“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31,32.
All week we have examined the lies and deceit of Satan. Today, as Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”, we are going to go to the source of truth, as Jesus said, found in His word, for the answer. First, you can know the truth and second it will make you free. Free from what?
According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, truth is that which signifies, “the reality lying at the basis of an appearance; the manifested, veritable essence of a matter.” Think on this as you hear Jesus’ words announcing, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:6.
Galatians 2:20 begins our journey to freedom found in truth.
- “I am crucified with Christ…” Freeing believers from the wrath of God. “…ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come.” “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that…we should live together with him.” (1Thess. 1:10; 5:9-10). We are free because Christ took the full cup of God’s wrath for us.
- “…nevertheless I live…” Believers are free from the law of sin and death. “Therefore there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” “…He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Rom. 8:1,2; John 5:24). “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”(John 11:25,26).
- “…yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God…” Believers are free from the power of sin in their flesh! “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace…God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you…For when ye were the servants of sin ye were free from righteousoness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Rom. 6:14,17,20-22; Gal. 5:16).
- “…by the faith of the Son of God…” We do not have to fear failure. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 1:6; 4:13).
- “…the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This is truth. Paul wrote: “…the gospel of God…concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead;” (From Rom. 1:1-4).”As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you…Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” …Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God…”(John 15:9,13; Eph. 5:2). “…Jesus Christ…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…be glory and dominion for ever and ever.” Rev.1:5,6).
Truth frees us from loss and gives us victory now and in the future. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1John 5:4,5). “…PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS, AND YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT…for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone…for ever and ever.” (Rev. 19:5,6; 20:10).
The truth is before you. May you walk in truth. And tomorrow, Lord willing, we will look at a final two of scripture. In the meantime, what freedom in truth speaks most to your heart?