“As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””, John 8:30-32 HCSB

I am using an app from Biblehub that allows me to look up the original meaning of each word and the more I do this, the more I am able to get a more accurate understanding of many passages in the Bible. (If you use the app, go to the Bible section and make sure you choose the HCS version because only that version allows you to click any word to get the original meanings). According to the Biblehub app, continue means: abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.

  • Also reading the HCSB version in general has also led me to look up various words because it is worded differently (usually more accurately from my understanding) and therefore to make some of these discoveries. For example, the NIV renders the above passage as:

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””, John 8:31-32 NIV

  • Rated R: The following material is only for mature audiences and contains my conjecture and contemplation as I seek to better understand God’a Word. I could be off: I always read that passage as if Jesus was saying that the Jews who had believed Jesus had to *start* obeying His teachings, and I while I think that is true, it sounds like Jesus was saying that they needed to *continue* in Jesus’ word.( I could have probably derived that from “hold” but I read “hold” as “obey”). That may not seem like a big difference but it is a difference nevertheless. I have understood and used this passage to draw the distinction between believing and obeying but is that what Jesus intended to say or was He making the point that they needed to **continue**, i.e, continue to do what they were presently doing in regards to His word?

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