All the Truth
“Therefore, I said to you that you will die in your sins;
for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins”
Having heard Jesus teach, having witnessed some of His power, and now looking directly at Him, these rebellious Jews have become foolish in their speculations about who He really is. After hearing His statement of their not being able to go where He is going, they have even questioned whether He is contemplating suicide (verse 22).
Here He tells them once more they will die with no hope of being saved from their sins if they continue to reject Him as the chosen One of God. First of all, they must believe that He is the Christ.
Jesus is not teaching them a complete, comprehensive doctrine in this one isolated text. Rather, He is giving them the beginning point of their relationship with Him. This fact is obvious as He declares shortly thereafter that it is abiding in His word that will make them His disciples and it is the truth that will set them free—that is, free from their sins.
The message Jesus teaches here is in total harmony with other truths He taught as well as with other truths taught by His disciples. As we today examine the scriptures to understand God’s plan for our salvation, we must look at the entirety of what they teach and not just to a single verse.
"Thought for the Week - 03/01/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.