In chapter eight of the gospel of John, Jesus masterfully turned the tables on the Jews when they sought to accuse Him before others by bringing an adulteress to Him for His judgment. They, instead, left convicted by their consciences and the woman was forgiven and commanded to sin no more. Continuing in chapter eight we see Jesus warning the Jews about the consequences of their sin with the subsequent result that some believed in Him.
21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will He kill Himself, because He says, ‘where I go you cannot come’?” 23 And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” 25 Then they said to Him, “Who are You?” And Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26 “I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” 27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me I speak these things. 29 “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:21-32
In the verses above we see Jesus Christ convicting and warning the Jews about their sin. They respond in unbelief and He rebukes them concerning their unbelief and warns them that they will die in their sin if they do not believe that He is the Messiah. He then gives the credentials of His claims by prophesying about the cross and its powerful result, and reminding them of His message from the Father and the miraculous works the Father had given Him to do. Then many believed in Him as He spoke those words and Jesus exhorted them to abide in His word so that they would come to know the truth and the truth would make them free. It is the truth alone that has the power to make us free. The Jews did not understand their need for freedom, so Jesus explained it to them.
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:34-36.
The Jews rejected Jesus’ assertion that they were slaves to sin saying they were Abrahams children, but He proved this truth by confronting them with their desire to kill Him.
But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. John 8:40
Sinners always reject Jesus and His truth until brought to saving faith.
The Word of God declares in Romans the desperate plight of all mankind, that they are captives to sin, and then the result of their sin, God’s wrath expressed in eternal damnation.
…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 1:18
We see this condemnation of all as sinners and God’s wrath upon all. That is the bad news, but the good news, the gospel, is given in to us in Romans chapter three and then declared to be the power of God by Paul in Romans chapter one.
…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:24-26
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
It is faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us on the cross, taking the punishment for our sins so that we can be forgiven by God and have eternal life, that transforms us from those who are dead in their trespasses and sins and bound for hell, to those who have been seated in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus. The Word of God shares with us the transforming power of faith in Jesus Christ in many verses, here are a few:
‘to open their eyes in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” Acts 26:18
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,… Ephesians 2:1-6
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,… Ephesians 2:8
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight-if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. Colossians 1:19-23
We see Jesus Christ from the Word of God, the truth, and only Jesus Christ and the power of His gospel can turn us from sin and death to life and freedom to live to the glory of God.
Who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Hebrews 1:3
Only this Jesus Christ gives us life. We must hold fast to His truth, the Bible, and believe in Him for only His truth has the power to save us. Let us therefore turn away from the multitude of liars, deceivers and imposters that are foisted upon use by the author of lies, the devil. Beware believer for many that have a name of being alive are actually dead and led by the enemy of our souls. Let us resort continually to the Word of His Power, the Bible, that is able to make us wise unto salvation which is in Christ Jesus and protects us from the wiles of the evil one as we study and know it.