“It’s not just the truth that sets you free, it’s the knowledge of the truth that sets you free!” Phil Drysdale
John 8:32 “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”
We’ve heard people quote left, right and centre Jesus’ great words “the truth will set you free.” However very few people I’ve asked can actually quote the whole verse.
While it is true that the truth will set you free, to not have knowledge of that truth can be devastating.
We see over and over again the apostle Paul state that while grace has been given in full it can only be accessed through faith (Rom 4:16, 5:2, Eph 2:8). This highlights that, while God has given us something, our trusting (having faith) in that gift is what allows us to enjoy it.
To have the truth set you free is one thing, but to know you have been set free is a whole other story.
We see this in Jesus’ famous parable of the prodigal son but most people seem to gloss over it. We all like the fact that the son went and did the wrong thing and the extravagant father responded in love and grace and threw him a party.
The most striking part of the story to me though is that the other son wasn’t happy. He complained that he hadn’t been given a party even though He had been doing what he thought the father wanted. What was the father’s response? “My son you are always with me and all I have is yours”… that truth was always there for the son and would have set him free. He could have been throwing parties for himself every week! But the fact he somehow remained ignorant of this truth is what caused him to be in bondage.
The truth will not set you free unless you believe it.
Prayer for the day
Father, give me a revelation today of some of the truths in my life that I have not fully come to the knowledge of. I recognise that I am on a journey and I embrace all that you have for me to receive. May I walk in more freedom today than I have ever walked before.