(John 8:32) “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
First, you must be indwelt by The Truth, Jesus Christ, in the process of regeneration. Secondly, you must “continue in my word.”(John 8:31) “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” Thirdly, “And ye shall know the truth.” Fourthly, “and the truth shall make you free.”
Therefore, for those who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit of God and “continue in my word” – three things will be the result: (1) “…then are ye my disciples indeed”; (2) “And ye shall know the truth”; (3) “and the truth shall make you free.”
“Continuing” is not the requirement of regeneration; but the result of regeneration; for the continuing in “my word” is the proof of regeneration. It is the result and not the requirement.
The main focus of this devotion is the result of “the freedom” that indwelling truth brings to the believer. What is this “freedom” that the believer has within himself? Or, what is it to be made “free” by the truth? To answer these questions, the first question that must be answered to know what being made “free” by truth is, is Who is the Truth?
The answer is that Jesus Christ is The Truth (Jn. 14:6). In Regeneration, Christ indwells the believer (Rom. 8:14-16; Gal. 4:5-6; 1 Jn. 5:20). Therefore the believer is the Temple of Christ (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19-20). Being the Temple of Christ, the regenerated sinner is made free. Free from what?
- Free from the curse of the Law based upon the Substitutionary work of Christ on the Cross for His people (2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; Rom 3:24-25; 8:1-2); which is freedom from spiritual death (Eph. 2:1-3; Jn. 6:63). This means the regenerated sinner is free from the penalty, punishment, power and practice of sin; therefore, free from the “condemnation” (Rom. 8:1-2) of the Law.
- Free from spiritual blindness; which blindness was the result of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden (Rom. 5:12; 6:23a; 1 Cor. 15:21-22); for the regenerated sinner is given the Mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:9-16).
- Free from the power of the Old Man; which was replaced by the New Man, or the New Creation (Rom. 6:4; 7:15-25; Eph. 4:22-25; Col. 3:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:17).
- Free from being a servant of unrighteousness; being made a servant of Righteousness (Rom. 6:20, 22; 1 Cor. 7:22; 1 Peter 2:16); wherein the fruit is unto holiness after regeneration and not unto the sins of the flesh; which you are now ashamed of (Rom. 6:21-22).
- Free from the bondage of the ceremonial Law (Gal. 4:31; 5:1; Col. 2:14-23): (Col 2:14) “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” The Law was a “schoolmaster” Paul said in (Gal. 3:24), “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Gal. 2:16).
- Free from Eternal Death (Rom. 6:23a), and given Eternal Life in Christ (Rom. 6:22-23b; Jn. 17:2-3; Rom. 5:15-16, 18; 1 Jn. 5:20).
- Free from the darkness; for the regenerated person is of the Light (1 Thess. 5:4-5).
- Free from the “wrath” of God (1 Thess. 5:9-10); but appointed to the Salvation of God.
- Free from fear and insecurity; given peace and security now and forever in Christ (1 Thess. 5:24; 2 Tim. 1:7-12; Rom. 8:29-39).
- Free from the Second Death (Rev. 20:14-15).
The truth of the matter is the regenerated sinner is a free man in every area of his life; whether it be physical or spiritual.
Physically, he lives not in fear of anything, not even death; which in turn makes him “free” indeed because there is nothing that can separate him from the love of God (Rom. 8:29-39). He lives in the power of the Holy Spirit, knowing that sin has no power over him, and with knowledge that God is his Protection and Provision.
Spiritually, he lives in perfect peace, knowing that Christ (Who is The Truth) lives and abides in him; and every promise of Christ, is his also (Col. 1:27).
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