Do You Know the Truth?

John 8:31-36 (NIV)

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

You Can’t Handle The Truth!  That was Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) declaration in the courtroom in A Few Good Men, stating that there a lot of things going on behind the scenes which will save more lives.

Jesus is also controversial in many of his statements.  He provides a conditional statement that we will know the truth if we hold to his teachings and are really his disciples. This is an interesting dialogue between Jesus and to the Jews who believed in him.  Is to believe enough?  It doesn’t seem so.  Jesus also wants the believers to abide in his teachings.  Then you will be true ‘disciples’, which means learner.

After all that, you will know the truth and it will set you free.  What will it set you free from?  We could be deceived, thinking that since we have gone to Church most of our life, then it’s good enough to make it to heaven.  It could be sin that is entangling us and keeping us from truly following and trusting in God.  The flip side is that if you are not holding on to the teachings, then you do not know the truth and you are following the lies in this world.

In Jesus words, he is saying that we are slaves to sin.  Jesus makes it clear what truth is.  Even Pontius Pilate in John 18:38 asked Jesus, “What is truth?”  He was still seeking.  Soldiers, armies, Rome, Caesar and political power was truth to him, but Jesus had a bigger picture of real truth.  We can sometimes make up our own truth if we decide that we don’t want to stay close to the words of the Bible. The Bible has all the truth, but if we don’t want to accept it, we can make up our own subjective truth.  That is not God’s plan for us as He wants to give us freedom by knowing the real truth.

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