John 8: 31-32 (KJV)

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.

Jesus had quite an audience that day.

The crowds had just witnessed an intense seen when the scribes and Pharisees bought to Jesus a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery (see John 8:11).

Then they saw Jesus’ liberating love in action as He looked at her and said “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” This woman walked away forgiven, free, and saved from certain doom.

A little later, Jesus proclaimed, “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).

Consider these versus the believer’s emancipation proclamation.

In verses 34-36, Jesus explains more of what He means: “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave to sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

On the surface, this sounds very simple, and in a foundational sense, it is. But it’s one thing to believe that Jesus can set you free from patterns of sin. It’s quite another to experience that freedom in your own life.

Most of us have difficulty in the action stage of belief; the vital link between knowing by intellect and knowing by experience (see James 2:14-26).

You are saved by faith alone in Jesus Christ, but that does not mean that you leap immediately into a full understanding of your faith.

Your personal response to Jesus’ commands determines whether you will be able to live in the joys of that salvation, with the freedom and exhilaration of learning to say no to daily sins. A man in prison can receive a signed pardon and the warden can unlock the jail door, but the man has to put one foot in front of the other and walk outside those prison walls.

What can you do to begin living in the freedom Christ purchased for you on the cross?

There is no formula for discovering the richness of his truth. But by obeying Christ, you’ll be on the road to the fresh, liberated life He designed for you. Always when you obey God, you can count on watching Him reveal exciting new things. Remember, the key to crossing the bridge between belief and experience is obedience.

You must take steps of faith and do what He says.

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