The Truth Will Not Set You Free

We’ve heard it before: The truth will set you free. This is true. And also some of the most misquoted words of Jesus.

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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9 thoughts on “The Truth Will Not Set You Free

  1. Nice post… would love to do an exegesis on this verse! So many questions about Gnosticism and what is that “truth” remain in my head as a scholar! But never the less, theologically I love this post!

  2. Good post bro. One could even add that based on John 14:6, the truth that sets us free is Jesus Christ himself. Jesus is the truth. 🙂 Thanks for this post, good stuff.

    1. Yes! I had the same thought. Great post, brief and clear. Love it. Wish I was better at writing briefly!

  3. 2 John 1:3
    Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

  4. let me just say…i think i’m standing in Jesus’ way. I started a blog to introduce his word to the masses and i write these long posts. some people dont maybe want to read such long posts. am i doing Him an injustice with my joy for writing about Him I winder? hahaha. U said it all in like 300 words, applause! U were spot on. i enjoyed this. I get so happy to read the Joy others have. the truth they hold that God is the way. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

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