Rebels without a clue

It's been the talk of Christendom; influential leaders leaving the church, and yet still leading people in their "new truths." The thing about this is, though, this is nothing new. Any time we receive an emotion based truth, it's not really truth, it's "the truth of how I feel at the moment." Emotions are a driving force in many people, based on love or hate of something or someone, and as such are a primary way to influence. Hear that again: your emotions and mine are how people influence us. And so we rebel against something because we "feel or don't feel this or that is or isn't happening how I want it to." We are told what we see with our own eyes isn't what we saw, and because of how our emotions get stirred, at times, we're inclined to believe it. The Truth is we're in a world that is in open rebellion against truth. We don't want truth, we want to do things our own way. We live in an age where if the truth doesn't fit lifestyles or standards we aspire to, we change what we believe to be true. This really and truly honestly makes us rebels without a clue. You see if you change truth, and what I mean is honest to goodness, unchangeable truth, you're going to constantly have to shift your truth to fit with the ever changing demands of the world outside of truth, because society, culture, opinions, fashions, and emotions always change. It is why our emotions are constantly at war with what we know is right; we're bombarded with messages, changes to the messages, and subtle twists and turns of the truth that, as we are led around, we don't realize that we've wandered from the truth, so when it is presented to us, we're shocked, offended, and outright rebellious to it. The truth, however, remains the same. If the Truth were not constant, it would not be true. And What is truth, Pilate? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the father but through Him. God doesn't change. He doesn't faint, He does not grow weary. The Word of God has remained the same since it was written, and though people have tried to sway people and control people with their interpretation of the truth (hey, they even did it in the Bible), it does not change it one bit. Stand upon God and His Word. Utterly reject the emotional bondage we're held in, and seek God and His truth. The Truth will set you free.

John 8:12-59 English Standard Version (ESV)


I Am the Light of the World


12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father[a] who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.


The Truth Will Set You Free


31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”


34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave[b] to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”


You Are of Your Father the Devil


39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”


Before Abraham Was, I Am


48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’[c] 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[d] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.


Footnotes:

a. John 8:16 Some manuscripts he

b. John 8:34 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 35

c. John 8:54 Some manuscripts your God

d. John 8:57 Some manuscripts has Abraham seen you?




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