Show Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Know the truth and the truth will make you free, and this is known through waiting on God with Great hope.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32, NKJV)
Jesus presents a simple test (in two parts) as to the character of a true disciple of His in this passage. If you want proof of being a disciple of Jesus it is given to us here. Not only is the test given of a disciple, but the results of a life lived as a disciple of Christ is presented as well. It all begins with waiting on God and having the Holy Spirit lead us to the Truth. Let us address the two-part test and the two resulting blessings associated with being Jesus’ disciples.
Who believed Him. The first test is belief in Jesus and His message which leads to eternal life; commonly referred to as the gospel or good news. Those who have faith in Jesus and have placed their trust in Him as Lord and Savior are those who believe in Him. The gospel message is preached for the purpose of saving those who believe in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:21). So the first test of a disciple is where they place their trust – in Jesus Christ and the message He preached.
If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. The Greek word for abide in this construction means to remain in something or which is equivalent to remaining steadfast, persevering in it to the end. The disciple continues in the Word of God, holding fast, and living by the words of Jesus. Kenneth Wuest in his Studies in the Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament quotes Thayer on this word as the idea of, “permanence of position, occupying a place as one’s dwelling place, holding and maintaining unbroken communion and fellowship with another.” Being in the Word of God is not only given preeminence in the life of the disciple, it is his place of abode. The disciple is in communion with the Word of God at all times (John 15:9 and 1 John 4:16).
You shall know the truth. The first result of discipleship mentioned in this passage is having the knowledge of the truth. Know in the Greek means to know, in a beginning sense, that is, to come to know, to gain or receive the knowledge of (in this case the truth). This construction implies a completed action to become known. The life of knowledge has begun when we become disciples of Jesus. We have both the complete knowledge of the Truth, and have also just begun our journey in knowing the truth. We have knowledge now, and will gain more knowledge as we walk the road of discipleship.
The truth shall make you free. The second result of becoming a disciple is freedom, and more specifically the gospel message is one of freedom from the bondage of sin. If you are bound to sin and not to the Purchaser of your soul (1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23) your discipleship is in question; this is what the passage tells us. We need to be monitoring our lives and scanning for sin issues like a virus scan on your computer. If the scan shows a problem we are to take it to the Cross and deal with it. Who are you bound to: sin or Christ? The truth of the Words of Jesus is the power given to us to be over-comers. This truth is the property of the disciple and will never be taken away because a disciple abides in the Word forever.
Run a virus scan on your life right now to see if you have fallen into bondage to any sin. If you have, repent of it immediately and submit to the will of the Holy Spirit. Also make it your prayer to understand and apply what abiding in the words of Christ means to you.