Daily Word

Children of a liar | John 8:44 – 47

44 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 does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

John 8:44 – 47 (ESV)

Father of lies

This passage offers some deep truth about our adversary, the devil. He is known for many evil character traits, chief of which is his pride which led to his fall (and leads to many a person’s falls). Second is that he is a liar.

What is the murder Jesus is talking about? Probably the first temptation to sin, which brought death. What was it? A lie – that Adam and Eve could be like God, and they won’t die if they eat. “The lie is core to the devil’s character, and he is the deceiver most dangerous of all – the deceiver who has deceived himself.” (enduringword.com) Jesus continues stating that there is no truth in the devil. It is his nature to lie and he is the father, or source, of lies. 

The truth

Do you know someone who is a chronic liar? When they do tell the truth (or maybe it’s still a lie), it is difficult for them to convince anyone who knows them. But Jesus, of course, is the opposite. EVERYTHING he says is true. In John 14:6, Jesus proclaimed boldly, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” So why don’t these listeners simply believe?

Children of the devil

The reason they don’t believe is because they are children of their father the devil. Wow! That’s a serious statement. (Note that I don’t say accusation since an accusation is not certain and Satan is the accuser of the saints and he lies. Whatever Jesus says is true, not merely an accusation.) You might say that they don’t want to believe. Jesus demands repentance and brings full transformation – new birth. We don’t naturally want that. Maintaining the status quo is what we want. We certainly are too proud to admit we’re wrong (the devil’s main sin).

<- Reflection ->
  • Are you of God? Do you hear his words? To hear, you’ve got to read (and/or listen to audio). You gotta set a priority. I have a very good friend who loves the Lord but is not reading the Word. I tell him He’s got to do it. It’s life. The world and future will continue to look hopeless if we don’t douse ourselves with the Word. Check out the Youversion site to read and listen. 
Liar faces of evil. Image from Pxfuel.com

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