Live It, Test It, Find Freedom
To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."— John 8:31-32 Don’t reject Jesus because an atheistic professor sneers at Christianity in a classroom. Don’t reject Jesus because some strange cult distorts or misrepresents Him. Don’t reject Jesus because a prominent evangelist or faith professing politician falls.
Don’t judge Jesus based upon what others say about Him or how they behave.
Even as believers we turn away from Jesus when we are disillusioned or doubt.
Judge and trust Jesus on the basis of His own words and actions.
The last part of this verse is often quoted. “The truth will set you free.” But what we need to see, in context, is that Jesus isn’t just saying that once someone tells you the truth, you’ll instantly recognize it and be free.
You will never find true freedom until you examine the evidence for yourself. Jesus is not afraid to be tested, tried, or scrutinized.
Stick with this, live out what I tell you, He said. Then you are My disciples for sure and you will know that this is the Truth.
Test the truth of what Jesus taught in the laboratory of life. Find out for yourself, does it work?
How do we find out?
By DOING it!
Find out what He says through His Word. The Truth of His words will take you through all the illusions, the dreams, and wishful thinking. His Word will expose all the lies, distortions, and half-truths.
Get into His Word, live it, test it, and experience freedom!
“The New Testament does not say, ‘You shall know the rules and be bound by them,’ but, ‘You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.’” –John Baillie