If you abide in My Word…

31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:31–36

 

True freedom is only that which is in Christ, for only Christ Jesus gives true freedom.  This kind of freedom no man, no society, no organization, no movement-nothing-can take away  This kind of freedom in Christ cannot be taken away because it is the freedom won for us by Him who came to serve and give His own life as a ransom for us (Matthew 20:28).  It is a freedom which the world does not nor can itself give.

The freedoms of this life are many.  But they do not at all compare to the liberty of having sins forgiven and peace with God.  The freedoms of this life consist of what only is temporary, that which is terminable.  They have an end.  Presidents pass on their mantle.  Seasons change.  We reap what we sow.  But the truth—the truth declares salvation for all who believe.  The truth declares sin to be put do death.  The truth declares Jesus Christ to be God’s Son and our Savior.

This truth of our Lord we surely have in Scripture, for Scripture is truth.  It is God’s Word.  Therefore does Jesus say, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples.”

The disciples of the Lord are they who abide—remain—continue—in Christ’s Word.  They hear His voice, and His voice alone (John 10).  They do not listen to the voice of a stranger, but the voice of their Good Shepherd, who laid down His life for the sheep.  And they continue doing so, knowing that other voices, other words, do not make them disciples.  Only by remaining in the Lord’s Words does one remain a true, and not a make believe, disciple.

Certainly, many exist in Christendom today (as in all times) that only give lip service to the Lord, but whose hearts are from Him (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:7-8).  But these are not the true disciples spoken of by Jesus.  These are rather they who claim to be of Christ, who claim to be Christian, who claim to be of the Church, but in reality, are not.  They glory in sin and despise the truth.  They forsake Christ and His Word and follow a false gospel and that which is not of God.

Only by abiding in the Word of Christ does one remain a disciple of the Lord.  And only by the Word does one and will one be sure and certain of the truth, and be set free by the truth—set free to rightly serve God in word and deed, having a confident faith before God through Jesus Christ, who does not count our sins against us, but calls us “beloved” and “well pleasing” to Him.

Divide yourself from Christ and His Word and you will be separated from He who calls you.  Remain with Christ and His Word, and your conscience will be free.

Jn08.31-36, Reformation, 2011A, Outline & Notes

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