NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE IN CHRIST, #583
"When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (JOH 8:10-11)
Now as we have pointed out-Jesus had spoken such gracious words unto the mixed multitude that the very officers of Christs bitterest enemies, who were sent to take Him, had to confess, as we see in JOH 7:46, "Never man spake like this man."
There was power and unction in His Word. Here He is before this woman taken in the very act of adultery, and He said, "Where are thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?" And she said, "No man, Lord." And Jesus said unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee."
Her accusers had the light of the Holy Spirit, the light of Christ, shined into their hearts, and they had not left one stone to throw. Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn thee," but He continued, "Go, and sin no more." There is a very important part of the gospel there, "Go and sin no more." When the Lord comes to redeem us, He comes to redeem us from all iniquity.
Now, in a state of total confusion among themselves, due to their own blindness in, and their perverted misconception of the meaning of the prophesies of the Messiah, we read in JOH 7:53, "And every man went unto his own house." If you see the conclusion of chapter 7, and we see that there was nothing but condemnation being pronounced upon Christ. They were condemning Him because He came out of Galilee, because they didnt think He came from Bethlehem, and there was a division among the people. There was nothing but a spirit of condemnation, and in a total state of confusion, in this attitude and frame of mind, every man went unto his own house.
Notwithstanding the state of apparent confusion that resulted from our Saviour's teachings, the power of His gracious words still had a drawing effect. It brought again this same mixed multitude back together in the morning.
Look at JOH 8:2. "And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him [that same group that was with Him the day before]; and he sat down, and taught them." They were brought back under His teachings.
Jesus' coming early into the temple teaches a lesson of practical religion. Look at PRO 8:17. "I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me." Now, this is a reference to early in life, in other words, dont wait for a deathbed conversion, but especially this is a reference to where our priorities lay. Seeking Him early means that our priorities place Him ahead of the things of this life.
Look at MAT 6:33. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God." Seeking him early is teaching a principle of our priorities being in the right place. It is important that we see through this, that when the Lord Jesus says, "Neither do I condemn you: go and sin no more," what He is telling her is get your priorities straightened out. Quit committing adultery. Quit living in sin and turn from sin. Seek first the kingdom of God. What does this mean? Seek first the will of God and the kingdom of God. That means to come under His kingship, under His reign, and under His rule. Our first and uppermost priority must be to come under the will of God. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. What things will be added to our lives? The previous verses talk about the necessities of this life. All the necessities of this life will be added unto you if your priority is to know and do the will of God.
Now, our text teaches this most significant principle of the gospel, "Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." He is talking about our walk of life from this day forward. Go. In other words, as we go through this lifes journey, our priorities should be set upon doing the will of God. Go and sin no more; that is, get your priorities straightened out, stop serving the world. Stop serving the lusts of the flesh, and start serving the Lord.
Now, verse 2 says, "And all the people came unto Him," all the same mixed multitude who had left Him in such a state of confusion the day before. The previous day, where He had cried in the temple, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me." He spoke to them that their belly should be a fountain of living waters. They heard His gracious words, and yet it brought such a state of confusion within their hearts.
The manner in which the people were being attracted unto Jesus was one of the main sources of jealousy in the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees. They were trying to set up a state of confusion to show that it was impossible for Him to be the Messiah, yet the multitudes were back, gathering around the Lord Jesus.
We see in JOH 12:19: "The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him." This was their grave concern. They were losing their position in the church, their authority and their honor. They were not having the people come to them, and this was becoming their great concern.
JOH 8: 2 tells us that, "early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them." I want you to see the distinction between Jesus and the scribes and the Pharisees. The Pharisees stood in the temple, and they could pray thus with themselves: "And I thank thee Father that I am not like this other man." They were exalting themselves, but our blessed Saviour came in meekness and in humility. He sat down and taught them.
This was the same meek, lowly, condescending posture He used to come down to speak unto the woman of Samaria. The whole approach the Lord Jesus Christ took in bringing the gospel message was in a spirit of meekness, a spirit of lowliness.
Look at LUK 15:1-2. "Then drew near unto him all the publicans and the sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, this man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them." They were grieved that He would get in and mix amongst the multitude. He would sit with them and help each one to identify their own personal relationship with Him. The scribes and Pharisees would stand up and promote themselves.
