“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31, 32)
Knowing about a person is quite different than knowing a person. I know quite a lot about Sen. John McCain but I absolutley do not know him. So it is with truth. Many of us know about the truth but do we know the Truth? Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Knowing dozens of facts about Jesus Christ, memorizing His words, bieng able to recite all of His recorded acts, does in no way mean that one actually knows Him. He went on to say in John 14:6 “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
No person will be rewarded with eternal life and become a child of the Father in heaven based on what they know but rather exclusively based upon Who they know. Many of us have taken great pride in our knowledge of the Bible, our ability to win a debate about it, and being adorned with the label “sound”. Sadly there will be people who will perish being “sound” in doctrine never knowing the Truth that sets the spirit free.
In the context of Jesus words above knowing Him (Truth) is a life and death matter. There are many imposters, many professors, wolves in sheep’s clothing, but few who know Jesus Christ. Do you know Him?
So many who claim to know “the truth” have never been set free by The Truth. Jesus says the truth He talks about will set us free. A great post as always Royce.
I agree! The “Truth” is always out there – the fact that it (He) is there, does nothing for me in the way of freedom if I do nothing to believe the truth or receive it. Only the Truth that I know can make me free. I’ve been studying about believing the all the truth all the time. I’ve found that the Biblical formula is that believing the Word leads to knowing the Truth. Thanks for this post…
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Lee and Laura, You are both right on the money. Truth that is only a theological supposition can do nothing to transfer a person from darkness to light, from death to life. Only those who understand that Truth has another name (Jesus) have the hope of eternal life.
Thanks for you comments.