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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

But the Pharisees said to Jesus, "When you talk about yourself, you are the only one to say that these things are true. So we cannot accept these things you say." Jesus answered, "Yes, I am saying these things about myself. But people can believe these things I say. Why? Because I know where I came from. And I know where I am going. But you don't know where I came from or where I am going. You judge me the way people judge other people. I don't judge any person. But if I judge, my judging is true. Why? Because when I judge I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me."
— John 8:13-16 NLT
Illustration of John 8:13-16 NLT — "When you talk about yourself, you are the only one to say that these things are true. So we cannot accept these things you say."

Key Thought

At first glance, we rush past these passages on false teaching. In a culture where the only real value is tolerance, we don't have much stomach for the possibility of dangerous false teaching. Jesus and his early followers knew there was a danger of false teaching. Just because Jesus was labeled a false teacher didn't mean he wasn't concerned about it. In fact, the accusations against him give us some tools for denoting 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? Is their judgment and discernment reflective of God's truth? Jesus, when examined, shows himself to be true. Do these 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 from 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


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.