What Jesus Did! 'Discerning What Is False' — John 8:13-16

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Pharisees replied, "You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid."

Jesus told them, "These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don't know this about me. You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me."
— John 8:13-16 NLT
Illustration of John 8:13-16 NLT — "You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid."

Key Thought

At first glance, we rush past these passages on false teaching. Many Christians today are surrounded by a culture where tolerance is highly valued. However, Christians shouldn't tolerate dangerous false teaching especially when that false teaching is about the deity of Jesus. The Lord and his early followers knew there was a danger of false teaching. Just because some people labeled Jesus as a false teacher, that didn't mean he wasn't concerned about it. In fact, the accusations against him give us some tools for recognizing false teachers. Do they do the work of God? Do we know where they came from? Have we seen the quality and character of their lives? Are their judgment and discernment reflective of God's truth? Jesus, when examined, shows himself to be true. Is the same true of teachers who claim to come in his name?

Today's Prayer

Father, I believe that Jesus is your standard of truth and righteousness. Please help me discern that truth in my life. Please help me guard my steps against those who claim to come in his name but who are false. Please guard my heart against those whose teaching does not come from you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 7:15-20
  • 1 John 4:1-6
  • Acts 20:28-31

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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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