This saying originally came from Jesus in the Gospel of John, “. . . and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Some secular avenues love this verse without even originally knowing where it came from. They read it and immediately assume they know what it means, that it applies to their life, that they know what real truth is. We’ve seen these words written in College classrooms, used from people in everyday language, and even found in most media markets. This is obvious. But this question is not: “Who and what was Jesus referring to?”
In order to properly understand this verse, we must know the previous one. What did Jesus say? After all, he was in a middle of a conversation.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in 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” (John 8:31-32).
The true source of truth does not come from abstract notions, accumulated experiences, understanding of certain principles and theories, or any secular avenue of thought. Instead, true freedom and real truth only comes from following Jesus and abiding in His Word. If we aren’t following Jesus, we haven’t been set free.
Jesus hung so we could be free. His grace can reach anyone. Only through following Him and knowing His word can anyone be set free, the true freedom that our soul craves.
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