Jesus calls us to make us His disciples! In John 8:30-31, as with verse 30, it is tempting to think those who “believed” in Jesus “expressed” saving faith. However, the Bible distinguishes between those who believe in a Burbank, shallow, and trivial sense from those who express legit faith in Christ. Yes, verse 31 explains one of the ways to know the difference: those who truly submit to Christ “abide in [His] word” (John 8:12; John 5:38; 1 John 2:14). Some of Jesus’ earlier pedagogy caused some who believed in Him to walk away (John 6:65–66). Many of the crowd who find Jesus’ words compelling at this moment will reject Him later. The diction used here needs to be understood. “The Jews,” as used in the gospel of John, generally refers to the ecclesiastical executives of Jerusalem and their adherents. They would include the temple Scribes, the Pharisees, and the residents who agreed with their technique. The discussion Jesus is having now is still mainly aimed at the Pharisees, including all of the hostile crowd gathered. That’s it!!!