Does Jesus not know how to close a deal?

John 8:30-31 As He spoke these things many came to believe in Him. Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed in Him:

  • If you abide in My word you are truly My disciples (v31)
  • Everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin (v34)
  • My words have no place in you. (v37)
  • If God were your father you would love Me
  • You don’t understand what I’m saying because you can’t hear My word (v43)
  • Your father is the devil (v44)
  • You don’t believe Me because I speak the truth (v45)
  • You don’t hear the words of God because you aren’t of God (v47)
  • You’re liars (55)

Is it just me or is this not a gracious way to receive new followers? Did no one bother to tell Jesus that these people “believed in Him”?

Discuss.

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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