What did Jesus Christ mean when He said; "And the truth shall set you free"?
What truth was Jesus referring to when He said these words and does this have any connection to the Spirit of Truth? Jesus also said in John 18: part of verse 37 (NKJV) "Everyone who IS OF the truth hears my voice." What does this mean, " who is of "? I have my opinion but I would like to hear your's.
Truth here relates to the Goal Itself: Salvation, Eternal Life or total and inseparable oneness with God. Our early Christian Fathers speaks of this as Mystical Union or Divine Marriage. In some ways we can also refer to it as the Kingdom of Heaven, the essential or core message of our Lord.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33)
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew, 5:3).
Again, in a way we can also speak of the Christ as Truth Itself, as He represented the Truth.
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh to the Father, except through me." (John, 14:6).
"He that has seen me, has seen the Father." (John, 14:9).
God's Advocates are rather like a link or bridge between God and ourselves, as without Grace we cannot find God and They represent that Grace, as well as the promised State in so far as They are alive to It, or live in It.
They are that Grace, and also have the capacity to transmit as is necessary:
"Even when we were dead in trespasses, (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2, 5-10.
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." King James version. John 14:26.
It is essential to point out that this 'Truth' is not dead but alive and joyful or even 'riches' as St. Paul calls it.
Finally, those who are of the Truth are simply followers, devotees, disciples ... sincere aspirants who listen to the founding principles or maxims of scripture. These are not just the myths or things that are too difficult to ponder, but forgiveness, love, mercy; the spirit of compassion, tolerance and loving kindness, as well as prayer of which our Lord spoke.
The child cries when hungry, and it's mother comes running with milk. So to the devotee has to yearn or long for Truth. Without an intense longing, the 'call' is very difficult to hear and the seeker will not find God. Wonderful question, Graceinus.
Well iv'e not read the bible although i have heard a few passages, & the one's iv'e heard are true....For example "forgive them they know not what they do"....That's about people being led by their mind (their ego mind) so when their mean to us or offensive etc, we should accept that it's not their fault because their weak, & they have little or no will power to do otherwise....Also "judging others is just judging ourselves"....That again is about peoples ego's judging others, as a normal understanding person does not judge ever (for example "your fat", only means i'm saying "i'm not fat")....So what does the average person strive for in life?, they strive for what their mind tells them to strive for, then the T.V & celebs etc tell their mind what it should want in life....So i reckon that once a person realises that their mind cannot find contentment for them as it's not who they really are, they realise the truth that there what lies in their heart....So we have to be led by our heart/soul/higher self in order to see all this, once we see we realise then we know....So i reckon the truth is we're here to learn, & to grow.....I now know for a fact i don't want/need to be rich or famous etc anymore, so i'm free from all that bullcrap desire chasing....Also no one can offend me any more, as offence only ever comes from a persons ego therefore not a real person....So again i'm free from abuse, & negativity from others....So when a person realises their not their mind or anything it says, they will be free to become led by their heart....Once a person gets that far, they will know what life is for as it will become obvious....Even if a negative thing happened to me now i'd know what it was for, it would only be seen by me as a sign to guide/help me as that is exactly how it does seem to be.
DAvis36- Thank you for your answer. God sees what's in our hearts. Even when we are led by the heart we still need to follow in the right direction. I hope you will some day take the time to read and study the bible. It will touch your heart. Thanks.
My pleasure graceinus but i would like to add that when we're led by our heart, it is the right direction always & we would have to follow it..That's why the L.O.A isn't real & doesn't work, because those desires would be the minds desires.
Dave36- Please take the time to read Matthew 15: 18-19. It reveals that sometimes the thoughts of the heart can mislead us if where not careful. God bless
Thanks graceinus ill check that out, & let you know what i think about it.
We cannot trust the natural mans way of thinking (heart)
Jer 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
celafoe- I had not noticed or recall reading Jer 17:9 before, thank you for mentioning it.
The truth means free of illusions or false ideas. The truth is, the world has no power, other people have no power. God is the only Power. With this awareness, people can live totally in joy and peace without any fear. If they don't know the truth, then they will fall into the traps, lies and false power trips of men. They will be slaves to their emotions or to the rank that the society has created to suppress others spiritually, physically or financially through negative suggestion, propaganda or force/violence. Those who know the truth cannot be bound by anybody or any group of people, in this life or the next.
