@ She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
kjv@John:8:12@ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
kjv@John:8:13@ The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
kjv@John:8:14@ Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
kjv@John:8:16@ And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.
kjv@John:8:17@ It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.
kjv@John:8:18@ I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
kjv@John:8:19@ Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
kjv@John:8:20@ These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.
kjv@John:8:21@ Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.
kjv@John:8:22@ Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
kjv@John:8:23@ And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
kjv@John:8:24@ I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
kjv@John:8:25@ Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
kjv@John:8:26@ I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
kjv@John:8:27@ They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
kjv@John:8:28@ Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
kjv@John:8:29@ And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
kjv@John:8:31@ Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
kjv@John:8:32@ And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
kjv@John:8:33@ They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
kjv@John:8:34@ Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
kjv@John:8:35@ And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
kjv@John:8:36@ If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
kjv@John:8:37@ I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
kjv@John:8:38@ I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
kjv@John:8:39@ They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
kjv@John:8:40@ But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
kjv@John:8:41@ Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
kjv@John:8:42@ Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
kjv@John:8:43@ Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
kjv@John:8:44@ Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
kjv@John:8:45@ And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
kjv@John:8:46@ Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
kjv@John:8:47@ He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
kjv@John:8:48@ Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
kjv@John:8:49@ Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.
kjv@John:8:50@ And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
kjv@John:8:51@ Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
kjv@John:8:52@ Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.
kjv@John:8:53@ Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?
kjv@John:8:54@ Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
kjv@John:8:55@ Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
kjv@John:8:56@ Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
kjv@John:8:57@ Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
kjv@John:8:58@ Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
kjv@John:8:59@ Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
It would be one thing to have just been swept up by the moment and be drawn in by the crowd. It would be quite another to have been one of the primaries that concocted this trap, to think enough of the plan to carry it out thinking that this will catch Jesus, but to have it slammed back into your face. Guilt wont stop them from trying again however.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ in a few short verses. He said we will know when we lift Him. We have been told so in other places. Like building a building root fisrt, we approach faith in reverse order thinking that if all the other numerous pieces add up then we will believe. The building is never built because it never squares up. Here, if the chief corner stone is laid first, the other pieces will square up and fit.
The works of Abraham. The writer Hebrews lists Abraham in the Hall of Faith; he counted it not beyond God to do that which had been promised. He was willing to offer his son but, was confident that the Lord would provide. We also recall that Abraham supped with the Lord and two angels as they were trekking toward Sodom.
For those that insist that Jesus never claimed to be God, that He never suggested a Triune godhead, that He had not existed before His human birth, or that He had become enlightened by some secret knowledge or presence, this verse requires a whole lot of re-explaining. For those of us who accept Him at His word it just flows as written.
It is amazing at how far distant these two extremes are; the ones who claim to know God by being the seed of Abraham, and the one who claims to be Abraham's "I Am". If they the chosen are this far off, imagine how far we gentiles are. Previously, we were told of being servants of sin, now we are told of being children of sin. The two are important to understand. Though sin did not create us we are born under sin, we naturally become it's property, there is no free will left to us in this initial transaction. What remains is a limited free will in how that we will serve sin, there is no escape from serving however, there is a bit more leeway as to the means. For one to say that they have never served nor are serving now are truly deceived for it is not within us to serve any other unless serving the Lord in full.
A famous song "Hydee Ho" (Blood Sweat + Tears) played on the radio last night depicting a very popular belief - not being any ones servant/tricking the devil out of the contract owed for ones indulgences but, not serving the Lord either. The belief that one can serve ones self and not have to serve either of the other two is prevalent in modern culture. The imagination that one can trick either entity out of the pleasures and comforts derived is nothing but vain. Often, in times of need we in fact attempt to extort comfort from the Lord without signing. From the Devil's standpoint all he really cares is that you not sign the Lord's contract. Whether you think you've tricked him or that you haven't in turn signed his contract is of little concern to him, even amusing knowing that you are then his.
The crucial mistake of the Reprobate Mind is to reduce sin down to mere actions and to compare actions with other more active sinners. Sin becomes relative rather than legitimate. Sin becomes something one step beyond that the conscience could do but hasn't done yet, thus it can applaud itself for having not done that (even though it has done all of this other). It is justified itself no matter what it has done or hasn't done in beneficial terms.
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