Our nation just celebrated It’s freedom from England this past Thursday. Brewing for years it was official in the Declaration of Independence. It began with the following words: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
While our Constitution grants us political freedom, it can never grant us spiritual freedom. In our passage Sunday, Jesus promises spiritual freedom when He says, “you will know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” But free from what?
Sadly many, interpret this as freedom from the PENALTY of sin, not the POWER of sin. Wrongly they teach to have Eternal Life one must continue in (abide or obey) the Words of Jesus. This of course is legalism. It is salvation by works not grace. Paul warned against this, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
In John 8:30-32, Jesus tells a small band of believers, (I will show this Sunday the larger audience were resistors.) they can be free from the POWER of sin by continuing in His Word. The Jews of Jesus day were enslaved to both the penalty and power of sin. A Constitution is of no use here. But a TRANSFORMATION is. (See Romans 12:1-2). This only comes through discipleship. Regrettably not all believers are disciples. Only those who abide in the words of Christ are disciples, (John 8:31).
Our Founding Fathers in forming a “more perfect union” sought to secure “the blessings of liberty.” Good citizens never take these blessings lightly. We all should resolve to uphold and live out these words.
Good Christians should never take our spiritual blessings lightly. Let us all resolve to follow Jesus and living out His Words. This is the focus of my message Sunday.