Free from the world
Dr. Jeff Louie
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.
31 耶穌對信他的猶太人說：「你們若常常遵守我的道，就真是我的門徒， 32 你們必曉得真理，真理必叫你們得以自由。」 33 他們回答說：「我們是亞伯拉罕的後裔，從來沒有做過誰的奴僕，你怎麼說『你們必得以自由』呢？」 34 耶穌回答說：「我實實在在地告訴你們：所有犯罪的就是罪的奴僕。 35 奴僕不能永遠住在家裡，兒子是永遠住在家裡。 36 所以天父的兒子若叫你們自由，你們就真自由了。
A. None of us are native to the USA
B. We are here for the opportunity to pursue an education, peace, financial liberty, safety.
C. Freedom to pursue a successful peaceful life is what people in this world seek.
D. Illustration: Syrian refugees and the large immigration situation in Europe.
E. Freedom is an honorable goal, but in Christ there is another kind of freedom.
F. John 8:31-37
A. The process and goal in Christ
1. The initial belief
a. Jesus was talking to Jewish people who had believed in him
b. Belief is a very important theme in the Gospel of John
c. We all need to start in Christ by believing in Him
d. Application: do you have this faith?
2. The continuation of faith in knowledge
a. True faith begins at a point in time when you accept, believe, trust in who Jesus is and what he did for us.
b But there is the continuation in truth.
c. Some do think this is important. Just believe. Attend Church.
d. Application: Do you know Christ better? Do you know the things that Christ did for us better? Do you know his goals for us better?
3. The end goal is freedom
a. The Jewish believers did not understand this freedom.
b. They thought it was political freedom.
c. Jesus meant the freedom from sin. The freedom to change, the freedom to be transformed.
d. This helps us with the concept of knowledge. Some people think knowing is about more facts about Jesus or stories about the Bible. But studying the Bible needs to always result in a change in ourselves.
e. Application: We all admit to having problems, but do we admit to any faults? Are you in the process of transformation in Christ, or are we in denial, or hiding?
1) Perhaps financial faults
2) Perhaps immoral faults
3) Perhaps depression in not being any cope faults
4) Perhaps lying
5) Perhaps faults of losing your children
6) Perhaps marital
f. Not free from guilt here, but free to change