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Scripture Reading: John 8:2-12
Coming and Going
1. Problem with rendering judgments is that we can develop one viewpoint and we fail to get the whole picture (because we refuse to entertain any variance from our initial judgment).
a. Cannot vary from revelation in our judgments, Prov. 23:23.
b. Otherwise, a mark of foolish, unrighteous judging that does not change to accept verifiable truth, Prov. 16:25.
2. Such unrighteous judgments result from pride and reinforce faulty conclusions that can literally last a lifetime and also affect eternity.
3. John 8:2-11: Jesus averted an unrighteous judgment against a sinner and against Himself. Teaches us valuable spiritual lessons.
I. SOME CAME TO JESUS TO LEARN FROM HIM, Jno. 8:2; Matt. 11:28-30.
A. We Must Come to Jesus with Open, Ready Hearts.
1. To be saved, Acts 2:22, 37-41; Rev. 22:17 (Isa. 55:1-3).
2. To be taught (to learn, to improve, to change, to be better, to do better), Acts 2:42; 11:26; 1 Pet. 2:2.
3. Readiness of mind, Acts 17:11-12. Eager enthusiasm, willing, forwardness of mind (cf. the word in Lk. 1:17)
a. Opposite of a hardened heart, closed, Matt. 13:19.
b. Will to do God's will, Jno. 7:16-17.
4. Reflected in our attitude, attentiveness, eagerness and zeal to hear the word of God, Acts 10:33.
B. Commit Ourselves to Listening to Christ's Teaching.
1. Husbands and wives, parents and children (read Scripture together, discuss and help each other live the truth).
2. Elders and deacons, preachers and all in the pews.
II. SOME COME TO JESUS TO ACCUSE HIM, Jno. 8:3-6.
A. Their Minds are Made Up Ahead of Time, cf. Jno. 7:51.
1. Scheme to refute and ensnare, not to listen to what He said.
2. Hardened, convinced, self-righteous, Rom. 10:3 (Isa. 65:1-5).
B. Proof-texting v. Proof from the Text, 1 Thess. 5:21-22.
"Prooftexting (sometimes "proof-texting" or "proof texting") is the practice of using isolated, out-of-context quotations from a document to establish a proposition. Such quotes may not accurately reflect the original intent of the author, and a document quoted in such a manner, when read as a whole, may not support the proposition for which it was cited." (en.wikipedia.org)
1. Pick and choose Scriptures to justify their objective while rationalizing themselves in their sin, Jno. 8:4-5 (cf. Lev 20:10; Deut. 22:22; 17:6-7).
2. Modern examples:
a. Judging (Matt. 7:1, but ignore Matt. 7:2-5).
b. Plan of salvation (Jno. 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10, but ignore Acts 2:38).
3. Such are the dogs and swine of Matt. 7:6.
III. SOME GO AWAY FROM JESUS IN SIN AND WITHOUT GIVING HIM HONOR, Jno. 8:7-9.
A. Some Go Away from Jesus, Refusing to Address Personal Sin.
1. Personal examination, which should lead to repentance, does not in these cases, Jno. 8:7; Gal. 6:4-5 (2 Cor. 13:5).
a. Sin against the woman, 8:4 (singled out, not the man).
b. Sin against Jesus, badgering Him, Jno. 8:6.
c. Sin against God, due to impure hearts, 8:7.
"...the words of Jesus impressed upon them the truth that freedom from the outward act (of adultery, jrp) did not imply inward purity or sinlessness - Matt. 5:27-28." (J.W. McGarvey, Fourfold Gospel, 452)
2. Notice that a hurt conscience is not the same as repentance and the correction of sin, Jno. 8:9.
3. What will you and I do when our sin is exposed by Jesus? Acts 8:24 (Simon); 24:24-25 (Felix).
IV. SOME GO AWAY FROM JESUS FORGIVEN, WITH FAITH IN HIM, Jno. 8:10-11 (12).
A. Jesus Came to Save the Lost, and He did that Day, Jno. 3:17.
1. Her sin had condemned her; Jesus saved her.
2. Jesus did not excuse, condone or encourage her sin; He strictly charged her to live very differently; sin no more, 8:11; Rom. 6:1; Heb. 10:26-27.
B. Follow Jesus, the Light of the World, so that the Darkness of Sin will not Overwhelm You, Jno. 8:12; 12:35-36.
-Notice that Jesus continued speaking, undeterred by the work of evil men, cf. 1 Cor. 4:11-13. We must follow His example.
1. Will you come to Jesus to hear and be saved? To accuse and argue?
2. Will you leave saved, or lost?
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: June 4, 2015