42 Therefore Jesus said to them, “If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven’t come of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why don’t you understand my speech? Because you can’t hear my word. 44 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 doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you don’t believe me. 46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don’t hear, because you are not of God.” (John 8:42-47 WEB)
Again Jesus says to the Jews that they would love Him if God were their father because He came from God. He goes on to repeat that He did not come of himself but was sent by God. He then asks why they do not understand His words and answers because they cannot hear them as they are the children of the their father the devil and do as he bids. He clearly states that the devil was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand for the truth because He has no truth in him, and when he speaks, the devil speaks lies because there is no truth in him. Jesus then says He is not believed because He speaks the truth. He then asks who convicts Him of sin, and if He is telling the truth why are they not believing Him? He then says that those who are of God hear the words of God and that they do not hear because they are not of God.
In our day we have those who seek the truth that is contained in the scriptures and those who look to the culture to provide truth. Those who seek truth in the scripture are not listened to because those who look to the culture are not seeking God but are seeking to do what their father the devil wants. The result is that there is an increase in wickedness, immorality, chaos and violence in our culture, and there appears to be no end to it. However those of seek the truth in scripture are assured that there will come a last day when God will resolve everything and judge between those who are righteous and those who are wicked. The righteous will be given a place in His kingdom for all of eternity and the wicked will be sent to punishment for all of eternity. Today is the day when you need to choose who you will serve and follow. Is it God or is it the devil the decision determines your life from now through all of eternity.
Heavenly Father, Jesus makes it clear that there are two paths one may follow in this world. The first is to seek our and follow God by sincerely studying and following what He commands in the scriptures. The second is to seek to follow the ways the culture puts forth that leads to evil and wickedness. May we choose to seek God in the scripture and eschew the way the culture proposes that we might gain the benefit of eternal life in Your kingdom. I ask this in Jesus name, amen.
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