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