In MAT 6:1-2 see how they would promote self, where the Lord Jesus was not promoting Himself. "Take heed that ye do not do your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
The Lord Jesus came in and sat down amongst the people. What do we see when He came to speak to the woman of Samaria? He came to the well weary and He "sat thus on the well." (JOH 4:6) See how He came down to where she was to talk to her. She was coming to the well to get water. She was thirsty, and He "sat thus on the well." Do you know what He was doing? He was sitting down with her in her company, not exalting Himself above her. He came to be her friend. He could identify with her condition because He was tempted in all things even as we are. He could so intimately relate to the exact circumstances. He was weary from His journey, and He sat thus on the well, and this woman came to draw water.
Even as Jesus in such a spirit of meekness "sat down" to teach the people, the scribes and Pharisees stood up against Him. They came to take Him in His words and to lay a snare for Him. They came filled with a condemning spirit against not only the woman they had taken in adultery, but against Jesus Himself. They came there to condemn Him.
Look at JOH 8:6a. "This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him." They were looking for an occasion to be able to justify stoning Him to death. They had a condemning spirit when they brought this woman taken in adultery. I want you to see the Lord was dealing with the posture of heart; we need to understand this when we start distinguishing how the Lord works grace in the soul. All condemning spirit in our hearts must be removed.
Look at JOH 8:4. "They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act." See that condemning spirit. See how this occasion demonstrates that Satan and his followers can quote Scripture to further their evil designs. We see this quite frequently that those who are the enemies of the cross of Christ can be the sharpest when it comes to quoting Scripture, especially when they can find a Scripture they can use to condemn you.
Look at JOH 8: 5. "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?" They could cite the Scriptures that could bring the condemnation against their fellow man. Their crafty design in attempting to take Christ in His words, and their condemning spirit demonstrates that they were not jealous of God's law of love.
Look at MAT 7:1-2 and see how they were passing judgment. "Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged." This is when the Lord Jesus turned the light on, and they saw in their own hearts; they saw in their own consciences that they didnt have one stone left to throw. Why? They saw that they were guilty of heart adultery. They saw the meaning of what the Lord Jesus says; "If you cast your eye at a woman you have committed adultery already." In your heart, if you cast your eye at a woman to lust after her, it is adultery. They saw the condemnation of the law now in their own hearts. "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
When they saw the condemnation of the law that came against their own hearts, they had not left one stone to throw. It demonstrates that they didnt bring her there out of a jealousy after the law of love. They brought her there in a condemning spirit, and they were seeking to turn the point of the Spirits Sword against the One they hated. The Word is the Sword of the Spirit, and they were trying to use it to bring a condemnation against their fellow man instead of to fight the wiles of the devil.
Those who can quote Scriptures to condemn others are most often guilty of that very sin themselves. Do you know why we are able to see the sin in another man so clearly? Is it because that same sin lies rooted deep in our own heart?
Take notice in MAT 7:3-4. "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?" In other words, what we see in our own brother is so small by comparison to what we would see in ourselves if our eyes were opened. When the Lord opened the hearts of these blind Pharisees and their understanding to see a glimpse of their own sin, they were pricked in their own conscience.
Jesus' enemies thought to ensnare Him with the Law of Moses, instead their own heart condemned them when He turned on but a glimpse of His searching light upon them.
Look at JOH 8:7-9. "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
You, who are without sin, cast the first stone. That is such a solemn reality when we have a tendency to cast stones at other people. We can have an accusing or a condemning spirit about our brother. We might see how grievously they have sinned, and we can cite the word of God to show that that was definitely under the condemnation of the law. However, if our own heart and our own conscience were enlightened, and if we were able to see who we are standing before the holy sight of God, then we would have to understand JON 8: 9. "And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."
Here we have this condemned woman, who was taken in the very act of adultery; her own heart had to condemn her. She knew she was guilty. She knew that there was no way that she could be found innocent. The men had gone and now she stood alone. This is a gospel lesson. You and I need to learn what it is to be standing alone as a condemned sinner before Christ. We see that it is our sins that have condemned us. That it is not what people say, but it is by our sin that we now stand condemned, under the condemnation of the law, but we stand before a gracious Saviour.
JOH 8: 6 says, "This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not." This was the occasion when He wrote in the ground the first time. In other words, He reminded them that the law was written in stone and that He ratified that law. When He wrote in the ground with His finger the second time, it was to tell us that that law is now under the mercy seat. Now that law has mercy, and it was after that He had written in the ground the second time, there she stands now before Him, but before a law that has mercy in it. Verse 8 says, "And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground."
