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Christ: The True Seed Of Abraham

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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John 8:39-49

39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. 48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? 49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

Matthew 3:7-10

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

EXHORTATION:

The Pharisees claimed to be Abraham’s seed. But Jesus challenged their claim by saying that physical lineage does not prove spiritual inheritance. He confronted their vain claim of spiritual supremacy and pointed out that they opposed Him wrongly. They were also seeking to kill Jesus because He had spoken the truth of God. This Abraham did not do (v.37).

Jesus said that since they were trying to kill Him, they were doing the deeds of their father, the devil. In their reply, the Pharisees claimed God as their Father (v.41). They thought they were not “illegitimate,” or religiously perverted as the Samaritans. Jesus explained that their actions toward Him proved them otherwise. God’s spiritual children would love the One whom God had sent. The reason why they refused to listen and understand His words proved their claim of spiritual relationship with God as false. So Jesus repeated His comment on their diabolical parentage (v.44). They were like the devil who, from the beginning of man’s history, opposed God’s words by deluding man and bringing physical and spiritual death on him.

Jesus, on the other hand, always spoke the truth of God. He hurled the challenge to them to find any sin in Him. Except for the false charge of demon possession, they could not find fault with Him. Yet their spiritual blindness prevented them from drawing the right conclusions about Christ, the sinless One.

If the Jews had possessed the nature of sons of God, they would have recognised the voice of God in Jesus. The proof that they are not God’s children is in their attitude toward Jesus. They insulted Him again by saying that He was a demonic Samaritan. But Jesus answered, “I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.” This was so unbecoming of the Jews, because as Jesus told them later “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (v.56).

THOUGHT:

No one becomes spiritual by virtue of his godly parents.

PRAYER:

Lord, like the fathers of faith, may I always glorify You.