In this passage, Jesus is addressing the Jews that had expressed belief in Him. He challenges them and the caliber of their “belief” by pointing them toward complete submission to Him and relaying the truth of their utter dependence on Him alone for their salvation. John emphasizes the reality of genuine salvation and discipleship by stressing truth and freedom. It focuses on those who were exercising the beginnings of faith in Jesus as Messiah and the Son of God; however, Jesus desired them to mature in their faith. Genuine saving faith is not fickle, but firm and settled. This true saving faith makes sure that it is placed rightly in the only one that is strong enough to save, Jesus Christ alone. Such maturity expresses itself in full commitment to the truth in Christ resulting in true freedom.
Questions for further thought:
1. Am I living a life that others would characterize as a life of submission and obedience to God’s commands? Why or why not?
2. Am I actively seeking God’s truth and how it intersects with my life?
Challenge: I submit that we would do well to heed Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12 where he writes “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” What is stopping me from doing that today?
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