A Pharisee might be able to stand in the temple and pray thus with himself-boasting of his fasting, boasting of his tithes, and boasting of his prayers-but when the light of Christ shines into the heart, his depravity becomes openly apparent to himself.
Here we see two different classes of sinners, and they both stand condemned before Christ-one taken in the literal act, and here she stands before Christ, alone. We also have a group of Pharisees, and the light has come on and they, being pricked in their conscience, walked away one by one.
We see in JOH 8:12 how this becomes the central theme of the gospel. "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." These scribes and Pharisees were not following the light. When the light shined in their hearts, it condemned them, and instead of asking for mercy, they fled. I want you to see this central theme of the gospel, which our Saviour teaches those who have learned to understand, what it is to stand condemned under the law. We must certainly know what it is to stand condemned under the law, but now where does it bring us? You and I are all condemned under the law. Do we stand alone with and before Christ? Does it drive us away?
Now our text says in JOH 8:10-11, "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?" Certainly they had condemned her. They had brought her there and accused her. But when it came to coming to trial, they were gone. They had walked away. And He asked, "Where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee." There comes a pardon. You do not understand a pardon until you understand condemnation under the law. She came, standing before Jesus, and He said, "Where are those thine accusers?" He says, "Go and sin no more." In other words, it wasnt that her sin was forgotten. Her sin was pardoned. He says, "Go and sin no more," reminding her that she was under the condemnation of the law. "I have forgiven you, now dont go out and do it again."
I like to give an illustration. Just say, you had a son who had drove through the school zone at sixty miles an hour; the speed limit fifteen miles an hour. He is arrested and comes under the condemnation of the law. He doesnt have the money to pay the fine. He comes to his father and says, "Father, I am under the condemnation of the law." His father goes in and pays his penalty. Now, the law is satisfied, and he is dismissed from the condemnation of the law. Does this give him a license to drive sixty miles an hour in the school zone? No. The fact that he has been pardoned and that the law has been satisfied is to teach you that we must learn to honor and respect the law.
When the Lord Jesus says unto her, "Go, sin no more," what He is telling her is that you see the price that I have paid to bring you from under the laws condemnation. Now, learn to honor that law. Learn to honor and respect the law, because the law has a purpose. The reason that that fifteen miles an hour speed limit is there is for the safety of the children. The reason that God has given you and me a law to live by is that we may honor Him by obedience to the law. So, now, when we receive a pardon, this does not give us a license to live in sin. It does not abolish the law; it upholds and honors the law.
And now He says unto her, "Go, sin no more."
Here we see two different sorts of sinners standing before Jesus, and this is what we need to do in examining our own hearts-to decide what sort of sinner we are, when we see the law and its condemnation and as we stand condemned under the law?
The first type of sinner:
1) Those who were "convicted by their own conscience" - yet without repentance they turned away from Christ.
We see that in JOH 8:9. "And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."
A second sort of sinner:
2) Those who came to Christ condemned. The scribes and Pharisees came to Christ as self-righteous-and left condemned. Here we see a woman who came to Him condemned. She was being condemned by her accusers and by her own conscience. Those who come before Christ condemned, standing before Him alone, find that there is no one to condemn them. Why? The law was satisfied and has been placed under the mercy seat, sprinkled with blood. Now there is mercy in the law, and therefore the condemnation of the law has been removed.
"Now the Lord Jesus lifted up himself and saw none but the woman, and he said unto her, "Where are these thine accusers?" JOH 8: 10 When you and I learn to see that law satisfied and understand what He paid to satisfy our condemnation under the law, then we start to have a holy reverence for His law and a holy respect and a desire to do His will. Now we dont serve Him out of a compulsion, but it beomes our chief desire to know His will, that we might do that which is pleasing in His sight.
Now see the great distinguishing mark of those who have found mercy, i.e., those to whom our Saviour says, "Neither do I condemn thee," and those who "being convicted in their own conscience went out" of His presence condemned. That is such a distinction. The one who came before Christ condemned left with no condemnation. Their condemnation was removed, but those who came before Him as self-righteous left with a condemned heart when the light of the gospel shined in their heart.
Jesus asked her, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?" In Verse 11 she said, "No man, Lord." And Jesus said unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee." The unmistakable distinction between the two classes of sinners is found in Jesus' admonition: "Go, and sin no more." That is where the distinction is found. Those who left condemned, left in their sins. Their hearts were never renewed. There was no alteration. There was no repentance, but with this woman, whose condemnation was removed, left with repentance. "Go, and sin no more."
