True Freedom

John 8:33-36 WEB

They answered him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, ‘You will be made free’?” [34] Jesus answered them, “Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin. [35] A bondservant doesn’t live in the house forever. A son remains forever. [36] If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.


People have an amazing capacity to remember things the way they want them to be, rather than the way they are. In the above text, the Jewish people tell Jesus they have never been in bondage. That is blatantly false. They lived as slaves for many years before the Exodus to the promised land. So, yes, they have been in bondage. Even at the time, they are saying these words the Romans have subjugated Israel to Rome. They are in a type of bondage even as they say they have never been in bondage.

Jesus goes on to prove they are in bondage. He says anyone who is captive to sin is a bondservant of sin. However, in Christ, they can be made free. But first, they need to recognize they are slaves of sin. So, Jesus lets them know, a bondservant is not a son, not an inheritor. More, a person who is captured by sin is not a son, because sons are free. Sons are not free to do whatever they want. They are free to not sin. A son or daughter is a mature Christian when they have a relationship with Christ that changes their behaviors.

And when those changes come, the bondservant becomes a son. The heart of sonship is the freedom not to sin. As sons, we no longer are bound to legal rules of righteousness. We are free because true righteousness lives inside of us. Our love and trust in Christ will motivate our obedience. We no longer need to be told what to do. It becomes our nature to do the will of God. Once that change to our nature takes place, we become sons. You can recognize a true son; they are not bound to sin.  


Lord Jesus, please help me evaluate my relationship with you honestly. Give me the grace to recognize sin and a willingness to turn away from sin. I want to be free in you Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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