WHEN JESUS SAID TO THE JEWS WHO BELIEVED HIM, “YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE” (John 8:31-32), HE WAS ACTUALLY REFERRING TO THE TRUTH OF GOD’S GRACE THAT HE LATER REVEALED TO THE APOSTLE PAUL (Gal 1:11-12/Acts 20:24).
PAUL IN HIS LETTER TO THE BELIEVERS COLOSSAE SAID THAT THE GOSPEL OF GRACE THAT CHRIST REVEALED TO HIM IS THE “WORD OF TRUTH” THAT WAS BEARING FRUIT AND GROWING ALL OVER THE THEN KNOWN WORLD.
(Col 1:5) The faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the WORD OF TRUTH, THE GOSPEL that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and UNDERSTOOD GOD’S GRACE IN ALL ITS TRUTH.
IN HIS LETTER TO THE BELIEVERS IN ROME, PAUL THANKED GOD FOR THOUGH THEY USED TO BE SLAVE TO SIN, THEY OBEYED FROM THE HEART THE DOCTRINE (GOSPEL OF GRACE) THAT DELIVERED THEM; AND HAVING BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN, THEY BECAME SLAVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
(Rom 6:17) “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
NOTE: PAUL CATEGORICALLY SAID THAT SOUND DOCTRINE CONFORMS TO THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE THAT WAS ENTRUSTED TO HIM. (1Tim 1:10b) “And for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”
THE APOSTLE PAUL MENTORED YOUNG TIMOTHY, AND ONE OF HIS ADVICES TO HIM WAS: (2Tim 2:15) “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the WORD OF TRUTH.”
THERE ARE MANY TRUTHS, BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE LIVING TRUTH THAT CAN SET YOU FREE AND TRANSLATES YOU FROM DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT–EVEN THE TRUTH OF HIS GRACE.
(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.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!