Truth Will Set You Free (John 8:31-38)

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John 8:31-38 is a passage in which Jesus speaks about the truth and freedom with those Jews who had believed in him. 

In the dialog, Jesus addresses Jews, stating, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (v. 31-32). The Jews respond by claiming their lineage from Abraham and insist they have never been enslaved. Jesus clarifies that anyone who sins is a slave to sin. He contrasts this slavery with the freedom that comes from being a part of God's family, emphasizing that "if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (v. 36).

Jesus' message profoundly articulates that true freedom is not found in abrahamic genealogy or external circumstances but in knowing the truth Jesus offers. This truth is not merely intellectual. The truth is having faith in what Jesus testify about himself as well as the deeds he do in order to give the people practical demostration of his words (John 4:48). But as the Gospel of John shows, the true faith is to believe Jesus' word without seeing (John 4:50; John 20:29). This is transformative truth, liberating individuals from the bondage of sin.

This passage challenges believers to reflect on the nature of true freedom (ἐλευθερία [eleutheria]) and the importance of abiding (μένω [menō]) in Jesus' word. It emphasizes that liberation from sin and the transformation of life are found in adherence to the truth (ἀλήθεια [alētheia]) Jesus provides, highlighting the central role of Jesus in the believer's spiritual journey towards freedom and truth.


Word Meaning
λέγω say
οὖν so, therefore
ὁ, ἡ, τό the
Ἰησοῦς, οῦ, ὁ Jesus, Joshua
πρός towards; near, at, by (with A)
πιστεύω believe
αὐτός, ή, ὁ he; self
Ἰουδαῖος, ία, ον Judean
ἐάν if, when, ever
ὑμεῖς, ὑμῶν you