Welcome Valley Bible Studies

Lesson 40: John 8:39-51

John 8:39-51
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Related Scriptures
Matthew 7:15-20
John 3:36
John 5:24
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
James 3:10-12
1 John 3:8-9
1 John 5:1-2

Background Information
The related Scriptures include a reference to 1 John 3:8-9. These verses are among the most misunderstood in the Bible. See 1 John Lesson 10 in the Welcome Valley Bible Study to help your understanding of this passage.

  1. The Jews were proud of their religious heritage, which reached clear back to Abraham. In what ways did Jesus say they were not living up to that heritage?
  2. a. If we are truly God’s children, how will we view His other children? b. If we are truly God’s children how will we respond to His only begotten Son?
  3. Who does Jesus suggests will be judging them?
  4. From whom do people learn to lie, hate, and kill?
  5. What impact will becoming a child of God have on our desires to do wrong?
  6. What does Jesus promise concerning death to those who obey His call to trust in Him?

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