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Grace Dwells in the Word

Sunday, October 25, 2020                                                                  Reformation Sunday
 
Prayer for receiving the Word:
 
Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from you. Bless us as we read the scriptures. Make us hunger for the Word of life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 
GOSPEL:  (Scripture was written to be heard. Please, give it a voice. Read it aloud.)
John 8:31–36
 
31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples;  32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  33They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, 'You will be made free'?"
             34Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.  35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever.  36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
 
·                     What does the passage have to say about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)? 
·         What is word is God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) speaking to me in this passage?
·         What word does the passage speak about how we live in community together?
·         What does God want me to do?
 

Jakob’s Notes: logos translated “word,” means an embodied word a word spoken by a living voice. “In John denotes the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God, his minister in creation and government of the universe, the cause of all the world's life both physical and ethical, which for the procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and shone forth conspicuously from His words and deeds. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3056&t=RSV”   See John 1:1, 14; 2:22; 4:37-50; 5:24,38; 6:60; 7:36, 40; 8:31,37, 43, 51, 52, 55;10:19,35;12:38,48; 14:23-24; 15:3,20,25; 17:6,14,17,20; 18:9,32; 19:8,13; and 21:23.   alethe, meaning "truth," or "true"; is used three times in 8:31, once in 8:40, twice in 8:44, and once in 8:45 & 46.  one's "father" is known by one's actions (vv. 39-47). Those who claim to have Abraham or the one God as father, need to act in ways similar to Abraham or God. (see John 13:35). In contrast, the Jewish logic in our text centers on the biological connection between Abraham and themselves (v. 33) and confession in one God (v. 41)
Hamarti, translated “sin,” refers to missing the mark, to err, to wander, to make a mistake, an offense. See John 1:29, 8:21,31,34, 46; 9:34, 41; 15:22, 24; 16:8,9; 19:11; 10:23. eleuther- translated "free," is used as a verb vv. 33 & 36; and a noun vv. 32 & 36. The word implies that one is no longer dominated by something or someone -- one is not a slave. 
 


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