I am not one to disagree with God’s Word. I am one to seek to understand the Bible. This verse caught me short, however.
In John 8:32 Jesus declares, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Truth will set you free. That’s what it says. Then why doesn’t it?
Shouldn't it be the truth can set you free? That’s where I’m coming up short. See what you think about the next paragraph.
People tend to have three different reactions to truth depending on the person and the situation that person is in. The following thoughts are my paraphrase and remembrance of concepts from Chapter Seven of Henry Cloud’s Necessary Endings.
- The wise person will recognize the truth and adjust themselves to it. The wise person changes because new truth has been introduced.
- The foolish person will try to change, dismiss, discount or adjust the truth itself. Rather than changing themselves, they seek to change “the truth.”
- The evil person doesn’t care about the truth and has no intention of changing for anything. Their own ideas, motives, and mantras are truth to them and everything else is relative.
So as much as Jesus says, “the truth will set you free,” I’d like us to consider these statements
- The truth will set you free if you are wise enough to recognize it.
- The truth will set you free if you are humble enough to respond to it.
- The truth will set you free if you love enough to be moved by it.
Truth will ultimately overcome all the lies we speak and believe in this fallen world. Yet truth, in order to set you free, must be recognized and received as truth. Don’t overlook the first phrase of John 8:32, “You will know truth.” Ginosko in Greek translates that know; it is knowledge by experience.
When you know God, when you know His Word not only can truth set you free, it will set you free. The question: Will you know Him to be set free?
Free from sin. Free from guilt. Free from shame. Free from worry. Free from fear. Free by truth.
As John 8:36 states, “Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”
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