Jesus is speaking to the Jews who had believed him.
1) Abide in my word
2) You will be my disciples
3) You will know the truth
4) The Truth will set you FREE.
But, they hold that they are offspring of Abraham.
5) Everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
6) If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.
7) My word finds no place in you.
8) I speak of what I have seen with my Father.
Jesus was trying to help them to see
that when we obey God's Word
we grow in spiritual knowledge.
As we grow in spiritual knowledge,
we grow in freedom from sin.
These unbelieving Jews claimed
to never have been in bondage-
seemingly forgetting the rule of Rome
they were under and the captivity
under Assyrian and Babylon.
The worst kind of bondage is when
we don't even see it and remain as a slave.
Jesus explains the difference between
spiritual children and fleshly descendants.
He was trying to help them see the spiritual experience
of salvation that would save them- believing in HIM.
It was their pride that got in the way.
How might my own pride cause me
to not see where I live enslaved to sin?
Time to pray about that....
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