To believe in Christ is to depend on Him, with hope and trust, to save us from sin and hell


What our Lord is teaching in today’s Gospel reading is the freedom from the bondage of sin, from which only the truth of the Gospel can liberate us. Jesus is teaching us that if we abide by His Word, the Holy Spirit will empower and guide us to live our lives according to God’s will. Let us use our free will to uncover all the truths that we need to learn and are available to us in Scriptures. Let us not be deceived by the lures of this earthly kingdom that are temporal and subject to corruption. After all, we cannot pursue the world’s pleasures and remain in God’s Word at the same time.

Jesus was speaking of spiritual freedom, the freedom from sin and alienation from God. Many of us are not far removed from the error of the Jews in Jesus’ time if we think freedom means being independent, possessing the power of choice to do “whatever I wish to do as I please.” This is certainly not the kind of freedom that Jesus was teaching, because this form of liberalism only leads us away from the truth.

Spiritually, all of humankind serves one of two masters; everyone is either a slave of God or a slave of the devil. How are we to be set free from the slavery of sin and hell? The answer is that we must believe in Christ. Realize that slavery to sin brings about our spiritual death and only Christ can set us free. We depend upon Christ to do what He has promised to do. To believe in Christ is to depend on Him, with hope and trust, to save us from sin and hell. It is not simply about having knowledge of Christ, but should be the daily decision we make to trust Him and walk hand-in –hand with Him through life.

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