How can the “Truth Set You Free”?

Written by Ron Van Tyle, U.S.M.C. Veteran
 

In John 8:31 -32 Jesus speaks to the believing Jews and says, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”

 

During this time of year we as a people and a nation are challenged to remember what these verses really mean. What is Truth? What is Freedom? Two different questions.

 

God says in His Word in 1 Peter 2:16, Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; but live as bondservants to God.

 

Freedom must be practiced.

 

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner

 

Have we too much freedom? Have we so long ridiculed authority in the family, discipline in education, rules in art, decency in conduct, and law in the state that our liberation has brought us close to chaos in the family and the school, in morals, arts, ideas, and government? We forgot to make ourselves intelligent when we made ourselves free.  Will Durant

 

We proclaim ourselves as indeed we are: the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world. But we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. Edward R. Morrow

 

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

These few quotes were man’s thoughts and they give us the need to remember what God’s Word says to us about freedom. 
 
2 Corinthians 3:17, 17: Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom.
 
Galatians 5:1,1: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 
 
Galatians 5:13-14,13: You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

James 1:25, 25: But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.
 

 

The only way we can be free is to be totally free in Christ Jesus. ALL of God’s Word is Truth. Christ came to gives us the Truth and set us Free.

 

So as a nation “We The People” celebrate our Freedom’s, let us remember it is because of God’s Truth we are Free indeed!

 

Only though Christ Jesus can we be Free!


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