John 8:31-32: To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." NIV
In this passage, Jesus is talking to those who follow him about how he was the light of the world. He just finished telling them that he was going away and that they could not follow. Jesus was presenting the principle of his salvation to them but they could not comprehend what he was saying. Then Jesus gives the key to knowing the truth. Jesus turned to those who had believed in him, told them to continue to hold to his teachings; they would know the truth and that truth would set them free.
There is quite a controversy over what constitutes "truth" these days. There are many who believe that truth is relevant and is different for every person and every situation. Jesus' words are clear here. When we believe in him and hold to his teaching, we would know the truth. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." NIV
He did not say that he was a truth, he said he was the truth. God's truth does not change because God does not change. His truth is just as relevant and just as important to us today as it was when Jesus spoke it over 2,000 years ago.
Man's truth changes to fit our wants, desires and needs. God's truth has been established so that we might be saved and restored unto God. His same salvation washes away the same sin that has plagued mankind since Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Knowing God's truth can only come by believing in his word by faith. It is only through God's truth that we can be truly set free.
The Rev. Stephen Hammond is the senior pastor of Bethel Community Church.