Grace Bible Church
Basic Training in Doctrine
Guest Speaker: Pastor Joe Sugrue
Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Pharisees planned this all out so they waited along with sufficient witnesses in the shadows for the act to begin before they burst in to catch her. The Pharisees were cruel.

They Pharisees never called Jesus “Lord”. They call Him Teacher, but later on the woman will call Him Lord showing her faith in Him.

1 Cor 12:3
Therefore I make known to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

The HS reveals the Lordship of Jesus Christ to the believer at the moment of salvation. This is why a person’s perspective on life is completely changed.

They are specifically referring to Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22.

The Sanhedrin is using the scripture to gain their own ends, using the Word of God in order to try to trap Jesus. They are planning to get Him whichever way He goes – for opposing the law or for inconsistency.

The ordinary word for “write” is grapho, but the word that is used here is katagrapho which means to write according to a norm or standard.


He is not writing in the dust, He is in the temple. He wrote on stone, the marble floors of the temple. This is very interesting because Jesus Christ had written in stone before; He gave the law to Moses.

Christ raises the principle of grace and it is absolutely correct.

The law itself is all right, and when people administer the law they must do it within the realm of justice and fairness, but that is all lost here with the Pharisees.

Deut 32:4
The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.

ISA 44:8
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.'”

The legalist will learn over time that he’s not the great person he thinks he is, but unfortunately they continue to hide this revelation rather than exposing it to God.

All of us were born spiritually dead, condemned, and separate from God. Christ died spiritually on our behalf and this is the truth He offers to us one on one.

The word He uses for condemned He uses katakrino, which means to judge according to a norm or standard.

1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

From now on sin no more” – false doctrine – and making it worse is that the verb is in the present active imperative. This means, “Go out of here and stop sinning forever.” This is impossible!

1.  Christ is the light of the light of the world, verses 8-20.
2.  Christ is the liberator of the world, verses 21-36.

3.  Christ is the founder of the Jewish nation, verses 37-51.
4.  Christ is the victor over death, 52-59.

is the preposition of norm and standard. They seized her (katalambano) but their norm or standard was distorted. Christ’s writing (katagrapho) was the norm or standard.



The earliest Greek manuscript known to contain the passage is Codex Bezae, of the fifth century. The oldest manuscripts that we have from the 3rd and 4th centuries do not contain this passage.

Our oldest copy of the Gospel of John is papyrus-66 which originates from around c.200 A.D. and it does not contain this passage.

John 8:11c
From now on sin no more.

This writing is typical of mankind adding to the Scripture – lack of grace. God originates grace and we receive it from the word that He inspired through the writers. When man tries to write scripture without inspiration it inevitably results in legalism, which always lacks grace.

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