“Learn the Truth” ( John 8:31-32, WYC ) by Carley Evans


Why do you suppose Jesus tells the believing Jews to “dwell in” His Word? After all, the Word was given to their people first, many years before Jesus’ physical birth. These Jews may argue this point; some do.

Jesus informs them that He is the great “I Am,”(v. 24) “the Beginning, or the first of all thing, the which and I speak to you.” (v. 25) Some Jews listening to Jesus reject this claim, but many believe.

“Therefore Jesus said to the Jews, that believed in him, If ye dwell in my word, verily ye shall be my disciples; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

They believe. Aren’t they already free? Why do they have to “dwell in [His] Word?” They believe. Why don’t they already “know the truth?”

They’ve just heard, just now. They process this awesome good news. They aren’t sure; they need time. They need to sit down at His feet, so to speak, and hear more.

Dwell in His Word. Learn of His yoke; feel how light the burden. These Jews carry a heavy load, the heavy load of the Law of Moses, a task-master and instructor that has finally guided them to the Messiah, who stands before them claiming to be One with God. Jesus’ Word is overwhelming.

Learn the Truth; the truth sets you free.

“Even Demons Believe” (John 8: 31 – 32, ESV) by Carley Evans


Jesus speaks to the scribes and Pharisees, telling each that He is the light of the world, that He is going away and that they will not find Him when they seek Him; instead they “will die in [their] sin.” (John 8: 21)

“As He is saying these things, many believe in Him.” (John 8: 30)

He tells the Jews who believe in Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

These same Jews who believe in Him nevertheless do not accept that they need Him. They protest, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone.” (John 8: 33)

Jesus tells them they are slaves to sin. He tells them they “do what [they] hear from [their] father.” (John 8: 38) They claim Abraham as their father. Jesus tells them that the devil is their father. “The reason you do not hear [the Words of God] is that you are not of God.” (John 8: 47)

These Jews who believe in Him say He has a demon. They say He can not possibly be greater than Abraham. Jesus claims, “Before Abraham was, I Am.” (John 8: 58)

“So [the Jews who believe in Him] pick up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hides Himself and goes out of the temple.” (John 8: 59)