I agree with that. Look at the times he lived in. Religion set guilt trips but Jesus said God is You and everything is in you and so is the Kingdom of God. Not in a book or in a church. Be careful with your thoughts and Love others as yourself.
Jesus is of course, "the truth" so truth is actually a person. Another way to say this is that Jesus is the embodiment of the truth in human form. So anything that we see in person of Jesus is truth and what we don't see in Jesus is false. So if we're speaking the truth of God apart from the love of God we are no longer speaking truth. I would take it that the Spirit of Jesus is also "the Spirit of truth" and much more.
So if you are of (the truth) means that you are (of Christ). Being of Christ means that you are in relationship with Christ so you hear His voice. Jesus is also (the word) became flesh.
The word, if I understand correctly includes two Greek words, one is logos meaning the written word and the other is rhema which is what God is speaking to you now.The rhema word is what God is personally speaking to you now, though it will never violate His written word which is our immovable standard. It will also never add or take away from God's written word.
So hearing the voice of God involves hearing the rhema word of God which is a freshly spoken word.
actually He said
John 8:32 " And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
The truth is the Gospel of Salvation through Jesus Christ. which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ The bondage is that of unrepented sin, from the natural sin nature of man that has not been redeemed through the blood of Christ.
Those who are "of the truth", are those who will receive and follow the Gospel of Christ.
Sadly many professing Christianity receive the Gospel and are made free and then because they do not learn the scriptures properly, and follow them, are brought into a different form of bondage (it is still sin because that is what binds man), that of bondage to the system of the churches of men, instead of BEING the church of Jesus Christ as the true Gospel requires.
celafoe- Thank you for the correction and your answer.
God bless brother.
The correct: John 8:30-33
.., many believed in him; Jesus, therefore, said unto the Jews who believed in him, `If ye may remain in my word, truly my disciples ye are, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'
Quick answer is Jesus.
Jesus said " I am the truth the way and the life, no man comes to the father but by me."
You must have Jesus grace of salvation to enter heaven.
So if Jesus is the truth. Then "setting free" is freedom from judgment or paying for your sins. Not free from committing sin but free from paying for them.
What's your take on the verse?
If you have a problem or barrier, knowing the Truth of it will set you free.
Just as God resting from creation gave that template its manifestation in space-time, knowing the Truth of a creation returns it to its timeless, template state. It returns to an image that is zero seconds in length. The next moment, you've moved beyond that instant and are suddenly free of the creation (burden or problem).
If you have an addiction to chocolate, then merely by knowing the Truth of that addiction -- the roots of its creation -- the addiction will cease instantly.
So, this phrase from Jesus applies to everything -- states of being, emotional artifacts and even physical objects. By knowing the Truth of something, you are resuming a spiritual viewpoint -- the Holy Ghost -- your own true self.
Truth is spiritual. Too many people read the Bible literally and miss the spirit. In fact, 2 Cor. 3:6 warns against the letter (literal), for it leads to death; only the spirit leads to everlasting life.
Truth is an absolute. It is transcendent. You cannot see this while you are merely human, or worse, ego. When you assume a spiritual viewpoint, you are in the realm of Truth. You can discern the voice of Jesus from those of egotistical men. You can "smell" the love compared to the selfish hatred.
Part of the Truth of any creation is your responsibility for that creation.
If you take 100% responsibility for everything that happens to you, then you can never be a victim. Beautiful, isn't it? That makes turning the other cheek effortless. That's being in the spirit.
The first time this happened to me, several miracles occurred. I wrote about it all in my book, "The Art of Forgiveness." I hope to add more to the topic in an upcoming book on miracles.
Rod Martin, Jr.
"The Bible's Hidden Wisdom: God's Reason for Noah's Flood"
Yes, taking responsibility for ones thoughts and action and not blaming it on others weather they be humans, animals or a God or a Satan. Most religions do NOT teach these things.
lone77star- Being spirit minded is needed when it comes to understanding God's word. Without it then it is hopeless. But I do believe there are some cases in the bible that can be taken literally such as commandments. Thanks for your answer.
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