“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, “You will become free”?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.’” John 8:31-36
We hear lots of talk about freedom this time of year. And this passage of scripture is always a great favorite, and at least a small part of it seems to be known even by those who don’t claim Christianity—these wondrous words: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” That phrase has been co-opted by atheist authors who use it mockingly as they denigrate Christianity in their writing, bloggers wishing to promote certain political agendas, and people airing their own secrets or telling those that belong to others, with a certain inference that the sheer exposure of facts has some sort of magical power.
Spoken from the mouth of Jesus, though, and looked at in their original context, we can see that this promise has nothing to do with any of those things. Obviously, it belongs to us. We, the purchased ones, we are the ones He has made this promise to.
I wonder, then, why is it that we see so little freedom amongst the body of Christ?
I’m sharing thoughts on freedom today at MomHeart Online and would love to have you join me!