How To Be Free From Sin’s Grasp

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“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

What type of freedom is this scripture from the book of John alluding to?  What is this passage telling me? I decided to dig deeper today and do a study on this passage.The  word continue will be my starting point. Continue in its original Greek form is meno.

  1. to remain, abide
    1. in reference to place
      1. to sojourn, tarry
      2. not to depart 1a
    2. to continue to be present 1a
    3. to be held, kept, continually *
    4. in reference to time
      1. to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure 1b
    5. of persons, to survive, live
    6. in reference to state or condition
      1. to remain as one, not to become another or different
  2. to wait for, await one

* I especially like that remaining is to be held or kept continually.

On to the next interesting word. How about truth. What does it mean here in the original Greek form? The word truth in this passage is translated as aletheia.

  1. objectively
    1. what is true in any matter under consideration
      1. truly, in truth, according to truth
      2. of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly
    2. what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth
      1. in the greatest latitude
      2. the true notions of God which are open to human reason without his supernatural intervention
    3. the truth as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man, opposing alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians
  1. subjectively
    1. truth as a personal excellence
      1. that candour of mind which is free from affection, pretence, simulation, falsehood, deceit

On to the next important word free. The word free translated is eleutheroo.

1. to make free .

2. set at liberty; from the dominion of sin.

I see that the word free means set at liberty from the dominion of sin. Let’s look further into the word dominion. What does the word dominion mean? From Webster’s online dictionary.

1: domain

2: supreme authority: sovereignty

3 plural: an order of angels- see celestial hierarchy
often capitalized : a self-governing nation of the Commonwealth of Nations other than the United Kingdom that acknowledges the British monarch as chief of state
5 absolute ownership
What a scary thought. That sin could have absolute ownership of us!
 
So here’s my take on this verse:
If I continue (meno) in God’s word by keeping it in my heart, abiding in it daily and not departing from it and allowing it to transform me into Christ’s image, I am His disciple. I will then know the truth (aletheia). My knowing the truth (aletheia) in things pertaining to God will result in my freedom (eleutheroo) from the dominion of sin. My knowledge of things pertaining to God will give me victory over the bondage of sin.credited to Anton Belovodchenko at stock.xchng.com
One thing I must point out here is the work of the Holy Spirit. Upon conversion, when a person accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior the Holy Spirit then indwells them. By God’s grace He gives us the Holy Spirit to teach us all things pertaining to Himself. We could never understand scripture if it weren’t for the gift of the Holy Spirit. So it’s through the Holy Spirit that we can continue and abide in God’s word and therefore know the truth, which in turn releases us from the bondage of sin. It’s all because of God’s grace.

What God’s Holiness Reveals


Who Wears The Crown?In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

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And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

 He said, “Go and tell…”

Isaiah 6:1-9

Looking upon God’s holiness made Isaiah see how unholy and sinful he was. He saw his true sin condition in comparison to God’s purity, and was ashamed and humbled. As all of Isaiah’s sinful thoughts, actions and behaviors lay bare before the holiness of God, he understood that he wasn’t fit to stand in the presence of God’s holiness. God’s not only holy, he’s holy, holy, holy. God’s holiness sets Him so far apart from us, that to even be in His presence is a gift of mercy, from His grace filled hand. As Isaiah is cleansed with live coal, we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. If not for that, we could never so graciously be used to serve, go or tell. God doesn’t need us to do His work; he chooses to use us. That is a mystery to me. When I one day am able to look upon the face of God and see the one that was pierced for me, I will know the full depth of His grace and holiness.

How Do You Spell Sin? U-G-L-Y

1395377_33688986Last night our family attended a showing of “The Passion of The Christ.” You’ve probably seen it. The movie originally came out in 2004; that’s when I first saw it. Last night was my second viewing and my son’s (who’s 15) first. My husband and I were somewhat undecided about letting him see this graphic portrayal. We came to the conclusion that he was old enough. We warned him ahead of time that it’s a gory and disturbing movie. So we went to church and prepared to watch it. Once the flogging scene began, I started questioning our decision. Maybe this is too much for him? Knowing that my son doesn’t care for scary or bloody movies, I questioned myself as to if he’d be alright after watching this movie  Am I a bad mom? I should protect him from these types of things. What parent wants their child to see ugly, hideous things? Don’t we want them to only see that which is good and beautiful? After all, what we let our child take into their mind stays there, doesn’t it? After questioning myself a bit, I eventually let myself get back into the movie, keeping my tissues nearby. Finally Jesus spoke His final words, saying “It is accomplished.” I was relieved! I didn’t want him to suffer anymore. I felt uncomfortable with the beating and cruelty continuing on and on for what seemed like forever. The movie concluded and we got up to go. I had a headache from swollen sinuses, but still couldn’t wait to get in the car to talk about what we’d just witnessed. My husband and I started off the conversation bringing up all the different scenes and the symbolism portrayed. Our son joined in and said “I noticed the man that carried Jesus’s cross, how he said he was an innocent man carrying the cross for a guilty man. The guilty man represents us.” I was beaming inside  My son was indeed ready to see the movie  He understood the main point of the crucifixion and understood it in depth. It was good that he went. Very, very good.

The truth is, although I want to shield my son from the ugly stuff in the world, he needs to see it sometimes, so that he can fully appreciate the gift that Jesus gave us. Jesus not only subjected himself willingly to die on the cross, He was tortured beyond belief. He being made sin for us was cursed on the cross, so we wouldn’t have to experience it. Sin is ugly and so is human behavior a lot of times. Jesus showed us what true beauty is.