And Ye Shall Know the Truth

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 8:31b–32:
-31b…If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
-32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Jesus is teaching that “if ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” As disciples of Jesus, we will come to know the truth, for the truth itself shall make us free to be his disciples. I once saw a poster illustrating an arm garbed with a robe and an outstretched hand that we were to assume was Jesus setting a bird free, and the caption below said, “The truth will set you free. John 8:32.” This Scripture was not even quoted accurately. The kind of freedom that Jesus was teaching was freedom to choose to walk with him; believers are never set free in the sense of being just simply freed to aimlessly wander around. Rather we were made free from the world, to be able to follow and become true Disciples of Christ, through the words of God that Jesus Christ spoke.

Galatians 5:1:
STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made {not “set”} us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1 shows us a further development in the freedom that is available for the believers. Here it says that “Christ hath made us free,” and he did so by giving his life freely for us. Now that we are free to become his disciples, we can also further begin to enjoy this freedom that enables us to be truly free in order that we may completely know our freedom with spiritual abilities.

The “yoke of bondage” in Galatians 5:1 has a twofold meaning. First, the Old Testament Law was a yoke of bondage. Secondly, the world itself has hidden traps of enticements to prevent the non-Christian, and even some Christians, from truly walking with God in the truth, and this is a yoke of bondage (Ephesians 2:1-10). However, and thankfully, we have been given liberty by God to actually “stand fast” upon His Word. The Words of God not only continuously keep us free from the devices of this world and the Law, but the words of God continuously reveal to our inner understanding the enormous freedom we have in Christ, in his accomplishments for us.

The truth of the words of God became the words which Jesus Christ spoke because he had made God’s Word and will his very own word and will (John 17:8). Today, believers – you and me, have the same blessed privilege to allow God’s Word to also raise our believing standard to be that of God’s Word for us – because He thinks the Word of us!

Whenever any believer continues in the words of God their lives become a showpiece for the glory of God, and they themselves become Disciples of Christ who enjoy the benefits and blessings of being made free to stand fast in the true spiritual liberty of our God.