Free Indeed

Throughout the New Testament gospels, we hear Jesus speaking of freedom.

John 8: 31 – 32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews which believed on Him, if you continue in my word, the are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

Vs. 36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”

The one word I would like to share with you today, is the word, indeed, which is found on both scriptures.

In John 8: 31, the word indeed is the Greek word, alethos, which means truly, of a surety, of a truth.  

In John 8: 36, the word, indeed, is the Greek word, ontos, which means really.  It root meaning comes from a Greek word which means, be.

Jesus tells us a truth: if you continue in His word.  If we seek for it, find it, believe it and obey it we will truly be His disciples.  Disciplined ones who are truly His followers.

In John 8: 36, Jesus tells us a true and real fact: if the Son makes us free, we will be.  Be what? Free

Jesus is saying our freedom is a real.  The definition of the word real means actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.

Same word but two different meanings but related to the same truth.

Permit me to make a play on this word: indeed.

In deed or by a deed.  An action that is performed intentionally or consciously. In other words it is something you chose to do, willingly

The fact that if we continue in the words and teachings of Jesus is the deed or action that will allow us to know the truth.  Not man’s truths but God’s truths.

We will be His disciples as displayed by our deed or our actions that are performed intentionally or consciously. We are going to do and continue to do, something habitually like obeying Matthew 6: 33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

In John 8: 36, Jesus says if the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

Again just looking at this word, in deed, let us look at it again as something done performed intentionally and consciously.  What deed must you and I do to be made free?

The good news of the Gospel is that we only have to obey Ephesians 2: 8, “For by grace are you saved, through faith…”

The only deed we need to do intentionally and consciously is to believe in the grace of God.  Grace being God’s unmerited favor.

That is the deed we need to do. Just believe.  The true deed done intentionally and consciously was done by Jesus Christ.

Jesus went to the cross and suffered and died for the sins of mankind.  Jesus did the deed to set us free from the penalty of our sinful nature.  Our deed is to just believe it.

I need to intentionally and consciously come to the full understanding of my salvation by reading the Word of God, believing all that it says about God, my new creation and doing those things that please God in my life.

Then truly I will be Jesus’ disciple and enjoy the freedom purchased by His blood.

- Pastor Jim

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