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The Truth
Shall Make You Free
John 8:31-32
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  (KJV
Jesus addresses the Jews who have believed on Him. These are not words addressed to the
Jews in general. They are not addressed to those who are vacillating, or are denying Him. These
words are addressed to those who have believed on Him.

If you continue

If these Jews wished to be Jesus’ disciples, they needed to CONTINUE IN JESUS’ WORD.
Obedience was not an optional matter.

If ye continue in my word, then ye are my disciples indeed. They "believed on him," but their faith
was not yet made perfect by obedience. Hence he adds the condition of discipleship. Their belief
must move them to accept his word and obey it. There is a condition, continue in my word; a
promise, shall be my disciples.

        The People’s New Testament With Notes,
B.W. Johnson

(Romans 2:5-9) But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath
against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to
every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for
glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not
obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon
every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;  (KJV)

(Romans 6:12-16) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the
lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but
yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness unto God. {instruments: Gr. arms, or, weapons} For sin shall not
have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we
sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to
whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of
sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  (KJV)

Then you are

Discipleship was not conferred with belief. IF YE CONTINE IN MY WORD, THEN YOU ARE … It
was not at the point of belief, but in obedience they became disciples.

(Matthew 7:21-29) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that
day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew
you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of
mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it
fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and
doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it
fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the
people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not
as the scribes.  (KJV)

My disciples indeed

Discipleship can be feigned, or faked. Truthful discipleship is defined by continued obedience.

(2 Timothy 1:3-5) I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that
without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to
see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance
the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother
Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.  (KJV)

You shall know the truth

The knowledge of the truth can only be understood completely as it is implemented.

(1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of
prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that
I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my
goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it
profiteth me nothing.  (KJV)

The truth shall make you free

Only when the believer obeys will they be made free from sin. There is no forgiveness without a
continued obedience to the words of Jesus.

(Acts 26:15-19) And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou
persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose,
to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those
things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the
Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to
light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and
inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Whereupon, O king
Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:  (KJV)