What Does John 8:32 Mean?

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 8:32(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

Having explained to the Jews who had believed in Him: "If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples," He continued to explain that those who choose to abide in His Word would "know the truth and the truth will set you free."

All who receive the Lord Jesus as the Word of God made flesh, are given the right to become children of God, even to those that believe on His name, and there are many who truly believe in Christ as Saviour, many who have trusted Him as their Redeemer, many who have placed faith in the only begotten Son of God for their salvation.

There are many who have been born from above, but not all choose to abide in the truth of His Word and, as a result, can become prey to a different gospel, or hearken to teachings that twist or distort the truth of God's Word.

A Christian is not necessarily a disciple of Jesus, but disciples of Christ are certainly Christians. Believers who have leaned and are continuing to learn more and more of Christ Jesus and truly those who can call themselves disciples. When we obey the Word of God and learn of Christ, we grow in spiritual knowledge and our spiritual understanding matures. The more we grow in our Christian life the more we develop in our freedom from the sin nature that keeps us in bondage, and that freedom in Christ sets us free to live our life in spirit and truth.

Let us abide in the Word of God so that we may learn of Christ and grow in grace, for if we truly abide in Christ and He in us we will certainly be His disciples and we will know the truth and the truth will set us free.

My Prayer

Loving Lord, I want to know You more, abide in Your Word, and become a true learner of You. Help me, Lord, to learn of You and grow in grace, for I want to know the truth and to be set free from the bondage of sin - a freedom that only comes as I abide in You. I ask this in Jesus' name, AMEN.

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