The Truth Will Set You Free

You will know the truth and the truth will set you free

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The Truth Will Set You Free
JOHN 8 COMMENTARY
John 8:21-30 Die In Your Sins

John 8:31-36 The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:37-47 Father Abraham
John 8:48-55 Samaritan
JOHN 8:31-32  31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

What or who is "the truth" that "will set you free" (John 8:32)?
It's Jesus, "the Son" (John 8:36 below) of God, who also declared, "I am... the truth" (John 14:6).

What is the condition for being set free by Jesus, the truth?
Be His "disciples" (John 8:31).

What qualifies people as Jesus’ disciples?
"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed" (John 8:31). To know what to abide in, we need to know what Jesus said in the Bible, but knowledge by itself is insufficient. Obedience to His word is what qualifies us.

What is the flip side of what Jesus said in John 8:31?
If you don't abide in Jesus' word, you are not His disciple.

Do you abide in - i.e., obey - Jesus' word?
 

JOHN 8:33-36  33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be set free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not remain in the house forever, but a son remains forever. 36 Therefore if the Son set you free, you will be free indeed.

Is it true that they "have never been in bondage to anyone" as they claim in John 8:33?
They had been in bondage under the Egyptians for 400 years, the Assyrians when they were conquered in 722 BC, the Babylonians during the 7th and 6th centuries BC, and under the Romans when they made the claim above.

Is that what Jesus points out in John 8:34?
No, He remains in the spiritual realm.

How does what He said in John 8:34 - "Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin" - apply to us?
Whatever sins we have in our lives enslave us.

What sin enslaves you?
 

How do we get free from them so that we can abide in Jesus' word?
"If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). Jesus isn’t someone we come to after we’ve freed ourselves from sins and cleaned up our act; we can’t clean ourselves enough to be righteous before the perfectly Holy God. We come to Him in our sinful state, surrender to Him, confess our sins to Him, and ask Him to clean us up.

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