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June 27, 2013

Are you free in Christ?

Pella —

This week we’re back in chapter 8 of the gospel of John, where we find the words of Jesus in verse 31, “If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;  and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (NASB)!”  It’s one thing to trust Jesus to forgive our sin and to give us eternal life, and quite another to be faithful to obey Him and follow Him in our daily lives.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, knowing the truth means living the truth and walking free in the truth!  As an unbeliever, you and I were in bondage to sin, self, Satan, and the world system;  but now, if you’ve trusted Jesus to come into your life and have received the Truth, you have been SET FREE from all that!
What was the response of the Jewish leaders to Jesus’ statement that the truth would set them free?  In verse 23, they said to Him, “We have never been enslaved to anyone!”  Had they forgotten about their long captivity in Egypt and Babylon?  And had it slipped their minds that they were at that very moment under Roman rule?  Listen, our response to the truth of God’s Word will either cause us to rejoice, or to rebel!
You see, their problem wasn’t a bad memory, but an unwillingness to see what God had done for them in fulfillment of His Word!  But, before we point our finger at them, let’s examine our own lives.  Do we not also rebel against the truth and refuse to live in the freedom Jesus provided for us, and therefore, remain in bondage to the old life of sin?  The Jews Jesus were speaking to were so busy denying the truth and covering up their slavery to sin, that they missed the freedom and victory Jesus was offering them!  If we’re honest, we’d admit we also would sometimes rather stay in our comfort zone of sin, rather than face the challenge of dealing with it and trusting God to free us from it.  What has YOU enslaved today?

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