Scripture Reading: Psalm 86
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Continue—abide, stay, dwell, remain. If you don’t keep going in His word, you’ll never know the truth, be set free, or be Jesus’ disciple.
They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
They have been in bondage to Egypt, Babylon, Syria, and currently to Rome! They are arguing with His word! Slavery Jesus speaks of being freed from is to sin. The slave of sin will not remain in God’s house. You need to be a son to stay in the house. Truth sets you free from sin!
--The Son makes you free. Son is the Word. Truth is a person and truth is personal. There is a uniqueness, a personhood about the truth.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove [experience] what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We need God’s word to instruct our mind, release us from slave-to-sin mind.
Where conformity reigns; truth has died. Worldly conformity is external; godly transformation is of the mind.
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,
Many members; one body. Many gifts; one grace. Truth will be expressed, acted out, differently. Different individuals will have different expressions.
Enter ye in at the strait [narrow] gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Broad and wide—easily entered, easily trodden and lots of company. Strait and narrow—pressed, hemmed in; the whole course is as difficult as the first step.
--False prophets make you conform to the crowd going the easy way. True prophets hit you with personal truth, that will hurt at first, but will eventually set you free.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
--C. S. Lewis
How do you know what side has the truth?
What side is trying to belittle and silence the other side? That side is lying!
Communism, Catholic Church, Evolutionists
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
Paul is free, but uses his freedom to serve, be the slave, of all.
Law to God and to Christ—this is not accommodation apart from truth, morality, and righteousness. You don’t become an adulterer to win the adulterers!
Paul didn’t seek to silence the Jew, or the one under the law, or one not under law. Paul just went along with them with hopes of winning them to Christ. Seek to win the weak, not cause them to stumble. You can’t do that by silencing, belittling, and fighting.