When Jesus healed the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, the man was also admonished in JOH 5:14b. "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." This is the symbol or the evidence of true salvation. This is the evidence of true conversion. This is the evidence of grace in your soul. You can come and talk about, "Oh, when the Lord showed me my sins. And then I saw my sins and miseries," and walk away condemned. No repentance. You are still living with a heart of bitterness and still walking in your sins. When we come before Christ condemned, and He says, "No man condemns thee, neither do I condemn thee." The admonition is, "Go and sin no more." Now, we should see the sinfulness of sin, and it should turn us from our sins.
When the light of life shines into the soul its effect is immediately revealed by our walk of life. If we have not had a change in our walk of life or a change in our attitude and a renewing of the Holy Spirit, a renewing of our mind, then we cannot claim that we have a pardon. We still walk under the condemnation of the law. The revelation of our sins will either drive us away from the light or it will draw us closer unto it. What is the effect? Do we come to the light, that our sins might be revealed, that we may repent of them.
Do we see that the condemnation drive us away, that we want to turn from the light as we see in JOH 3:19-21? The Lord Jesus shows who those are who are under condemnation. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
There is no repentance, and that is the distinction between the two sinners. They were both condemned sinners, but the distinction was, one received a pardon and repented. The other fled from the light because the light revealed the nature of his heart and did not repent.
Now, when the light shines into the soul, its effect is immediately revealed by our walk of life. It will either draw us to the light, or it will drive us away.
Now look at JOH 3:19 and 21. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." Those who do truth, who go and sin no more; they come to the light, that they might be searched out and examined in the light of the gospel, so that if we are walking in a sin, that it will be repented.
The light condemns where any man is void of the grace of God, i.e., if they are devoid of the Divine drawing influence of the Holy Spirit in the heart, which is revealed in the life. It drives the sinner away when they are devoid of Gods grace. The Lord Jesus said in JOH 3:16-18, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world [He sent His Son that whosoever believeth may not perish, but have everlasting light. He sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world]; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned [theres the distinction between this woman that stood alone with Christ and the Pharisees, whose hearts condemned them and they went out one by one. He that believed on him is not condemned]: but he that believeth not is condemned already [Why? Because his heart condemns him. When the light came into their consciences, their consciences condemned them and they fled from the light], because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." He is already condemned.
Now, Jesus asked the woman in our text, "Where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?" When the condemnation of the law is removed, then all our accusers (including our own conscience and the accusations of our own heart) are put to silence. Satan is put to silence. All of our accusers, including our own conscience, are blotted out. Again this becomes evident by our actions. Jesus said, "Go, sin no more."
What is our evidence that we have condemnation removed? Our evidence is that we go and sin no more. In other words, we can come to the light. We desire the light. We have a desire for our hearts to be searched out. When the condemnation of the law is removed, then all of our accusers are gone.
In 1JO 3:18-21 we see that our evidence is our actions. "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. [That is our evidence.] And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him." We know because we love in deed and in truth rather than just in tongue. Do you see why our Saviour says, "No man condemns thee, neither do I. Go and sin no more." Verse 21 continues, "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God." If our heart and conscience is still condemning us, we have a problem. It is because we havent come to the light. It is because we havent come to stand alone with Christ. It is because we have not yet come to understand what the Lord Jesus said unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee. Where are your accusers?" If your heart is condemning you, God is greater than your heart and knoweth all things.
When our consciences have been purged, when our sins have been washed away, when the Lord Jesus Christ is standing alone with us, and He is saying unto us, "Go and sin no more." Then we start to understand what the Apostle John said in the verses above; we dont love in word or in tongue, but in deed, in our actions, and in truth. Now we have a heart of love. We love God with our heart, our soul and our mind. We love our neighbor as ourselves. There is our evidence.
Our attitude toward God's Holy will, and our walk of life is our best evidence that our heart is right before God. Is your heart right before God? Examine your attitude. Have you been renewed in the spirit of your mind? Have you got a desire? Is it your will? Is it your longing desire to know and do the will of God?
