Jesus in Controversy With the Religious
Interwoven Gospels

Again therefore Jesus spake to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." The Pharisees therefore said to Him, "Thou bearest testimony of Thyself; Thy testimony is not true." Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I bear testimony of Myself, My testimony is true; because I know whence I came and whither 1 go: but ye know not whence I come or whither I go. Ye judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.

"But even if I judge, My judgment is true; because I am not alone, but I and the Father Who sent Me. And in your law also it is written, 'The testimony of two men is true." I am one that beareth witness of Myself, and the Father Who sent Me, beareth witness of Me."

They said therefore to Him, "Where is Thy Father?" Jesus answered, "Ye know neither Me, nor My Father. If ye knew Me, ye would know My Father also." These words He spake in the treasury, while teaching in the temple; and no one arrested Him, because His hour had not yet come.

He said therefore again to them, "I go away, and ye shall seek Me, and ye shall die in your sin. Whither I go, ye cannot come." The Jews therefore said, "Will He kill Himself; for He saith, 'Whither I go, ye cannot come'?

And He said to them, "Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore to you, that ye shall die in your sins; for if ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins." They said therefore to Him, "Who art Thou?" Jesus said to them, "Even that which I am telling you from the first. I have many things to say and to judge concerning you. But He Who sent Me is true; and what I heard from Him, these things I speak to the world." They did not understand that He was speaking to them of the Father. Jesus therefore said, "When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then ye shall know that I AM: and I do nothing of Myself, but I am speaking these things as the Father taught Me. And He Who sent Me is with Me. He hath not left Me alone, because I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." As He spake these things, many believed on Him.

Jesus, therefore, said to those Jews that had believed Him, "If ye abide in My word, ye are truly My disciples. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." They answered Him, "We are the offspring of Abraham, and have never yet been in bondage to any one: how sayest Thou, 'Ye shall become free'"?

Jesus answered them, "Verily, verily, I say to you, every one that committeth sin is the slave of sin. Now the slave abideth not in the house forever: the Son abideth forever. If, therefore, the Son shall set you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham's offspring; yet ye seek to kill Me, because My word hath no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father; and ye also do what ye have heard from your father."

They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father," Jesus saith to them, "If ye are children of Abraham, do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill Me, a Man Who hath spoken to you the truth, which I heard from God: Abraham did not do this. Ye are doing the works of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one father'God." Jesus said to them, "If God were your father, ye would love Me; for I was sent forth and am come from God: for not even have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do ye not understand My speech? Because ye cannot hear My word. Ye are of your father, the devil; and the lustful desires of your father, ye are eager to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and standeth not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. "Whenever he speaketh a lie, he speaketh out of his own resources; because he is a liar, and the father of it. Now because I speak the truth, ye do not believe Me. Which of you convicteth Me of sin? If I speak the truth, why do ye not believe Me? He that is of God, heareth the words of God; for this reason ye hear them not, because ye are not of God."

The religious leaders answered and said to Him, "Do we not say truly, that Thou art a Samaritan, and hath a demon?" Jesus answered, "I have no demon; but I honor My Father, and ye dishonor Me. But I seek not My own glory: there is One Who seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say to you, if any one keep My word, he shall not see death, forever."

The religious leaders said to Him, "Now we know that Thou hast a demon. Abraham died, also the prophets; and Thou sayest, 'If any one keep My word, he shall not taste of death, forever." Art Thou greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died; Whom makest Thou Thyself?"

Jesus answered, "If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing. He that glorifieth Me is My Father, of Whom ye say, that He is your God. And ye have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I should say that I know Him not, I shall be like you, a liar; but I know Him and keep His word. Abraham, your father, rejoiced to see My day; and he saw it and was glad."

The religious leaders therefore said to Him, "Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Verily, verily, I say to you, before Abraham existed, I AM." Then they took up stones to cast at Him; but Jesus concealed Himself and went forth out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and thus passed on.

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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