Note 4: Abraham’s Seed?

Note 4: Abraham’s Seed?

John 8:31-47



The one who commits sin is the one who does not remain in the house. This individual does not remain in Jesus’ Word. When viewing this from the perspective of Abraham in Genesis, Abraham had two sons: one was free-Sarah, the other was bond, Hagar. Jesus is the free Son who has the ability to extend such spiritual freedom to others. John 8:36.


The book of Isaiah serves as the scriptural background for this passage. The message of its trial scenes and their surrounding context comes to those in exile, those in Babylonian captivity, and Yahweh’s self-announcement as “I am” also announce Yahweh’s sole Savior and Redeemer. [emphasis mine] Note the following verses from Isaiah:


Isa 41:14; 43:14; 44:22-24; 47:4; 48:17, 20; 52:3; 59:20


The notion of redemption includes liberation from slavery and oppression. In order for this to be a reality in their lives, acceptance of Jesus’ doctrine was needed.


The people are recalled to their Abrahamic descent Is 41:8; 51:2. Promise is made to restore and free them—Isaiah 45:13; 49:6 and 25; 51:11, 14, 61:1-4.

The Requirement is acknowledgement of their internal condition of sinful rebellion, which has led to their external condition of slavery—Isaiah 42:24; 50:1; 53:4-6; 55:6-7; 59:1-16, 20. The motifs are replayed her as Jesus, after revealing himself in terms of “I am” and as the one who delivers Israel from death in its sins, now presses for an acknowledgement by these particular Jews. They are indeed in a sinful condition. They need His liberation.


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