Friday, December 28, 2012

The Truth Will Set You Free

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

There is only one way to the truth.  Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."  A disciple of Jesus is one who will hold to his teachings through faith in him to the very end.  It is not a one time experience or prayer that keeps you until the end.  Jesus made it clear that if you hold to my teachings.  This is important to understand.  As we remain in God's word, standing in what Jesus Christ has done for us, we will remain confident in our salvation.  

The only way that we will walk in the freedom that God intended in by walking in truth.  The word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path and Jesus is the word.  We are told this in John 1:1 and 1:14.  When the light of the word becomes reality to us, we begin to see God's truth and the bonds of oppression leave us.  However if we begin to seek other ways to solve our problems rather than the truth, then we could become oppressed again.  Paul tells us not to be deceived by fine sounding arguments or led captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human traditions (Colossians 2:4, 8).   Romans 1:28 talks about those who exchanged" the truth of God for a lie."  If we are not careful, we too can be deceived.  

Jesus is the word of truth, the gospel (Colossians 1:5) and "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10).  Jesus is the central point of all prophecy in the bible.  He is God's plan of salvation and redemption.  He is the fulfillment of God's workmanship and his glory.  He is the one of whom God has entrusted his inheritance with.  Our focus needs to remain on what Jesus has done for us and to keep our faith in him.  When we abide in him and his word, we will be his disciples and the truth will come forth and set us free.  

So today may the Lord give you eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying.  May those crooked areas become straight again.  May faith arise and bring the hope of glory which is in Christ Jesus. 

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