John 8:23
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New International Version
But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

King James Bible
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above. Ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

World English Bible
He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.

Young's Literal Translation
and he said to them, 'Ye are from beneath, I am from above; ye are of this world, I am not of this world;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Ye are from beneath - Ye are capable of murder, and of self-murder too, because ye have nothing of God in you. Ye are altogether earthly, sensual, and devilish. They verified this character in murdering the Lord Jesus; and many of them afterwards, to escape famine, etc., put an end to their own lives.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ye are from.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory...

John 3:13,31 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven...

Psalm 17:4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of your lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

Romans 8:7,8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be...

1 Corinthians 15:47,48 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven...

Philippians 3:19-21 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)...

James 3:15-17 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish...

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him...

ye are of.

John 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you...

John 17:14,16 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world...

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?...

1 John 2:15,16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him...

1 John 4:5,6 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them...

1 John 5:19,20 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness...

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Ascension Day
Eversley. Chester Cathedral. 1872. St John viii. 58. "Before Abraham was, I am." Let us consider these words awhile. They are most fit for our thoughts on this glorious day, on which the Lord Jesus ascended to His Father, and to our Father, to His God, and to our God, that He might be glorified with the glory which He had with the Father before the making of the world. For it is clear that we shall better understand Ascension Day, just as we shall better understand Christmas or Eastertide,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

February 27 Evening
God . . . giveth . . . liberally, and upbraideth not.--JAS. 1:5. Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. The grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many . . . The free gift is of many offences unto justification. God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

On the Words of the Gospel, John viii. 31, "If Ye Abide in My Word, Then are Ye Truly My Disciples," Etc.
1. Ye know well, Beloved, that we all have One Master, and are fellow disciples under Him. Nor are we your masters, because we speak to you from this higher spot; but He is the Master of all, who dwelleth in us all. He just now spake to us all in the Gospel, and said to us, what I also am saying to you; but He saith it of us, as well of us as of you. "If ye shall continue in My word," not of course in my word who am now speaking to you; but in His who spake just now out of the Gospel. "If ye shall
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

Believing on Jesus, and Its Counterfeits
The Lord Jesus also told the contradicting sinners that the day would come when cavillers would be convinced. Observe how he put it: "When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself." Cavillers may have a fine time of it just now; but they will one day be convinced either to their conversion or their confusion. Let us hope that many will see the truth before they die--early enough to seek and find a Saviour. But many in our Lord's day who discovered
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

Cross References
John 3:31
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.

John 17:14
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

John 17:16
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

1 John 4:5
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

1 John 4:6
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

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