Jesus teaches men and women of every generation that if truth does not have an honest place in your mind you will never see him in heaven. Jesus speaks very harsh words to the scribes, Pharisees and Jews so that they may open their eyes to real truth. Religiously minded people often share the same problem. Those that have made up their minds regarding who Jesus is and what he preaches as truth before they actually hear and learn are doomed to eternal failure (see John 7:33-34). When one makes up their mind about a matter before the facts are heard they act and speak foolishly because they do not have knowledge. Jesus exposes the scribes, Pharisees and Jews lack of true knowledge on several occasions in this chapter (see John 8:14, 19, 37, 43, and 55). The Jews manifest their confusion and lack of knowledge by their repeated questions that have already been answered by Jesus (see John 8:19, 25, 33, 53, and 57).
Jesus exposes the people's problem as that of having the mind of Satan. Satan has no connections to truth because he permits his own will to govern his actions (John 8:44). Jesus had previously said, "18 He that speaks from himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks the glory of him that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him" (John 7:18).
Speaking from one's own mind or will is to "judge after the flesh" (John 8:15). Those that judge after the flesh are of this world rather than being spiritually minded (John 8:23) (# Authority). The unbelieving Jews would continue to ask Jesus their questions until they received the answers that are in line with their personal religious views, opinions, convictions and conscience. The problem in our religious world today is no different than the problems of the unbelievers in Jesus' day. Though men profess faith in Jesus they prove to be unbelievers of their father the devil in that they do what they want to in religion rather than what God commands (John 8:44). The reason this happens is because the truths of Jesus are offensive. When truth offends them they stop their ears from hearing. When they stop their ears from listening they do not learn or know truth. Those that do not listen and learn will never know truth and consequentially they cannot attain righteousness (see John 6:44-45). Neither Jesus nor heaven will ever belong to such people because they will die in their sins (John 8:21-24). The solution to all men's spiritual troubles is to cast away spiritual self- sufficiency and listen, learn, and obey truth! We must all be willing to say, as did Jesus, "not my will by your (God's) wi// be done" (Luke 22:42). Those that see the high value of their eternal souls will come to this meek and lowly disposition toward the Lord and his truths.
John C Robertson