You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free…
I’ve struggled with this statement for a long time. It’s quoted and mis-quoted so often. John Eldredge mentioned it in one of the Four Streams teachings, saying how if it was simply a case of knowing the ‘truth’, then why are we not all free? Don’t we all know plenty of truth about Jesus? Yet we still live in such bondage.
But let’s look at this from a different angle.
In John 8 v 32 Jesus says, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
What is this truth that He is describing? Up until this morning, I probably thought that this was a mixture of gaining knowledge and knowing the gospel. Listening to the ‘truth’ of the gospel message as opposed to listening to the ‘lies’ of Satan. In other words, making sure I grounded myself in proper teaching so that I wouldn’t be deceived by the enemy. Then surely I’d be free, right?
But here’s the thing. What if the truth that Jesus is describing here is actually Himself? How would that change things?
“and you will know the truth (ME), and the truth (ME) will make you free.”
Didn’t Jesus describe Himself as the way, the truth and the life? Didn’t He say that He came to heal the broken hearted and to set the captives free?
If we truly seek Him (in relationship), then He can make us free. I’ve searched for so long trying to find the truth ABOUT Jesus yet I’ve totally missed the thrill and excitement of having the relationship WITH Him. I’m not for a second trying to say that we shouldn’t study the Word or endeavour to increase our knowledge or understanding. But, as we walk in relationship with Him, then we begin to gain more knowledge about Him.
Relationship must be at the core. Knowing Jesus and knowing the truth about Jesus are two very different things.