Abide in My Word (John 8:31–38)

Abide Series: Introduction

John 8:31-38 English Standard Version (ESV)
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

What does it mean?

  1. Know the truth
    • opposite: believe lies, be deceived,
  2. Be freed by the truth
    • opposite: enslaved

Two pictures to help us understand:

  1. Jews who “believed”
    • believed lies
    • were enslaved
  2. Metaphor of sonship
    • Slave: doesn’t abide in the house
    • Son: Abiding is a characteristic of children
True disciples of Jesus will abide in the word of Jesus.

If sin is your master, it pays a suitable wage. The wage of sin is death.
If God has made you his child, the system of wages is done away with. There are no conditions on your inheritance. There is no time card to prove you punched in and out. There is only a blood test to prove he’s your father.

Personal Devotion

  • Visit the “Espresso texts” page, download the Bible reading plan on the website, or use your own plan daily.
  •  Before you open the Scriptures each day make Psalm 119:18 your prayer: “Open my eyes to behold wonderful things in your word.”
  •  Consider writing your meditations on Scripture in a journal.
  •  Pray to God that he will help you out of any deception you currently live in so you can be freed by the truth.
  •  Search your heart to see if you resemble the hardened Jews more than an abiding child.

Family Worship

  • Explain to your kids how you make time for what is valuable to you. This is why you are going to be making more time for meeting God in his word.
  •  Talk with your family about the essence of discipleship.
  •  Teach your children that abiding in the word isn’t just about reading the Bible. It includes knowing, believing, and obeying God.
  •  Pray with your family and ask that God would help you all to be faithful in meeting with him.