John 8:31-32 (KJV) 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
[The Greek word for make means liberate. Keep this in mind.]
Even though Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free,” that’s not the whole message. We do ourselves a great injustice when we just pull a scripture out of context and try to make a doctrine out of it. When we do that, we forfeit God’s intended meaning and put ourselves in bondage.
How many times have you heard the “world” use the expression: the truth shall make you free? I’ve heard it on TV, of all places, spoken by unsaved people!
Yes, there are many truths and facts out there: the working of electricity, transmission of sound waves, gravity, etc. But these are not what Jesus was speaking of. He was talking about His Word and the TRUTH of His Word that would make you free: free from sickness and disease, free from depression, free from lack and poverty, etc. You get the picture.
It’s evident that there are truths all around us. But as you know and observe, most of the world is not free. Most of the world is in bondage to the wiles and evil schemes of the devil.
So, what do we do to get THE TRUTH to make us free? Look at what Jesus said.
John 8:31b-32 (KJV) 31 … If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Notice that Jesus said if you continue in His Word, you’re His disciple and then you’d know the truth and that truth working in you would liberate. You can’t have God’s results without having God’s Word working in you.
This is where most Christians miss it. It’s not just knowing the scriptures in your head, it’s continuing, remaining, and abiding in them so that they get down into your spirit where they take root and marinate and develop and come forth with dunamis power! John 15:5 says we are to stay connected to the Vine – Jesus, the Word – because without Him we can do nothing but with Him we can do all things!
John 15:5 (KJV) 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 (AMP) 13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
To continue in His Word is to honor and value it: read it, study it, meditate on it, think about it, and confess it – speak it forth. Take Romans 10:9-10 – the Roman Road to Salvation. Yes, it is the truth but if you don’t know it, and do it, you won’t get saved. We have to confess the Lord Jesus as the Son of God with our mouths and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead in order to get saved.
We have our part to do. If we just give mental assent – just head knowledge – to His Word, it won’t produce salvation. God has already given. Our part is to receive. Truth not acted on won’t make you free.
It’s the same with healing, deliverance, provision, protection, and all the other promises of God. God’s already given; we must do the receiving.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
So, it all goes back to knowing God’s Word. And, unfortunately, there seems to be a famine in most Christian’s lives concerning the Word of God. Apart from the Word, we don’t have any substance on which to stand.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) 1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
We can’t even pray in faith if we’re not praying according to the Word. Our prayers have to be based on God’s Word if we want God’s results. Don’t just shoot up a prayer and hope it sticks! Get into God’s Word and find out what He’s already promised you. Then stand on those promises. God always backs up His Word.
Psalm 119:89 (KJV) 89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Jeremiah 1:12 (KJV) 12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
Jeremiah 1:12 (AMP) 12 Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) 12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
Brothers and sisters, these are perilous times we live in [II Timothy 3:1-7]. We need the “big guns” to stay steady and connected to the Lord in the face of all the evil arrayed against us. Thank the Lord of Glory that He’s totally equipped us with His Word for a time such as this. And just like Joshua and Caleb, we are well able to take the land. We have to get God’s Word in us and then trust it because that’s where the power is.
Ephesians 3:20 (KJV) 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Yes, we all can agree that God is able. His ability is not even in question. We have His power in our re-born spirit but how much is actually working? And as I always say, we have our part to do. We have to activate that power by using our faith and drawing it out to where it explodes into manifestation.
The power is in God’s Word because that’s where faith is. We must continually sow the Word into our hearts where it takes root and becomes a powerful weapon against the enemy when we speak it.
Remember, it’s only the TRUTH that you know, believe, and walk in that makes you free.
Thank You Lord for Your unspeakable gift!