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New Testament Insights Into Redemption
Jesus clarifies the matter of allegiance in John 8 with a two-step argument:
“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever” (John 8:34-35).
By sinning we show that we are a slave to sin rather than to God. This was the reason the Jews argued with Jesus; they claimed to serve God alone, but their works of sin proved their bondage to sin.
“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Jesus takes the next step and shows the Israelites that sinners are really of the same heart as their adopted father, the devil. The action of a child of sin will reflect his father. Once man sinned, he abandoned his kinship to God and took after the devil.
The same is true with all of us because we are equally fallen regardless of race or the religion we were raised with. This is the reason the world is such a treacherous place; adults don’t really put away their childish sins, they figure out subtler ways to carry them out.
Part of this book, Redemption Through the Scriptures, is on the web (see below), but the completed book with all the other teaching materials including: the full study guide and available videos, audios, and powerpoints are included in the Discipleship 3rd level library along with other third level BFF publications. These resources enable you to not only grow in Christ, be like Christ but also to have Christ's plan lived out through your life! Or check out the book!
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