Many words are being thrown around today which are used to support political agendas or social concerns. The problem with these words and ideas is that they are rooted in a humanistic concept of liberation they think leads to freedom.
There is really only one path to freedom. When Jesus was here walking among His own people, the Jews, He knew how much they wanted liberation from Roman oppression. He could have just spoken a word and provided emancipation from foreign rule. But that would only give temporary relief. What they really needed was deliverance in their own hearts which were blinded by their own rules and traditions.
That is why Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).
Several very important principles are given in these two verses.
1) Freedom results from “abiding or remaining” in the Scriptures. They must become part of us.
2) This type of living close to God’s Word is a hallmark of being a true disciple of Jesus.
3) Having Jesus’ Word “abide in us” (15:7) is the only way to know the “truth.”
4) Because Jesus and His Word is the only “truth,” we find true freedom when it “abides” in us.
If we base our freedom on any other foundation, it will be artificial, temporary and misleading. Make sure your freedom is based on real “truth.”
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