John 8:31
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New International Version
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.

New Living Translation
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.

English Standard Version
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,

Berean Study Bible
So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore Jesus was saying to the Jews having believed in Him, "If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples.

New American Standard Bible
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

King James Bible
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.

International Standard Version
So Jesus told those Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples.

NET Bible
Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, "If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples

New Heart English Bible
Jesus therefore said to those Judeans who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to those Judeans who trusted in him, “If you will continue in my word, you are truly my disciples.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples.

New American Standard 1977
Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus said to those Jews who had believed him, If ye abide in my word, ye shall be my disciples indeed;

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

American King James Version
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

American Standard Version
Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Jesus said to those Jews, who believed him: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore said to the Jews who believed him, If ye abide in my word, ye are truly my disciples;

English Revised Version
Jesus therefore said to those Jews which had believed him, If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples;

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If ye continue in my word, ye are my disciples indeed;

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus therefore said to those of the Jews who had now believed in Him, "As for you, if you hold fast to my teaching, then you are truly my disciples;

World English Bible
Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus, therefore, said unto the Jews who believed in him, 'If ye may remain in my word, truly my disciples ye are, and ye shall know the truth,
Study Bible
The Truth will Set You Free
30As Jesus spoke these things, many believed in Him. 31So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”…
Cross References
John 2:2
and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

John 15:7
If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:8
This is to My Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples.

2 John 1:9
Anyone who runs ahead without remaining in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever remains in His teaching has both the Father and the Son.
Treasury of Scripture

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

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John 6:66-71 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him…

John 15:4-9 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, …

1 Samuel 12:14 If you will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and …

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

Acts 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day, witnessing …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which …

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

1 Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue …

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for …

2 Timothy 3:14 But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been …

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of …

Hebrews 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the …

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues …

1 John 2:19,24 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

my disciples.

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite …

John 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall …

1 Timothy 5:3-5 Honor widows that are widows indeed…

(31) Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him.--Better, to those Jews who had believed Him. The act of faith is mentioned in the previous verse. They are here placed among the believers, with an expression of contrast mixed with, perhaps, something of wonder--Jews and yet believers.

If ye continue in my word.--Or, If ye abide in My word. Comp. Note on John 15:7, where we have the opposite form of the thought, "If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you." See also for this idea of abiding, Notes on John 5:37-38. His word was the expression of the eternal truth of God, and He therefore was the one great Teacher. Every other must sit as a disciple at His feet, and continue in daily learning and in daily living to grasp the truth which, in that word and that word only, was revealed to man.

Here, as very frequently, part of the force of the sentence is expressed in the emphasis of the pronoun, "If ye continue in My word." "Ye, on your part, ye who now believe, but have not the courage to rank yourselves openly among My disciples."

Then are ye my disciples indeed.--The insertion of "then" does not improve the rendering--"If ye continue in My word, ye are My disciples indeed." The words imply that He who reads the heart has no confidence in this momentary conviction, which will not stand the test of true discipleship, and all that this includes. (Comp. Notes on John 2:23-25; John 6:66.)

Verses 31-59 describe a further conversation, not with the same audience. The words record a vivid conflict between the Lord and the Jews who believed him, who accepted the Messianic claims, but persisted in interpreting them, not by his word, but by their own ideas of the theocratic kingdom, by their privileges as children of Abraham, by their national animosity to their nearest neighbours the Samaritans, by their inability to press behind the veil of his humanity to his Divine nature. Their faith was of the most imperfect kind; but such as it was, it was made manifest to the observation of the apostle, and this throws light upon the fact that, among the many who believed on him, or rather alongside of these, there was a certain section of "the Jews," of the chief rulers and rabbis, who made a definite movement towards him. This doubtless excited the intense enthusiasm of the disciples, who might at once hope and almost expect that Jesus would with open arms accept their homage. But he at once puts this faith of theirs - perhaps ignorantly expressed - to a proof absolutely necessary for the salvation of his hearers. Verses 31, 32. -

