“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:32, 36 NIV)
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command to not eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they and their entire progeny were trapped by the Enemy in sin. The entire human race became slaves to sin. Because of the sinful nature, man became fully incapable of restoring his relationship with the God who created them. By our sheer will power alone, we would not be able to free ourselves from our entanglement with sin and its consequences. So what is the main consequence of sin? Death. The apostle Paul tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23a).
Good thing that God, due to His great love and mercy, provided a way for us to be freed from the bondage of sin through His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23b). Knowing the truth does not simply mean memorizing a set of facts or doctrines, although that is part of it. Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). To know Jesus personally as Lord and Savior is to know Truth itself. It is when we know Jesus that we experience true freedom from sin and its consequences.
Jesus is able to set us free because of who He is. As the only begotten Son of God the Father, Jesus had the right to petition our release from the prison of unrighteousness. Therefore, let us live our lives in accordance with the freedom earned for us by Christ, not freedom to sin but freedom from sin. This we can do by the grace of God and by focusing on Jesus