Thursday, March 14, 2013

John 8:31-34

"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.
They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
John 8:31-34

This is interesting.  I think that the "truth shall make you free" line gets misused a lot... to represent all kinds of questionable truths making people not so free.  In context, here, it seems clear... knowing the truth of practicing the gospel and seeing it work in our lives will make us free from the bondage of sin.  And that is a pretty nice freedom to have.  Sin does hurt us, and bind us in many ways.  We feel guilt, we try to justify, we start hating ourselves... so much of our lives are spent trying to justify or hide or glorify whatever it is that causes us that spiritual discomfort.  Whereas when that burden is lifted, it is like removing chains from our minds and hearts.  We can be confident and feel clean... and free... again.  There is no need to justify or hide or turn our minds upside down trying to call evil good.  Things are okay again... and when we're okay with God, we have the room in our minds to handle everything else with grace.

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