What Jesus Did! 'God's Children' — John 8:45-47

Monday, June 23, 2014

"I speak the truth. That is why you don't believe me. Can any of you prove that I am guilty of sin? If I tell the truth, then why don't you believe me? The person that belongs to God accepts what God says. But you don't accept what God says, because you don't belong to God."
— John 8:45-47
Illustration of John 8:45-47 — "I speak the truth."

Key Thought

God is the true Father of all people who look to his Son for their salvation. They listen to Jesus and do what he says. It is not simply a list of notable people who have lived for Jesus in spectacular ways. No, the litmus test for all of us as children of God is this: Do we live what Jesus says?

Today's Prayer

Father God, please help my discipleship involve the way I live my life as well as my language at prayer time. Please forgive me for sometimes letting my discipleship and passion for Jesus not make it past my prayer time. Empower me as I seek to show my love for you in the way I live my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

While Jesus was saying these things, many people believed in him. So Jesus said to the Jews that believed in him, "If you continue to obey my teaching, then you are truly my followers. Then you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free." The Jews answered, "We are Abraham's people. And we have never been slaves. So why do you say that we will be free?" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. Every person that sins is a slave. Sin is his master. A slave does not stay with a family forever. But a son belongs to the family forever. So if the Son makes you free, then you will be truly free. I know you are Abraham's people. But you want to kill me. Why? Because you don't want to accept my teaching. I am telling you what my Father has shown me. But you do the things that your father has told you." The Jews said, "Our father is Abraham. " Jesus said, "If you were really Abraham's children, then you would do the things Abraham did. I am a man who has told you the truth I heard from God. But you are trying to kill me. Abraham did nothing like that. So you are doing the things your own father did." But the Jews said, "We are not like children that never knew who their father was. God is our Father. He is the only Father we have." Jesus said to those Jews, "If God were really your Father, then you would love me. I came from God, and now I am here. I did not come by my own authority. God sent me. You don't understand these things I say. Why? Because you cannot accept my teaching. Your father is the devil. You belong to him. You want to do what he wants. The devil was a murderer from the beginning. He was always against the truth. There is no truth in him. He is like the lies he tells. Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies. I speak the truth. That is why you don't believe me. Can any of you prove that I am guilty of sin? If I tell the truth, then why don't you believe me? The person that belongs to God accepts what God says. But you don't accept what Godsays, because you don't belong to God."

John 8:30-47

Related Scripture Readings

In the past you did not understand about these things, so you did the evil things you wanted. But now you are children {of God} who obey. So don't live like you lived in the past. But be holy in all the things you do, the same as God is holy. God is the One who called you.

1 Peter 1:14-15

So we can see who God's children are. Also, we can know who the children of the devil are. The people who don't do what is right are not children of God. And the person who does not love his brothers and sisters {in Christ} is not a child of God.

1 John 3:10

The people who believe that Jesus is the Christ are God's children. The person who loves the Father (God) also loves the Father's children. How do we know that we love God's children? We know because we love God and we obey his commands.

1 John 5:1-2

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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