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 mocking 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 “midst.”
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 multiplying.
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.