"free indeed" (jn 8:36, jb)
"What do you mean by saying, 'You will be free'?" —John 8:33
This is what Jesus means by saying: "You will be free." When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior on His terms:
- You are free to "rejoice with inexpressible joy" (1 Pt 1:8), which "no one can take from you" (Jn 16:22).
- You are free to enter into the throne room of God, drawing near to Him (Heb 12:22-24) with confidence and awe.
- You are free from the fear of death (Heb 2:15). No threat can manipulate you to renounce God (Dn 3:16-18).
- You are free from the captivity and slavery of sin (Jn 8:34ff; Col 2:14-15).
- You are free in the Spirit to worship God with abandon, despite what others think (2 Sm 6:14, 20ff; Jn 12:3-5).
- You are free to proclaim the truth, for Jesus, the Truth (Jn 14:6), has "set you free" (Jn 8:32).
- You are set "free in the open" (Ps 18:20) to evangelize (Acts 2:4ff; Jn 4:28-30).
- You are free from the slavery of trying to please people.
"You have been called to live in freedom — but not a freedom that gives free rein to the flesh. Out of love, place yourselves at one another's service" (Gal 5:13). "It was for liberty that Christ freed us. So stand firm, and do not take on yourselves the yoke of slavery a second time!" (Gal 5:1)
Prayer: Jesus, in my freedom, I freely and lovingly give my life to You. I give You the freedom to use me according to Your will.
Promise: "If you live according to My teaching, you are truly My disciples; then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." —Jn 8:31-32
Praise: Susan was instantly, miraculously set free from her addiction when others prayed for her.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, September 28, 2015
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