JOH 8:1-4 says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
Look again at ROM 8:1-4. I want you to see how this has a direct relationship to our condemnation. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus [and who are they?], who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." See the direct relationship to that "no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" and our walk of life. You see the blessed harmony of what Jesus told her, "Go and sin no more." Are we in Christ-then that being in Christ sets us free from the law of sin? In other words, we are free from the power of sin and from walking under the dominion of sin? The answer is yes if we walk in the mind and Spirit of Christ. What is that? Self-sacrificial love, loving our neighbor as our self, and loving God above all walking in the Spirit of Christ.
Are you under the law of the State of Montana? Then you are under the dominion of the state of Montana. Are you under the laws of the United States of America? Then you are under the dominion of the United States of America. Are you under the law of sin? Then you are under the dominion of sin. Then sin is ruling and reigning in your heart, but the Lord says here, "The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." In other words, we no longer walk under the dominion of sin. We are no longer serving sin. We are walking under the law of the spirit. In other words, we are walking under the dominion of the Spirit of Christ.
See how Scripture ties our attitude and actions together as a singular proof of our standing before God. This is our proof, our evidence. Look at ROM 8:5-9. "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh [when you are still under the dominion of sin, you mind the things of the flesh.]; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." It is just as distinct as day and night. A person might ask, "How can I tell if I am saved?" Who do you serve? Whose dominion are you under? If you are under the dominion of sin you are not saved, because He came to save us from our sins. He came to redeem us from all iniquity, and if we are still serving under the dominion of sin, we are still under the condemnation of the law.
The Lord Jesus said, "Where are your accusers?" She said, "There are none." He said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more." Her sin was pardoned, but also the power of sin was broken, now she was no longer to serve sin.
See how Scripture ties this attitude as our singular proof, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [You cannot serve Him acceptably as long as you are serving Him in the carnality of your mind.] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (ROM 8:7-9)
I dont know how the Scriptures could be more explicit on showing where the distinction is. I have said before, and I want to point out, I believe that Gods people have very precious experiences, and I would never come against that, because I am not a stranger to these, but they are not your evidence that you have salvation. When you want to look for the evidence of your salvation, you need to examine your heart. There are those who have the Spirit of Christ dwelling richly in them who have no big experiences to tell. Am I going to come and be a stumbling block to such a one? "Oh, but you didnt have this experience and that experience, therefore you are not saved." No! No!
Salvation is to be saved from sin and to have that Spirit of Christ dwelling in you, that you are no longer under that dominion of sin. "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." ROM 8:9.
What does that tell you? What is the other side of this principle? If you have the Spirit of Christ you are His. "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you."
Our Saviour said in JOH 7:17, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." If your will has been renewed, if your old will has been broken, and you have a desire to do the pleasure of God, you will understand the doctrine that Jesus is teaching you.
Now see the distinction between how the Pharisees, and the woman who had no accusers, addressed Jesus. The Pharisees said, "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act." The condemned woman said, "No man, Lord." The one served Him as a Master, as a hard Master, and the other one served Him as Lord. The Jews even today look at God as a hard Master, doing His orders out of slavish fear. Those who have God's grace serve Him with great delight as Lord, seeking to do His pleasure. There is a distinction.
This is the very principle Jesus is teaching in the context of our text. Look at JOH 8:30-32. "As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." If ye continue in my word is the condition. As an evidence of your salvation your heart has been renewed to serve the living God. Theres your evidence. "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed."
Those who live under the condemnation of the law have not the slightest concept of what slaves they are to the power of sin. Look at what the Pharisees answered when the Lord Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Free from the power of sin. Look at JOH 8:33-34. "They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
In other words, He is saying that you are under the dominion of sin. You are serving sin. "And if you continue in my word, you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." It will deliver you from the power and the servitude and the dominion of sin. "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
These blind leaders of the people who thought to ensnare Jesus in His words did not understand how these very principles were taught in the Word of God, which they thought they knew so well. They were such doctors of divinity. They thought they were the ones who understood the Word of God, and they never understood the simple principles of the Scriptures that teach what is salvation. They were strangers to it.
Look at MAL 3:18. "Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked [How?], between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not." Now, these people knew the law so well. They didnt understand what it says in MAL 3:18. They didnt understand that the discerning between the righteous and the wicked is discerning between those who serve God and those who serve Him not.
Oh, what a blessed consolation there is for those who have come to stand alone as a condemned sinner before Christ and hear Him ask, "Where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?"
When our eye becomes fixed upon the love of the Father and His will becomes our greatest delight, then we may appropriate our Saviour's words to this sinner to ourselves. "Where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Amen.
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