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
Free is the last word in these powerful two verses that we want to dig into. We have already seen that abiding disciples know the truth and it is a liberating truth that sets us free.
Today, we will ask the question: free from what?
A few verses later in John 8 Jesus says:
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36).
I don’t know about you, but this is what I want: to be free indeed.
So, once again we ask what does Jesus intend to set us free from?
As we go further into the passage we see Jesus is talking about the power of sin to control us and the power of the devil to deceive us.
Let’s look at some verses that confirm these two crippling powers have no place in the life of a Jesus follower.
Let’s start at what happened at the cross.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
We are the sinners Christ died for (Romans 5:8). God caused us to be born again (1 Peter 1:3) and forgave us all our sins. How? By nailing our record of debt, a debt of sin we could never repay, to his cross, thereby paying for it himself in our place.
When he did this, look what happened to Satan and his cohorts! He disarmed them and shamed them!
The power of sin in our lives is done for because all of our sins past, present, and future have been paid for.
So, because of this, Paul tells us:
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
We are free from the dominance of sin in our lives.
Christ came to destroy Satan and his works so we could be free of him.
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.
His hold on us is gone so James tells us:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Remember who you are in Christ.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).
When the devil tries to pile condemnation on you say, “I am a forgiven child of God. You’ll have to take that condemnation up with Jesus.”
Watch him flee!
As a side-bar, we see in John 8 that people rarely want to hear the truth and it will not make you popular. Jesus caused a riot when he told the Jews the truth about their spiritual condition.
Perhaps you have experienced something similar when you have tried to tell someone about Jesus and how He is their only hope to overcome sin in their lives. Expect it.
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
If they rejected Jesus, they will reject you. But, fear not. All authority has been given to Jesus and we stand in His authority (Matt 28).
But, we are not finished. Jesus freed us from the wrath of God.
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9).
.Relax, dear Christian sister, eternity with Jesus is yours.
Read Ephesians 2:1-10 often and rejoice!
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.