Monday, June 13, 2016

To Be Set Free

UV 1782/10000 To Be Set Free
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8 v 32

When we do not know the truth, we are servants of sin. We are subject to sin and its wages- death. We live in fear or far below the level of our potential in spirit, mind and body. The image of God or the character of God in us becomes more and more dim. Sin gives us a deceptive freedom to do what we want. We become subject or slaves to sin and death. Our knowledge and wisdom is deceptive and not authentic. Jesus is described as Truth, as Word and as Life. He also demonstrated or proved by the various things He did and said that He is indeed Truth, Word and Life. When we know Him as Truth, Word and Life we are set free from our bondage to sin and death. We are set free from every fear. We are set free from the consequences or punishments of our sinful deeds and words. We are set free from the fear of death. We are set free from curses and limitations. We are set free to live in fellowship with our Redeemer. We can now help others break their bondages and chains. We now have real freedom. We now have access to real wisdom and real knowledge.

This uni-verse is key to our inner transformation. The first chapter of the Bible talks of formation while the rest of it is about transformation. Our identity is now transformed to servants of truth, servants of God, children of God. Sin looses its power or stranglehold over us. We can now live a life of the spirit and the life of liberty for the Spirit of liberty dwells in us. When the Saviour is in, sin is out. Truth being synonymous with the Person of Jesus, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit who leads us into all the truth is available in abundance for us to seek. We are set free once and for all from the bondage of sin and death but for other freedoms, we need to diligently seek and study the Word and seek the move and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Knowing the truth is not a one time event but a progressive happening all through the rest of our lives after we believe and receive Jesus into our hearts.
We are set free from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life and its various manifestations but vestiges of these remain deep inside us. We need to apply specific portions of scripture as the Spirit leads to these remnants of sin in us. In proportion to what sin and its vestiges we have been set free from, our lives will be blessed and our hearts will be filled with joy. Knowing the truth is not just a head knowledge of the word or of Jesus or His teachings but to know Him and His Word in our hearts, to apply it constantly to break every remaining block, lock or chain holding us back. We are free to live fully in spirit, mind and body, the abundant life, the blessed life, eternal life.

Prateep V Philip

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