Jesus told His disciples that “the truth will set you free” in John 8:32. The Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, is a prime example of not understanding the Lord’s ‘truth’ as we read these verses of Scripture in John 18:36-38:
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world; if it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now, My kingdom is not of this realm.” “Then You are a king?” Pilate said. “You say that I am a king,” Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. And having said this, he went out again to the Jews …
What is this ‘truth’ that Jesus speaks about, and how can it set us free? Simply put, the ‘truth’ is God’s revelation about Himself, His creation, His Holy nature, His laws/commandments, His Spiritual gifts, His blessings/judgments, and His perfect plan of redemption for mankind. His absolute ‘truths’ were breathed through 40 human authors who penned His inspiration into one volume of 66 books.
God, the Father and first person in the Holy Trinity, designed, fashioned, and controls everything seen and unseen. On the sixth day, He created us for fellowship with Himself. We were, originally, created in the Spiritual image of God. But, after the fall of Adam and Eve, we are born with the ‘spiritual image of Adam’ known as a ‘sin nature’. God and sin cannot co-exist! The ‘good news’ is that we are given a second opportunity to be ‘reborn’ with the Spiritual image of God and reconcile our relationship with Holy God.
Grasp the ‘good news’; the crux of ‘the truth’: At His appointed time, our perfect and sinless eternal Creator stepped into the physical realm in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the second person in the Holy Trinity. His purpose was to show us the fullness of God’s Spirit, and to pay our past, present, and future ‘sin debt’ in full. (God’s law states that the wages of sin is death throughout the old and new testaments. See Romans 6:23) Jesus suffered and died on a cruel Roman cross as the ONE perfect, sinless, and acceptable substitute for a sinner’s penalty of death. At the same time, He fulfilled and ended His sacrificial system of temporary purification through the blood of innocent animals. Animal blood could never cleanse the conscience of man. Only, Jesus’ Spirit can cleanse our conscience. Jesus Christ is our eternal Sacrificial Lamb and Advocate to the Father.
Whoever believes that Jesus Christ, voluntarily, selflessly, and lovingly died for them, has re-established their relationship with Holy God, and has been given the free gift of eternal life. Jesus paid our just punishment for sin. Once we repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice as our Lord and Savior, His Spiritual Image or Holy Spirit, comes to dwell inside our minds and hearts. His Spirit is the third person in the Holy Trinity.
Once we know and understand ‘the truth’ we are set free! We are no longer prisoners of this sinful world and their demonic values. Satan is the embodiment of sin. He was thrown out of heaven and fell to earth. He was given this temporary world as his kingdom for God’s purposes. He is the father of lies. He wants to take as many souls as he can to suffer with him in eternal hell. But, he no longer has any power or hold over believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus shed His blood to save us. He defeated Satan and death with His witnessed resurrection and, eventual, ascension back into the spiritual realm. (You, little children, are from God and have overcome them (sinful temptations from Satan and his demonic cohorts), because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4)
We can avoid sin and cleanse our conscience with God’s powerful Spirit dwelling inside of us. If we do succumb to sin by our ‘free will’ choices in life, we can restore our, daily, fellowship with Holy God through sincere repentance and prayer.
We should no longer fear sickness or death. We no longer need to worry about food, shelter, clothes, or money. We know that God is our Source for anything and everything. This doesn’t mean that we sit idly by waiting for the sky to open and drop our needs onto our laps. We are to live and lead a productive lifestyle by putting God first and foremost in our lives. We can develop a personal and intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, grow into His Spiritual image through blessings and discipline, and look at life through the eyes of God; not mankind. We become foreigners in this world because we are not of this world. God has His very best waiting for us in this temporary life and at home in eternity!
Blessings in His unlimited grace,
Debby Mac Manes, disciple of Jesus Christ <><