7. The Need of Those
under the Bondage of Sin --
Life's Setting Free
a. Who Is without Sin?
53 1And everyone went to his own house.
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him, and He sat down and taught them.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought a 1woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the midst,
4 They said to Him, Teacher, this woman has been caught committing adultery, in the very act.
5 Now ain the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. 1What then do you say?
6 But they said this to atempt Him, so that they might have reason to accuse Him. But Jesus 1stooped down and wrote with His finger on the ground.
7 But when they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, alet him be the first to throw a stone at her.
8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 And when they heard that, they went out one by one, beginning with the older ones. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman stood where she was, in the midst.
b. Who Can Condemn and Forgive Sin?
10 And Jesus stood up and said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?
11 And she said, No one, 1Lord. And Jesus said, 2aNeither do I condemn you; go, and from now on bsin no more.
c. Who Can Set People Free from Sin?
(1) Christ, the Light of the World
and the Giver of the Light of Life
12 Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the alight of the world; he who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but shall have the 1blight of life.
13 The Pharisees then said to Him, You are atestifying concerning Yourself; Your testimony is not true.
14 Jesus answered and said to them, Even if I testify concerning Myself, My testimony is true, for I know awhere I came from and where I am going; but byou do not know where I come from or where I am going.
15 aYou 1judge according to the flesh; I 1judge no one.
16 But even if I do ajudge, My judgment is true, for I am not alone, but 1I band the Father who sent Me.
17 And ain your law also it has been written that the testimony of two men is true:
18 I am One who testifies concerning Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies concerning Me.
19 They said then to Him, Where is Your Father? Jesus answered, You know neither Me nor My Father; aif you knew Me, you would know My Father also.
20 These words He spoke in the treasury as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His ahour had not yet come.
(2) Christ, the I Am
21 He said therefore again to them, I am going away, and ayou will seek Me and will bdie in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.
22 The Jews then said, He is not going to kill Himself, is He, for He says, Where I am going, you cannot come?
23 And He said to them, aYou are 1from below, I am 1from above; you are 1bof this world, cI am not 1of this world.
24 Therefore I said to you that you will adie in your sins; for unless you believe that 1bI am, you will adie in your sins.
25 They said then to Him, Who are You? Jesus said to them, Altogether that which I also 1tell you.
26 I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but aHe who sent Me is true, and what I have heard from Him, these things I speak to the world.
27 They did not understand that He was speaking to them of the Father.
(3) Christ, the Son of Man Lifted Up
28 Jesus therefore said to them, When you 1alift up the Son of Man, bthen you will know that cI am, and that dI do nothing from Myself, but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things.
29 And He who sent Me is awith Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.
30 As He spoke these things, many believed into Him.
(4) Christ, the Son as the Reality
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you aabide in My word, you are truly My disciples;
32 And you shall know the 1atruth, and the 1truth shall bset you free.
33 They answered Him, We are aAbraham's seed and have never yet been enslaved to anyone. How is it that You say, You shall become free?
34 Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone who commits sin is a aslave of sin.
35 And the slave does not abide in the house forever; the son does abide forever.
36 If therefore the Son asets you free, you shall be free indeed.
d. Who Is the Source of Sin
and Who Is the Multiplication of Sin?
(1) The Source of Sin -- The Devil, the Liar, the Father of Liars
(2) The Multiplication of Sin --
The Children of the Devil,
Those out of the Devil
37 I know that you are Abraham's seed; but you aseek to kill Me because My word has no place in you.
38 aI speak the things which I have seen with My Father; so then, you also do the things which you have heard from byour father.
39 They answered and said to Him, Our father is Abraham. Jesus said to them, If you were aAbraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now you are aseeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; Abraham did not do this.
41 You do the works of ayour father. They then said to Him, We were not born of fornication; we have bone Father, God.
42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father you would love Me; for aI came forth out from God and have come from Him; for bI have not come of Myself, but He 1sent Me.
43 Why do you not understand My speaking? It is because you cannot hear My word.
44 aYou are of your 1father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a bmurderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no ctruth in him. When he speaks the lie, dhe speaks it out of his own 2possessions; for he is a liar and the 3father of it.
e. Who Is Jesus?
(1) The One Who Is without Sin
45 But because I speak the atruth, you do not believe Me.
46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? Since I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?
47 He who is of God hears the 1words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.
48 The Jews answered and said to Him, Have we not spoken well in saying that You are a aSamaritan and bhave a demon?
49 Jesus answered, I do not have a demon, but I honor My Father, and you adishonor Me.
50 But aI do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks glory for Me and judges.
51 Truly, truly, I say to you, If anyone akeeps My word, he shall by no means see 1bdeath forever.
(2) The One Who Is the I Am before Abraham
52 The Jews therefore said to Him, Now we know that You ahave a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets too; yet You say, If anyone keeps My word, he shall by no means btaste death forever.
53 Are You greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too. Who are You making Yourself?
54 Jesus answered, aIf I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is bMy Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say that He is your God.
55 Yet ayou have not 1known Him, but bI 1know Him. And if I say that I do not know Him, I will be like you, ca liar; but I do know Him and I keep His word.
56 Your father Abraham exulted that he would see My day, and he saw it and rejoiced.
57 The Jews then said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, aBefore Abraham came into being, 1bI am.
59 So they apicked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus was hidden and went out of the temple.