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Sunday 18 October 2009

The Truth Shall Set You Free? Really?

This is such a well known scripture reference that it's often used out of context and people, even Christians, often don't know what it is actually saying.

Let me be clear - scripture doesn't say "The truth shall set you free". You might be thinking "yes it does", but let's look at it in context:

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32)

There is a pre-requisite to the truth setting you free:

If you abide in My word.

We need to be abiding in God's word to truly know the truth. Once you know the truth it can and will set you free.

Often we pluck half a verse out of context and quote it: "hey don't worry, the truth will set you free". It's as if we think that God's truth will just find its way into your mind and you won't need to play any part in renewing your mind.

This verse is clear - we need to abide in God's word and by doing this we will know the truth. Once we know the truth then, and only then, will that truth set us free.

What is "the truth"? This might be any one of God's promises to us. It might be that you often feel lonely and you need to meditate on God's promises about never leaving us and the fact that He lives in You if you're a born again believer.

Or perhaps you have an ongoing sickness. God's "truth" to you will be His promises of healing, His atonement for your sickness, His truth that all things are possible to him who believe.

So whatever it is that you need to be set free from, start abiding in God's word today. Meditate on His truth, His promises to you. As you continue in this, the truth will set you free. That is a promise. You don't set yourself free by doing these things. You simply abide in His word and you'll start to know the truth and that truth will set you free - Amen!

P.S. Remember Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) So when the truth sets you free, it is in fact Jesus setting you free!


  1. Trust on other is really making us free.But if our trust is breck then we are in position that we not make trust on other.


  2. Few really find the truth because they do not seek God with all their heart. The bible tells us to seek and we shall find, when we find truth, we are free.