Sunday with John – An Experiment in Defining Freedom

John 8:31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Definitions:
Abide1: accept or act in accordance without fading or being lost
Disciple2: a personal follower
Truth3: the body of real things, events and facts
Free4: the power or right to act, speak or think without hindrance
Offspring5: genetic heritage of physical union
Enslaved6: lost the choice or ability to act freely
Truly, Truly7: to the fullest degree
Practice8: the application of something to acquire or maintain proficiency in it
Sin9: wrong choices and wrong actions that make God your enemy
Slave10: the legal property of another and forced to obey them

If you can 1accept or act in accordance with Jesus’s Word without fading or being lost you are 2a personal follower of His life.  Jesus’s life is 3the body of real things, events and facts that give you 4the power or right to act, speak or think without hindrance.  5Your genetic heritage will not protect you If you have 6lost the choice or ability to act freely. 7Jesus tells you to the fullest degree that if what you 8apply and use to acquire proficiency are 9wrong choices and wrong actions that make God your enemy, you have become 10the legal property of another and forced to obey what you have heard from the wrong father.  Please hear these words of freedom Jesus has seen firsthand with His Father and let them find their place in you: “The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

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