MAKE YOU FREE
Do you ever have those things that bug you even though it may not seem that important to anyone else? Well this week is going to be a short study on something that is common and bugs me.
This is a short message to correct a small but big error many people make when they quote this scripture. John 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free". There are two things that i would like to point out concerning this. The first is that almost nobody quotes the verse before 31 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;" . Now this adds a lot of information to the saying. First Jesus is talking to those who believed on Him, not those that don't. Also there is a condition applied even to those who believe on Him, IF you continue in my word, then you are my disciples; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. That is the second thing, most of the people i hear quote this scripture substitute set for make. This may not seem like much of a difference but consider this. If you are walking in the woods and come across a rabbit in a live trap. (for those of you who are city born and bred, a live trap is a cage with a door on one end and a bait container at the other. When an animal goes into the open end and begins to eat the food on the container the door closes) If you open the door and walk away, you have set the rabbit free. The rabbit may or may not choose to leave the trap, he might wait till you walk away, turn right around and stay trapped. If you stay around and insure the rabbit leaves the trap, even chasing him out if necessary, you have made the rabbit free, and here is the difference. If you continue in the words of Jesus, if you read and apply His instructions to your life, you will never fully enjoy sin again. You will sin, we all do, but not without the feeling that you are disappointing your Savior and best friend. As i've grown in the word, and i have a long way to go, i have noticed that things i once did with abandon, in ignorance, and enjoyed greatly, i do not do with near the frequency or enjoyment simply because the word and the Spirit pointed out the vanity in it. For example i used to love to watch the Cowboys. On Sunday, or whatever day they played, that was the plan for the day and almost nothing would replace it. If they won, all the world was right and if they lost, bad hair day. Is it a sin to watch football, no. Is it a sin for football or any other temporal thing to have that much control over a Christian? YES, and slowly but surely the truth of that revelation MADE and is keeping me free. The truth will MAKE you free, if you continue in His word! By the way read what Jesus said just 2 verses later. 34. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Stay hooked up with Jesus and His word and let Him make you free!!!
5/7/01
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