What did Jesus mean when He said, "You shall be free indeed."? John 8:36

John 8:36 if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36

ESV - 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Clarify Share Report Asked March 18 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Jesus made this comment during a discussion with some Jews who apparently did not grasp the distinction that Jesus was making between physical freedom and spiritual freedom.

In response to Jesus' claim that those who followed Him would know the truth, and that the truth would make His followers free, the Jews responded that they were already free, and had never been in bondage to anyone. (This claim, by itself, was already false even in regard to physical slavery, because they were, at that very moment, under Roman control -- not to mention prior examples of Jewish slavery, such as to the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, or the Medo-Persians.)

However, Jesus was referring to the more significant issue (from an eternal perspective) of the slavery of every human being to sin, from which Jesus was offering release from sin's consequences (eternal separation from God) through His proclamation of Himself as the Son of God and, ultimately, by faith in His atoning death and subsequent resurrection. That faith would result in receiving true and final freedom from sin, and eternal life in God's presence, which was immeasurably greater than any physical freedom in this temporal life or world.

March 19 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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In the dictionary, freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think without hindrance or restraint. It further describes it as liberation from slavery or from the power of another. That definition completely wraps up everything Christ has done for us. There is only one thing left for you to do: Live free. 

Here’s what Paul says in Galatians 5:1: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Enjoy your freedom today and go live the life Christ has freed you to live.

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