Morning Bible Study
Servant School. Premarital class. Have
Drew share about Russia.)
Jesus said He
was the “light of the world”
complained that Jesus was just tooting His own horn.
that this didn’t change the fact that He was telling the truth.
Then Jesus made a few statements that played off the Greek translated for
name of God, Yahweh,
the great “I AM”:
(Jn 8:24 NKJV) Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for
if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Unless you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, unless you believe that Jesus
is the “I AM”, you will die in your sins.
In our last study, we saw that some people responded to Jesus’ statements:
(Jn 8:30 NKJV) As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.
Jesus will now address those who came to the point of believing
Those of us who
consider ourselves “evangelical Christians” believe that a person must come to
believe in Jesus in order to be saved.
If you want to go to heaven, you must believe in Jesus.
We place a lot of emphasis on that initial decision, on the person praying
prayer”. (which is basically admitting to God you are a sinner and asking Him
to forgive you and come into your heart)
But the reality of salvation involves more than just saying of some magic
words once upon a time.
It is important that we not only come to the place where we believe in
Jesus, but that we become followers of Jesus, becoming “disciples”.
It is not uncommon for a person to start off believing in Jesus and never
go anywhere with it. (play “Plastic Jesus”. (Be sure
to read the words)
:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My
word, you are My disciples indeed.
– pisteuo – to think to be true, to
be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
Jesus is speaking to people who have made the first step of “believing” in
Him. But where do you go from there? Is there more to it?
– meno – to remain, abide; not to
depart; to continue to be present
It is important not to just “start” by believing, but to “continue” in believing.
We are to “continue” in His “word”.
We are to continue in His teachings.
We are to live out His teachings.
– alethos – truly, of a truth, in
reality, most certainly
This is the adverb based on the word for “truth” (aletheia)
Truth is an important concept in what Jesus is about to say.
Being a Christian is more than just one time thinking that Jesus said a
couple of good things.
It’s “remaining” in Him. It’s
remaining in His Word.
:32 And you
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
This is one of the more famous quotes from Jesus, often used in many
Darrow, the famous lawyer who argued for evolution in schools said, “The pursuit of truth
shall set you free - even if you never catch up with it.”
In the lobby of
the CIA Headquarter, the words are inscribed in marble.
person said, “Tell your boss what you think of him and the truth shall set you
– ginosko – to know, understand,
knowledge grounded on personal experience
This is not just an intellectual acknowledgement, but knowledge by personal
I may know many
things about the President of the United States, but I do not “know” him. He does not know me.
On the other
hand, I could say that I “know” Debby Cathers.
She knows me.
The knowledge of the truth that Jesus is talking about is a personal
knowledge, a knowledge based on experience.
Not knowing about the truth, but knowing the truth.
– aletheia – what is true in any
matter under consideration; reality; free from falsehood
It comes from the word “hidden” (lanthano), meaning literally “not hidden”
What is the “truth” that sets us free?
Some would say
it is the knowledge that leads to salvation – that Jesus died for our sins.
Some would say
that it is having a correct doctrine about God – not believing in the things
that are “wrong” about God.
say that it is the truth of God’s Word – that the more of God’s Word I “know”,
the more free I am.
say it is the truth about me. The more I
see myself as I really am, the more I am able to move from darkness into the
I would say it
is all of the above.
Truth is one of
the important character traits of who Jesus is.
John already told us:
(Jn 1:14 NKJV) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld
His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
(Jn 14:6 NKJV) …“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except
– eleutheroo – to make free; from eleutheros – freeborn; one who is not a
The word means
“free” not in the sense of something
not having any cost, but as the opposite of slavery.
:33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been
in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
– douleuo – to be a slave, serve, do
The Jews are thinking that Jesus is talking about being in bondage to a
person, like being a slave. Is it true
that they have never been in slavery?
slaves in Egypt.
The book of
Judges records how they served various kings as the king of Meopotamia and the
king of Moab.
Assyrian Empire grew in power, the northern kingdom was taken captive as slaves
back to Assyria.
Empire took the southern kingdom into captivity in Babylon.
At this point
in Israel’s history, they are currently under the rule of Rome.
You could make a case that the Israelites know a LOT about being in
They are kind
of like the alcoholic on the park bench with his bottles who says, “I don’t
have a problem”.
But Jesus isn’t talking about slavery to a human master, He’s talking about
a different kind of slavery.
:34 Jesus answered
them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
– poieo – to make; to do; present
participle – continuous action
Jesus is talking about a person who is habitually living a life of
disobedience to God, not the person who sins occasionally here and there.
(Ro 6:16 NKJV) Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to
obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death,
or of obedience leading to righteousness?
If you are a person who habitually commits the same sin, Jesus would say
that you are a slave of sin.
What is it like to be a “slave of sin”?
It’s giving in to temptation when we experience it.
Play “I Believe
In Miracles” – Pixar mouse and cheese.
I love this picture. The mouse
thinks it’s a “miracle” to be with the cheese.
The mouse thinks he’s getting away with snatching the cheese. But there is ALWAYS a price to pay for
snatching the cheese – even if it takes awhile.
different kinds of “cheese” (temptations)
It doesn’t take
a person with supernatural powers to guess that there are probably a few people
in this room who are addicted to online porn.
You are living in a fantasy world. You
tell yourself that no one is getting hurt – and you are so wrong.
