So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him,”If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:31-32 ESV
It is one thing to believe in Jesus intellectually yet quite another to live for Him. In verse 31 Jesus spoke to the Jews who believed in Him, but by verse 59 they had picked up stones to stone Him. He also said in verse 31 …...“If you abide in my word” (ESV) “hold to my teachings” (NIV) “remain faithful to my teachings”(NLT) “continue in My word”(HCSB),……”You are truly my disciples”. I know we are not saved / redeemed by our works but by His grace and mercy. Ephesians 2:8-9. However how a person lives, tells you much about what they believe. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works. “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe-and shudder! James 2: 18-19 ESV As a thought, how much do you love the Lord? I know people have different love languages but every love language always involves action. When you say, “I Love Jesus,” do your actions match your speech? The life in Christ has a reward attached to it now not only when we go to be with Him. It is knowing His truth and that His truth will set you free. Many will say that Truth is objective, and there is no absolute truth. If you believe that, then you are absolutely right that there is no absolute truth. But wait, what makes the statement, “there is no absolute truth” true if there is no absolute truth? Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:17 People all over the world worship someone or something so what makes God /Jesus / Holy Spirit different? God created the world and everything in it. Jesus, God’s Son, came to save us from sin and set us free. The Holy Spirit indwells us enabling us to do that which we could never accomplish on our own. So what is the truth that sets you free?
1. It is knowing God though His Son Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit by the confession and repenting of your sin.
2. It is living a life that bears the evidence that you belong to Jesus. You will never be perfect, but you are forgiven and can anticipate the fact that one day you will be with Him because He came for you.
This truth, if accepted and received, is very freeing ……very freeing indeed.
Because of His Grace~ Pastor David