Specifically, Jesus was talking to the Jews who had believed in Him:
Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, ‘You will be made free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.
They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do what Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did. You do what your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God; I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But, because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? He who is of God hears the words of God; the reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” (John 8:31–47)If this text is applied to people today who had once believed in Jesus, as many claim they once did, then those who are not of God hate the words of God. They are of the Devil, according to this passage.
Importantly, though, we must not take text out of context. These Jews had believed in Jesus as the Messiah, but they had a change of heart. They claimed to be Abraham’s children and therefore had no need to repent of anything. They believed they were the chosen people of God before they were born. Jesus challenged them and said that if they were Abraham’s children they would do what he did.
Here is a key for every person who seeks to understand the truth about the Scriptures. Instead of being a disciple of Nietzsche and claiming that God is dead, as do the many believers in atheism, by understanding everything about Abraham, we will be enlightened how to find favor with God. For Abraham did not scoff at the Creator; rather, he sought to understand the truth. This is why Abraham is called the father of all who have faith.
For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.To obtain the faith that Abraham had, we need to have evidence of God working in our lives. Those who are willing to prove God, as the Bible states, they will find this faith; whereas, those who are bigoted, foolish, indoctrinated, dogmatic and trust in belief systems will not experience the reality of knowing the Heavenly Father. To know God is to have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying and a heart that is willing to respond.
That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. (Romans 4:15–17)
We are all given this ability to hear and know God through the faculty we call our conscience. When we acknowledge our conscience and seek God for forgiveness of our violations of what we know to be right, such as dishonoring our parents, bearing false witness, stealing, coveting and hating other people, not to mention being promiscuous rather than being honorable, this is the beginning of opening our lives up to our Heavenly Father so that we might receive what the Son of God has for us—the inheritance that He left for all to claim.
What the now disbelieving Jews were saying to Jesus is that they had their inheritance already. They saw their inheritance as this world and its political system. In effect, they were saying that we enjoy our corrupt ways and we are not going to believe in justice nor show mercy to the poor and downtrodden.
Naturally, Jesus understood that they were claiming the Devil as their father, because he is the one who influences people to do evil. All the evil that exists comes from the father of lies and those who reject that God will judge those who have committed sin against another person are merely believing the lie of the Devil. This is the case, even though such individuals think they are cleverer than the Omniscient Creator.
Abraham was seeking a better place than what this world had to offer. In fact, the book of Hebrews tells us that Abraham was seeking a city that was made by God, not man. This is because, unlike this world, a city created by God would only know goodness, not evil. A city made by God would not have a need for judges or lawyers or other crooks. Politicians and judges would not be able to be bribed. Justice would be evident because righteousness would reign and there would be no violations of any law.
Everybody would be reaping their just rewards for living righteously and none would be screwed, as is the case with what currently happens on Earth, where a person is imprisoned because of a minor violation when donating to a political nominee, while a certain woman can flagrantly commit numerous gross violations of the same law, more than anyone would have thought possible without imprisonment, and still run for president.
Coming: The Day When Those Who Love Evil Will Learn The Unadulterated Truth