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“31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” 34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

John 8:31-38

Introduction

We have seen a consistent theme through the first 2 days of studying truth and how we can practically be equipped with it every day that Jesus is the full embodiment of truth. If we are to be people of truth, it all begins with Jesus. In John, we see another instance of how Jesus is not just the full embodiment of truth, but freedom is found in Him. Jesus was speaking to a group of Jews who had believed in Him but had not yet committed their lives to Him. Jesus is explaining to them how the truth and freedom are found in Him.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, first of all, I thank You for this time I have with You today to seek You and spend time with You. Holy Spirit, I pray that You would search me and know me. Speak to me through Your Word today. Remove all distractions from my heart and mind so that I may hear you.

Questions from today’s reading:

  • How do we know the truth?
  • What is the result of knowing the truth?
  • Why were the people confused by Jesus’ statement?
  • Who is true freedom found in?

Applications from today’s reading:

  • The message of Jesus in verse 31 indicates that it is possible to know the truth without being a disciple of Jesus.
    • Being a disciple of Jesus means receiving and walking in salvation truth.
  • The truth of salvation leads to being set free.
    • Putting on the belt of truth not only means living with integrity, but being set FREE from sin.
    • Reflect on whether or not it is possible to know God and not be free from sin.
  • Because the truth leads to freedom, wearing the belt of truth means freedom because of our integrity AND freedom from sin!
    • Ask God to show you where in your life you have not allowed the truth to free you from sin.
  • Because we are all born in sin, we are all slaves to sin.
    • We only have one solution to our slavery, that is the truth found in Jesus!
  • Jesus wanted the people to know, they did not have the truth or freedom because of their bloodline.
    • Where in your life are you expecting freedom or not receiving it because you have never received the truth for yourself?
  • The (belt of) truth brings freedom.
    • Ask God to reveal to you where you don’t have freedom from sin because you are looking outside of Him.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for your Word. I pray that today, You would help me to be a person of truth and to find full freedom from sin, in You. Thank You that in You, I am no longer a slave to sin. Help me to live as a slave to righteousness and truth, in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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