Be warned

We did John 8:31 and following, in bible study today, and continued in our discussion on Jesus's dialogue with the Jews.

Remember in 8:30, as Jesus was responding to the Jews in their questions and accusations, many came to believe in Him. But as the dialogue wore on, Jesus was soon telling them that because He spoke the truth, they do not believe in Him. Notice that in v.31, there is much more to do after believing in Him. One needs to hold on to his word, which will then make them real disciples.

Are we doing the same?

Abiding in His word (ESV), or continuing in His word (NASB), or holding on to His teaching (NIV), or remaining faithful to His teachings (NLT) is not to be taken lightly. Many a times we find ourselves explaining his teachings and commandments away. He calls us to love the unloved, and we reasoned ourselves out by admitting we are not capable, let the social workers do it. He calls us to pray faithfully, and we comfort ourselves that we have much more important things to do and that we pray on-the-go anyway.

As much as what John said in 6:60, "On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" he also said this is 8:43, "Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word."

So be warned.



  1. How wonderful that God has us linked in thought! I've been thinking along the same lines as I continue a study in James. I have found myself "explaining his teachings and commandments away" as you say. I have been meditating on Ch. 1, vs. 5-7:

    "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."

    Thanks for the warning. :)

  2. I get amazed when it happens like this :) it shows God is the center of our lives in the body of Christ.

  3. Oh and thanks Missy for giving me the verses in James -- I needed it. I have indeed been blown and tossed by the wind. God bless you Missy!


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