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Lesson 41: John 8:51-59

John 8:51-59
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Background Information
Verse 51 also appeared in our last lesson, but it is included here for clarity.

Some people might read verse 51 and then try to make a list of Jesus’ sayings to obey if they would gain eternal life. When we actually study Jesus’ sayings, we find that He said to gain eternal life by believing in (trusting) Him.

Related Scriptures
Exodus 3:13-14
John 5:24
John 11:25-26
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (All of 1 Corinthians 15 is helpful.)
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
1 Peter 1:9-12
1 John 2:22

1. What did Jesus say we need to do if we don’t want to die?
2. According to 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, what happens to the Christian when his or her body dies? 3. Is the person who is present with the Lord really dead or just in a different place?
4. What does 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 say happens to death?
5. a. What name did God give Himself in Exodus 3:13-14? b. By saying; “Before Abraham was, I am” who was Jesus claiming to be?
6. What would 1 Peter 1:7-12 suggest about Abraham’s ability to see Christ?
7. What would 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 say about Abraham’s ability to see Christ?
8. Was God really a Father to those who rejected Jesus?


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