reply to post by leeda
Christ’s disciples are those that continue in His word and the truth that Christ is talking about here is not some arbitrary truth but the truth of
who He is. You'll have to read John 8:12-29 to see that because all that comes before verse 30. Salvation is a Person (Luke 2:30; John 8:24) and to
deny the Person of Christ, who He is, is to deny the Gospel that saves you (Matt 16:16-17; Mark 1:1; Rom 1:9; 1 Cor 15:1-14; 2 Thess 1:7-8).
This is why Jesus says in John 8:24, "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die
in your sins." (John 8:24 NKJV)
And why He asks his disciples, "He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the
living God.' Jesus answered and said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who
is in heaven.'" (Matthew 16:15-17 NKJV)
The purpose of John's writing:
"And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name." (John 20:30-31 NKJV)
>> Alot of academia institutions quote "the truth will set you free".
They not only quote that passage out of context but a whole lot more.
EDIT: Also notice what it says in verse 36: "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
Only the Son can set you free and if you want to be free then know who He is and why He came and then receive Him (John 1:12).
For further evidence you can turn to Hosea 4:1,6
Hear the word of the LORD
You children of Israel,
For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land:
“There is no truth or mercy
Or knowledge of God
in the land
(Hosea 4:1 NKJV)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God
I also will forget your children
(Hosea 4:6 NKJV)
"but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:18 NKJV)
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent
." (John 17:3 NKJV)
In this life the most important thing is knowing who God is as revealed in the scriptures.
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