CLARIFYING JOHN 8
Studies in John’s Gospel
Chapter 8
A Few Misunderstandings…
To point out sin is hypocrisy
To appeal to the law is legalistic
error
The way to deal with sin is to
ignore it
In This Account….
V.3- The Scribes and Pharisees
brought the woman to Jesus,
not the Sanhedrin.
They just brought the woman, not
the man- no intention to do
righteousness.
The Master Teacher’s Response?
V.6-7 – He tried to ignore them, but
they “persisted.”
Jesus was not a witness, or a judge,
or part of this situation at all.
Matthew 7:1,5
Do not judge so that you will not be
judged.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of
your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to take the speck out of your
brother’s eye
1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we are
deceiving ourselves and the truth is
not in us.
Is It Hypocritical To Point Out
Sin?
We all sin
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and righteous to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.
Is It Hypocritical To Point Out
Sin?
We all sin
1 John 1:9-Sin CAN be forgiven
Matthew 7:5
You hypocrite, first
take the log out of
your own eye, and
then you will see
clearly to take the
speck out of your
brother’s eye
Is It Hypocritical To Point Out
Sin?
We all sin
1 John 1:9-Sin CAN be forgiven
Matthew 7:5-The log CAN be
removed
Matthew 7:1-2
Judge not, that you
be not judged. 2 For
with the judgment
you pronounce you
will be judged,
and with the
measure you use it
will be measured to
you.
Ephesians 5:11
Do not participate in the unfruitful
deeds of darkness, but instead even
expose them;
2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will
not endure sound doctrine; but
wanting to have their ears tickled,
they will accumulate for themselves
teachers in accordance to their own
desires, 4and will turn away their
ears from the truth and will turn
aside to myths.
2 Timothy 2:25
….with gentleness correcting those
who are in opposition, if perhaps
God may grant them repentance
leading to the knowledge of the
truth,
1 Timothy 5:20
Those who continue in sin, rebuke in
the presence of all, so that the rest
also will be fearful of sinning.
Is An Appeal To Law Legalistic
Error?
Matthew 23:23
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! For you tithe mint and
dill and cummin, and have neglected
the weightier provisions of the law:
justice and mercy and faithfulness;
but these are the things you should
have done without neglecting the
others
Is An Appeal To Law Legalistic
Error?
 Is legalism the sin?
EVER?
Is An Appeal To Law Legalistic
Error?
Jesus appealed to the law
Matthew 12:5
Or have you not read in the Law, that
on the Sabbath the priests in the
temple break the Sabbath and are
innocent?
Luke 10:25-26
And a lawyer stood up and put Him to
the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall
I do to inherit eternal life?” 26And
He said to him, “What is written in
the Law? How does it read to you?”
Is An Appeal To Law Legalistic
Error?
Jesus appealed to the law
Paul appealed to the law
Galatians 3:16
Now the promises were spoken to
Abraham and to his seed. He does not
say, “And to seeds,” as referring to
many, but rather to one, “And to
your seed,” that is, Christ.
Noting the difference between
plural and singular
Isaiah 2:3
And many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain
of the LORD, To the house of the God
of Jacob; That He may teach us
concerning His ways And that we
may walk in His paths.”
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the LORD from
Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 31:33
But this is the covenant which I will
make with the house of Israel after
those days,” declares the LORD, “I
will put My law within them and on
their heart I will write it; and I will
be their God, and they shall be My
people.
I Samuel 15:22-23
“Has the LORD as much delight in
burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than
sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
23 “For rebellion is as the sin of
divination, And insubordination is
as iniquity and idolatry.
It cannot be wrong to be obedient!
Is Ignoring Sin the Right Way to
Handle it?
Jude 22-23
And have mercy on some, who are
doubting; 23save others, snatching
them out of the fire; and on some
have mercy with fear, hating even
the garment polluted by the flesh.
Different sins require different
methods of handling them.
Is Ignoring Sin the Right Way to
Handle it?
Always right to confess
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful
and righteous to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.
Is Ignoring Sin the Right Way to
Handle it?
Always right to confess
Always right to repent
Romans 6:13
3and do not go on presenting the
members of your body to sin as
instruments of unrighteousness; but
present yourselves to God as those
alive from the dead, and your
members as instruments of
righteousness to God.
Is Ignoring Sin the Right Way to
Handle it?
Always right to confess
Always right to repent
Always right to seek and save
James 5:19-20
My brethren, if any among you strays
from the truth and one turns him
back, 20let him know that he who
turns a sinner from the error of his
way will save his soul from death
and will cover a multitude of sins.
This Account Can Teach Us….
Compassion-not using people
Correct concern for sin, not denial
The power of the law,
on the accuser as well as the
accused