Our devotion today is “The Power of Truth” and our scripture text is found in John 8:28-32 where we read, “Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up 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. As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (KJV)
John Ch. 8 is a very confrontational chapter in the book of John. The Son of God is confronted by the hostile and unbelieving Pharisees and Rabbis of the Temple who have rejected the truth that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world and before it’s over, the religious hierarchy of Israel, attempt to stone the Son of God.
Here in our text, Jesus Christ declared to these people before Him important truths that they would “know.” The thing that would directly affect these recipients of truth is what they allowed it to do for them. The Lord said first of all that when He was “lifted up,” which is a direct reference to his crucifixion on Calvary’s cross, they would know who He is. True to God’s Word, every Scribe, Pharisee, Sadducee and Rabbi knew when Jesus of Nazareth was crucified that they had just crucified Israel’s Messiah, God’s anointed Son, but yet they chose to go on in the bondage of their unbelief. Next, as the Lord Jesus continued to preach, many which heard Him believed “on” Him for the salvation of their soul which gave them the knowledge in their heart that they have now passed from eternal death unto eternal life.
Now, to the same group of newborn believers, the Son of God declares to them “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The Lord Jesus now makes the distinction between being a believer and a disciple. Simple faith in Christ alone is all that is necessary to bring salvation to an unbeliever. However, discipleship requires continuing in, or remaining in, His Word. The result of that knowledge gained by a “disciple” or a follower of God’s Word is “freedom.” When Jesus Christ said, “ye shall know the truth” He was telling them that they would gain an experiential knowledge of God’s truth and if they continued in God’s Word to the point that it soaks into their heart, it would change the way they lived their life. This is the power of the truth of God’s Word. Only the true Word of God has the power to liberate someone from being a “slave to sin” in this life. Religion is powerless to bring saving faith and a new creature in Christ. Only the truth of God’s Word can bring about such a miracle!
Pastor Joey Durham