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The Truth shall make you free

Posted by appolus on March 17, 2015

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (Joh 8:31-32)

Here in this chapter we find a fascinating encounter between Jesus and the Jews who ” believed in Him.” So we are left in no doubt from verse 30 and 31 that these are Jewish believers in Him. This is what we call followers of Jesus today isn’t it, believers. I have never liked that term for the saints, for it is clear from this passage that one can be believers in what Jesus has said and yet not be saved, and actually, persecutors of Jesus and the saints. Now I want you to note what these Jewish people claim and what Jesus acknowledges as true. In verse 33 they say ” We are Abraham’s descendants.” In verse 37 Jesus says ” I know that you are Abraham’s descendants.” So there we have it, it is an established fact that they are descendants of Abraham. Yet in verse 39 they make another claim they say that Abraham is their father and in the same verse Jesus disputes that. So, these believers are descendants of Abraham but they are not his children nor are they Gods children. Well if they are not Gods children, if Abraham is not their earthly father and God is not their heavenly Father, then who is their father? In verse 44 Jesus answers the question unambiguously “You are of your father the devil and the desires of your father you want to do.” The end result of this encounter between Jesus and His believers? Verse 59 ” Then they took up stones to throw at Him.” They attempted to murder Jesus.

Now, what would Jesus say to ” believers,” in our day? Would the same people not claim that they are Christian descendants? Would they not bring out their heritage as a defense of who they are? Would they not point to their household, their church, their denomination, their water baptism in defense of what they claim? Yet, as we have seen, one can be a descendant but this is far different from being a child. You can be a descendant but not be a child of God. The circumcision of the flesh is without meaning, only the circumcised of heart are the children of God. Being born into a Christian household, being raised in a certain denomination, attending your church faithfully all of your life, all of this is the circumcision of the flesh. Only those born twice, born again from above, can claim to be a child of God. All others are mere descendants and are of the flesh and are ultimately the enemy and persecutors of those of the Spirit. The illegitimate child of the flesh is the persecutor of the legitimate child born of the Spirit. It is an ancient an eternal dividing line that is soon to come to a head. When challenged with the truth, the very truth that could set them free, as we saw in John chapter eight, the children of the flesh will seek to kill the children of the Spirit.

6 Responses to “The Truth shall make you free”

  1. usafbeth said

    Do you find (as I and my friends do) that the greatest harassment (for want of a better word) comes from those claiming to be believers? Religious spirits will always attack true followers – and persecution will surely come from “believers” as the time draws closer for Jesus to return.

    • appolus said

      Yes I do Beth and I fully expect the greatest enemies of the saints to be those of the religious community. If you study the history of the Church, this is how it has been since the mid 300s ad. But the the spirit of emnity between those of the Spirit and those of the flesh goes back to Cain and Abel……………………………..bro Frank

      • Gavin said

        And how do we receive the second birth and become children of God?
        But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that BELIEVE on his name: (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ KJV)

        • appolus said

          Hi Gavin, I think if you check the the scriptures I referred to for this post you will see that these were ” believers,” that tried to stone Jesus. This word ” believe,” is on of the most abused word in the Evangelical world and has led to a deluge of cheap faith. The word does not mean a mental assent to an abstract truth. There are almost 2 billion Catholics who believe on the name of Jesus, I am an ex catholic who always believed that Jesus was the Son of God and that He died for our sins, yet I never knew Him. The word believe in the scripture you used and in John 3 and other places means to trust completely. When we believe in Him in a saving sense, it means we give him our whole lives, we give over our lives to Him and we trust Him for this life and the next. You see it does not say ” If you confess with your mouth and believe in your head that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved,” in Romans 10:9 It says we have to believe in our hearts. A better translation is to trust in God with all our hearts. This is a far cry from the the multitudes of people who have been conned into thinking ” all you have to do,” is mentally assent to an abstract truth and you will have your fire insurance. This is the genesis of cheap faith and has led millions through the gates of hell. The simple proof of someone who has trusted in God with all of their hearts unto salvation is that they have literally become a new creature in Christ, they are radically different not in a two dimensional theological legal transaction, but in actuality for all the world to see, they have become a witness for Christ in the case against the ancient accuser of the brethren………………..bro Frank

          • Gavin said

            So the assurance of our salvation in your estimation comes from our “changed life” not Jesus who we are putting our trust in for salvation. How “changed” do we have to be to “prove” our salvation? How much do you still sin? Not at all? Your neighbor calls him self a Christian but he struggles with sin more than you do so he can possibly be saved right?
            Luke 18:9-14

          • appolus said

            Gavin, it is Jesus who changes the genuine saints life, He is responsible for the change. No change, no Jesus. Perfection? That was not mentioned in the post. You shall know them by their fruit, not by their perfection, by their fruit. Jesus says it better of course…………..

            Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
            (Mat 7:13-21)

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