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By Tiffany Deluccia
Jesus answered them, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.’ John 8:34-36
Jesus was speaking here to a group of people who worked and prided themselves on following the letter of the law, a proud people who just moments before claimed they had never been in bondage to anyone. (Hmm…they were at that very moment being ruled by the Romans and they had a history of being taken over.)
Jesus had to break it down completely–
Have you ever committed sin? Yes? Then you’re a slave to it. But the Christ can make you free. Once a slave–and still having the memory of a slave–but free today.
If you made Jesus Lord of your life, He has made you free from sin. You are no longer a slave to it.
Can a slave remember what it was like to be enslaved? Yes. Will a slave have to fight to adopt a new mindset and feel free? It’s likely. Might a former slave need love, encouragement and time to learn how to believe herself to be free? Absolutely.
Buf if the Son has made you free, you are free indeed. You’ve been accepted into the house forever.
Jesus started this whole discussion with this statement:
“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
That word ‘know’ means ‘to realize.’ It is to understand truth by personal experience. This freedom is found as you walk with God and experience His word for yourself. It’s that walking with Him, being led by Him–realizing by personal experience the truth of His word–that makes you free from sin.