And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
– John 8:32
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” said Jesus to the Jews who believed in Him. But those Jews didn’t understand what the freedom mentioned by Jesus referred to. They wondered why they needed to gain freedom since they had never been servants. Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the Son stays ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:34-36). Through the revelations of God’s word, we know that we have become the servants of sin, lost freedom and lived in agony. The source of sin comes from Satan. Arrogance, selfishness, deceit, viciousness, etc., are all sins planted deep within us by Satan. Thus, we become more and more arrogant and selfish. We want to have the final say and control others in whatever we encounter. We struggle for fame and fortune, and harm each other. There’s no love, let alone tolerance or understanding between us. God says, “Satan corrupts and controls man, and man acts under the corrupt disposition of Satan, and inhabits a world that is corrupted by Satan and lives among corrupt people. The masses are unwittingly possessed and assimilated by Satan and man therefore has the evil nature of Satan. From everything Satan has said and done, we can see its arrogance and we see its deceit and malice. How is Satan’s arrogance primarily displayed? Does Satan always want to occupy God’s position? Satan always wants to tear down God’s work and God’s position and take it for itself so that people will follow, support, and worship Satan; this is the arrogant nature of Satan. But when Satan corrupts people, it does so in a deceitful and treacherous way: When Satan does its work on people, it does not directly tell people how to refuse and oppose God. When Satan tempts God, it does not come out and say, ‘I am tempting You, I am going to attack You,’ so what method does Satan use? (Seduction.) It seduces, tempts, attacks, and sets its traps, and even by quoting the scriptures. Satan speaks and acts in various ways to achieve its sinister motives.”
God’s words clearly reveal Satan’s sinister motives behind everything it does. It wants to control us, let us leave God and be harmed by it. So it constantly corrupts us with various means, testing, tempting and attacking us.
The truth from God is the only thing that can save us and let us triumph over Satan. May God enlighten us so that we can understand more truths from His words. Only if we practice the truth can we escape from Satan’s bondage and free ourselves from our corrupt disposition, be purified and saved, and gain the true freedom.
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