Jhn 8:23 Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
You are out of the downwards. I am out of the upwards. You are out of the familiar world order. I am not out of the world order [that is] familiar.
Interesting and Hidden Aspects:
In translating the same word, ek, in two different ways, "from" and "of," much of the symmetry in this verse is lost. Since the preposition takes most of its meaning from the verb it is used with (see vocabulary), the use of the verb "to be" leaves it open to the widest possible interpretation.
The juxtaposition of the Greek words translated as "above" and "below" are used for the expressing the cycles of "up and down", "to and fro," and similar ideas. In using them, Christ is expressing in the most general possible way that his opponents represent the downward cycle of history where he represent the upward cycle. Again, the use of the verb "to be" here, opens up the possibilities of meaning. We could translate these ideas in many different ways. For example, Christ might be say that they are the lower urges of humanity while he represent the higher desires. Or he might be saying that they represent the earthly while he represent the heavenly.
The Greek word translated as "world", kosmos, means something more like "the world order." The kosmos is an idea, not just the physical world. Jesus often uses it to refer to the "powers-that-be", that is, the earthly powers of the world.
The use of the word translated as "this" is also much more significant in Greek than in English. In English, "this" is just a demonstrative pronoun, but the Greek toutou indicates something that is close and familiar, something you understand.
τῶν κάτω "Below" is from kato, which is an adverb meaning "downwards", "down from", "going down", "under", "below," and "lowest part." Used as a noun, it means "those on earth", "the world below," and "the dead."
ἐκ "From" is from ek, which means 1) [of motion] "out of", "from", "by", "away from;" 2) [of place] "beyond", "outside of", "beyond;" 3) [of succession] "after", "from;" 4) [of rest] "on", "in," 5) [of time] "since", "from", "at", "in;" 5) [of materials] "out of", "made from."
οὐκ ."Not" is from οὐ ou which is the negative adverb for facts and statements, negating both single words and sentences. The other negative adverb, μή applies to will and thought; οὐ denies, μή rejects; οὐ is absolute, μή relative; οὐ objective, μή subjective.