The Truth Will Set You Free

You will know the truth and the truth will set you free

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The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:31-55 The Truth Will Set You Free

JOHN 8:31-36  31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And 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 in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be set free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not remain in the house forever, but a son remains forever. 36 Therefore if the Son set you free, you will be free indeed.

What or who is "the truth" (John 8:32) that will set them free?
It's Jesus, "the Son" (John 8:36) of God, who also declared, "I am... the truth" in John 14:6.

Is it true that they "have never been in bondage to anyone" as they claim in John 8:33?
Absolutely not. They had been in bondage under the Egyptians for 400 years, the Assyrians when they were conquered in 722 BC, the Babylonians during the 7th and 6th centuries BC, and were presently in bondage under the Romans.

Is that what Jesus points out in John 8:34?
No, He remains in the spiritual realm.

How does what he said in John 8:34, "Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin" apply to us?
Whatever sins we have in our lives enslave us.

What sin enslaves you?

How do we get free from them?
"If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36) Jesus isn’t someone we come to after we’ve freed ourselves from sins and cleaned up our act; we can’t clean ourselves enough to be righteous before the perfectly Holy God. We come to Him first in our sinful state and ask Him to free and clean us.

What qualifies people as Jesus’ disciples?
"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed." (John 8:31) We need to know what Jesus said in order to know what to abide in, but knowledge by itself is insufficient. Obedience is what qualifies us.

JOHN 8:37-55  37 “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.” 39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father - God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” 48 Then the Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” 52 Then the Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word he shall never taste death.’ 53 Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God. 55 Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I will be a liar like you; but I do know Him and keep His word.

Who is the "your father" Jesus refers to in John 8:38 and John 8:41?
"You are of your father the devil." (John 8:44)

What is happening in this passage?
In what is perhaps the most heated exchange between Jesus and the unbelieving Jews recorded in the Gospel of John, Jesus is responding to the first half of their claim in John 8:33 - "We are Abraham’s descendants" - by pointing out that while they may be so by genealogy (John 8:37), their spiritual father is "the devil." The Jews try to insist, “Abraham is our father” (John 8:39) and then, "We have one Father - God" (John 8:41), but both times, Jesus points out how their claims are disproven by their actions, which show them to be liars and murders, just like the devil, who is "a murderer from the beginning... a liar and the father of it." (John 8:44)

How do the Jews retaliate?
They suggest, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” in John 8:48, and then turn it into a declaration in John 8:52: "Now we know that You have a demon!"

Why do they call Jesus a "Samaritan" in John 8:48?
Samaritans were half-breeds born outside the Jewish race. It was a racist insult.

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