If The Son Therefore Shall Make You Free, Ye Shall Be Free Indeed.

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Monday 4-3-23 2nd. Day Of The Weekly Cycle Nisan 11, 5783 15th. Spring Day

John 8

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.

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.

33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.


37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.

51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

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What did Jesus mean when He said 'the truth will set you free' (John 8:32)?​

In John 8:32 Jesus says, "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." This verse is often taken out of context, understood to mean that knowing truths in general brings freedom. However, that isn't at all what Jesus is talking about. Earlier in the context, Jesus explains that the One who had sent Him was true (verse 26). His listeners didn't recognize that Jesus was actually talking about God the Father (verse 27). Jesus was affirming His authenticity and divinity. He would later even make the straightforward statement that He Himself was actually the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). This was one of many occasions that John's Gospel records Jesus as characterizing Himself as something we might ordinarily consider to be impersonal.

For example, in John 2:19 Jesus called Himself a temple (explained in verse 21). In John 6:35 He referred to Himself as the bread of life. In John 8:12 He said He was the light of the world. In John 10:7–9 Jesus portrayed Himself as the door of the sheep. In John 10:11 He asserted that He was the good shepherd. There are other instances like these throughout John's Gospel. These show that Jesus commonly used metaphor—and specifically personification—to illustrate who He really is.

In John 8:32 Jesus declares that the truth shall set you free. The "you" is His listeners, specifically, those who had believed in Him, as verse 31 indicates. When questioned about what He meant, Jesus responded that, if the Son makes a person free, then that person is truly free (John 8:36). In verse 32, the truth sets people free. In verse 36, Jesus says that He sets people free. Then in John 14:6 Jesus states plainly that He is the truth. The fact that He had earlier called His Father true (John 8:26) just emphasized His close identity and intimate relationship with God the Father.

Jesus is the truth in whom we should believe. He is reliable and trustworthy, and He has the power to redeem us, to save us, and to give us true freedom. It is worth noting that in John 14:6 Jesus doesn't say that He is a way—as in one of many. Jesus is the way. He explains that no one can come to the Father (and receive new life) except through Jesus. Sometimes we don't like to hear that there is only one way, but according to the Creator of the universe, the design is that there would be only one way to have a right relationship with God, eternal life, and a future with Him in heaven.

Paul describes something similar in Romans 1:16, when he explains that the gospel—the good news about Jesus—is God's power or ability to save. God could have chosen to save any way He might have wanted, and He chose that Jesus would be the way. Jesus would be the truth who would set us free. It is no surprise then that one of the key themes in Paul's letter to the Romans is the freedom we have in Christ. Jesus is the truth, and He sets us free if we will put our trust in Him.

Love, Walter and Debbie
 
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