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Gospel of John - Chapter 8 - Lesson 4

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Truth Will Set You Free

 

John 8:31 (ESV) So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

Jesus now addressed believers, those Jews who believed Him to be the Messiah, rather than the Pharisees who doubted or outright rejected the truth that He was the Son of God. He proceeded to give the believing Jews instruction. He told them a test of true discipleship was abiding in His word. To abide means to live, to stay, or to reside. They were to remember and act upon the words He had spoken, the things He had taught them. If they took to heart and lived by the things they had learned from Him already, they would better understand the truth that salvation comes through Him and is a free gift which would set them free from sin. The truth that Jesus had imparted to them that He was the Son of God, on mission from God, was the truth that would deliver them from sin. Whereas these first believers had the spoken word of Jesus, who they heard teaching in the temple and from the mountaintops, we have the written word. We need to live in the Bible, absorb it daily. Today, we still must act upon the truth we have learned so far in trusting Jesus in order to understand more of the Scripture and be even more intimately in step with our Lord.

 

John 8:33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

 

The “they” now switches back to the unbelieving Jewish religious leaders. Had Jesus’ Jewish listeners forgotten captivity in Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, under Philistines, and now under Rome? Of course, under Rome they were recognized as a valid religion, had some liberty within the system, and were not technically slaves. However, they are missing the point completely. That is not the kind of slavery Jesus was talking about. Nor is He instructing them about political liberty.

 

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

Dr. Samuel Thorpe of Oral Roberts University:

The issue in John 8:31-36 is bondage versus freedom. The audience had a twisted view of the nature of the Messiah, that because they were physical descendants of Abraham, they were the "chosen" of God. But Jesus called them "slaves of sin", in bondage to sin and flesh. So He was the only way to freedom, the Truth itself, which would set them free from their bondages. But they refused to recognize their spiritual and mental enslavement. The truth can only be found in Jesus, and truth sets them free from these bondages but their pride blocked their ability to see reality. So far, they had been acting as slaves to sin and flesh; and always would if not freed.

 

Until we receive Christ, we are enslaved to the way of the flesh, of self-gratification, which ultimately is the way of sin. This is the direction Satan would love for people to continue moving.

 

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 

All people are in that category of being sinners until they meet and surrender to the Savior.

 

Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,

 

Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

 

As Paul taught in Romans 6 above, we are all slaves to something. Either sin is our master, or the Lord is our Master. I know which Master I prefer to serve, the One who loves me and prepares a home for me in Heaven.

 

Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study Series:

Jesus explained that the difference between spiritual freedom and bondage is a matter of whether one is a son or a servant. The servant may live in the house, but he is not a part of the family, and he cannot be guaranteed a future.

 

A slave might have even managed the house for his owner/employer, but at the end of the day the house and everything in it belonged to the Master. The Son would inherit, but the slave could be sold or thrown in prison due to a lie told by his master’s wife like the patriarch Joseph (You can read his story in Genesis 39). The Son had the power to free slaves. Jesus is the Son of our Master. He not only sets us free from sin but promises us a place to live in His Father’s house for eternity – no longer as slaves but as co-heirs!!! When we trust Jesus as Savior and Lord – His invitation of salvation which was free to us but was purchased by the giving of His life on the cross, we went from slaves of sin to heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. We are slaves of God, but our Master has adopted us as sons and daughters.

 

Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

 

Romans 8:17 (NIV) Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 

There can be no greater freedom than resting in the fact that God has included us in His forever family. If Jesus is your Guarantor of freedom, you can take it to His bank knowing He has made good on His promise to redeem you from slavery to sin by paying your purchase price on the cross. He sealed the deal completely when He rose from the dead and ascended victoriously back to the Father.

 

Q – Have you trusted in the truth that Jesus is the Son of God who was fully man and fully God, died for your sins, was raised from the dead, and now intercedes for believers at the throne of God as our advocate? Have you been freed from a lifestyle of sin and adopted into God the Father’s forever family?