Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
(John 8:32 (NIV))
I would bet that almost everybody in this country, including nonbelievers, are familiar with this passage. I would also bet that most have used this out of context and many have probably used it sarcastically.
Are you able to put these words into context? Do you know who spoke them and what they are a part of?
They are words spoken by Jesus, but they did not stand alone.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:31-32 (NIV))
Knowing the truth and having the truth set you free are only achievable with conditions!
The world cannot give you a truth that can set you free.
Other religions cannot give you a truth that can set you free.
In order to know a truth that can set you free, you must know Jesus!
You must acknowledge that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. You must profess a faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. You must hold to His teachings. In other words, you must accept the power and the authority of His teachings over your life. Only when you do this, are you really a disciple of Jesus. Only knowing the truth of Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior will set you free.
I am sure that you have heard the old saying that sitting in a garage does not make you a car just as sitting in a church does not make you a Christian. Sitting in a church pew will not do it. It can help to lead you to Jesus, but it will not save you. The truth is not the church. The church can point you to the truth that can only be found when you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.
Many people claim that Jesus is their savior, but is He your Lord? Is Jesus the perfect, spotless Lamb of God who came to bring salvation? Is Jesus allowed to be Lord over your life to the point where He has authority in all that you do?
If your “truth” is not this truth, where do you stand?