John 8:31-32 – “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” NKJV The NASU lists it as “… if you continue in My word….” NIV – “…If you hold to My teachings…” NLT – “…if you keep obeying my teachings….”
It is sometimes surprising how many times we fail to notice simple little phrases in what the Bible teaches and either ignore them to fit our doctrine or miss them because we are reading with a preconceived notion of what it should say or should mean. Here is a most powerful statement by our Lord that contains an “if” or a CONDITIONAL PHRASE.
Jesus said to His followers regarding their relationship with Him that IF you “abide”, “continue”, “obey”, or “continue obeying” my word, my doctrine, my teachings, my truth YOU ARE OR SHALL BE “My Disciples Indeed”. Then He adds an addendum that is without price in its value – – “You shall “know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. Spiritual freedom comes through relationship and relationship comes through obedience to Him and His word. That is inescapable! The idea presented here is “continued obedience” not one-time “acceptance”. It is a “maintained relationship” not signing a membership card and paying regular dues like a club membership. It is a “personal relationship” that is maintained through communication, communion, and commitment. In too many ways and too many situations, we seem to have lost that and it’s time for the church and God’s people to return to their “First Love” and restore that relationship and commitment to the Lord of Lord and King of Kings!
May God bless you as you continue your brand new week of opportunity in His service and Kingdom! Blessings!