Faith
Wednesday April 23, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 4B
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Truth makes you free"

"Truth makes you free" is an expression describing a reward that awaits you for being truthful. Literally speaking, you must strive to be
truthful in your communications with others, but there is also spiritual truth that you face; it pertains to your communication with God.
Utilizing your Bible and Strong's Concordance enables you to see the importance of both.
First, observe the freedom that accompanies being truthful when communicating with others. One thing is certain; telling the truth simplifies your life. Not being truthful is awkward and burdensome; you must keep track of your lies. Truth builds character while lies tarnish your image; Webster's defines truth in this manner:
a. (archaic): the quality or state of being faithful: Fidelity, Constancy "whispering tongues
can poison truth."- S T Coleridge b. sincerity in character, action, and speech; genuineness in expressing feeling or belief: Truthfulness, honesty "gives a man a clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgements, a truth in developing them."—J H Newman "The absolute truth of his speech, and the rectitude of his behavior."—R W Emerson
When reading the descrip- tion of truth, the words faithful, sincere and genuine, jump right out at you. The word of a truthful person serves as their bond; with character intact, they never look back.
In Exodus 20:16 KJV God commands you to tell the truth; it reads:
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
Failing to be thruthful breaks a bond that you share. It creates a condition of mistrust from which you must recover; you recover by seeking and obtaining forgiveness. Nothing short of forgiveness will reinstate you to your former level of trust.
Understanding the freedom that you aquired from being truthful to others, Christ, in John 8:32 KJV introduces you to a freedom that comes from a different truth:
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Christ is describing Spiritual truth. He is the Word and His Word is the Truth; Christ is the truth that makes you free. To put things in perspective, understanding His word makes you free! John 8:36 KJV explains further:
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
The Word, through His son, makes you free. There is one additional point to consider. Is is in the New Testament that Old Testament prophecy of Christ is fulfilled. Freedom comes at a price; you are required to understand "all" of
His Word. Hebrews 4:12 KJV tells what this does for you:
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Understanding His word advances you to the Truth, a truth sharp enough

to divide your sould and spirit. It is in this manner that you are capable of discerning His thoughts and yours.
Understanding freedom, a servant is called; 1 Cor. 7:22 KJV continues to describe the freedom associated with His truth:
"For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise, also he that is called being free, is Christ's servant."
God's servants know the truth. He calls you! His truth lives in you and it makes you free... You are a freeman indeed.
Literal and spiritual truth has a common denominator; they both serve you well. While making you free, they lead to this question: Do you seek the freedom they offer?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com