John 8:31-38 (NRSV)
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you look for an opportunity to kill me, because there is no place in you for my word. I declare what I have seen in the Father’s presence; as for you, you should do what you have heard from the Father.”
By John Grimm
As of right this moment, as we are reading this devotion, we are continuing in Jesus’ word. It takes our time to read the Bible. It takes our effort to study the words so we can know how free we are in Jesus.
Over the span of our lifetime, as we continue in Jesus’ word, we can live lives free from sin.
Continuing in Jesus’ word is not only a reference to making time to study the Bible. Verse 38 points to the fact that our doing what we have heard from the Father is included in the method of continuing in Jesus’ word. When we know Jesus’ word, we are free from sin and free to obey the Father. This obedience to the Father means we can live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus’ word. Through Jesus, you have given us freedom from sin. Show us in Jesus’ word how we can do what we have heard from you. Guide our steps as Jesus’ disciples so we can know and live the truth that sets us free. In the name of Jesus, we can be obedient to you. Amen.
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