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.”
My aim in this four part series is that we, dear Christian sister, not be swept away by the cultural deception that there is no absolute truth.
We have been looking at John 8:31-32 where Jesus makes it plain if we are abiding disciples we will know the truth which leads to a truth liberating freedom.
The only way to know this truth is to know the one who is Truth.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
Jesus is the truth. He is the Gospel. What makes the Gospel true is Jesus. He is the Good News. On the Cross he bore our sins, becoming our bloody sacrifice, absorbing the wrath of God for his people. Now, Jesus walks by our living graves and says, “Live!” And we come out a new creation who knows the one who is Truth and he gives us the ability to be set free by the truth of his word.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
Through the Cross. Through the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ, God has bestowed grace and truth upon us who believe.
Pilate asked the question, every generation asks.
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him (John 18:38).
What is truth? Sadly, truth was standing right before Pilate and he could not, would not, recognize it.
So, too the truth stands before all men and women and they ask the same question oblivious to the Eternal Truth.
Now our culture has gone so far as to do away with the question. No absolute truth is the only way they can avoid asking the question and needing to deal with the only answer that will every satisfy us. You can do away with the question, but the answer is still before you and if not here and now, then in eternity you will have to face the one who is truth and the question will be answered for you.
To know the truth is not just to know something is true, but to understand it and apply it to our lives.
The definition of the word Jesus used means:
To learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel. It is the Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.
So, it is an intimate knowing, just not knowing about, but knowing deeply.
The way we do that is reading the truth in God’s word and applying to our lives. Get into a good Bible Study. There is really no excuse for not studying the Bible.
Open it up; pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, knowledge and discernment to understand what you are reading.
There are wonderful resources on line. But, be discerning. Desiring God.com is a good place to start.
But, dear sister, you are an abiding disciple, so just what have you been set free from?
That is for next time. What is this glorious freedom?
Remember, you are loved