And He was saying to them, "1You are from below, I am from above; 2you are of thisworld, 3I am not of thisworld.24"Therefore I said to you that you 4will die in your sins; for unless you believe that a5I am He, 6you will die in your sins."25So they were saying to Him, "Who are You?" Jesussaid to them, "bWhat have I been saying to you from the beginning?26"I havemanythings to speak and to judgeconcerning you, but 7He who sent Me is true; and 8the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world."27
They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.
28SoJesussaid, "When you 9lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that c10I am He, and 11I donothing on My owninitiative, but I speakthesethings as the Fathertaught Me.29"And He who sent Me is with Me; 12He dhas not left Me alone, for 13I alwaysdo the things that are pleasing to Him."30
As He spokethesethings, 14many came to believe in Him.
31SoJesus was saying to thoseJews who had believed Him, "15If you continue in My word, then you are truly16disciples of Mine;32and 17you will know the truth, and 18the truth will make you free."33
They answered Him, "19We are Abraham'sdescendants and have neveryet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, 'You will becomefree '?"