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John 8:31-59 TPT

Jesus said to those who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all
that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. For if you embrace the
truth, it will release more freedom into your lives.”

Surprised by this, they said, “But we’re the descendants of Abraham and
we’re already free. We’ve never been in bondage to anyone. How could you
say that we will be released into more freedom?”

I speak eternal truth,” Jesus said. “When you sin you are not free. You’ve
become a slave in bondage to your sin. And slaves have no permanent standing
in a family, like a son does, for a son is a part of the family forever. So if
the revelation of being a son sets you free from sin, then become a true son
and be unquestionably free! Even though you are descendants of Abraham,
you desire to kill me because the message I bring has not found a home in
your hearts. Yet the truths I speak I’ve seen and received in my Father’s presence.
But you are doing what you’ve learned from your father!”

“What do mean?” they replied. “Abraham is our father!”

Jesus said, “If you are really Abraham’s sons, then you would follow in the
steps of Abraham. I’ve only told you the truth that I’ve heard in my Father’s
presence, but now you are wanting me dead—is that how Abraham acted?
No, you people are doing what your father has taught you!”

Indignant, they responded, “What are you talking about? We only have
one Father, God himself! We’re not illegitimate!”

Jesus said, “Then if God were really your father, you would love me, for
I’ve come from his presence. I didn’t come here on my own, but God sent
me to you. Why don’t you understand what I say? You don’t understand
because your hearts are closed to my message! You are the offspring of your
father, the devil, and you serve your
father very well, passionately carrying out his desires. He’s been a murderer
right from the start! He never stood with the One who is the True Prince, for
he’s full of nothing but lies—lying is his native tongue. He is a master of deception and the father of lies! But I am the True Prince who speaks nothing but the truth, yet you refuse to believe and you want nothing to do with me. Can you name one sin that I’ve committed? Then if I am telling you only the truth, why don’t you believe me? If you really knew God, you would listen, receive, and respond with faith to his words. But since you don’t listen and respond to what he says, it proves you don’t belong to him and you have no room for him in your hearts.

“See! We were right all along!” some of the Jewish leaders shouted.
“You’re nothing but a demon-possessed Samaritan!”

Jesus replied, “It is not a demon that would cause me to honor my Father.
I live my life for his honor, even though you insult me for it. I never have a
need to seek my own glory, for the Father will do that for me, and he will judge
those who do not. I speak to you this eternal truth: whoever cherishes my
words and keeps them will never experience death.

This prompted the Jewish leaders to say, “Now we know for sure that
you’re demon possessed! You just said that those who keep watch over your
words will never experience death, but Abraham and all the prophets have
died! Do you think you’re greater than our father Abraham and all the prophets?
You are so delusional about yourself that you make yourself greater than
you are!”

Jesus answered them, “If I were to tell you how great I am, it would mean
nothing. But my Father is the One who will prove it and will glorify me. Isn’t
he the One you claim is your God? But in reality, you’ve never embraced
him as your own. I know him, and I would be a liar, like yourselves, if I told
you anything less than that. I have fully embraced him, and I treasure his every
word. And not only that, Abraham, your ancestor, was overjoyed when he
received the revelation of my coming to earth. Yes, he foresaw me coming and
was filled with delight!

But many of the Jewish leaders doubted him and said, “What are you
talking about? You’re not even fifty years old yet. You talk like you’ve seen

Jesus said to them, “I give you this eternal truth: I have existed long
before Abraham was born, for I Am!”

When they heard this, they picked up rocks to stone him, but Jesus concealed
himself as he passed through the crowd and went away from there.

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