- John 8:26-30
- John 8:26 (KJB)
- I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is
true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
- The Jews had made fun of the sayings of Jesus and the things which He
was preaching. Here Jesus is telling them that He has many things to say and
to judge about them concerning the teachings and the way they are perverting
the true teachings of Scripture. Just because they continued to harass Him,
this did not mean that He was going to cease bringing the truth concerning
the Gospel, Himself, and the exposure of the false teachers. This is a great
principle for the Christian to follow that even though we are mocked and
rebuffed for bringing the true Gospel, we must never allow the mockings of
others to determine our usefulness for the Kingdom of God. Then Jesus goes
on to say that He that sent Him is absolutely true and the things that Jesus
was preaching, not only to the Jews, but to the entire world had come from
the Father. This teaches us that the Father is very aware of what we teach
and how we teach it and that is why those who bring a perverted Gospel
should be trembling in their shoes.
- John 8:27 (KJB)
- They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
- Once again their minds were tied to their religion and their religion
was tied to the world so they could not understand that Jesus was speaking
to them of the Father, even though He had mentioned His relationship with
His Father to them many times before. They had allowed their bias to
completely reject everything Jesus was teaching unless it was something they
thought that they could trap Him on.
- John 8:28 (KJB)
- Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then
shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of
myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
- Know - Knowledge gained by experience
- Here Jesus is speaking of His crucifixion and instead of calling Himself
the Son of God here, He refers to Himself as the Son of man. This is because
it was as the Son of man where Jesus endured the humiliation and suffering
and as the Son of God He was more than sufficient to pay for the sins of the
Elect. Jesus goes on to tell them that once He has become crucified, then
they will know for certain that He is the Messiah. The events which will
take place at the crucifixion such as the three hours of darkness and the
earthquake where the bodies of the Saints were resurrected will give
indications that Jesus was not just a man but was divine. Then beyond that
when He is resurrected and ascended, the time of consternation for the Jews
will have begun because the true Gospel would now be preached to Israel and
then to the world. Then Jesus goes on to say that He does nothing of Himself
because He is so intimate with His Father, that whatever the Father wants
Him to teach or preach, that is what He will do. Jesus is showing His
dependence upon the Father as both have great input in concert with the
ministry of Jesus and to the saving of the Elect as a result. This is also a
great principle for the believer that we must also depend upon Jesus for our
ministries and directions in life.
- John 8:29 (KJB)
- And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me
alone; for I do always those things that please him.
- With - The Greek word is “meta” which has a root meaning of “mid” or
- Please - Acceptable or desirable
- This verse does Deism great harm because Deism teaches that God created
the universe and walked away. They teach a very impersonal God. However, we
read in this verse that God sent the Lord Jesus Christ into this world and
is with Him being in the midst of His ministry an life. God the Father did
not leave Jesus alone instead was with Him in every phase of His earthly
ministry. In many places we find Jesus calling upon His Father such as in
the raising of Lazarus. (John 11:41 KJV)
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.
And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that
thou hast heard me. Jesus prayed to His Father.
(John 12:28 KJV) Father, glorify thy
name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both
glorified it, and will glorify it again.
Jesus and the Father were one in purpose in the ministry
of Jesus. Jesus always did what pleased the Father because they were in
unison and Jesus was obedient to His Father. Obedience is the key to a
successful ministry even if the outcome seems minimal. If we do what pleases
the Father, then we too, will be counted worthy to be placed into the
ministry. We never concern ourselves with the amount of people listening to
us. For example, let us say 25 people read something you have written or
preached, now it doesn’t sound like much. Those 25 tell 25 others, guess
what that comes out to 625 and if those 625 tell another 625, guess what you
have reached 390,625. So you never worry about the size of your ministry,
you only concern yourself with the faithfulness of it and let God do the
- John 8:30 (KJB)
- As he spake these words, many believed on him.
- As Jesus was speaking these words, many of the people had believed on
Him because they were believing the essence of His teaching which was about
Him and His Father. They were also given understanding of the words because
the earthly man will not understand spiritual sayings unless they are given
the spiritual ears to hear. So it seems in this crowd that many had those
spiritual ears to hear.