A Witness Unto Himself (John 8:13-20)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, August 16, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Witness Unto Himself” from John 8:13-20.

Jesus’ words are trustworthy and true. Because he came from the Father, he will safely lead sinners like us to the Father.

1. Fleshly Judgment—When Jesus speaks, he speaks his Father’s words. His testimony is true, for it simultaneously represents the testimony of the Father and the Son. The Pharisees judged according to human standards; in accordance with their sinful natures in opposition to the Holy Spirit. Jesus doesn’t judge according to the flesh, but according to the Holy Spirit.

2. True Judgment—Because Jesus speaks his Father’s words, his testimony is necessarily true. If you really trusted that Jesus cannot lie, then you would never worry. Worry betrays your lack of trust that God will keep his promises. When we doubt the promises that God has made, we associate ourselves with the doubt of the Pharisees who made Jesus Christ out to be a liar in their skepticism.

3. The Truth Made Known—How does God make himself known to his creatures? If God did not condescend to us, we could not truly know him. He did not have to, but it is his nature to reveal himself to his creatures. If Jesus’ testimony is rejected, then there is no way of knowing God as revealed in creation. Jesus publicly shamed the Pharisees, but his hour had not yet come, so he was not arrested. Nothing happens to Jesus before the Father’s perfect timing. Healthy skepticism is necessary in the world. Much information out there is untrue, both in the world as well as in the church. We must know God’s word well enough to spot error when it is asserted. But skepticism is inappropriate when it comes to the Bible. Lay your doubts to rest. Jesus is the truth and the only way to the Father. He may be believed because he always tells the truth.

Listen to “A Witness Unto Himself” (John 8:13-20) at mcopc.org.

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