Monthly Archives: December 2013

“A Liar Like You” – [Intolerant Jesus Makes Another Appearance]

“But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word” (John 8:55 ESV) … Continue reading

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Does Jesus Teach Salvation by Works?

“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”” (John 8:51 ESV) If we just took this verse in isolation, we might think that Jesus is teaching salvation by works.  After all, that’s … Continue reading

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Whose Father was[n’t] Abraham Exactly?

“Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”” (John 8:53, ESV) The Jewish opponents of Christ use what those who love! [and I’m talking really love] grammar … Continue reading

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What is God Doing? (In John 8.48-59)

I’m on to the next section of John 8, which is really just a continuation of the great dispute between Jesus and his Jewish opponents. Short Aside/Rant –  Some so-called scholars have accused John of being anti-Semitic because he refers … Continue reading

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John 8.37-47: Theme and Structure

Theme: In the realm of the spirit, your father is not who you say he is, your father is whom you resemble. Structure: You resemble your father, the Devil *You DO what you have heard from your father *You are … Continue reading

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When Jesus Repeats Himself (It Would be Wise to Listen)

“Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth, why don’t you believe Me?” (John 8:45–46 HCSB) “ἐγὼ δὲ ὅτι τὴν ἀλήθειαν λέγω, οὐ πιστεύετέ … Continue reading

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“You are of Your Father the Devil”

“You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells … Continue reading

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Your Father/The Father? (Mis)Adventures in Textual Criticism

When it comes to the Scriptures, textual criticism is the effort to get to the original words that were written by the original writers.  It is usually something that we can leave to the super Greek studs because most of … Continue reading

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“We have NEVER been Enslaved to Anyone!”

““We are descendants of Abraham,” they answered Him, “and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will become free’?”” (John 8:32–33 HCSB) What exactly is going on with this claim from the Jews who were … Continue reading

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What is truth?

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” (John 8:32 HCSB) So speaks Jesus, but what is truth? Bob Utley captures the answer to this question the best: “The truth”—This is the key concept of the … Continue reading

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