Understanding Jesus – Teaching Blog 07
The Bible is truth and knowing the truth sets us free. Jesus taught this to His disciples in John 8:31-34, but they didn’t understand. Their response was, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?” In other words, they felt no need to be set free because they didn’t think they were in captivity. Being descendants of Abraham they were standing on their religion. Then Jesus answered them in Verses 34 and 35, “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.” Jesus is talking to them about the transitional thinking from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
In these verses, Jesus speaks to Old Testament believers, not Gentiles. He was speaking to some of the Jewish leaders and told them His words meant nothing to them. He was giving them the Word of God directly from God and they wouldn’t accept it. Jesus was actually saying, you are doing what you have seen your father, the devil, do but I am giving you the Words of God. But they insisted Abraham was their father. Jesus pointed out that if they were Abraham’s children they would do the works of Abraham. Jesus told them the truth from God and if you loved God you would love Me. You don’t understand Me because your father is the devil. Jesus tells them that Satan was a murderer and a liar from the beginning, but He is telling them the truth.
The Old Testament doesn’t give much detail about Satan’s influence in humanity. We do see Satan opposing God’s people and in the Book of Zechariah he was opposing at the altar. We also see Satan’s five “I Will’s” against God in Isaiah 14 and God’s counter response in Ezekiel 28. The early Jews didn’t have an understanding of the conflict with Satan in the Old Testament as we do today. We know the everyday fight we have with Satan and this is what Jesus revealed to us during His ministry. In 1 John 3:8 Jesus said, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Well, what is the work of the devil that Jesus needs to destroy? The work of the devil against humanity that Jesus needs to destroy is humanities ignorance of Him. The wisdom we gain from the Bible will cause us to be free from the influence of Satan.
Satan brings sickness. He brings poverty. He brings pride. He brings division in the Church. He even brings wealth. Satan brings anything, even things that seem right to us, that would take us away from God and the things of God. Again, Satan will use anything. But what stops his influence on us? It is the truth found in God’s Word, understanding His Word by gaining wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit. Not only did Jesus give us the revelation of Satan, but He also gave us a revelation of how we are to destroy him in our lives. Remember, Satan is the god of this world and he wants to blind the hearts of God’s people in an attempt to keep us from bearing fruit. But the truth found in God’s Word set us free from Satan’s influence. Amen.