Father Abraham

"Abraham is our father"

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Father Abraham
JOHN 8 COMMENTARY
John 8:31-36 The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:37-47 Father Abraham

John 8:48-55 Samaritan
John 8:56-59 Before Abraham Was, I AM
JOHN 8:37-44  37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.” 39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father - God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Who is the "your father" Jesus is referring to in John 8:38 and 8:41?
"You are of your father the devil" (John 8:44).

What is happening in this passage?
In what begins the most heated exchange between Jesus and the unbelieving Jews recorded in the Gospel of John, Jesus is responding to the first half of their claim in John 8:33 - "We are Abraham’s descendants" - by pointing out that while they may be so by genealogy (John 8:37), their spiritual father is "the devil." The Jews try to insist, “Abraham is our father” (John 8:39) and then, "We have one Father - God" (John 8:41), but both times, Jesus points out how their claims are disproven by their actions, which show them to be liars and murderers, just like the devil, who is "a murderer from the beginning... a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44).

JOHN 8:45-47  45 “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

Who did Jesus cling to after they rejected Him?
Jesus implored crowds to believe in Him so that "He who has ears to hear” (Matthew 13:9) can hear and believe. Jesus clung to no one but God the Father and certainly not to anyone who rejected Him. He preached the Gospel with full confidence that "He who is of God" will hear "God’s words" (John 8:46) and believe in Him, while those who "are not of God" (John 8:46) won't.

How do Jesus' words and example impact Gospel preaching and witnessing today?
It frees us up to focus on sharing the Gospel accurately and in its entirety, including sin, hell, repentance, and leave who does and doesn't believe entirely up to God.

What does that mean for the myriad modern techniques and strategies aimed at getting unbelievers to say a prayer, which supposedly will turn them into Christians?
They are unbiblical and often driven by the desire to fill the pews with donors. And a Christian telling an unbeliever that he or she is saved is worse than a doctor telling a cancer patient that he or she is cancer-free.

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