(4) The test Christ supplied to those who admitted his testimony - true discipleship and freedom. Jesus therefore said to the Jews who had believed him - or, had become believing, and were now waiting for some special sign that their belief of his words was to be immediately rewarded by some closer conformity between his next step and their own prepossessions - If ye abide in my word, then are ye truly my disciples. Short of making the word of Jesus the resting place for both heart and intellect, full discipleship would be impossible. The true disciple receives and continues in the word of his Master. The expression expands and illustrates the difference between believing Christ to speak the truth, and believing in him. Many ancient Jews and modern Christians believe so much of Christ's word as is verified by their moral consciousness, and dispute or dispose of the rest as Aberglaube. The genuine disciple continues, abides, in the word of him who is the incarnate Word, yielding to it entire acquiescence, as the absolute reality of things, as the truth about God and man. He adds, And ye shall come fully to know the truth; i.e. to realize in the very depths of your being the trustworthy character of my word. "The Truth" (see John 14:6) is one of the distinguishing names which Jesus takes to himself. He is the Truth, and "full of grace and truth." So far this statement corresponds with John 7:16, 17. The "Jews" who had believed him would not feel the fiery ordeal and touch of flame applied to the sensitive skin of their pride and self-importance; but when he added, And the truth shall emancipate you, the case was altered. Truth only can set the mind free from its bondage under ignorance and prejudice and evil habit. If the Light of the world shines into the dark places of the heart, the chains erewhile misunderstood will not only become visible, but will be broken. Godet beautifully says that "the empire of sin in a human heart is based upon an illusion, a fascination. Let truth shine, and the spell is broken, the will is disgusted with that which seduced it - 'the bird escapes from the net of the fowler.'" But this proffer of freedom to his disciples by continuing in his word was too startling a suggestion for their nascent and imperfect faith. He had told them that without faith in him they would die in their sins (ver. 24); now he assures them that, unless they abide steadfastly in his word, they will not escape from a bondage manifest enough to his eye, if not to theirs. This brings from them an angry response. Then said Jesus to those Jews that believed on him,.... For he knew instantly who they were, and when they believed on him; and therefore he immediately turned himself to them, and thus addressed them;

if ye continue in my word; meaning the Gospel, called his, because he was both the author, and preacher, and sum, and substance of it: and to continue in it, is having cordially received it, to abide by it, and hold it fast, and not to be moved from it, by the temptations of Satan; the cunning of those that lie in wait to deceive; nor by the revilings and persecutions, the frowns and flatteries of men: and when men continue thus steadfast in it, and faithful to it, it is an evidence that it has come with power, and has a place in their hearts, and that they are the true followers of Christ:

then are ye my disciples indeed; there are two sorts of disciples of Christ; some are only nominal, and merely in profession such; and these sometimes draw back from him, discontinue in his word, and go out from among his people; which shows that they never were of them, nor are the true disciples of Jesus; for the genuine disciples of Christ continue in his Gospel, hold fast to him, the head, and remain with his people; which to do to the end, is an evidence, of their being disciples indeed. 31-33. Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, etc.—The impression produced by the last words of our Lord may have become visible by some decisive movement, and here He takes advantage of it to press on them "continuance" in the faith, since then only were they His real disciples (compare Joh 15:3-8), and then should they experimentally "know the truth," and "by the truth be made (spiritually) free."8:30-36 Such power attended our Lord's words, that many were convinced, and professed to believe in him. He encouraged them to attend his teaching, rely on his promises, and obey his commands, notwithstanding all temptations to evil. Thus doing, they would be his disciples truly; and by the teaching of his word and Spirit, they would learn where their hope and strength lay. Christ spoke of spiritual liberty; but carnal hearts feel no other grievances than those that molest the body, and distress their worldly affairs. Talk to them of their liberty and property, tell them of waste committed upon their lands, or damage done to their houses, and they understand you very well; but speak of the bondage of sin, captivity to Satan, and liberty by Christ; tell of wrong done to their precious souls, and the hazard of their eternal welfare, then you bring strange things to their ears. Jesus plainly reminded them, that the man who practised any sin, was, in fact, a slave to that sin, which was the case with most of them. Christ in the gospel offers us freedom, he has power to do this, and those whom Christ makes free are really so. But often we see persons disputing about liberty of every kind, while they are slaves to some sinful lust.
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