This is part of the first message I taught at our Ladies’ Beach Retreat during our first session. Sorry it took so long to get it posted – I know I’ve disappointed tens of loyal blog fans. 🙂 The notes I write for a preached message have to be changed quite a bit to turn them into something suitable for others to read, so that’s the reason for the delay. That, and the end of school! Happy summer!
I plan on adding all the sessions over the next week or two.
Believing the Truth – Part 1
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32
In this portion of scripture we have Jesus talking to the Pharisees regarding the truth of who He is, the truth of His message to the Jews, and the freedom-giving power that comes with this truth. If you look back up at verse 26 in this same passged, Jesus says “He that sent me is true.” The truth plays a very important part in the message of Christ.
In this particular portion of scripture Jesus says to the believers (new believers) “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” I believe that is the journey that God has for us as believers – the journey from knowing the truth to being made free. You may be thinking—What are you talking about? I’m free! I live in America, I have no addictions, I don’t even have a spouse or kids or a boss to answer to. I’m free as I can be…
These Jews that Jesus was addressing said the same thing when Jesus spoke of their lack of freedom. They said, we’re not slaves and have never been slaves!
They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? John 8:33
Jesus then corrects the lie they had believed (that they were free and never in bondage) with the truth. He lets them know they are not only slaves, but more specifically, they are servants of sin. He doesn’t leave them there as slaves, however. In verse 36 he lets them know that freedom has been provided by the Son, and He shall make them truly free!
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:34-36
Now I would like for us to look at verse 37. Jesus says
I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. John 8:37
“Ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.” We know from other portions of scripture that Jesus is the truth—He says of Himself that He is the way, the truth, and the life. So right here in this portion of scripture, let’s use the word Truth where Jesus speaks of Himself.
He says right now you are seeking to kill me (the Truth) because “my word hath no place in thee.”
Let’s look at that phrase “hath no place”. In the original Greek the word for place is choreo. It is defined as:
1) to leave space (which may be filled or occupied by another), to make room, give place, yield
2) to go forward, advance, proceed, succeed
3) to have space or room for receiving or holding something
So let’s look at how that fits into that what Jesus has said.
Ye seek to kill (the Truth) because…
- My Word hath no place in thee
- There is no space left that may be occupied by my Word
- You have not made room for my Word
- You have not given place to my Word
- You have not yielded to my Word
- You have not gone forward in my Word
- You do not have space or room for my Word
- You are not receiving My word
Wow…where are you with God’s Word, the truth? Have you sought to kill the truth by making no place in your life for His Word? Is your life so full that there is no place to squeeze His Word in? Have you not yielded to His Word? Have you simply decided not to receive His Word? Have you determined that the Bible is nonsense, or if not nonsense, then perhaps not a priority for you, or maybe not even applicable in today’s world? Even if you read the Bible regularly, are there parts that you just skip over because they are just too difficult to deal with? Secretly, do you hope that “Maybe if I just ignore them, they’ll go away…”? Perhaps at one time you read your Bible often, but now you have decided to stop because you’ve already had more Bible than most people. You’ve simply decided to not go forward in the Word. By doing these things, we are seeking to kill the truth.
But the truth is you can’t kill the truth! The truth personified was crucified, died, and was buried. But three days later the truth arose, ALIVE with freedom-giving power. Seeking to kill the truth is a losing battle. If we really desire freedom, we cannot continue to seek to kill the truth. We have to make a place for God’s Word! Not only on our bookshelf or coffee table, but in our hearts and in our lives.
Knowing the truth begins with creating a place for God’s Word, yielding to God’s word, making room for God’s Word, receiving God’s word, and going forward in God’s word. I’m challenged to make this journey from knowing the truth to being made completely free by the Son. I can’t wait to be “free indeed.”
I’m a Believer!