|John 8:30-32 |
30 As he spoke these words, many believed on him.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you continue in my word [not the Bible, but teachings and commands heard from Jesus speaking directly to you], then you are truly my disciples; [If you continue to wait, watch, and listen to Jesus, who is the word and light within your heart, you are a true disciple, who will produce the fruit of the Spirit, who will be guided into all truth, and then who will have become free of all sin.]
32 And [then] you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."4 [You will only know the truth to become free "If you continue in my word," as verse 31 above states; the way is to continue in His word, which word is not the Bible but the word that is in your heart and mouth to obey. The truth is in the life of God, (who is Jesus), which life is light, which light is the anointing, which is truth. Jesus is the life and the truth, and when you fully possess Him, (the word, the anointing, the light, the life, the truth), He will set you free from the bondage of sin so that sin no longer controls you and is not even desirable; instead you will be guided by God with every word to speak and every deed to be done — that is being free, free from the bondage and slavery to sin.]
4 And [then] you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Free from what? Free from the slavery of sin. The truth frees us from sin. And Jesus, who is the anointing, the life, the light, and the truth, makes us free from sin. Freedom from sin: For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8. How? Jesus said to those who believed on him, "If you continue in [obedience to] my word [teachings and commands heard], then you are truly my disciples. John 8:31. What word? The word is very near unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Deu 30:14. How do you receive the word? Be quite and listen, daily. No amount of Bible study can substitute for waiting, watching, and listening for the Word of the Lord within to be heard and obeyed; the Jews had the scriptures, yet they ignored the many commands within the scriptures that severely warned them about not listening to the voice of the Lord.