What About Truth and Freedom?

“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32

This verse begs several questions. “What is truth?” “Freedom from what?” “How can one know what Truth is?”, and probably the most important and amazing question, “What is freedom?”. These are age old questions that philosophers, theologians, kings, and lay people have asked since the beginning of time, and the answers to these questions have been distorted since the Garden of Eden. So, how does one go about answering these questions? Let me answer the first three questions really quickly, and then will focus on the last one for a while.

  • What is Truth?
    • Truth is reality, natural and supernatural, as God sees it. (Christ came to testify to the truth. The truth that He is God, Man is fallen, and man needs a redeemer.)
  • How can one know what truth is?
    • One can know truth only through Christ as told accurately through nature and scripture. (John 8:31, 2 John: 9, Psalm 19)
  • Freedom from what?
    • Freedom from sin. (John 8:34)

The last question, “What is freedom?” is, to me, probably the hardest of these four questions. Its a question we cannot yet answer and know completely, so et me try to answer it as best I can. I just watched a sermon by John Piper and this is how he defines Freedom.

“You are fully free when you have the desire, the ability, and the opportunity to do what will leave you no regrets forever.” – John Piper

I think this is a great definition of what freedom is, however, I think I would change one thing about it; which does not contradict what Piper says, but rather says it a different way.

I would say:”You are fully free when you have the desire, the ability, and the opportunity to ultimately and completely fulfill your purpose.”

I just watched a video with Ravi Zacharias in which he tells the story of a man who asked him the question “What is evil?”. To this question Ravi Zacharias answers; “Evil is a violation of purpose.” Evil is when man, or creation for that matter, does not have the freedom to fulfill what he was created to do. Our purpose is to Glorify God and enjoy him forever. Now, we cannot yet enjoy and glorify God to our fullest extent until we are able to walk in the fullness of God. That is why I don’t think we can fully understand and grasp what freedom is until we are in heaven. That is when we will be completely free from sin, and when we will be able to ultimately and completely fulfill our purpose. I don’t pretend to have this all figured out, so please comment below and tell me your thoughts.

What do you think freedom is?

What do you think truth is?


John Lane is a worldview teacher and curriculum writer at Artios Academies. He has a passion for teaching the next generation to think deeply and live biblically. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Windy, and his daughter, Riley.

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  • Kelly Mitchell

    John – I’ve been reading a book by Watchman Nee – “The Normal Christian Life.” Have you read it? Watchman Nee speaks about freedom that is realized by “walking in the Spirit,” and by reckoning that “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) Though our sin nature is still with us as long as we walk this Earth, we are no longer slaves to it. We died to sin and are made ALIVE IN CHRIST. As we grow in awareness of the unveiled reality/Truth that we constantly have the choice to live in submission to our flesh/sin nature (God forbid), or to live in the power and the fruit of the Holy Spirit of Jesus, step by step, day by day; and as we submit to His life in us – we truly know freedom. Freedom from sin, from fear, from insecurities, from doubt, from worry, from guilt and shame, etc… If it’s not in Him, we don’t have to live in it. We are free indeed!

    Like you, John – I don’t have this all figured out. Anything I get right is because He has revealed it. But anyway, we don’t have to – because He does – and we have the mind of Christ!

    God Bless You.

    • http://www.johnmichaellane.com John Lane

      I’ve actually never heard of this book. I just found it online and downloaded it to my Kindle. It looks like a really good book!

      • Kelly Mitchell

        I look forward to hearing what you think.

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