He pronounces no pardon upon the woman, like ‘Thy sins are forgiven thee; Go in peace.’ Much less does he say that she had done nothing condemnable: he simply leaves the matter where it was. He meddles not with the magistrate’s office, nor acts the judge in any sense: but in saying, ‘Go, and sin no more,’ which had been before said to one who undoubtedly believed (ch. 5:14), more is probably implied than expressed. If brought suddenly to conviction of sin, to admiration of her Deliverer, and to a willingness to be admonished and guided by him, this call to begin a new life may have carried with it what would ensure and naturally bring about a permanent change.”
Thine advocate in Jesus see!
‘Tis he that speaks the word; ‘tis he
That takes the prisoner’s part:
Not to condemn the world he came;
Believing now in Jesus’ name,
E’en now absolved thou art.
Who shall accuse th’ elect of God,
Protected by th’ atoning blood?
Tis God that justifies,
That bids thee go and sin no more—
Go in thy Saviour’s peace and power,
And trace him to the skies.