John 8:44-47 NIV

John 8:44-47 NIV

November 06, 2020 – Friday

John 8:44-47 NIV

44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me!

46 Can any of you prove Me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe Me?

47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Comment

Yesterday we had a short discussion on verses 31 and 32 where Jesus said, If you hold to My teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free or in my favorite version If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. To get to today’s verses the Pharisees denied they needed to be set free (v33) that as Abraham’s descendants they had never been slaves of anyone and then asked Jesus, How can you say that we shall be set free?

That question was a mistake such as they were prone to make, as it permitted Jesus’ reply (v34-38), Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill Me, because you have no room for My word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.

Just to be clear Jesus is preparing them for the truth that their father is Satan and not God as we shall read in the following verses. First, they declared they are Abraham’s children whereupon Jesus replied, If you were Abraham’s children then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father. Once again Jesus points to the truth that Satan is their father and not God. Again, they deny the truth Jesus is speaking and now they declare (v41) The only Father we have is God himself. No matter their thoughts and their actions, they fall back on calling God their father.

Jesus has had enough and says to them (v42-43), If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on My own; God sent Me. Why is My language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. Which brings us to our verses for today where Jesus flays them with His words, You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me! Can any of you prove Me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe Me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.

Incredible words of condemnation, The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God. And if you do not belong to God, you must belong to the devil. This is a truth so many deny, you will serve God or you will serve the devil. It is a truth our culture does it’s best to obscure, but there it is, no matter how much we seek to ignore it or not pay attention to it. Jesus said it plainly enough (Matthew 6:24), No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Prayer: Heavenly Father – Help me to see plainly the choice that lies before me day in and day out – to follow you and your Son or to follow a life of sin. – In Jesus name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton