Truth :: #Write31Days #5mfw {Day 8}

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Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

“But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free” (Jhn 8:31-36 NLT)

//This is another passage holding a sacred spot in my arsenal. This is good stuff.

We are liberated from a life of sin and death and become heirs with Christ to an eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. It is the blood of the Son that purchased our freedom. And once our sins are forgiven, we are redeemed forever. We are set free. We do not loose our salvation. Our inheritance cannot be taken away.

I used to struggle with this. I prayed the prayer of salvation everytime it was offered at church and each night before I went to sleep. I was so scared of losing my salvation. Worse, I questioned my salvation because I always sinned. It kept creeping in and it seemed the harder I fought it, the more demanding it became. No amount of penance or works could change my sin-filled humanity, but it didn’t stop me from trying.

See, I confused who I was with what I did. Hear me out.

The freedom spoken of in this passage is freedom gained from the Gospel. It is having our sin stain covered in the blood of Jesus, and all record of our sin erased by His sacrifice on the cross. We are free from sin in the sense that we are no longer sinners doomed to hell. It is quite like being adopted. Your name is changed. Your home and circumstances change. You are no longer known by what you once were, but you have a new name and a new inheritance.//

But we Christians, though adopted as heirs with Christ, remain on a sin-filled earth in sin filled flesh. Sin is our nature as sons of Adam. So yes, there is still temptation. Yes, we will commit transgressions, and yes, we are still required to ask for forgiveness. Not because we have lost our inheritance (nothing can separate us), but to repair a damaged relationship with our Heavenly Father. God will sanctify us. Through deliverance, we will turn away from sin. This sanctification process which changes what we do to match who we are.

God will sanctify us. Through deliverance, we will turn away from sin. God will sanctify us, his children, so what we do begins to testify of who we are.