You are hurting yourself – your perceptions of men or
women become twisted and based on nothing more than physical attraction. Your relationships will grow more and more
You are hurting others.
The people you ought to be building healthy relationships with can’t
break through or compete with that fantasy world you’ve got in your head.
there’s no need to go online for sexual temptation, you find it in other ways,
with other people.
You have yourself convinced that it’s okay to have sex
because even though you’re not married, you do “love” them.
But if you are not married to that person, you are
cheating them and cheating yourself.
God is the one who invented sex. And sex works best when you follow the
instruction manual – by doing things God’s way.
Sex involves sharing a part of yourself with another
person. It works best when there is
complete trust between two people.
Complete trust means that you will not be betrayed by the other
person. Complete trust means that you
aren’t going to leave each other. That
Here’s a terrible question to ponder for those of you who
are in an immoral relationship: If you
can’t have enough self control to abstain from sex before getting married, then
what guarantee do you have that your partner will remain faithful to you after
you get married?
There are some
people in this room who probably have a problem with anger.
Did you know that some people actually change when they leave church and go
They might be nice and polite, even saying things like “Hallelujah” and
“Bless you brother” at church. But when
they go home they are a terror to be around.
I have found out the hard way more than once that some
people, even elders in our church, can be very ugly people when they go home.
It should not be so.
The people who really pay the price are those in your
family. This is not right. This should change.
probably a few people in this room who have made money their “god”. Your whole world is built on getting more
money. Your decisions are based solely
on whether something is financially profitable or not. Jesus said,
(Mt 19:24 NKJV) And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Why is this so?
Because a person whose life is centered on money will have a hard time
listening when God speaks. They will be
more worried about pleasing their bank account than pleasing God. It’s this way with all kinds of “cheese”.
The question is, will we allow Him to be the “Lord” of our lives?
Will we “abide” in His Word and let it soak into our lives?
One way of
looking at this is to think of your heart containing a “throne”. Who is the king or queen sitting on the
throne of your life? Who makes the
decisions? Is it you or Jesus?
:35 And a slave
does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
– meno – to remain, abide; not to
depart; to continue to be present
Same word that was used in verse 31 (“If you abide in My word”). But here the issue is not us abiding in
Jesus’ word, but whether or not we will remain in the “house”.
:35 the house
– what’s “the house”??
(Jn 8:35 NLT) A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part
of the family forever.
A slave has no
security in the household.
A slave can get tossed out on his ear whenever the master wants. A son is different. A son is always a son.
Are you a slave to sin? Does the
slave remain in the house? Does this
verse make you uncomfortable? It should.
:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
– ontos – truly, in reality, in point
of fact, as opposed to what is pretended, or false
Jesus wants to set you free from the slavery of your particular sin.
This isn’t some fake deliverance that will only last for the next five
minutes. The freedom that Christ gives
is real and lasting.
(Ro 8:2 NKJV) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free
from the law of sin and death.
There are a lot of heroes in this world that have tried to set men free
from various things. Our hero is
Play “Our Hero
He lives and has the power to set captives free. Jesus came to set us free not only from the
penalty of sin, but from the power of sin.
The path to maturity
Stay in His Word -> Experience the truth -> Freedom from slavery
Stay in His Word
It involves going to church and listening to the pastor teach from God’s
It involves reading
It means learning to let the Bible get into you, letting God sit on the stool (the throne),
doing what He says.
(Ps 119:11 NKJV) Your word I have hidden in
my heart, That I might not sin against You.
Experience the truth
You shall “know” the truth
Truth about God
Being in God’s Word will help us grow in the truth about
God and who He is.
The other day I had a gal say to me that she thought that
the God in the Old Testament was mean and cranky, and God in the New Testament
was gentle and patient.
I shared with her that God was the same in the Old and New
The Old Testament is filled with references of God’s love
for His people.
There is no one who speaks more about hell than Jesus –
why? Because He doesn’t want you to go
The more I understand the truth about God, the more I
understand how He can help me.
Truth about me
Truth is what is “uncovered”.
God will from time to time “pull your covers” and expose
Will you do something about it? Or will you cover it back up?
(1 Jn 1:7–9 NKJV)
7 But if we
walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
Walking in the Light is walking “uncovered”, walking in
Yes I am sinful. When
I admit it, I find cleansing.
Confession is humiliating. And humility is one of the keys
to learning to turn away from sin.
think that one of the best ways for this to happen is with a small group
of friends (fellowship), like one of the small groups at church – the Ladies’
groups, the Men’s group, College Fellowship, Sunday night.
Freedom from slavery
God wants you do experience freedom from sin. He wants you to experience victory over your
How do I get there?
Jesus gave us the important steps: Stay in His Word and Experience the Truth.
But how that practically works out in your life may take
some time to understand and get a hold of.
I want to give you a chance to do more than just listen to a message this
morning. I want to give you a chance to
take an important step, a step into the light.
In a minute I’m going to ask those of you who feel trapped and enslaved in
a particular sin to stand where you are.
I’m not going to ask you to tell us what your sin is, but I am going to ask
that you promise to share with someone in your life that you have a
problem. Don’t stand if you don’t intend
to take this a step further by letting your covers be pulled.
(Invite people to stand if they feel enslaved to sin. After a minute ask those around them to lay
hands on them and I will lead in prayer)