FREE INDEED IN CHRIST
John 8:31-32 – Then Jesus said to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, truly you are My disciples. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”
The true disciples of Jesus Christ are those continue in His word. When we believe in Jesus, we must also abide in His Word. By this relationship of dwelling in His Word, we become one with the truth, and the truth makes us free.
The Thayer’s Greek rendering for ‘know’ is ‘Ginosko’ which is,
1. to learn to know, come to know, get the knowledge to perceive, feel;
2. Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman.
ONENESS WITH THE TRUTH
Oneness with the truth is key to our knowing Him deeper. Oneness with Him is key to Unity in the body. The message and the messenger must be one. The message and the hearer must become one. This can only happen when accurate spiritual knowledge is delivered.
When you ground yourself in the knowledge of the Spirit’s interpretation of His Word and it strikes your heart, the very next step is obedience to it. The Word of the Lord is the truth and we are sanctified and set apart by it.
The Cross of Jesus Christ is the ultimate symbol of sacrificial love. Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” The experiential knowledge of Christ – the truth and the knowledge of Him makes us free.
Luke 9:23 – Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.
WALKING IN THE NEW
Knowing the truth will immediately bring us out of the law and empower us to walk in the grace of Christ. The Old will be replaced by the new. The law of the spirit of Life in Christ will replace the law of sin and death. This brings us into the liberty of the Spirit.
Our defeat is sure if we ever lay down the Cross and attempt anything in our strength and power. But as we continually reckon ourselves, “dead indeed to sin but alive to God in Christ,” then what is true in principle eventually becomes true in our experience. Sin begins to lose its power to control us, and we begin to see that we do have a choice to know, follow and obey Christ.
Romans 6:11 – So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
We will begin to see that we are no longer slaves to sin, and will be confident, “if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”