An often quoted Bible principle is,
“The truth shall set you free.”
Most of the time it is quoted, it is a terrible misuse of scripture. One of the most common uses of this Bible saying is when a person feels misunderstood or is accused wrongly of lying. This person might say, “When you find out that I’m right and that I’m not lying, The truth shall set me free”. Certainly 2 + 2=4 is truth, but has it set anyone free? That Obama is a left wing socialist is truth, but has that truth really set anyone free? The knowledge of his socialistic ideology has not released us from his wicked schemes yet.
For almost a year there were rumors about Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation. When the truth came out about what was going on at the Vick residence, instead of making Mr. Vick free, the truth helped to imprison him. The prisons are full of people that the truth locked away instead of setting them free.
So what does this mean, “The truth shall make you free”?
In John 8:32,
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”,
the truth that Jesus is referring to is Himself. In verse 36 He says,
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Jesus also referred to Himself as the way, the TRUTH and the life in John 14:6.
It is true that The truth shall set you free if the truth being referred to is Jesus the Son of God.
In verse 34 of John 8, Jesus tells us from what this Truth, being Himself, will set us free.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”
So, the Truth is Jesus Himself, the Son of God and the bondage to which we are servants is sin. We can be set free from this bondage only through Jesus, the Truth, Himself and his atoning death on the cross.
All you have to do is accept what He did at the cross and He, the Truth, shall set you free from sin.