Yesterday I referred to a familiar verse, John 14:6; “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” That means every word Jesus spoke was truth, which also agrees with John 1:14. There were some Jews who believed Jesus, but Jesus makes sure their faith is taken to a deeper level and says; “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciple” (8:31).
There are other statements Jesus makes which backup His point (i.e., 15:1-11). Being His disciple was not just following Him from place to place, making sure they were at all the important events, etc. In our day it might be like attending church regularly, making sure to give when the offering plate comes by, or even being involved in church activities. Abiding in His word is much more.
What Jesus is pointing to in John 8:31 is that a true disciple ‘remains’ under the influence of the word and truth that He taught all the time. It will be evident when we do this because the truth that Jesus taught will be known and understood by us and it will set us free (8:32).
I was speaking this morning with a new disciple and he was commenting on the difference that has taken place in his life. Before he surrendered his life to the saving power of Jesus, he would read the Bible and not understand it. Now it is much different! He can’t wait to open his Bible early in the morning and let the Spirit unfold its riches to his mind and heart.
Abiding in Jesus’ Word is a proof that we are a true disciple. Are you?
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