"And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
(Jn 8:32)

At the time of Christ, the Jews considered themselves free because they were the descendants of Abraham who showed them the path to God the Father. In John 8:31-58 Jesus tells them that they are not truly free because they were trying to kill him.

What is this truth that would make the Jews truly free?

He tells them that they are slaves to sin and here I am before you free from sin--"Which one of you convicts Me of sin?" (Jn 8:46) And what is sin? In the deepest sense of the word sin is the human being disorientation away fro the truth. Jesus confronts the Jews with the question, "If I speak the truth, why don't you believe me?" (Jn 8:46) The truth that he came to bring them was that He was truly free because He was before Abraham and Son of the Father --"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." (Jn 8:36) So true freedom or our orientation away from sin and toward God the Father can only be given to us by Christ if we accept that he is truly the Son of God made man who came to take away the Sin of the world.

St. Paul sums up what Christ has done and is doing for those who believe in Him as follows--

"Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin,
He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."
(Rm 8:1-4)

The freedom that Christ brings into our lives is the obliteration of that Sin which inevitably would bring eternal death. But, we still have free will and still struggle with temptations because we must want to be saved over and over again. This is an ongoing process in our lives in which the power of God's Spirit accomplishes in us, but not without our willing it. Now when we turn to Christ in repentance for our sins, he always forgives us, so that we no longer have to fear eternal separation from the love of God. We are freed from the struggle of trying to attain God's favor by our efforts alone, which is an impossibility. God has freed us from sin and death in Christ Jesus and continues to do so for all generations to come, till the day we will experience the freedom of the heavenly kingdom.

 

 

10. Freedom in Heaven