“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?