The Truth Shall Set You Free

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

the way to be free is to be bound to the truth

 

Today, the United States of America is celebrating the 4th of July.  In 1776, 228 years ago today the Declaration of Independence was signed.  The establishment of the United States of America was on its way.  I am thankful our nation was founded on the principles of Holy Scripture as is seen by the thousands of scriptures verses on the capitol buildings of every state.

The United States is a free country.  Its citizens are not under restraint of any other nation.  There is no doubt in my mind that the freedom we hold as citizens of this great nation is unique in this world and is also something we do not fully understand, not having been under bondage to any other nation, at least in our memories.

It is great to be free, and not be under communism, or fascism, or dictatorship.

But there is a freedom greater than the freedom the citizens of the United States have.  This is spiritual freedom, given to all believers as citizens of that heavenly country.

The word “free” means to liberate, or to exempt.  Read the text.

This passage has particular relevance to the Jews who are under bondage as a nation to the Roman empire.  Jesus is saying individual Jews can be free spiritually, even though they are physically bound to a tyrannical government.  Jesus is telling these believing Jews they can be free in Christ, even though they are living under the dominion of the Romans, and the Jewish nation is not free.

Consider John 4 – the woman at the well.  She was bound in sin, as is revealed when Christ told her she had been married five times, and the man she was living with was not her husband.

Ephesians 2:1-3 – Lost people are bound in sin, not bound in the truth.  Lost people serve the devil, who is the prince and the power of the air.  Lost people have no choice but to continue in sin, because that is all they know. Their dead spirits and dead conscience never brings them to the place of knowledge of sin, or of repentance, much less bring them to eternal life.

It must be understood that the truth can make a person free even while they are in prison.

Consider Joseph, who was a slave, yet considered himself a faithful servant of God.  Even when his brothers sold him into slavery, even when Potiphar believed his lying wife instead of truth telling Joseph, even when the butler forgot to tell Pharaoh about Joseph interpreting his dreams, Joseph remained free, even though he was in prison in Egypt.  When Joseph’s brothers came into Egypt to get grain, and Joseph revealed himself to them, he told them they meant their selling him for evil, but God meant it for good.  The truth made Joseph free.  Genesis 45:5 declares, “Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”  Even though Joseph was free, his brothers remained bound with their sin of selling Joseph into slavery.  After Jacob died, the brothers were still consumed with guilt because they did not believe Joseph had truly forgiven them.  Joseph told them again in Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”  Do you see it is possible to be told the truth, but not believe the truth, therefore not have freedom.  Joseph told his brothers in Genesis 45:5 they were free, then 17 years later, he told them again.  These brothers went 17 years in bondage to their guilt, and had no freedom.  I wonder if they truly had freedom after Joseph told the second time in Genesis 50:20?

Consider also the Apostle Paul, who spoke the gospel while in chains.  Paul spoke to Felix and Agrippa.  When Agrippa said to Paul, “…Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian”, Paul replied, “…I would to God, that no only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.”

How can I have this spiritual freedom?

1.       Cling to the truth, which will set you free.

2.       The truth is: all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

3.       The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

4.       Psalms 14:2,3 - The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

5.       1 Timothy 1:15 – This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

6.       Acts 4:21 – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

7.       John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.