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Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Jesus' Teaching On Bondage and Freedom

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Man is enslaved by sin and all the consequences of it. He cannot keep from sinning; therefore, he bears the consequences of sin: guilt, shame, hurt, pain, sorrow, suffering, destruction, devastation, brokenness, death, and judgment. For man to be freed, he must fulfill two conditions. The first condition is belief or faith in Christ (John 8:30; cp. John 1:12-14; Rom. 10:9-11). As the gospel was proclaimed, they listened. They did not slumber or sleep, nor allow their minds to wander. They allowed no distraction whatsoever. They heard and "believed on Christ"; therefore, their hearts were stirred and they reached out for Jesus (cp. John 3:3; 1 Peter 2:2-3). The second condition is continuing or abiding in the Lord's Word. The idea is that of dwelling, just as a person dwells at home. Very simply, what Jesus was saying is that a person who really believes will continue both to study and to do the Word (2 Tim. 2:15).
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Man is enslaved by sin and all the consequences of it. He cannot keep from sinning; therefore, he bears the consequences of sin: guilt, shame, hurt, pain, sorrow, suffering, destruction, devastation, brokenness, death, and judgment. For man to be freed, he must fulfill two conditions. The first condition is belief or faith in Christ (John 8:30; cp. John 1:12-14; Rom. 10:9-11). As the gospel was proclaimed, they listened. They did not slumber or sleep, nor allow their minds to wander. They allowed no distraction whatsoever. They heard and "believed on Christ"; therefore, their hearts were stirred and they reached out for Jesus (cp. John 3:3; 1 Peter 2:2-3). The second condition is continuing or abiding in the Lord's Word. The idea is that of dwelling, just as a person dwells at home.

 

Very simply, what Jesus was saying is that a person who really believes will continue both to study and to do the Word (2 Tim. 2:15). There are two results of being delivered from sin, two results of salvation and discipleship. The first result is that the true believer will know the truth (see John 8:32. cp. John 1:9; John 14:6). The second result is that the true believer will be made free. (See John 8:32; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; Eph. 2:8). The truth of Christ is the answer to setting man and his world free. However, the Jews misunderstood Jesus and denied that they had ever been enslaved (v.33). They thought He was referring to being conquered and enslaved by a foreign nation. But Jesus meant something entirely different. Jesus meant that the Jews and all other men were enslaved by sin. Jesus, therefore, gave for proofs of man’s enslavement by sin.

 

The first proof that man is enslaved by sin is undeniable—man commits sin (v. 34-36). The words "commits sin" are continuous action. Man continues to commit sin. It is his habit, his practice to sin. He cannot keep from sinning; therefore, he is a slave to sin. The second proof that man is enslaved by sin is that he opposes and makes no room in his heart for Jesus' Word (v. 37). Man rejects and opposes Christ. Man rejects the claims of Christ upon his life; he refuses to deny himself and take up the cross as demanded by Christ (see Luke 9:23). The third proof that man is enslaved by sin is that he follows the wrong father, the devil (v. 38; cp. John 8:44). There is a strong contrast here between the Father of Christ and the father of man, the devil (see Rev. 12:9.).

 

What Christ speaks is what He has seen with His Father. What man does is what he sees and hears with his father. Christ identifies the father of man as the devil (John 8:44). The fourth proof that man is enslaved by sin is that he fails to do the works of Abraham (v39-40). What is said now is crucial. The Jews cried out, " 'Abraham is our Father.' Jesus replied, "If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." Two works in particular are mentioned. One, Abraham did not attempt to kill the messengers of truth. Two, Abraham believed God and the truth of God (Romans 4:1-25).

 

The point Jesus was making is this: a man cannot claim the goodness of others for himself. If a man is a child of Abraham's faith, that is, of God, he will do the works of Abraham, and  he will not do the works of the devil (cp. John 8:44). The true child of God is a person who does the works of the Lord. He hears and receives the truth. Also, he does not try to kill and eliminate the greatest truth God has given to this earth, the truth of His own Son.

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