The Verse of the Day for January 15, 2016 is found in John 8:31-32 (NLT):
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The Amplified Bible puts it this way:
And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”
Some of the questions that follow such a statement might be “What is the source of truth? How does one know the truth?” Jesus Christ also declared, “Sanctify them through your truth, your word is truth.” Indeed, one of the metaphors used by the Savior to provide his followers with a greater understanding of his identity is expressed this way:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me. (John 14:6)
The following comments are taken from an earlier blog entry that examined this metaphor in greater detail:
Jesus Christ is the full, final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the truth. “I myself am the truth.” “I and I alone, and no one else am the truth.” Jesus is the actual embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative representative and revealer of God. He hears what the Father says and does what the Father tells Him to do (5:19; 8:29).
The essence of truth in its purest form is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), and he is the source of grace and truth to men, for “grace and truth came by means of or by way Jesus Christ. . . . To have the Truth is to have eternal life which brings to mind the last part of the metaphor. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”
Jesus Christ is the giver of life, life more abundant in the present and eternal life to come. Jesus promised “eternal life” to all who believe on Him: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).
Not only does Jesus Christ give life, correspondingly he also delivers from death. Christ conquered death—physical, spiritual and eternal. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
The website abideinChrist.com comments: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the embodiment of God’s self-revelation. He is the life of God. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”
To close out our discussion listen to “The Truth Shall Set You Free” by Matt Mahler: