John 8:31

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then said Iesus to those Iewes which beleeued on him, If ye continue in my word, then are yee my disciples indeed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, {then} you are truly disciples of Mine;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, `then' are ye truly my disciples;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had faith in him, If you keep my word, then you are truly my disciples;
- Basic English Bible

Jesus therefore said to the Jews who believed him, If ye abide in my word, ye are truly my disciples;
- Darby Bible

Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If ye continue in my word, ye are my disciples indeed;
- Webster's Bible

Jesus therefore said to those of the Jews who had now believed in Him, "As for you, if you hold fast to my teaching, then you are truly my disciples;
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.
- World English Bible

Therfor Jhesus seide to the Jewis, that bileueden in hym, If ye dwellen in my word, verili ye schulen be my disciplis;
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus, therefore, said unto the Jews who believed in him, `If ye may remain in my word, truly my disciples ye are, and ye shall know the truth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for John 8:31


Joh 8:31 If ye continue in my word, [then] ye are my disciples indeed. They "believed on him", but their faith was not yet made perfect by obedience. Hence he adds the condition of discipleship. Their belief must move them to accept his word and obey it. There is a condition, "continue in my word"; a promise, "shall be my disciple".

Discussion for John 8:31

  • Thus, it comes down to this: Is discipleship a condition for salvation, or is discipleship a chosen path of commitment that some saved persons pursue while other saved persons do not?....To those believing saved Jews, Jesus says, If you continue abide or remain in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. Those who are willing to pay the price of discipleship are truly disciples not merely pupils, but engaged adherents of Christ s teaching. These are the ones whose works for Christ will survive the testing furnace at the Judgment Seat. While others will be saved, yet so as by fire, these true disciples will be rewarded for their fruitfulness. We can, therefore, conclude that while all disciples are believers, not all believers are disciples.
  • Rev Ifeanyi for verse 31
    The word "if" is very obvious. This is a word that introduces condition. The true condition for knowing a true disciple is " if" the person does continue in the teachings of Jesus. It is not enough to be in a programme, cry, kneel, and ask for mercy if we cannot leave the programme and continue in his teachings.

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