Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”
Jesus gives us two strategies to be truly free . . . Abide in The Truth and Accept The Word. We must examine His truth and experience Him as Truth. We must follow to be free.
Freedom is never free. It requires sacrifice. It’s giving up our bondage and breaking free. Freedom requires us to be focused. Freedom from the slavery of sin only comes from following The Savior.
Abiding in God’s Word gives us a unique grace freedom . . .
Freedom from Control. It’s within each of us to “give” ourselves to something and/or someone. We see it in our passions and relationships. Since we have been set free with The Truth, we are no longer under the control of sin . . . but under the compulsion of righteousness. Paul writes, “and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” (Rom 6:18). We are no longer dominated by sin.
Freedom from Corruption. The desire of sin decays our soul. Jesus restores our wrecks. His gives grace in our grief. He rebuilds what we have torn down. There are sometimes when decay consumes our flesh . . . that’s when God creates, “beauty out of ashes”. Peter reminds us, “by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (2 Peter 1:4). We no longer feel the decay of sin.
Freedom from Consequences. Our sin has been paid. The debt cancelled. He gives the gift of life when we deserve death. It’s God’s amazing grace. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). We are no longer destroyed by sin.
Freedom from Condemnation. This is a critical thought . . . because Christ has set us free, we will no longer experience the condemnation and consequence of our sin. But, God’s love does not grant us a license to sin. Freedom in Christ is evident when we are free from the power of sin. The same writer who penned “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Rom 8:1-2) also wrote, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!” We are freed from the sin’s power . . . dead to it. God loves us and we no longer face His disapproval.
Our DECISIONS to abide in His Word develops a DEPENDENCE on Him which determines our DESTINY.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36).
Today, follow Him and live in freedom.