We hear all the time that we are “free from sin” but what does that really mean?
John 8 is one of my favourite passages because it contains such a powerful message that can be taken so simply but if you really dig into it you can pull a lot more out of it.
John 8:31 starts out with Jesus talking with a few Judeans when Jesus tells them that, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This confused them and made some angry because at this time they had been using the word “free” mostly meaning to be freed as a slave. Sense some were insulted by what Jesus had said they replied by saying that they had never been slaves. They did not know what Jesus had meant by this so they asked him how they can be free if they are not already captive. Jesus told them that they were not captive as slaves but as sinners.
Jesus tells us in John 8:35 that as sinners we are held as a slave of sin. As a slave of sin we will suffer In hell forever. But as a follower of Gods word John 8:52 says that we can expect to never die. Meaning that we will experience eternal life in heaven.
So we know what it means to be free from sin but what is so special about John 8?
I said earlier that John 8 starts out with Jesus just talking to some Judeans. What Jesus said offended the Judeans so much they then tried to stone him. But why?
Most likely the Judeans Jesus was talking to were priests of some sort (in the bible it is generally priests who question Jesus in this way, strange huh?). Jesus called them “slaves of their (own) sin” which made them really mad at him because they were supposed to be pure because they were priests.
So what does it mean to be free from sin?
We have to know that we are sinners so we can repent. Then we can be truly free from sin.
I would highly suggest that if you have a little bit of time that you would read John 8:32-59.