Posted by: missionventureministries | December 26, 2011

YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE – John 8:32

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” – John 8:32. These are the memorable words of our Lord Jesus.

This chapter of John contains some intense dialogue between Jesus and the religious leaders of the day. There was a large crowd gathered as He was being challenged by the Pharisees regarding sin and salvation. In the midst of this dialogue Jesus turned to those that believed in Him and said, “If you hold to my teachings, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” – John 8:31-32.

As Christians we want to be free in the deepest, fullest sense because the opposite is bondage and slavery. In John 8:36, Jesus tells us that: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed,” and that is what we are after, real freedom.

When we are saved, Christ frees us from the bondage of sin. He frees us from the bondage we labored under for all of our lives up to the point when we accept Him as Lord and Savior. We were in bondage to the desires of the flesh and of the mind, being ruled by the prince of the power of the air. “He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others” – Ephesians 2:1-3. There was no way for us to free ourselves from sin, had He not rescued us, and our bondage to sin would have finished in judgment.

When we are free we experience Jesus, the sovereign, risen, living Lord of the universe, as the source and content of real freedom in our life. Jesus taught His disciples, by word and by example, how to obey the divine will; as a result, the fullness of life intended and blessed by God is found in hearing and obeying His word.

To “know the truth” is to be personally and passionately involved with the Lord in an intimate Master-disciple relationship. Salvation is a gift, but discipleship is a walk. We must grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord to be wholly free. As we walk in truth, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds under His instruction and example.

We can be filled with scholarly information and still be terribly bound by the brokenness of our souls and lives. An intimate, obedient and disciplined relationship with God is the “knowledge” that truly sets us free. Only lives of holy learning and obedience will bring credit to our Lord and honor to our God, and will set us free to be more and more like the One who is ever Faithful and True. For this to happen, we need two things: We need God’s liberating truth and grace, so that He might more and more be glorified in us.

Only the truth of God can make us free. The truth leads to our sanctification, that is, the setting of ourselves apart to God and His service. Jesus prayed: “Sanctify them in Thy truth; Thy word is truth” – John 17:17. Christ Himself is the personification of truth and He spoke of Himself as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” – John 14:6. Then He affirmed that no one can come to the Father but by Him. Jesus has made it clear that the truth He taught, the truth He came to this earth to bring from the Father, is the only means for the salvation of our souls. How we ought to love that truth, seek to understand it, and to live by it.

Therefore, “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15

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