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May 1, 2015

True Freedom (1)

Filed under Sabbath Thoughts

In a conversation with His fellow Jews Jesus Christ said: "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).

The Jews replied that they were Abraham's children and had never been servants. With their comment they revealed that they had a problem with their own history, because they had been servants in Egypt and Babylon.

But Jesus was talking about the bondage of sin: "I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin" (verse 34).

The apostle Paul also wrote about the bondage of sin:

"Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered" (Romans 6:16-17).

If we accept and live by the Truth of God, then we are freed from sin and its "wages", eternal death.

But the Truth of God frees us in other ways as well.

It opens the door to the throne room of God, giving us free access, which was not the case previously.

It frees us from superstition and ignorance about the purpose of human life, freeing us from the thought that our life has no real purpose.

It frees us from ignorance about what death really is. We now know that death is a sleep, from which God will awaken us in the future.

It frees us from the feeling of utter despair when a loved one dies, because we now know that we will see our loved ones again. That comforts us in our sorrow.

It frees us from false teachings about the Bible and God that have been propagated for centuries by Christianity.

How else does the Truth of God make us free? What comes to mind? Let me know and we will continue our list at a later date.

With these thoughts I wish everyone a rewarding Sabbath!

Paul Kieffer's blog with personal insights and news from the German-language region in Europe.


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