You Are of Your Father The Devil

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Rejection

The Jews claimed Abraham as their spiritual father. But Jesus responded by stating that spiritual descendants of Abraham do what Abraham did, that is, they believe and obey God (v. 39). They were very unlike Abraham (v.40). He listened to God’s truth and obeyed it, but these religious leaders were proud and rejected the truth. Our church membership and family connections will not make us a child of God. Our true father is the one we imitate and obey. The Jews could seek to evade Jesus only by denying an illegitimate paternity and claiming a heavenly one (v. 41).

Love is a family affair. If these Jews really had God as their Father and really loved Him, then they would have loved Jesus because He came from God (v 42). Jesus speaks to people, but their fundamental opposition to Him caused them to misunderstand His language (v. 43). Since they wanted to kill Jesus, and since they rejected the truth and embraced the lie, it was clear that they did not belong to God but instead their father was Satan, who is the enemy of life and truth and keeps them in bondage (v.44). Satan’s children may be well versed in their traditions but have no understanding of the truth of God’s Word.

Since unbelievers love darkness not light, and falsehood not reality, they reject Jesus (v. 45). Many accusations had been made against Jesus. But He is so committed to doing God’s will that it is impossible to show any connection between Jesus and sin (v. 46). Belonging to God is the basis for hearing Him. To hear God is not a matter of being able to discern audible sounds but of obeying the heavenly commands. The Jews absolute rejection of the heavenly Word was a clear reflection that they did not belong to God (v. 47).

Application

No matter how much a person claims to know Christ but rejects the teaching of His Word it is a clear indidation that he does not know Christ. I want to obey Christ in all of His teaching.

John 8:39-47 (English Standard Version)

They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are doing the works your father did." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father--even God." Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God."

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