Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2426
Joh 8:30 While he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Joh 8:31 That was why Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you stay in my word, you are truly my disciples.
Joh 8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will liberate you.”
There are two groups mentioned here: the many who were starting to believe in Jesus, and “the Jews who had believed him.” There are a lot of “former believers” today as well. These are people who might have had an experience at some time, and professed Christ, but now no longer walk according to that profession. Jesus speaks into the lives of such people, just as he did the Jews who had stopped believing in him. He invites all such former believers to get into his word, and stay in his word. Knowing the truth can liberate. But ignoring the truth only perpetuates the slavery.
LORD, make us competent disciples of your truth, and agents for the liberation of others.