So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:31-32
When Jesus talked about abiding, He gave three benefits and promises that come as a result. Abiding is what real disciples do. Abiding leads disciples to know the truth. And, abiding leads to freedom. Those all sound pretty amazing to me, and if those things are available to me, I want them!
To abide in His Word as disciples means our thoughts and conversations are soaked in Scripture. We are living in God’s Word so much that it fills us up, guides our thoughts, and overflows from our lips. If we are not abiding in Jesus’ words, if we are not basing everything we believe on the Word of God, we cannot expect to know the truth or experience the freedom that comes from knowing His thoughts.
But if we are abiding disciples, the truth saturates our hearts and minds- because His Word is truth. The more we know it, the more we are sensitized to what is true.
The ultimate result of abiding in Jesus’ Word is freedom – freedom from sin and death. In Christ we are no longer slaves to sing. We have been given a new life and new power. We have the ability to stand up against sin and fight it with the Word of God that is deeply rooted within our hearts and minds.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
As disciples of Jesus, we must abide in His Word. He wants you to know His truth, as He dwells in you and you in Him. The more you immerse yourself in Scripture, the more you will find yourself abiding in Christ and discovering the freedom He bought for you.