Text: “…If ye shall continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.”
Good morning, truth-filled Christian! If you and I have heard God’s Word with our hearts; came obediently in repentance and faith to Christ for Salvation - then we demonstrate for ourselves that we have come to know the Truth (Christ Jesus) and the Truth has made us free from the curse of sin.
There is no other way of Salvation, only in the Cross of Christ Jesus.
“Neither is there Salvation in any other; for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6) It is so, amen!
Is it not remarkable, dear Christian friends, that the very demons of Hell clearly knew that Jesus Christ was the Holy One of God?
“And, behold, they (the indwelling devils) cried out, saying, What have we to do with Thee, Jesus, Thou Son of God? Art Thou come to torment us before the time?…So the devils besought Him, saying, if thou cast us out, suffer (allow) us to go away into the herd of swine.” (Matthew 8:29-32)
Yet when Christ told the people of His earthly ministry who He was, they refused to believe! What an incredible depth of unbelief! Their hearts were totally enslaved in unbelief; ‘…dead in trespasses and sin.’ (Ephesians 2:1-5)
They could not believe, because God had not given them faith to do so!
“For by grace (unmerited favour) are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the GIFT OF GOD; not of works, lest any man (or woman) should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Lord Jesus had just openly told them, “…I am from Above…I am not of this world…” (John 8:23)
But the majority of them could not, would not, nor wanted to, believe God’s Living Truth. He had ‘…no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He (Christ Jesus) is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” (Isaiah 53:1-6)
Christ Jesus openly informed all those in the
Temple that, He had been sent
from God, and that God was true. But His
religious hearers did not, could not, nor would not, understand the truth of
“They understood not that He spake to them of the Father.” (V.27)
The Lord Jesus then told them of His coming Crucifixion, and of the clear proofs that would be manifested as He hung there on that cursed Tree.
“…When ye have lifted up (Crucified) the Son of man, then shall ye KNOW that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things. And He that sent Me is with Me; the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” (Vs.28-29)
IF such a thing as ‘a second chance theology’ existed - this would be the only one. Those that refused to believe Christ’s truth that day, would be given a second chance to believe and receive Salvation when they witnessed with their own sinful eyes the Crucifixion of the Son of God.
However, as Scripture clearly records, the miraculous things actually seen by all observers at
Calvary did not cause the multitude to believe - only to
mock the Son of God and seek to put Him to open shame. Faith is the gift of
“No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard (with the heart), and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me.” (John 6:44-45)
Rejoice, truth-filled Christian! For, if you are reading these words from God’s Word, The Bible, and are believing them gladly - then you prove for yourself that you have been graciously granted faith from God to do so.
“As He (Christ Jesus) spake these words, many believed on Him.” (V.30)
Thought: “…IF ye continue in My Word, then ye are My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the Truth (Christ Jesus), and the Truth shall make you free.” Rejoice, my friend, we are free indeed! Hallelujah!