I began this series with the statement that we don’t want to be swept away by the cultural deception that there is no absolute truth. Christ followers know there is because they know the one who is Truth.
We are looking at John 8:31-32 so we can understand truth and be set free.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
I said that the order of these words are important and can’t be changed.
You can’t be set free unless you know the truth and you won’t know the truth unless you are a disciple that abides or continues in Jesus’ word.
Last time we discovered that abiding means to continue to believe and obey His word. It means to grab hold and cling to His word. It is grabbing and clinging to the end. It is persevering through life’s storms and peaceful times with the same tenacity of grabbing and clinging until you leave this earth and meet Jesus face to face.
Who can abide? Disciples of Jesus.
What is a disciple?
Jesus said in Luke 6:40:
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
The Greek word Jesus used for disciple means to learn and become attached to your teacher and follow their teaching and conduct of life.
For a follower of Jesus that means to be attached to him and follow his teaching and conduct of life. In other words, to be conformed to his image which is what you were born for (Romans 8:29).
To be a disciple, you must have been born again. As Jesus explained to Nicodemus in John 3:3:
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
And Peter wrote about in 1Peter 1:3, 23-25.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1Peter 1:3).
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you (1Peter 1:23-35).
It is through Jesus’ word, the Gospel, the Good News, that we are born again. It is through his word, all that is recorded in the Bible, that we are to abide or continue in, as we journey the disciple’s road through this life.
John said in John 8:31 if you are a disciple you will abide or continue in Jesus’ word.
The abiding disciple can expect a exceedingly great reward: truth that sets us free.
Next time we will study the word truth. What is this truth that has such great power?