“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 ESV)
Only the truth can make us free. Even if man invented million ways to come to God, not one of them could make him free. A man’s firm decision all throughout the history has been to come to God through works. The works are our way to show God that I am good enough through some of my own deeds.
However, the truth of God’s Word says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The deeds talk about pride. Indeed, pride is the real poison of man’s heart. Pride can hide behind knowledge as it did in the hands of Satan in the paradise. It can hide even in humbleness. Search your heart therefore: Has the freedom that you feel in your heart been obtained through hard work and knowledge? Has it been obtained through chastise of yourself, or is your freedom based on your blessings, on your work or on your hobbies? Beware of all this. Only the freedom that blood of Jesus brings to a sinful heart is real freedom.
Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ so that it would be sure and enduring. Would your faith endure if it depended on your own strong will and work? The gospel’s core truth is that salvation is God’s gift to man.
Freedom sounds great. But what is genuine freedom? Is it that, that we are free to do what we want, when we want? It might be difficult to understand the content of the word freedom. The problem is that our fallen nature still seeks the freedom to do what it pleases. The Word of God warns us, however, that this kind of freedom of the flesh is the road of death. Sin could also be described in this way: Sin is wanting something that one can never achieve. Satan wanted to be God, but it was absurd to go against his Creator. Sin takes us to lust that will never be satisfied. If a man is addicted to alcohol, he has a thirst that will never be quenched. This thirst is not freedom of man, it’s slavery of sin. The Bible also says that sin is insanity. In sin, there are no sense or logic, even less freedom.
The freedom can be found from a completely different road, the road of the cross. The Bible describes it as dying for oneself. The real freedom is found in Christ. In Him there is life and the life that springs from Jesus Christ satisfies our thirst for freedom. Freedom is to rise against the sin. Because I am cleansed by the truth, by the blood of Christ, I don’t want to give myself anymore to be bound by the enemy, nor to be bound by the religious laws of tradition but I want to give myself to Christ. Then I am really free and I can do what my heart really thirsts for. Freedom in Christ is truth and life. It’s the only true freedom.
Arto Boa’s devotional book, The Keys