Children of the Devil

Re:Verse passage – Philippians 3:1-11 (day 6)

Jesus was no stranger to difficult and interesting conversations. Often enough, the locals, including the religious leaders, would try to trip Him up; other times Jesus would throw a wrench in their thinking, never shying aware from saying something truly offensive.

This account makes its way to the top of the list:  After a brief exchange with local Jews, Jesus declares, “You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires.” (John 8:44)

Can you imagine how offensive this statement was to descendants of Abraham? 

But Jesus was driving home the same point Paul is making to the Philippians. Your spiritual heritage (or righteousness) is not determined by externals, where you were born, who your parents are, how well you follow the law, etc. Your heritage is determined by who you love.

“If God were your father, you would love me…”-Jesus, John 8:42

Author: Danny Panter

Danny is the Associate Pastor for NextGen Marrieds & Community Missions at FBCSA.

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