The Truth Will Set You Free
Joh 8:31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
Joh 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
8:31 The Lord Jesus here makes a distinction between those who are disciples and those who are disciples indeed. A disciple is anyone who professes to be a learner, but a disciple indeed is one who has definitely committed himself to the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who are true believers have this characteristic—they abide in His Word. This means that they continue in the teachings of Christ. They do not turn aside from Him. True faith always has the quality of permanence. They are not saved by abiding in His Word, but they abide in His Word because they are saved.
8:32 The promise is made to every true disciple that he shall know the truth, and the truth shall make him free. The Jews did not know the truth, and they were in a terrible form of bondage. They were in the bondage of ignorance, error, sin, law, and superstition. Those who truly know the Lord Jesus are delivered from sin, they walk in the light, and are led by the Holy Spirit of God..
We are called to meet the needs of those in need
Jas 1:26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.
Jas 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
1:26, 27 Useless religion and pure and undefiled religion are contrasted. Religion here means the external patterns of behavior connected with religious belief. It refers to the outward forms rather than the inward spirit. It means the outer expression of belief in worship and service rather than the doctrines believed.
Anyone who thinks he is religious, but cannot control his tongue, ... this one's religion is useless. He might observe all kinds of religious ceremonies which make him appear very pious. But he is deceiving himself. God is not satisfied with rituals; He is interested in a life of practical godliness.
An unbridled tongue is only one example of futile religion. Any behavior inconsistent with the Christian faith is worthless. The story is told of a grocer who apparently was a pious fraud. He lived in an apartment above his store. Every morning he would call down to his assistant, “John!”
“Have you watered down the milk?”
“Have you colored the butter?”
“Have you put chicory in the coffee?”
“Very well. Come up for morning “devotions!”
James says that such religion is useless.
What God is looking for is the practical type of godliness which takes a compassionate interest in others and keeps one's own life clean. As examples of
pure and undefiled religion, James praises the man who visits needy orphans and widows, and who keeps himself unspotted from the world.
In other words, the practical outworking of the new birth is found in “acts of grace and a walk of separation.” With that being said we need to ask ourselves the following questions:
Do I read the Bible with a humble desire to have God rebuke me, teach me, and change me? Am I anxious to have my tongue bridled? Do I justify my temper or do I want victory over it? How do I react when someone starts to tell an off-color joke? Does my faith manifest itself in deeds of kindness to those who cannot repay me? My friends the answers to these questions will help to serve as a reminder of just where we are in our walk with Jesus. They should serve to further remind us of our need to truly rely on Him and on His Word of Truth from the Word of God. May God bless you!!!