31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
John 8:31-32New American Standard Bible (NASB)
True freedom comes from knowing the truth. Does any truth work? No, it must be the truth of His word, the truth that He is the only way to God and heaven, the truth that He is God and died as a sacrifice for our sin, the truth that we are no longer subject to the Law for salvation but are saved by His grace along. That is the freedom He gives, freedom from having to perform rituals and sacrifices, from having to obey every one of 613 laws in order to be saved. It is not freedom to do what we want. It is freedom to live under His grace, the ability to serve Him completely. Without this freedom we are slaves to the Law and sin. But if we continue in, or live by, His words we will be freed from that slavery. The key here is continuing. It is not a one-stop shop where you believe once, repent once, and you’re done. We must live by His word. Only His disciples are truly free and we can only be His disciples if we live like He did. It is not that we are saved by obedience, rather obedience proves that we are saved. Our freedom on earth can be taken away. We can be persecuted for our faith. Our rights can be removed. The Holocaust was full proof of that. But no one can take away the freedom Christ gives. Seek the freedom that lasts!