Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
– John 8:31-32
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
From Jesus’ words, we can see that those who trulycan continue in His word and take Jesus’ words as behavioral principles in their real life. Those who can gain the truth as their life are true Christians. However, some people only treat the Lord’s words as doctrines and preach them to others. They don’t follow the Lord’s words but ask others to comply with the practice. Such people are hypocritical Pharisees.
The earliest Pharisees frequently explain the scriptures to people in the synagogues, so that people could view them highly. But they didn’t abide by God’s way but reject the commandment of God. Obviously, they are those who do not love the truth but like status and reputation. When Jesus was preaching and doing His work, they noticed that many Jewish people started following the Lord. Being afraid of losing their status, fame and fortune, they racked their brain to find fault with Jesus, spread rumors to frame Him. They didn’t seek or obey the truth in Jesus’ work and words but resisted and condemned Him with their notions and imaginations. Finally, they were detested by God. Just as God’s words say, “Many people hold up God’s words to read day by day, even to the point of carefully committing to memory all the classic passages therein as their most prized possession, and moreover preach God’s words everywhere, supplying and aiding others by means of His words. They think that to do this is to bear witness to God, to bear witness to His words, that to do this is to follow God’s way; they think that to do this is to live by God’s words, that to do this is to bring His words into their actual lives, that doing this will enable them to receive God’s commendation, and to be saved and perfected. But, even as they preach the words of God, they never comply with God’s words in practice, or try to bring themselves in line with what is revealed in God’s words. Rather, they use God’s words to gain the adoration and trust of others by trickery, to enter into management on their own, and to embezzle and steal God’s glory. They hope, vainly, to use the opportunity afforded by spreading God’s words to be awarded God’s working and His commendation.”
Peter, Jesus’ disciple, not only listened to the Lord’s preaching attentively, but brought His words into real life and practiced them. Just asrecorded, “He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed my sheep” (Jhn 21:16). Peter followed Jesus’ words and pursued to love and obey Him in his whole life. In the end, he was crucified upside down for God, achieving an ultimate love of Him and obeying unto death. He had borne resounding witnesses and gained God’s approval and blessings. People like Peter are true believers who have gained the truth.
Therefore, we should pursue to follow God’s way, practice His words and submit to Him. Otherwise, we will be eliminated by God like those hypocritical Pharisees.
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